13 Freaked-Up Facts About The Friday The 13th Franchise
You know Jason Voorhees, right? From the Friday the 13th series of slasher horror movies? Gigantic lumbering revenant, loves hockey masks, good with an axe, always seems a little mad he wasn't invited to the orgy?
That's mostly true, at least from a bird's-eye-view of the franchise from the second movie onward. But in a film franchise that is known for its twists and constant revival, this may be the biggest twist of all: this was never supposed to make it past the first movie. Taken on its own, the first movie looks almost nothing like the lore you're familiar with today. It was just supposed to be rip-off of Halloween! Just ask the movie's producer! Hell, Jason's iconic hockey mask didn't show up until Friday the 13th: Part III!
Here are some freaky, gory details about the humble, fly-by-night beginnings of the bloody horror franchise that just won't die: