It goes without saying “ but I’m saying it anyway “ that fans of the “Friday the 13th” film franchise should buy “His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th” sight unseen. It’s a feature-length documentary that lovingly covers all 12 movies in the series, including the current remake.
It begins with a quick, sequel-by-sequel sweep-through before settling into more niche sections, such as special effects, ratings-board battles, the signature music and Jason Voorhees’ lasting influence on the world of horror. With a generous mix of clips, stills, interviews and host segments featuring gore-FX guru Tom Savini, “His Name Was Jason” is a slick production that attempts to cover all the bases, and mostly succeeds. I actually wanted to play longer than it did.
The sheer amount of former cast members and directors who turn up to talk is impressive, but I could do without the opinions and insights of those unrelated to the films. That includes the so-called online journalists and random actors who are fans. Without them, we could have more info from those who were actually there.
Also impressive: the features on this double-disc set, which offer extended interviews with directors, screenwriters and all the guys who’ve played Jason. A section of fan films is also appreciated, particularly an “Angry Video Game Nerd” episode in which the terrible “Friday” Nintendo cartridge is hilariously raked over the proverbial coals. Bottom line: If “ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma” is music to your ears, this doc is candy for your eyes.