When I was growing up in the 80s, a certain series of horror films were coming out that were pretty popular; Friday the 13th. In fact, the “franchise” also became a TV show, novels, comics, and of course, all sorts of merchandise. Of course, I wasn’t allowed to watch these movies at such a young age, but somehow managed to see them all during middle school and the beginning of high school.
In the movies, in case you’re unfamiliar (spoiler alerts!), “Jason Voorhees”, was a young boy who drown while at Camp Crystal Lake. Jason is largely absent from the first movie, in which his mother stalks and kills the camp counselors (to avenge his death) that were going to be reopening Camp Crystal Lake after Jason’s drowning. She is killed at the end of the first movie and Jason comes back to avenge her death in the next (count them) ELEVEN movies!
So a few months ago I had this idea that I should get one of those masks that Jason (irony??) wore in the movies, get the clothes he wore, and do some photos for Halloween. So I started investigating further (as it has been years upon years since seeing the movies), and rented and watched the first 7 movies in the series. Well, finding a good replica of the mask wasn’t terribly easy, but I did find one, and thus began the project. Mask (check), crowbar (check), machete (check), mechanic’s overalls (check), gray pants (check), long-sleeve work shirt (check). The next step was to scout some creepy places to photograph.
There are a number of sketchy looking places to shoot not far from where I live, so I walked around and took some photos with my cell phone to start the process. And then I got to thinking, “Maybe it’s not the world’s best idea to be walking around a small town in a hockey mask, dressed as a very popular serial killer, holding a machete, crowbar, or other killing utensil”. So I went to the local police station to inform them of the project, and see if I needed to get clearance, permits, etc. Turns out I needed to address the town board and write up exact dates, times, etc. So I wrote a letter to the board, and they approved the project. A local paper even got wind of it and ran a story on it as well, which I will put in a future post.
Below you’ll find the images taken for the project. Happy Halloween!