Where do horror franchises go when they run out of good ideas? Apparently they go to outer space. Although, a slasher movie on a spaceship isn’t the worst idea. The potential for claustrophobic tension built in endlessly twisting corridors with no escape is pretty great. It’s been done previously, and it’s been done well. Does Jason X deserve to be in the same sentence as some of the great sci-fi horror movies like Alien? You probably already know the answer to that, but it could still be campy fun, right?
Listen to night ten of The Last Theater on the Left’s marathon of 13 daily podcasts covering the entirety of the Friday the 13th franchise to find out what chris and Joey have to say about that question and so many more!
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As the first of the “Jason” movies, does Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday work as a new spin on a beloved character, or does it instead feel like a bizarre and failed deviation from a well-worn yet effective formula? And perhaps more importantly, is this movie any good regardless of any concerns for the ongoing series? Listen as chris and Joey discuss this and more in night nine of The Last Theater on the Left’s marathon of 13 daily podcasts dedicated to the entirety of the Friday the 13th franchise!
The implausible and rather inappropriately named eighth installment of the Friday the 13th franchise, Jason Takes Manhattan, features Jason Voorhees taking a pleasure cruise with a handful of recently graduated students. Is it a recipe for a tense and claustrophobic series of murders, or is a failed attempt at trying to put Jason in new settings? Listen and find out!
It’s psychokinesis versus a supernatural killing machine in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood! Sounds fun, right? Between chris and Joey, at least one of them didn’t have a good memory of this entry in the series, but was his mind changed by the end of this episode? Listen and find out!
Tommy Jarvis is back again in Friday the 13th Part VI, but his quest for closure winds up bringing Jason Voorhees back from the dead. With the debut of zombie-Jason also comes a fair amount of comedy which shifts the tone of the series somewhat from everything we’ve seen so far. Does it work, or is it too much? Find out what chris and Joey think on the sixth night of The Last Theater on the Left’s series of 13 daily podcast on the Friday franchise!
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning might not be much of a new beginning for the series. It might not even be a very good movie. But there might be some parts and ideas that actually work well when you think about it. Listen as chris and Joey discuss the good, the bad, and the painfully obvious in night five of The Last Theater on the Left’s series of 13 daily podcast episodes devoted to the entirety of the Friday the 13th franchise!
It may be called “The Final Chapter,” but even without knowing that many movies would come after, this installment of the Friday the 13th franchise feels like a fresh start. New characters, new directions, and the overall story is finally starting to be pulled together. But is it any good? Listen as chris and Joey discuss!
Friday the 13th Part 3 is memorable for a lot of reasons. Some of the reasons are good (like the debut of the iconic hockey mask), but some aren’t so good. Listen to night three of the Friday the 13th marathon of shows and find out how well (or poorly) chris and Joey think the 3D installment of the series stands up! Should it be remembered as a fun experiment, or should it be forgotten as a cheap attempt to cash in on the momentum of the franchise?
In the second part of 13 episodes all about Friday the 13th, chris and Joey break down Friday the 13th Part 2! In ways it feels like more of the same from the previous film, but there are some notable differences (not the least of which being a different killer). In many ways this film feels like a transition to something different, but is that a good thing?
Join chris and Joey as they head back to Camp Crystal Lake for the first of 13 episodes covering the entirety of the Friday the 13th franchise! In this episode, chris and Joey discuss the original that started it all, 1980’s Friday the 13th. This movie might not be the first slasher, and a lot of its ideas might have originated elsewhere, but listen and find out why it stands up to the test of time and is a true horror classic!