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Ice Nine Kills Drop New Video For “Thank God It’s Friday” From Upcoming Album, ‘The Silver Scream’

Ice Nine Kills Drop New Video For “Thank God It’s Friday” From Upcoming Album, ‘The Silver Scream’

In Ice Nine Kills‘ bloody universe, the term “TGIF” takes on a whole new meaning!

The band has just issued the new video for “Thank God It’s Friday.” In the clip, the group (and a bunch of unsuspecting teenagers) visit Crystal Lake and that’s when all the trouble ensues. The video is a modern tribute to the classic Friday the 13th slasher series starring machete-wielding horror hero Jason Voorhees. Check it out below!

“I’ve always been really intrigued by the mythology of this series and the story behind how Jason became who he was,” said singer Spencer Charnas. “Being able to interject the spirit of INK into the doomed universe of Camp Crystal Lake was an absolutely killer experience.”

The song will appear on Ice Nine Kill’s upcoming album The Silver Scream, out Friday, October 5 via Fearless Records. All of the album’s 13 anthems are based on 13 respective horror classics. The physical pre-order is available here.

The band previously shared the cinematic video for “The American Nightmare” — a twisted and tasteful homage to director Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The video provides a thematic feast for children of the ’80s who grew up loving Freddie Krueger, the first film, and its sequels. It was directed by Daniel Hourihan and is the first installment of an over-arching film that will be a counterpart to the The Silver Scream. Watch it here.

The band is spending its summer on the final traveling edition of the Vans Warped Tour and will appear on all dates, which run through August 5. All INK summer tour dates are below.

Ice Nine Kills — the aforementioned Charnas [vocals], Justin DeBlieck [vocals, guitar, orchestration], and Justin Morrow [guitar, bass]— hit the studio with producer Drew Fulk [Motionless In White, As I Lay Dying] in Los Angeles in early 2018 and recorded The Silver Scream.

Through the art of intricate songwriting and elaborate storytelling, the Boston band has mastered the ability to engage and captivate listeners. Seamlessly weaving aggressive post-hardcore with soaring melodies, the band utilizes multi-textured guitar hooks, a dual vocal attack, complex orchestral arrangements and a pummeling rhythm section, which grabs the listener by the throat and refuses to let go.

The group’s 2015 offering, Every Trick In the Book, paid homage to a classic literary work and became Ice Nine Kills’ biggest to date, bowing at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart and in the Top 5 of the Hard Rock Albums and Independent Albums charts. Ice Nine Kills lived on the road, touring with Motionless In White, Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin, Wage War, and more.

ICE NINE KILLS ON TOUR:
7/16 — Burgettstown, PA — Keybank Pavilion
7/17 — Toronto, ON — The Flats at Budweiser Stage
7/18 — Cuyahoga Falls, OH — Blossom Music Center
7/19 — Cincinnati, OH — Riverbend Music Center
7/20 — Detroit, MI — Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
7/21 — Tinley Park, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
7/22 — Shakopee, MN — Canterbury Park
7/23 — Milwaukee, WI — American Family Insurance Amphitheater
7/24 — Noblesville, IN — Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
7/25 — Darien Center, NY — Darien Lake PAC
7/26 — Scranton, PA — The Pavilion at Montage Mountain
7/27 — Mansfield, MA — XFINITY Center
7/28 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health at Jones Beach Amphitheatre
7/29 — Columbia, MD — Merriweather Post Pavilion
7/30 — Charlotte, NC — PNC Music Pavilion Charlotte
7/31 — Atlanta, GA — Celliris Amphitheatre at Lakewood
8/02 — Jacksonville, FL — The Old Cypress Lot Near Met Park
8/03 — Orlando, FL — Tinker Field
8/04 — Tampa, FL — Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheater
8/05 — West Palm Beach, FL — Coral Sky Amphitheatre

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 253: The Quest For 4K

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 253: The Quest For 4K

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, the gang is reunited for a brand new episode of pop culture goodness. Jason offers up a glimpse into his recent trip to Wizard World to meet members of ‘The Monster Squad’ and recounts his evening of online delight with Jeremy playing ‘Friday The 13th: The Game.’ Not to be outdone, Hank waxes poetic about the ‘Alien’ franchise and gives us mixed signals about his true feelings on ‘Alien: Covenant.’ Jeremy also shines a light on his latest ‘Unsung Heroes of Hollywood’ piece and his screening of the latest DC blockbuster known as ‘Wonder Woman.’ Jason also discusses hitting the road to spot Riki Rachtman in the wild on Riki’s Ride 2017 and the great cause it benefits.

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ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 252: The Feel of Peele

ICON VS. ICON PRESENTS: Acid Pop Cult Podcast – Episode 252: The Feel of Peele

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On the latest episode of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, Jeremy and Jason are ready to breakdown the abundance of mock outrage being slung across the internet. Up first Jason catches us up with a recent visit with young Thomas Bryce, formerly of Shit Movie Fest, as well as an up coming appearance at Wizard World in Philly. Then the boys decided to ‘Get Out’ and discuss if they think the film really means what everyone claims it means while maintaining it still a good flick. Finally the boys dive dick deep into all things Crystal Lake as they wax poetically about ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ and how internet entitled babypants are hell-bent on tearing anything good down. Tune in, stay out of the cabin, and if you’re feeling generous rate and review us on the iTunes. Now can someone get Tommy Jarvis in here to fix our Skype issues? K, thx!

Spread the word, leave a review and be sure to subscribe to the show on iTunes for our continuing adventures! Download the latest episode of Acid Pop Cult on iTunes now!


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Jeremy on Twitter – @almostgothim
Jason on Twitter – @iconvsicon
Hank on Twitter – @thehenrypricejr

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Gotta Slay Them All! ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Delivers Chills And Thrills At Camp Blood

Gotta Slay Them All! ‘Friday the 13th: The Game’ Delivers Chills And Thrills At Camp Blood

“Friday the 13th: The Game is a third-person horror, survival game where players take on the role of a teen counselor, or for the first time ever, Jason Voorhees. You and six other unlucky souls will do everything possible to escape and survive while the most well-known killer in the world tracks you down and brutally slaughters you.”

In the early hours of May 26th the world was introduced to the latest installment in the Friday the 13th franchise. No, the Platinum Dunes team did not secretly drop Jason’s next cinematic adventure into theaters without your knowledge. This is even bigger than that, folks. The masterminds over at Gun Media finally released “Friday the 13th: The Game” to the masses and it is spectacular.

In case you all have been living under a rock, we here at Icon Vs. Icon have been frothing at the mouth since the game went live on Kickstarter. Jason and I (along with Acid Pop Cult‘s Producer Danielle) swept in and laid our small claim very early on in the project and have been sharing project updates on the podcast when available. So Friday morning was Christmas level for us. And I have to say, this game does not disappoint!

It seems many “fans” of the series would disagree however, as a trip to Friday The 13th: The Game’s Facebook page would lead one to believe that the makers of this game have joined ISIS and decided to reign down on your childhood. If 2016 was the year of mock-outrage, 2017 has decided to double down and bring faux-rage into the mix. This small group of indie gamemakers are currently under an attack as if they killed Christ himself. but why?

When the game launched in the early hours of Friday, May 26th, many horror fans and basement dwellers flocked to their gaming devices to flee Camp Blood, or crush the heads of those would-be fleers if you were lucky enough to be the masked killer himself.  A game with this much anticipation was sure to crash a server, and crash it did. And then the bugs infested Crystal Lake, but nothing out of the ordinary for a game this size with a crew that small. In the weeks leading up to the drop date Jason and I talked at length about expecting growing pains upon release. Big and small. But our entitled horror community would not stand for such atrocities, folks. Instead of waiting for their hot pockets to cool down, they unleashed the “my hard earned money” battle cries of the idiotic.

Have I been in a match, readying my escape, to have the system fail and lose all my XP gained? Sure. Does it matter? No. Is it annoying? Not even that much, really. Everyone needs to calm down and take a step back. These dudes have been busting their ass for years putting together a very entertaining game. A game that surprisingly not only creeps me out, but legit scares me at times. My only complaint is you can’t randomly break off from the camp with your Heavy Hanger girlfriend for an intense sex act. But I’m a purist.

Seriously though, folks, this game is nothing short of amazing. I don’t know a single person in my life that loves and cherishes this franchise more than me. I’m so happy with it. Biased. But happy. The love and care that went into crafting this game, the honor to the character. Its insane. Kane Hodder is amazing as Jason, even though it is a little jarring to see him as Jason from parts three, six, and definitely my favorite Jason, Ol Bag Head from deuce. My one regret…I didn’t purchase the Savini Jason. That thing is insane.

From the bottom of my heart, sincerely, THANK YOU to the creators, the motion captured actors, Sean S. Cunningham, Tom Savini, Harry Manfredini, and most importantly, Gun Media. I doubt you’ve had any sleep since Thursday. Take five and have a beer. You honestly deserve it!

Jeremy Morrison – Staff Writer
Co-creator/host of the Acid Pop Cult Podcast, film reviewer, screenwriter, Jeremy has more than eight years experience in television and film production. His childhood fascination with the naked breasts featured in the “Friday the 13th” franchise prepared him for absolutely nothing in life. J-Mo lives by one motto: #wecantallbezacksnyder
Twitter: @acidpopcult
IG: @almostgothim

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EPIX To Host All-Day ‘Friday the 13th’ Marathon To Celebrate The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees

EPIX To Host All-Day ‘Friday the 13th’ Marathon To Celebrate The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees

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EPIX is planning an all-day Friday the 13th movie marathon, so get ready to celebrate the many lives of Jason Voorhees (and his camp counselor victims) this upcoming Friday! Every film in the franchise except Parts V and VII will be featured. Check out the schedule of the movie marathon below:

7:00 AM Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
8:40 AM Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
10:25 AM Friday the 13th (1980)
12:05 PM Friday the 13th – Part II
1:35 PM Friday the 13th – Part III
3:10 PM Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
4:45 PM Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
6:15 PM Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
8:00 PM Friday the 13th (1980)
9:45 PM Friday the 13th – Part II
11:15 PM Friday the 13th – Part III
1:00 AM Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
2:35 AM Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
4:10 AM Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

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Official ‘Friday The 13th’ Video Game Featuring Iconic Slasher Jason Voorhees Now In Development

Official ‘Friday The 13th’ Video Game Featuring Iconic Slasher Jason Voorhees Now In Development

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Exciting news broke today for horror fans as EGM Now has revealed that a brand new (and shockingly long overdue) ‘Friday the 13th’ video game is in development.

EGM reports:

Currently in development, Friday the 13th will reportedly be an asymmetrical, co-operative and competitive multiplayer predator/prey horror experience that pits a small group of resourceful survivors against a single player in control of the immortal, relentless slasher icon.

This will be the first official Friday the 13th licensed game to feature the hockey mask–wearing, machete-wielding psychopath since players last faced off against the infamous Jason on the NES back in 1989.

The new game, tentatively titled Friday the 13th, is in development for multiple platforms for an October 2015 release. 

More details to come as the story develops!

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Pick Of The Week: ‘Friday The 13th’ (2009) On Blu-ray

Pick Of The Week: ‘Friday The 13th’ (2009) On Blu-ray

Friday The 13th (2009)

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Review By:
Steve Johnson

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There have been many differing opinions about Platinum Dunes’ remake of the 1980 classic, Friday the 13th. Some people love the film, while others absolutely hate it and consider it an abomination. While there are faults within the film, I love it and consider the latest entry one of the best in the series. Longtime fans will be happy that the film is loaded with the familiar graphic nudity, drugs, and death. While the deaths in the film lack the imagination of their predecessors, it is the man delivering the carnage that is the best aspect of the film. Derek Mears is the latest actor to don the famous hockey mask and he does an amazing job. Mears’ Jason is calculated and more human than previous versions of the iconic killer.

A short time before the film was released to theaters, fans of the series were told by producer Brad Fuller that they could look forward to an unrated DVD that would be awesome and feature a new cut of the film that would be entirely different from the theatrical version. Unfortunately, the “Killer Cut” included on the DVD and Blu-ray is nothing more than a slightly longer version of the theatrical film. While I prefer the “Killer Cut” to the theatrical version, the only additions you get are slightly longer looks at the deaths, a little more sex, and an extended storyline for Amanda Righetti’s character. We can only hope that there are not plans in the future for a three disc, super extended version in the future.

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Derek Mears is Jason Voorhees

If you are a Blu-Ray owner, the special features on the disc are plentiful. Standard definition viewers are left out in the cold, as the disc only has two special features to choose from. The two special features included on the DVD are an eleven minute documentary on the rebirth of Jason Vorhees and a collection of three deleted scenes. The deleted scenes featurette contains an alternate version of how Jason gets the iconic hockey mask and is far better than what we were given in the final version of the film. The Blu-Ray disc features the two previously mentioned special features and is packaged with the theatrical cut and “Killer Cut” of the film. A digital copy for your computer or iPod is also included in the packaging. The Blu-ray grants you access to Warner’s BD-Live feature, where you can see a clip from the upcoming film Trick ‘r Treat. On a side note, Trick ‘r Treat looks awesome. Also featured is the Hacking Back/Slashing Forward documentary, which gives the cast and crew’s take on the franchise. Another cool feature exclusive to the Blu-Ray is the Terror Trivia Track. This feature allows the viewer to test their knowledge about the series and gives them behind the scenes footage, all while watching the film. Rounding out the special features for the Blu-Ray disc is the Seven Best Kills featurette, which is basically a behind the scenes look at how each death in the new movie was brought to life. If you are a fan of behind the scenes footage, the Blu-Ray is definitely the way to go.

The transfer on the DVD is great, but the Blu-ray blows it away. I have seen many films in the high definition format and Friday the 13th may be one of the best looking I have seen so far. It almost seems too clean and sharp for a genre movie. I have to admit that while I was watching it, I sort of missed the gritty look and feel of the old films. God do I miss the days of using the tracking button on my VCR. The sound on both formats is stellar, but once again the Blu-ray gets the edge.

Is Friday the 13th the movie that hardcore fans wanted to see? Probably not, but it is an excellent addition to a franchise that was due for a much needed kick in the ass. News about the inevitable sequel has begun to spring up and rumors seem to be pointing toward the potential of seeing Jason in the winter months. I guess we’ll have to wait and see. Until then, happy camping boys and girls!

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Derek Mears: Beyond The Mask

Derek Mears: Beyond The Mask

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We all recently bore witness to the resurrection of one of the most iconic characters in cinema history. Jason Voorhees has terrified audiences for nearly 3 decades and has recently slashed his way back into the hearts and minds of many adults and teenagers around the world. While the role has been filled by many brilliant actors over the years, the newest man to take up the hockey mask and machete has introduced us to a much more darker and more human version of the unstoppable killer. Derek Mears, contrary to his persona in 2009’s Friday the 13th, could not be a nicer guy. An accomplished actor and stuntman, Derek is humbled by his success and is enthusiastic about what the future holds for him. Derek recently sat down with Icon vs. Icon‘s Steve Johnson to discuss his past, his career as a stuntman and actor, his experiences while on the set of Friday the 13th, and his undeniable appreciation of his fans. Look out!  Here comes the man behind the mask!

Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bakersfield, California. Known for agriculture, Buck Owens, and the rock band Korn.

When did you realize you wanted to pursue a career in film?

Kinda early I guess. I remember being younger and having my mom asking me what I wanted to do for a living. I said that I wanted to play with my friends for the rest of my life, but I want to get paid for it. She said no, in a loving, supporting way of course. I started off playing Dungeon and Dragons at young age and went, this is great, this is what I want to do for the rest of my life and I’m kinda doing the same thing, just a live action version.

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Derek Mears is Jason Voorhees

You performed improv comedy, is that something you enjoyed?

Yeah, that’s how I got started off years back, when I was seventeen years old. I was invited to join a troupe called ComedySportz in Bakersfield. ComedySportz is competitive improv comedy and is a giant national franchise. I would go every year to this big tournament in Milwaukee, where it originated from and I made a lot of friends there. We all eventually kinda moved out to Los Angeles and I joined the LA team and played for a while. I took like eight years off to work on tv and film and now I have been back for three years with the main company, performing here in LA. So I have been doing it for twelve years now, which is so much fun.

You have credits in films and television as an actor and a stuntman, which do you prefer?

Truthfully I like them both. The difference between the two is kinda a white collar, blue collar job. As an actor you can have a little more creative freedom, but I really enjoy being physical on the stuntman side of it. I dunno, it’s so funny, even if I get a job and I’m hired as a stuntman, I’m like aw man…, you can always make a character, you know and your dialog is, eh… ok. But then if I get hired as just a plain actor, I’m like can I bash through something, get launched across the room, or fight somebody? No? Ok… So, I’m never happy. 

How did you get involved in being a stuntman?

When I moved out to Los Angeles from Bakersfield, my first “hollywood audition” was for Universal Studios Hollywood for the Wild, Wild, Wild, West Stunt Show. I got hired there. Half of the people were actors who they trained to be stunt people and the other half were stunt people they trained to be actors. I actually came in on the acting side and they trained me to do the stunts for that show and I became friends with a lot of the stunt guys and have a background in martial arts. They would go out and learn new stunts and were like, “hey man you want to hang out” and I was like “ok, but I mainly do acting and comedy.” I would just learn with them and I kinda fell into it, no pun intended. [laughs]

As a stuntman, have you ever had any close calls or serious injuries?

Where is some wood, I’m going to knock on it. I have been so lucky. I have had minor breaks, but nothing really big, so I have been very, very fortunate. There are times when you do a stunt when something kinda close happens, you’re like, hey if I were a few inches off that could have knocked me out or done permanent damage.

mears2What do you do to keep in top physical shape?

I do different weight training regimens. I do some stuff called CrossFit, which is all functional body training. It’s a website called Crossfit.com, where they give you a workout for each day. It is just fantastic. I train MMA as a hobbyist at John McCarthy’s ultimate fighting school, which is so much fun to do. They also offer a CrossFit there too. So I bounce between that and of course doing different weights in the gym and stuff for the aesthetic body look.

How do you prepare physically for your acting roles versus stuntman roles?

I kinda stay neutral. Depending on what role I am doing, I’ll tailor that work out for that role. In some roles they may want me to be larger body wise or they may want me to be thinner body wise, so I’ll tailor the work out accordingly.  

We understand that you are a fan of the horror genre. Do you have any favorite movies or directors?

Oh yeah. Totally. I don’t know if it is particularly horror, it’s more kind of sci-fi, but Del Toro is amazing, Guillermo Del Toro. His attention to different makeup effects, seeing that he came from a makeup background. What he shoots looks so freaking amazing, that guys is a ugh… I am a fan. Some of my favorite horror movies. Not because I am a part of the series, but before I was a part of the series, I love the Friday the 13th series, the Evil Dead series, I love Alien, sort of sci-fi/horror. If it has to do with sci-fi, comic books, or horror, I am a fan.

You have been involved in a few remakes of classic horror films. What is your feeling on the latest craze in Hollywood of remaking movies?

I kinda understand both sides of the argument for remakes. I guess I would be more on the pro side, not because I am a part of it, but just for the fact you always have the original and the classics. Some of them, I think it is a good idea to remake just to update what’s going on because some of them may have lacked in plot or they lacked in special effects. There are certain things you can improve on and I am always up for that. So if they do something, like Dawn of the Dead for example, I think was an amazing job updating the zombies and it looked fantastic. Something like that I am totally pro. If it turns out they do a remake of something I don’t like, I always keep in my mind you know, well they tried, I still have the classics. I kinda separate the two and not think that the new ones or the remakes have ruined the old films.

Are you a fan of the Friday the 13th series? If so, what is your favorite movie in the series?

Part four with Ted White. It’s so wild, I really relate to it. That’s the one that kinda drew me in. I kinda have an emotional connection to part four. I grew up with a disorder called alopecia, which means that I don’t grow a lot of hair basically. My body sees the hair as a foreign entity and rejects it. So, the part in part four where Corey Feldman comes downstairs and he has his head shaved and he trying to get Jason’s attention because he is trying to emulate the young version of Jason. I really connected to that because at the time that’s what my hair looked like. I had little clumps of hair here and there and I was like oh my gosh, I am a little version of Jason. So, I easily became emotionally connected to the character. Now I actually get to play the character, which is bizarre.   

mears5How did you get the role of Jason Vorhees in Friday the 13th?

I payed Platinum Dunes six million dollars. No, [laughs] Platinum Dunes talked to a bunch of different industry professionals, who they were asking who they thought would be the new Jason. I am very fortunate because my name kept popping up. They ended up bringing two people in for a meeting. It was me and another person and I got it, so I was extremely, extremely lucky.

The role of Jason Vorhees has been filled by many actors, each with their own spin on the role. Did you find donning the hockey mask a bit intimidating at first?

A little bit. Myself being a horror fan, being respectful or being a fan of the guys that came before me. I kinda didn’t want to be the guy like, “that’s the guy who ruined the series,” for my time holding the conch. That was factored in. My job is that I feel like I am representing the horror fans and I just want to do a good job, to represent the character to its full potential.

Being a part of the Friday the 13th family as one of the Jasons, have you found any sort of rivalry or brotherhood between you and the other actors that have played Jason?

There really is like a brotherhood. It was nice, I have met almost everybody that has played Jason before and everyone has been so warm and welcoming. C.J. Graham, Jason from part six, was over the top welcoming. He was the first one to kinda take me in and go, “hey congratulations on everything and welcome to the family. It’s a very small unique group of guys and at one time I was the new guy, at one time Kane was the new guy. It’s your turn to be the new guy and enjoy it and live it up because later on it will pass on to someone else. Welcome, have a good time.” I was really blow away with that. He was really, really, kind. 

Your Jason is angrier and is far more human than any other Jason in the series. Did you have input into the development of the character or was it laid out for you in the script?

The aggressiveness was kinda all me. [laughs] The humanization of the character, a lot of that credits back to Mark Swift and Damian Shannon and the writers. They really wanted to get the script back to the original base of what made Jason great in the earlier films and make him more human, which made him, in my opinion scary. Their purpose was to make Jason frightening again. So I have to give the credit to them for that side of it. 

Where there any challenges while performing on set? Only having one eye to see out of, filming in texas, etc…

Yeah definitely. Having the one eye to see out of was really tough. I had a small slit in the other eye. It was almost as if you are looking through a toilet paper dispenser. You lose all of your peripheral vision from that one eye. I bashed myself so many times into so many different things around the set. When you’re fully committed to the scene, chasing somebody or being aggressive, you can’t see some of the low hanging objects. I thank god that Scott Stoddard, who in my opinion is fifty percent of the Jason character because he did the special effects for him and the design for him. I thank him so much for making the hockey mask out of what you would actually make a protective hockey mask out of.  That saved my face many a time. Just to elaborate on the other hardships of the character. We shot in Austin, Texas in the summer time. From my navel up to my head, I had a full body prosthetic on. After about the second week of shooting your skin starts to get irritated. You got heat rash and you try not to move so much when you are not shooting so the medical adhesive, which keeps the prosthetic onto your own skin, doesn’t rip or pull the irritated skin. So after awhile, you feel like a horse with a burr under its saddle. You get to the aggressive mode a little easier, but still, you are wearing it all day long. In no way I am complaining because you know going into it, it is going to be uncomfortable. You try to focus on the final product, that if it is going to look good, it’s going to be great and not worry about the pain now. Was is the adage I always say, pain is temporary and dumb is forever.         

mears6Which incarnation of Jason do you prefer in the film? Sack head Jason or the masked version?

I like them both equally. I like what Scott came up with, with the creepy sack mask and later on with the hockey mask, it looks great also. I really don’t have a preference, I liked doing both. I was really happy as a fan that they added the sack into the script.  

What is your favorite kill in the new movie?

I really enjoyed the throat kill with Aaron Yoo inside the toolshed. When we actually shot that, the take they ended up using with Arron sputtering the blood, after we yelled cut I asked him if he was ok, what’s going on? What he did was, he tried to inhale the blood that he had in his mouth into his sinuses, so he would spit it out of his nose also, but he started to gag on it. It was horrible sounding, so it was very realistic when we actually shot it. He was such a great guy too, he was so hilarious! All of those funny bits that he did in the toolshed is him just improvising.    

Were any of the other actors/actresses intimidated or scared by your presence while in full costume?

It was funny because when I talked to them about it they knew it was me, we all hung out and had become very close friends, but when you switch over and you have the Jason gear on, I am still myself moving around until they yell action then you switch over to the bad side of yourself. Some of them kept telling me I know it is you underneath there, it’s freaking me out, but I know it’s you, I know your nice, I know your nice and they kept kinda repeating that mantra over and over again. I remember Willa Ford, when she was doing her scene in the lake. The first time she ever saw me in full Jason gear, I kinda on purpose showed up to help her for an eye line. Her eye line was off camera looking at somebody and I walked in and just stood there and I kinda helped her freak out a little bit more. That’s what I am, I am a giver Steve. [laughs]   

Are you happy with the success of the Friday the 13th?

Yes, I really am. For a lot of us who worked on the film, we are fans of the series and for us it was more of a passion project than just another job and we really wanted it to be good. We had to be respectful of what happened in the past, but we also had to take risks for the new audience. The feedback I’ve been getting is really, really positive. Everyone has their critiques, but the majority of the feedback I have been getting is great, so I am very, very satisfied and proud to be a part of the series.     

Derek Mears in 'Pro-Life' from Masters of Horror

Derek Mears in 'Pro-Life' from Masters of Horror

Can you tell us anything about the upcoming Friday the 13th DVD/Blu-Ray? Was there behind the scene footage filmed? Will we see an unrated version of the film?

We shot a lot of the scenes a couple different ways. Being that Jason is not just pure evil, that he was a victim and kinda created, we empathize with him and we empathize for him. We shot scenes in ways where you would feel more sympathy for Jason and then we shot it more aggressively, so when we did the editing, the editor could choose the flow as to play it how the scene needed. There’s that fine line between sympathy and aggressiveness. If you go too sympathetic you lose the ferocity of the character and if you go too ferocious you lose the human tie or the empathy for the character.  

A sequel to Friday the 13th was recently announced, will you be back as Jason and is there anything you can tell us about it?

What I can officially say from the producers is the writers are writing the sequel right now. It’s still in the rumor status because it hasn’t been officially green lit. I do have a second picture option with Platinum Dunes. It could be for part two or it could be for a different film entirely. Being that the film is not yet green lit, they can’t make any offers or anything. I would like to return, but nothing is for sure.   

You were featured in the Friday the 13th retrospective His Name Was Jason. How did you get involved in that film and what was that experience like?

That was crazy. How did I get involved in that? They just called up and said “hey, we are doing a retrospect for the Friday the 13th series, do you want to be a part of it” and I go “Yes, are you kidding me?” I just remember at the time I was so excited and being a total goofball and doing the interview. It was a blast. It was just fun being a part of something that you are a fan of and meet people that I have watched over years and meet them in person. Another thing with all of the focus and attention from the Jason role is being a fan of different celebrities and having them know who you are. It’s a little surreal, it’s a little out of this world.     

What other projects are in your immediate future?

It’s crazy. I’ve been asked that a lot lately. I totally want to talk about it, but I can’t. There’s a project that is a super-secret project, it’s a big project, but I can’t divulge any information about it at all or the studio will destroy me. I feel like a kid who has a birthday present for somebody and he wants to tell them so bad about it and how cool it is, but I can’t say anything right now, I can’t. So, I can’t divulge anything right now, but it’s something cool.    

You have been hitting the convention circuit for a while now. What has that experience been like for you? Do you enjoy meeting fans?

Oh man, that is so much fun. I am actually going to one this coming weekend. The horror fans are so amazing. They are so loving and accepting. It’s funny because people, they thank me for coming out to the conventions and I’m like, “thank you guys for coming out.” On my end they go “Hey Derek we’d like to pay you to come out and talk about sci-fi, horror, and comic books, is that cool with you?” I’m like, “Yeah, that’s what I do every day.” Hollywood doesn’t have to pay me to do it, I love to do it. So I sit around with all of these friends and I geek gossip a bit. I dig it.

mears7Any strange encounters or notable interaction with other actors?

Yeah actually, can you believe it, I have. This one thing that I would say is the strangest encounter or the strangest thing that has happened. It’s not super strange, but it was kinda strange for me. Before the film came out, I was having a conversation with a guy and we were talking about being Friday the 13th fans, he and I, and I told him that I learned that to be a super fan you’ve got to have a tattoo. Now that is a commitment if you have a tattoo and he goes “oh really?” This guy has a shaved head and he turned around and on the back of his head he has a giant Jason mask tattooed there. I go “ok, you are a huge fan.” He shows me his drivers license, which is awesome, and he legally changed his name to Jason Vorhees with a “z”. I am like, “You are a hardcore fan, you might be the biggest fan I have seen.” He goes “I know what I want you to sign” and I go “Oh cool what” and he points to the back of his head. I go, “Oh dude, think about this” and I go “what if the film sucks?” He goes “The film is not going to suck.” I’m like, “Yeah you’re right, the film is not going to suck.” So I signed the back of his head and he had it tattooed onto him. It’s so wild because he is just a big fan and he’s not sick or anything like that, he is just really nice, he is just a big fan. It just kinda wowed me.          

Do you have an advice for anyone who would like to get involved in the film industry as an actor or stuntman?

I get asked for advice all of the time and it’s really, really tough because I don’t really know what to say. There are so many different routes to get to where you want to be. I have so many talented friends myself that aren’t working and it is bizarre to me. It’s a mixture of talent, luck, and timing. Every time when I get a phone call to work on a show, I keep expecting the phone to stop ringing or this could be my last show. I feel very, very fortunate that the phone keeps ringing. It’s really tough to give advice, I don’t know. I’m still kinda wondering how the hell I got here. 

Do you have any last words?

I just want to thank the fans. The fans have been so great. It’s a wild ride!

Thanks for your time and best of luck!


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Pick of The Week: ‘His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th’

Pick of The Week: ‘His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th’

Jason Voorhees has carved his place into American pop culture and is one of the most recognizable cinematic killer in horror history. Now nearly, 30 years later, see how it all happened! With over 100 interviews with cast and crew, behind the scenes footage and dozen of film clips spanning the entire Friday the 13th series leading up to the 2.13.09 remake, there is no better way to get up close and personal with one of the most feared icons of our generation. Shut off the lights, lock up the cabin and get ready to learn all about a boy… His Name Was Jason.

Note:?His Name is Jason hits DVD on February 3rd and will air on Starz February 13th, 2009.

His Name Was Jason

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th, the ultimate tribute documentary about one of horror cinema?s most enduring icons, has been acquired by Anchor Bay Entertainment, the leading horror programmer, for North American DVD distribution. It will be released as a ?splatter edition? DVD on February 3, 2009. Then, on February 13th, 2009, Starz will host the broadcast premiere of the documentary ? in celebration of the infamous date and its most famous posterboy. In addition, the documentary will have its World Premiere Friday, November 14 at the 31st Starz Denver Festival during The Watching Hour, the festival?s midnight film series. Ari Lehman, the ?first? Jason and other special guests will be in attendance.

Produced by Anthony Masi (Halloween 25 Years of Terror, The Psycho Legacy) and Thommy Hutson (Prank) and directed by Dan Farrands (The Girl Next Door, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers), In addition to the full-length documentary, the DVD is anticipated to contain over four hours of bonus features, including additional interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and more.

jasonHosted by legendary special effects make-up artist Tom Savini ? whose (literally) eye-popping prosthetics were featured in such gorefest classics as 1979?s Dawn of the Dead, Creepshow, Maniac, and the original Friday the 13th ? His Name Was Jason is the definitive look at the history and cultural legacy of this 20th Century boogeyman. Extensive interviews were conducted with over eighty people involved throughout the entire Friday the 13th franchise, as well as filmmaker and fan testimonials.

Jason fans who watch His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th will be treated to reminiscences and ruminations spanning Jason?s entire film history, as well as a virtual ?who?s who? of contemporary film horror, including:

Actors: Betsy Palmer (1), Adrienne King (1 and Part 2), Larry Zerner (Part 3-D), Bonnie Hellman and Judie Aronson (The Final Chapter), Shavar Ross and Debi Sue Voorhees (A New Beginning), Darcy DeMoss and Vincent Gustaferro (Part VI), Lar Park-Lincoln, Elizabeth Kaitan and Diana Barrows (Part VII), Peter Mark Richman and Jensen Daggett (Part VIII), Lawrence Monoson and Camilla More (The Final Friday), Lisa Ryder (Jason X), Seth Green and Travis Van Winkle (2009 remake);

Jason Voorhees portrayers: Ari Lehman (1), Warrington Gillette (Part 2), Richard Brooker (Part 3-D), Ted White (Final Chapter), C.J. Graham (Part VI), and Kane Hodder (Part VII, Part VIII, The Final Friday, Jason X);

Filmmakers: Sean S. Cunningham (Director, 1), Victor Miller (Writer, 1) Danny Steinmann (Writer/Director, A New Beginning), Tom McLoughlin (Writer/Director, Part VI), John Carl Buechler (Director/Special Makeup Effects, Part VII), Joseph Zito (Director, The Final Friday), Greg Nicotero (Special Makeup Effects, The Final Friday), Marcus Nispel (Director, 2009 remake), and Composer Harry Manfredini, creator of Jason?s signature musical cue “Sh-sh-sh-sh, ha-ha-ha-ha.”

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