Disqus for Friday The 13th: The Film Franchise




Paramount Friday the 13th Region 2 DVD Cover Review

Back in 2009, Paramount released Friday The13th Part 2 through Friday The 13th Part 8 for Region 2 countries with some pretty awesome DVD cover art that really signified the specific type of movie each cover represented. Each cover was represented by a killing instrument that was used in the film for that specific DVD. The trick was remembering which scene in that film the instrument was used in.

Below we are going to review each cover and relay how accurate the covers are to the movie they represent! Also, the reason that there is no cover for Friday the 13th 1980 reviewed is that Warner Bros. owns the distribution rights outside the United States, thus Paramount did not release the film on DVD.

Friday The 13th Part 2
The Pick Axe fits perfectly on the cover for Part 2 as this weapon appears in the final confrontation between Ginny and Jason in Jason’s shack. Jason thrusts the pick axe into Ginny’s leg as Ginny tries to trick Jason into thinking she is his mother.

Friday The 13th Part 3
Although the Pitch Fork was used in a tense scene in a cabin in Part 2, we will always remember the pitch fork in all of its 3-D glory. As the biker Loco climbs up to the top of the barn to find Fox, Jason brings the 3-D pitch fork into the audience and stabs Loco through the stomach.

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter
This cover shows that the people behind the cover art did their homework. This is one of the best covers as Jimmy’s (Cripsin Glover) death is one fo the best of the franchise. As Jimmy gloats over his sexual conquest to Ted, he wonders into the kitchen to get a bottle of champagne, “to celebrate”. As he screams to Ted asking where the corkscrew is, Jason rams it into his hand on the kitchen counter and then slams a meat cleaver into his face.

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning
Another example of people knowing this franchise. The hedge clippers were only ever used for killing in this vastly underrated installment. This instrument of terror was used twice. Once onscreen and once offscreen. Onscreen Tina lays naked in the forest as Pseudo Jason Roy gouges out her eyes with a quick stab and cutting motion.

Jason Lives: Friday The 13th Part 6
Jason’s main weapon of destruction in Jason Lives. The machete sits in his holster around the belt he lifted off of company exec turned paint baller Roy. Shortly after Roy’s demise Jason uses his favorite weapon in a triple decapitation of three other paintballers.

Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood
The only cover that is a little baffling. Not one single person in The New Blood was killed by a meat cleaver. This device was used in numerous other Friday movies, but this was not even shown or mentioned in any frame of this movie. The weapon that should have chosen for the cover would have been the gas powered saw that Jason used to kill Dr. Crews. It was unique to this movie and would have looked awesome on the cover art.

Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan
It’s suprising that out of all the movies the distributor would have chosen to place an axe on the cover art, they would have chosen Jason Takes Manhattan. Most would not even think of an axe used in this movie as pretty much no classic instrument is used against Jason’s victims in this movie. There was a sauna rock, rock guitar, heroine needle, shard of glass, harpoon arrow, a barrel of toxic waste, and Jason knocking Julius’ head off.

There were very unorthodox weapons used in this movie. However, there was the axe that was thrust into the Crazy Ralph like deck hand offscreen. He appears in one scene with it sticking out of his back. Later Sean sees Jason standing at the edge of the boat holding an axe in hand. The axe does work for me in this cover, but I would have personally liked to have seen the guitar!
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