His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

7.01 h 30 min2009NR
Jason Voorhees has carved his place into American pop culture and is one of the most recognizable cinematic killer in horror history. Now nearly, 30 years later, see how it all happened!
Daniel Farrands
Seth GreenAmanda Righetti
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polished211Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2012
5.0 out of 5 stars
As good as documentaries get! His Name Was Jason gets 5 stars ++++!
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This documentary is for anyone and everyone who truly loves Friday the 13th! Or for that matter, horror films in general! It's got everything a fan could want! Every movie is included! Even if some (I won't name them out of fear of offending you guys) probably could have been excluded without much an outcry from anyone. The part I loved the most is that there was an actor, from each film, talking about his/her experiences. The personal touch gave the documentary heart. And Tom Savini serving as host, and tour guide (if you will) was spot-on and sensational! The extras are pretty cool too. There's one entitled "Shelly Lives" which is an absolute riot! I won't say more out of fear of giving away spoilers, but it's definitely worth a mention. The documentary itself is beyond entertaining! In fact, it left me wanting more! So much MORE!!!! I would be thrilled to see a documentary like this for every film in the series. Well... almost every film. lol. True fans should get the exclusions. At the end of the day, this 2 disc DVD is everything you could want, and much, MUCH MORE from a Friday the 13th documentary! Trust me! I'm a REAL fan! One who truly loves Friday the 13th and everything associated with it! Not to say that I went in to this thinking it would rock because it was about my all-time favorite horror movie killer Jason. I went into it with an open mind, and as a fan I was pleased. So enjoy this great documentary from the classic Friday the 13th series! I know I did! I just want to say thank you to the writers, producers, cast, everyone else involved in this production, and most of all... thank you Jason. Without whom, none of this would be possible. Peace.,
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Michael A. McculloughReviewed in the United States on April 28, 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Could have been better
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I've been reading some negative fan reaction to this stating that it comes across more as a promotional tool for the FRIDAY remake rather than an in-depth overview of the series' production, like what Anchor Bay did with HALLOWEEN, and I can understand the fans' frustrations. For someone like myself who isn't well-versed in the series, it's a decent primer with the first 15-20 minutes recapping the storyline movie to movie. Some folks are even attacking the editing which feels like its geared towards those suffering from ADHD with its rapidfire soundbites strung together with quick clips from the series. Herein lies the biggest flaw of the film - its crazy randomness. As far as documentaries go, this is one you experience rather than learn from. The talking heads, for the most part, reminisce fondly about their personal experiences on set and its hard not to share their enthusiasm (the quick pace rarely gives viewers a chance not to). If this truly is meant as a promotional fluff piece, then it certainly serves its purpose well as I'm now interested in revisiting the series and the remake. Only occassionally does director Daniel Farrands get to any real meat by hinting at the on-set strife during the various productions. It would have been nice to show more of this sort of reality, and certainly would have made for a more interesting movie. The second disc is a complete blast with all the fun extras, especially those fanfilms - something I'd like to see more of. It was also interesting to see the writers discuss their approaches to the material without being reduced to soundbites (similarly to the longer interviews with the various Jasons on disc 1), you get a stronger sense of who everyone is and where they're coming from. Overall verdict, if you're a diehard, you might want to skip the rent as it apparently offers little new information, but casual fans like myself might want to give HIS NAME IS JASON a peak just to brush up.
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Keon Shere' McIntoshReviewed in the United States on September 15, 2020
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Must have in DVD collection
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If you're a hard core Jason Voorhees fan, this is a must have! I saw it in its entirety on youtube & couldn't stop watching it. It makes you fall in love with the franchise even more & appreciate their vision to the highest degree. For $7.99, I wasted no time ordering after watching the first 15 minutes.
Matthew OtterReviewed in the United States on May 13, 2013
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If you're a fan, you'll like it
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If you're not a fan, well, likely you wouldn't even be looking at this. But yeah, this was a real neat trip down memory lane, Tom Savini was a real cool host with the whole viginette going on along with it. This has a lot of the stars from the films as well as the crew, it was real neat to hear their stories, plus it was nice to see some of them replay their scenes, and some fun gags like the hitchhiker being surrounded by bananas during her interview.

Unlike many of these horror documentaries I've been seeing lately I was very happy they didn't try to make a bunch of political nonsense out of all of this, why that is happening all of sudden I don't know, I mean seriously, does anyone go see low-budget slasher films for political commentary? Anyhow, this was very entertaining and it was a good price too. Lot's of fun for fans of the series.
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Happy Birthday Jason!!
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This DVD celebrates the birth of one of the most-copied, most-influential horror icons in cinema history. Yes, he even beats Alfred Hitchcock. This documentary, hosted by Tom Savini, takes viewers along the path of Jason from his birth through his many deaths. They even give us a taste of the new Jason. The extras are great and it's all worth the money.

Having been reviewed many times over let me just say that this 2 DVD set covers many aspects of Jason that fans already know while giving us something new & unexpected. At some interviews I was surprised to hear actors talking negatively about directors (from Part 4), and cast members making fun of themselves. The fan films (or whatever they're called) are an interesting touch as they show us just how people have been affected by the series. Overall, its a great thing to add to your collection.

And really, I'm shocked that Betsy Palmer was still alive!!!
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Luke mortalReviewed in the United States on April 1, 2021
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It's awesome a must have for any Friday or horror fans but I will say crystal lake memories is way better but this is still really good :)
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TeeWrecksReviewed in the United States on September 20, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
This could easily just be an extra feature thrown onto one of ...
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I have been a huge Friday the 13th fan since I was kid. I enjoying learning as much about the series as I can which is why I ordered this DVD. This documentary was really disappointing though. It felt very rushed and did not get into much detail about the movies. This could easily just be an extra feature thrown onto one of the DVDs or Blu-rays.

Admittedly, I have been spoiled by the Crystal Lake Memories documentary. If you want a more expanded documentary on the Friday the 13th then buy that instead. You get 2 disks with in-depth discussion of each movie.
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A. ThurstonReviewed in the United States on March 18, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Must have for Friday fans
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I was totally psyched when I read that Anchor Bay had compiled a 2 disc set that covered the Friday the 13th series.And I'm a huge 80's horror fan being that I grew up in that era.And Tom Savini is one of my all time favorite special effects guru's and he was the host ! So I am glad to report that the His Name Was Jason set is well worth the time and money spent.If you are a huge mark for the series like myself it gives you some great insights into the origin of the series.Granted if you've read any of the books about the series then you know a lot of this anyhow.But you also get to hear from every films director sans two(Steve Miner and Ronnie Yu )and the series mastermind Sean Cunnigham.There's interviews with a lot of the films victims and heroines such as Adrienne King,Amy Steel and Lar Park Lincoln.Insight from other horror writers and website operators like Uncle Creepy(who's funny as hell btw) from Dread Central and interviews with all the Jason's not just Kane Hodder.What's missing besides Yu and Miner are the "name stars" like Kevin Bacon,Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman.They also push the rebooted,retooled,reimagined whatever you want to call it Friday the 13th that was just released and did surprisingly well at the box office.Being a purist that frowns upon all these pointless remakes that have littered the screen this decade I don't care to see it.But if you want to learn a lot about a much maligned series of 12 films(and rightfully so in some cases like all the New Line Cinema films) then you owe it to yourself to watch this dvd set you will not be disappointed.
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