Okay, so how many times today has someone said to you, "Hey, be careful out there -- it's Friday the 13th ya know?" Yeah, we know. And there's nothing better than a Friday the 13th only a couple weeks before Halloween. It feels right. The cold, crisp October air (well, for those of you in places where the seasons actually change) sets a nice, spooky mood for what has to be one of my favorite days of the year, if only because it's easy and fun to freak people out. In the spirit of Friday the 13th, here are a few things you film freaks can do to celebrate the day:
- First, why don't you start by reading up on the history of Friday the 13th? No, not the movie -- the actual day. For example, some feel the original Friday the 13th (or Black Friday) was when hundreds of Knights Templar were simultaneously arrested on Friday October 13, 1307. Oh, and cherish the fact that today's Friday the 13th is taking place in the month of October, because this will not happen again until
20282017. Our next Friday the 13th will come in April of next year.
- Okay, now that you're done with that, you can finally go and check out the history behind the movie version of Friday the 13th. Do you know what year Jason Voorhees was born? How about the identity of his first victim? Does Camp Crystal Lake have a nickname? If so, what is it?
- By now, you're probably dying to watch Friday the 13th, or one of its many sequels. Friday the 13th: The Website lists a few theater locations throughout the country that are screening various parts of the classic horror franchise tonight. Too superstitious to leave the house? Bravo will be airing the original Friday the 13th tonight at 8pm and midnight, followed by Friday the 13th, Part VII: The New Blood.
- For those of you not in the Jason Voorhees kind of mood, The Grudge 2 (which opens in theaters today) should enable you to get your spook on.
- Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn't do it for ya, huh? Well, in anticipation of Saw III (slicing its way into a theater near you on October 27), why don't you pick up parts 1 and 2 and have yourself a little Saw marathon. Afterwards, make sure to check out the third installment's final trailer and that much-talked about movie poster featuring actor Tobin Bell's blood.
- And finally, all these horror movies probably have you itching to make your own. First, you must watch American Movie. Afterward, it might be a good idea to read, "How to Make a Horror Movie That Doesn't Suck."
Am I leaving anything out? How will you be celebrating Friday the 13th?