I remember how confused I was as a kid when the FRIDAY THE 13TH TV series premiered. I can vividly recall when I first learned about it. I was watching some model show on TV–Hey, I was a teenage boy–and every commercial break they’d run promos for two upcoming new series, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (“The 24th Century is about to begin!”, it promised) and FRIDAY THE 13th. The latter got me more excited, I confess. Then when the show finally aired I sat there wondering, “Where’s Jason?” Did you ever hear the equivalent of an urban legend that one of the cursed antiques in the old man’s antiques shop was Jason’s hockey mask? It was said that you could even, if you were quick enough and astute enough, even catch a glimpse of it during the show’s opening credits. Totally untrue, although it would have been AWESOME. In reality, the show had only nominal connections to the movie series. They just cribbed the name. (Frank Mancuso, Jr. was producer both for the TV series and several of the films, some of the same crew worked on both the films and the show, and John LeMay, star of the TV series, went on to star in JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY.)
As we all impatiently wait for the next FRIDAY THE 13TH film installment (which will be the 13th Jason movie, by the way), howzabout a big screen version of the TV series? The show was seriously underrated, back in the day, and there’s gobs of potential there for a film series along the lines of THE CONJURING. They could even do what they never managed to do back in the 80s, and link the two storylines together! They could put Jason’s hockey mask in that antiques store FOR REAL!