His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th – USA, 2009 – reviews

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th is a 2009 American documentary feature film that explores the Friday the 13th film series and features interviews with cast and crew from all twelve films.

Directed and co-produced by Daniel Farrands (The Haunting of Sharon Tate; The Amityville Murders) from a screenplay co-written by Thommy Hutson and Anthony Masi, the movie is hosted by Tom Savini and was executive produced by Sean S. Cunningham (director of the original Friday the 13th, 1980).

Reviews:

“The movie is well made and has its heart in the right place, but the format is so constrained that it never has a chance to amount to anything substantial as a documentary. The upside is that the parts of this movie that are of value are ultimately recycled in Crystal Lake Memories. […] Skip this one and go straight for the kill.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

“There’s still plenty of fun to be had here, with most of the usual suspects in attendance (Sean S. Cunningham, Kane Hodder, Betsy Palmer, etc), but when you stop to think of all the “behind the scenes” material that could have been included, the countless parodies and riffs and the marketing offshoots then you start to realise what a bit of a wasted opportunity it all is.” Kevin Matthews, For It Is Man’s Number

“Several horror bloggers get screentime to admire the best of Big J but there’s even less technical information here than in the Halloween doc as if the whole project was dumbed down to suck in airheaded fanboys who only care about the method by which various teenagers are disposed of.” Hudson Lee, Vegan Voorhees

His Name Was Jason works as the TV produced documentary it is but really doesn’t rise above a lot of the retrospective featurettes scattered throughout your DVD collection. I wasn’t bored during it but I also didn’t learn anything new. Perhaps if Crystal Lake Memories didn’t exist I could recommend this a little easier but, as is, I can only tell the most casual of fans to check this one out…” The Video Graveyard

His Name Was Jason isn’t the definitive documentary that fans of the series might’ve hoped for (I really wished Farrands had concentrated more on each individual film instead of painting the series in one broad stroke), but it’s a fun way to kill 90 minutes.  All in all, it’s more of a glorified DVD extra than anything else.” Mitch Lovell, The Video Vacuum

Cast:

Diane Almeida … Herself
Erich Anderson … Himself
Judie Aronson … Herself
Diana Barrows … Herself
Steven Barton … Himself
Rachel Belofsky … Herself
Peter M. Bracke … Himself (as Peter Bracke)
Richard Brooker … Himself
John Carl Buechler … Himself
Chuck Campbell … Himself
Gloria Charles … Herself
Stuart Charno … Himself
Barney Cohen … Himself
Mike Cucinotta … Himself
Sean S. Cunningham … Himself
Douglas Curtis … Himself
Jensen Daggett … Herself
Steve Dash … Himself (as Steve Daskawisz)
Darcy DeMoss … Herself
Bob DeSimone … Himself
Elissa Dowling … Scream Queen
Todd Farmer … Himself
Brad Fuller … Himself (as Bradley Fuller)
John Furey … Himself
Robert V. Galluzzo … Himself
Warrington Gillette … Himself
C.J. Graham … Himself
Seth Grahame-Smith … Himself
Adam Green … Himself
Seth Green … Himself
Vincent Guastaferro … Himself
Bonnie Hellman … Herself
Tiffany Helm … Violet (archive footage)
Kane Hodder … Himself
Barbara Howard … Sara (archive footage)
James Isaac … Himself
Renée Jones … Sissy Baker (archive footage)
David Kagen … Himself
Elizabeth Kaitan … Herself
Cynthia Kania … Herself
Andrew Kasch … Himself
Jeff Katz … Himself
Adrienne King … Herself
Melanie Kinnaman … Pam (archive footage)
Ken Kirzinger … Himself
Paul Kratka … Himself
Ari Lehman … Himself
Joe Lynch … Himself
Al Magliochetti … Himself
Harry Manfredini … Himself
Adam Marcus … Himself
Sharlene Martin … Tamara Mason (archive footage)
Kristin Masi … Dead Girl
Nancy McLoughlin … Herself
Tom McLoughlin … Himself
Derek Mears … Himself
Nick Mennell … Himself
Victor Miller … Himself
Lawrence Monoson … Himself
Camilla More … Herself
Carey More … Herself
Tom Morga … Himself
John Murdy … Himself
Greg Nicotero … Himself (as Gregory Nicotero)
Marcus Nispel … Himself
Kerry Noonan … Paula (archive footage)
Bryan Norton … Himself
Betsy Palmer … Herself
Lar Park-Lincoln … Herself
Catherine Parks … Herself
Alecia Patterson … Raven
Marilyn Poucher … Herself
Bill Randolph … Himself
Jeffrey Reddick … Himself
Blake Reigle … Bed victim
Peter Mark Richman … Himself
Amanda Righetti … Herself
Jared Rivet … Himself
James Roday … Himself
James Rolfe … Himself (as James D. Rolfe)
Felissa Rose … Herself
Shavar Ross … Himself
Lisa Ryder … Herself
Martin Jay Sadoff … Himself
Tom Savini … Himself – Host
John Shepherd … Himself
Kevin Spirtas … Himself (as Kevin Blair)
Amy Steel … Herself
Danny Steinmann … Himself
Sullivan Susan Jennifer Sullivan … Melissa (archive footage)
Mark Swift … Himself
Lauren-Marie Taylor … Herself
Anthony Timpone … Himself
Russell Todd … Himself
Ryan Turek … Himself
Travis Van Winkle … Himself
Deborah Voorhees … Herself (as Debi Sue Voorhees)
Ted White … Himself
Dick Wieand … Himself
Staci Layne Wilson … Herself
Larry Zerner … Himself
Joseph Zito … Himself
Robbi Morgan … Herself (uncredited)

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