We have sad news to pass along today as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that John Carl Buechler has passed away after a battle with stage 4 prostate cancer. Buechler is known for his love of horror films where he worked as an actor, writer, producer, director, and special effects artist. In 1986 Buechler directed the cult classic film Troll which followed a troll king in search of a magical ring which will transform him into a human. In 1988 more directing duties came Buechler’s way as he added Cellar Dweller to his resume while visiting Crystal Lake and directing new Jason, Kane Hodder in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
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
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
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
Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! This year, Mezco Toyz’s booth was jam packed with tons of incredible properties in a variety of different formats. Featuring 12″ figures, puppets, dolls, and even jack in the boxes, nearly every popular horror franchise was represented, including Halloween, Friday the 13th, Ghostbusters, Evil Dead 2, Dawn of the Dead, The Warriors, A Clockwork Orange, Kong: Skull Island, Living Dead Dolls, It, The Nun, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Annabelle, The Exorcist, Chucky, Beetlejuice, Trick ‘r Treat, and Hellraiser, there was literally something for everyone! You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more
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
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
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
Since the company was founded in 2001 by Michael Bay, Andrew Form, and Brad Fuller, Platinum Dunes brought contemporary remakes of classic horror films like The Amityville Horror, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, The Hitcher, and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre to the big screen. But now, coinciding with the success of their new film A Quiet Place, the studio says they’re done with horror reboots.
In a recent interview with Cinepop, both Form and Fuller expressed their commitment to new, original content over rehashes of classic properties. When asked directly about upcoming reboot projects, Brad Fuller did not mince words: read more
So you think you’re the biggest Friday the 13th fan, huh? You’ve got all of the movies on blu-ray, you’ve had your picture taken with all of the actors who’ve ever played Jason… but have you ever spent the night at the legendary Camp Crystal Lake? Pretty soon, a few lucky (and wealthy) fans will be able to answer “yes” to that question!
Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, the original shooting location for 1980’s Friday the 13th, will soon be opening its gates to fans of the franchise in an unprecedented manner. The Warren County, New Jersey campground is typically off-limits to the general public due to the fact that it is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. The organization has periodically offered tours of the hallowed grounds as fundraisers in recent years, but they plan to up the ante with an all-nighter for the first time ever this spring! The only problem is, it will end up costing you an arm and a leg (and who wants to hear that phrase when Jason Voorhees is within earshot!?). However, you don’t need to feel too guilty about making such a purchase, because all proceeds will go towards preserving the camp for the enjoyment of future generations of scouts. read more