Killer Trivia: A Look Back at Freddy & Jason Deck Game
When Freddy vs. Jason the film was released in 2003, an onslaught of new marketing strategies and merchandise came with it for both slasher franchises. Comics, novelizations, action figures, soundtracks…the flick was heavily promoted through every collectible you could imagine. With this insurgence came a unique new game to the Friday the 13th universe that has become one of the most sought after and rarely available, now mostly through online auction sites.
Released through USAopoly in collaboration with New Line Cinema, Killer Trivia: Friday the 13th & A Nightmare on Elm Street contained a card trivia format boasting over 1,000 questions from all films from both franchises as well as a special separate deck for Freddy vs. Jason. Needing at least two players, the game has the option of playing a straight Friday trivia game, A Nightmare only round, or my personal favourite being a combination of the two series by switching between the two decks with each turn.
The object of the game is to be the first player to reach fifty points. This is mostly achieved through rolling the die and answering the level number of question that you produce; if you roll a three you answer question three on the next card and gain three points if you get it correct. The questions, however, get harder in difficulty the higher the level from one to five and even the most seasoned and knowledgeable Friday fan may find the level five questions to be frustratingly difficult at times. Here are some examples of level five questions:
Q: In F13 Part II, what was Ginny’s license plate number?
Q: In Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, what letter was on Steven Freeman’s varsity jacket?
Q: Ann Ryerson, who played Katie in F13 Part VI: Jason Lives was part of which famous comedy troupe?
Q: In F13 Part VII: The New Blood, what color were the doors in the teens’ party house?
Told you they weren’t so easy. Luckily, each question comes with options from A to D, but a real Friday fanatic may choose to attempt without the hints to make an even more difficult challenge.
In addition, each series has its own Coroner’s Report deck, showcasing significant victims and kills from all of the entries and the task is to describe in depth the method and evidence from memory while hitting key words described on the back of the card.
If you get lucky enough to get your hands on Killer Trivia, it can be a blast and a challenge to test your memory of each individual film and both the Friday and Nightmare series overall. The tricky part is finding partners to play with who also have thorough knowledge of the films. This game is not for the inexperienced Freddy or Jason fan, and those who attempt it without repeated viewings of each entry will find their luck running out quickly. Still, for us amongst the obsessed who absorb every detail of on and off screen trivia, this game is a must!