Horrorfest 2021 Presents: Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013, Daniel Farrands)


Much in the same vein as the other great documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) which Daniel Farrands also made, Crystal Lake Memories is a quality horror documentary that is a comprehensive history of a well known franchise. Even it’s detractors have to admit that The Friday The 13th series has, for better or for worse, left a sizable impact on the horror movie genre. I’m a die hard of the series and thus I greatly enjoyed the whole thing.

A fair warning though: much like the A Nightmare On Elm Street documentary this one is pretty long. 6 hours and 40 minutes to be exact, last I checked. So I spent two days watching the whole thing, and it was cool to see so many different cast members and crew show up. Sadly a number of them have passed away over the years and several in this documentary either died during or after it was completed.

Not to mention the behind scenes material is fun to witness and hear from those involved. I’m eagerly waiting to see if they make another Friday the 13th, still for now my collection of the first eight movies and this horror doc will have to do. Also it’s narrated by Corey Feldman, the awesome Kane Hodder shows up as well, and every famous final girl from the series makes an appearance, which is pretty radical to me. Their idea of having the survivors come back to fight Jason sounds great to me. Ah, one can dream.

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