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‘Friday the 13th’ Rights Lawsuit Slashes On

Sad news for Friday the 13th fans, the ongoing and severely frustrating lawsuit between the original film’s screenwriter Victor Miller and director Sean Cunningham will continue as Cunningham has now refiled his appeal which means the reversion of rights Miller had been granted in 2018 are now again in limbo.

In short, fans should not expect a new Friday film in the near future, because the fight is far from over and the lawsuit could go in any direction.

The last update on the status of the lawsuit gave fans hope to soon have good news in terms of the next entry in the franchise. read more

Mezco Toyz One:12 Collective Jason Voorhees ‘Friday the 13th Part III’ Action Figure: The Horror News Network Review

Mezco Toyz’s One:12 Collective Jason Voorhees figure perfectly captures the iconic slasher from his very first appearance where he sported the signature hockey mask we’ve all grown to both fear and adore. Based on Jason’s clothing, makeup, and instruments of death featured in Friday the 13th Part III, the folks at Mezco have meticulously replicated every detail in such a small scale that it makes their undertaking seem almost impossible. Yet, somehow they did it, utilizing a variety of high quality materials and lifelike textures to bring this beast to life! read more

Steve Dash, Actor Who Played Jason in ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’ Passes Away

We have extremely sad news to pass along today as Steve Dash, the actor who played Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part 2 has passed away. Dash was added to the slasher franchise when Cliff Cudney called upon him to replace Warrington Gillette as the iconic slasher.

Friday the 13th Part 2 was released on April 30, 1981 and kickstarted the Jason Voorhees phenomenon. In this version of the film we were introduced to a grown-up Jason who donned a burlap sack and was out for blood.

Back on December 4th we reported that Dash had posted an update on his health via Facebook where he told fans that he had been suffering from diabetes, blood clots and a bad heart over the past year. read more

Horror Legend, Steve Dash Updates Fans on Health

Our friend Steve Dash, who played the iconic Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part 2 posted an update on his health via Facebook. The fan favorite actor stated that he had been suffering from diabetes, blood clots and a bad heart over the past year.  The actor, who many horror fans refer to as “Burlap Sack Jason” due to the iconic costuming in the second installment of the franchise, will be undergoing a procedure to amputate his leg. If you know Steve, you know that one of his passions is golf, and one of the main reasons he is opting for surgery is that he will be able to play again within six to eight weeks after getting a new leg. read more

‘Halloween’ Slashes Through the Competition Again at the Box Office

For the second week in a row, Halloween (2018) dominated the box office, earning a estimated $32 million dollars in its second week of release.  The latest in a long line of Michael Myers’ films currently sits at over $126 million in sales, and with a few more weeks of slim competition on the horizon, Halloween has a chance to cross the $200 million mark domestically.

Halloween only dropped 58% from last week’s debut, which was less than anticipated, as most horror films see a steeper decline in the 60-65% range.  The success of Halloween has sent many rival studios scrambling to fast track their own slasher properties, with rumors (unsubstantiated at best) running rampant about the return of Jason Voorhees.  Don’t be surprised if “news” of the return of Freddy or Leatherface is far behind, as Hollywood chases the latest trend at the box office. read more

LeBron James and Vertigo Entertainment Teaming up to Resurrect ‘Friday the 13th’

Could Jason Voorhees be the next slasher to reappear on the big screen? According to a report from Deadline, Vertigo Entertainment and LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment are in talks to bring Friday the 13th back to the silver screen. In fact, meetings with writers and directors are already happening.

A lot has been happening lately in the Friday the 13th realm, and for fans of the franchise things looked bleak. There was the ugly legal battle between screenwriter Victor Miller and director Sean Cunningham over the rights to the beloved slasher franchise.  During that time, the hit video game Friday the 13th: The Game continued to chug along and release amazing DLC. As the developers were poised to make their latest release (which included the Jason X version of Voorhees) they were notified of the lawsuit and were told they were no longer able to produce any further content. read more

Nic Cage Channels Inner-‘Jason’ for Role in New Film ‘Mandy’

Cinematic horror icon Jason Vorhees is about to GET IN THE CAGE!  According to a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Oscar-winning thespian Nicolas Cage admits that he based his character from the upcoming film Mandy on the legendary (and impossible-to-kill) campground slasher.  It is not yet known if the producers of the Friday the 13th franchise are flattered or enraged by the actor’s revelation.

Cage will play a lumberjack named Red in the revenge thriller, which is due out on September 14th.  A mild-mannered every-man for the first half of the film, Red turns into a homicidal vigilante in the second half when his remote cabin is the scene of a home invasion which sees his lover (Mandy) fall victim to the violence.  Red blazes a path of vengeance amped-up by a liquid hallucinogen as he hunts down his tormentors.  It’s well-worn territory (Crank, Death Sentence, the entire Death Wish series), but Cage’s indication that he’s channeling his inner-psycho for the role adds a nicely-textured layer of horror and the supernatural to the entire equation. read more

Brad Fuller Discusses the Future of the ‘Friday the 13th’ and ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street’ Films

In an exclusive interview with SyFy Wire, co-owner of Platinum Dunes, Brad Fuller . explained why we haven’t seen a new Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street film lately, and why we may not be seeing either for the foreseeable future.

Although not a surprise to fans (as a new Friday the 13th film was scheduled for 2017 but was removed from the release list), Fuller shed some light on the subject.  The producer explained that “There (were) a couple of things. I think there was concern about the rights looming at that point. Paramount was concerned if they made that movie and the rights were not available… if you are going to make that movie, you want to be able to ride it for more than one or two movies. That didn’t exist in this rights structure.  We were going down the road to make the movie, but, at the end of the day, economically and/or creatively, they didn’t want to make it.  There’s this clause in the rights that the rights revert back to New Line. As that date became closer and closer, Paramount would have made one Friday the 13th movie and then New Line would have benefited if the movie was great. Then, New Line could have followed it up with subsequent movies. It put Paramount in a very tough position to go ahead and actually make the movie, and then us to reap the benefits if it was successful beyond that particular film.” read more

Artwork Released for ‘The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday’

Horror fans love “making of” documentaries. What fan doesn’t want to find out what was going through the director’s mind as they filmed a particular favorite scene or killed off a main character? Well, director Nick Hunt (Safe Place) and producers Adam Marcus (director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday) and Johnny Macabre (Don’t F*ck in the Woods) will be taking us on a journey of what was going on behind the scenes of that crazy ninth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise: Jason Goes to Hell. read more

HNN’s Coverage of The 2018 New York Toy Fair

This weekend, the Jacob Javits Center in New York City played host to the cultural phenomenon known as Toy Fair 2018.  For four glorious days, national and international toy producers, re-sellers and developers converged on the West Side of Manhattan to display their current products and provide a glimpse of what the future holds for their catalogs as well.

Horror continues to play an integral part in the toy market, and Horror News Network was there to cover all of the excitement and wonderfully-gory products that both casual and hardcore collectors (and their kids!) can expect throughout 2018 and even into next year.  Staff Journalists Larry Dwyer and Sean McLaughlin made the trek ready to report, and thanks to an assist by our friends at Action Figure Collectors (www.actionfigurecollectors.com) we were able to provide thorough coverage of all announcements and news relevant to the horror masses. read more