Rest in peace to the man who wrote the horror sequel that introduced the menace of an adult Jason Voorhees to a breathless world.
Ron Kurz–who contributed to the original Friday The 13th film and penned the screenplay for the 1981 sequel–passed away last month due to heart failure at the age of 79, according to sentinelsource.com.
Kurz reportedly handled the rewrites on the original movie and came up with the terrifying, iconic ending when young Jason emerges from the dark waters of Crystal Lake–after having drowned there 20 years before–to exact his revenge.
When the sequel was being planned, Kurz was brought back to write the screenplay, thus starting the slasher legend of the masked Jason. This sequel–directed by Steve Miner–picked up five years after the original, with Jason starting to stalk camp counselors at Crystal Lake. The film grossed $21.7 million worldwide on a budget of just $1.2 million.
Born in Baltimore, MD, Kurz joined the Army at the age of 17 and served from 1958-1961, first in the 82nd Airborne Division and then in the 8th Infantry Division.
Following this service to his country, Kurz worked as a corrections officer at the Maryland Department of Corrections for eight years. He left that position to write his first novel, Lethal Gas, published in 1974.
Kurz subsequently moved to New Hampshire in 1975, where he worked as a novelist and screenwriter until 1982. In addition to his screen work on the Friday The 13th movies, Kurz wrote King Frat, Eyes Of A Stranger and Off The Wall.
Kurz is survived by his wife, Ann; his sons, Scott and Daniel; his former wife, Bethany, their daughters, Zessi and Elyse; and his sister, Susan.
The staff of Horror News Network would like to extend our condolences to the family and friends of Ron Kurz.