His Name was Jason Review
Written by: Rileyofthedead
A documentary hosted by Tom Savini about one of the most world renowned serial killers? That just sounds flipping amazing! His Name was Jason narrates the history of the Friday the 13th franchise, from Part One all the way to the very recent reboot. With an ensemble of previous cast members, including Betsy Palmer (!), websites, crew, and the man who started it all Sean Cunningham, this is an excellent little documentary if you are a fan of Jason Voorhees or slasher films in general. The sections cover the basics, the original, spruning off sequels, the music, the Final Girls, the sex, the gore, the continuity issues, the men who played Jason (Kane Hodder, good man) and even the NES video game with internet celeb James Rolfe. It was actually because of Mr. Rolfe that I even knew about this DVD, so thanks!
There are bonuses such as cast members returning to the house in Part 4 The Final Chapter, fan films, and a tour of the Universal Studio Hollywood Horror maze "Friday the 13th Camp Blood". That made me so effin' jealous of everyone who knew about that except me.
The point is, this franchise was made with love. The dedication and admiration that these people have for Friday the 13th is just remarkable. You would think that a series with sequels that have very little to do with each other wouldn't have a solidity with its cast and crew, but I was proven wrong. If you like Jason, you'll like this documentary.
My only cripe, where was Robert Englund when they were talking about Freddy vs. Jason?! I kept waiting for him to show up and he never did. I was a little sad by that. Now if they made a Nightmare on Elm Street documentary in the same vain, I'd be a happy camper. Pardon the pun.