If you’re not a fan of the Friday the 13th films and don’t know who Jason Voorhees is then look away now. Only the converted and completists will find this homage to one of cinema’s horror icons ‘the’ must-have for their collection.

Produced to mark the 30th anniversary of the Friday the 13th franchise, as well as introducing the 2009 remake, His Name Was Jason is a two-disc set containing a feature-length documentary, plus a host of themed extras.

Special-effects gore maestro Tom Savini is your horror host as you are given a behind-the-scenes look at the franchise, with stacks of interviews from the various actors who played Jason (interesting), tours of the barn from the 3D sequel, as well as the house used in The Final Chapter (revealing), plus reminiscences from the various and many cast and crew (fascinating, if a little repetitive at times).

Whatever you think about Friday the 13th and its sequels (I will always hate Jason Goes to Hell), it has become part of American popular culture and being a long-time Fangoria fan – the horror mag which has followed Jason throughout his 30 years killing spree – I lapped up the chance to revisit Jason and his Crystal Lake home.

The only thing missing, however, was the no-show of Mssrs Kevin Bacon, Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover who all started their careers battling the man in the hockey mask.

Altogether now: “Ki ki ki ki…. Ma ma ma ma….’

Out now


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