Frightening facts about Friday the 13th

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William Brown, Contributing Writer

Friday the 13th is two things: a rare occurrence involved with days, and a movie series following the psychotic killer Jason Voorhees. Since this month’s Friday was the 13th, let’s get a quick run of facts that some people might not know about one of America’s most well known fictional psychopaths.

First off, Jason, who is facially deformed, wasn’t originally supposed to be deformed. It wasn’t until well-known makeup artist Tom Savini made the decision to contort his appearance to shock the audience. At the end of the first movie, Jason’s face did just that. There are many more facts, including the origin of the infamous chant from the movie and the iconic hockey mask.

Next, people thought “ki, ki, ki, ma, ma, ma” was “ch, ch, ch, ha, ha, ha.” The composer of the sound track stated that the chant had a meaning to it. Jason’s mom heard her child say “kill, kill, kill, mom, mom, mom.” Jason didn’t get his iconic hockey mask until “Friday the 13th Part 3.” The movie was released on August 13th, 1982.

Additionally, fans of the the series also wanted to know who Jason’s father was and how he treated Jason. The answer wasn’t open to the public until a two part comic mini series came out. You find out that Elias Voorhees, Jason’s father, was an alcoholic who would abuse Jason. Pamela Voorhees, Jason’s mother, killed Elias protecting her son.

Finally, while Friday the 13th often talks about Jason as a spirit of vengeance, the original killer was actually Pamela Voorhees, Jason’s mother. The Friday the 13th franchise has entered the cultural zeitgeist. Viewers who take the time to dig into the finer points of the franchise this Halloween will definitely enjoy each terrifying moment a little more.

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