Written by: George Pacheco on October 7th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2013
Director: Daniel Farrands
Writer: Peter Bracke (book) Daniel Farrands
Cast: Corey Feldman, Melyssa Ade, Loyd Albin
DVD Release Date: September 13th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 400 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
DVD Release: 1428 Films
Region Encoding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.95
The same people (1428 Films) who brought horror fans the 2010 Nightmare on Elm St. retrospective doc Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy have returned once again to deliver a whole new manner of nightmare with Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.
This documentary stands among the most elite of its kind; a labor of love whose passion and devotion to this source material is displayed within each gloriously compelling minute. Crystal Lake Memories is narrated by Corey Feldman–whose own place within the franchise’s history was secured in the actor’s portrayal of fan favorite Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter–and takes its time developing all the back story and history of each film.
Indeed, no stone is unturned here in the film’s research–inspired by the titular 2006 book from Peter Bracke–as nearly every essential Friday the 13th personality discusses at length their involvement in the series, as well as taking into account the franchise’s legacy as a whole. The first disc clocks in at a whopping four hours, and covers the first six Friday films and the (very) loosely associated television series of the same name, while disc two takes the tale of hockey-masked slasher Jason Voorhees from Manhattan all the way into hell, space, Elm St….and even reboot-land.
It’s truly wonderful to hear all of the stories, memories and behind the scene revelations from everyone involved in the Friday the 13th franchise, from writer/director Sean S. Cunningham and Betsy Palmer–who played the iconic character of Jason’s mother Pamela–to producer Frank Mancuso Jr. and special effects legend Tom Savini. The famed “final girls” from the series are also interviewed extensively throughout Crystal Lake Memories, as are the various actors who have lived behind the mask–both hockey and sackcloth–of the infamous Jason Voorhees.
Crystal Lake Memories is a thoroughly satisfying documentary experience; an essential purchase for Friday the 13th fans seeking to celebrate their love of everything Jason.
1428 Films presents Crystal Lake Memories in an anamorphic widescreen presentation which preserves the original aspect ratios from all the Friday films. The sound and picture quality is pristine on every level, with no noticeable drops or errors. There are no real extras to speak of other than trailers, but when a package is this extensive and exhaustive in its research, the absolute truth is that Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th leaves NO stone unturned in its research and presentation. Simply stated: this is the best horror documentary of the year.