Setting Up The Scene: The Death Of Ted In THE FINAL CHAPTER

We are going to be starting a new series of articles that will explore how different scenes of the films throughout the Friday  The 13th film franchise were devised, set up, and executed. These scenes will range from body discoveries, to death sequences, to jump scares. So, sit back and enjoy our first article in a hopefully long running series for our website!

Ted’s character in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is one of the most recognized in the Friday the 13th film franchise. His sexual drive, drug use and constant bashing of his friend Jimbo set him up nicely to be gruesomely dispatched by Jason Voorhees. For Ted’s death scene, a prop head was cast of actor Lawrence Monoson’s head and propped in front of a movie screen.

Effects Artist Tom Savini then thrust a butcher knife into the dummy head through the back of the movie screen. Through the use of good editing, the stabbing of the effects prop head and the reaction of the actor gives the appearance a realistic and brutal death. The time it took to set up the death scene was extensive and would require several takes.

The 2009 Deluxe Edition DVD for the film shows the extended death scene where the camera stays on the movie screen longer where more blood can be seen running down the front of the screen. Check out the behind the scenes photos from this scene and watch as Lawrence Monoson fully enjoys his own demise being prepared for the silver screen!


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