Is the Friday the 13th Franchise Staying Dead?

Is the Friday the 13th Franchise Staying Dead?

David Garcia, Author

The horror genre has brought us some horrifying movies and characters throughout the years. Characters like Freddy Krueger (Nightmare on Elm Street), Jigsaw (Saw), and Leatherface (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) to name a few, have been terrorizing our screens and thoughts for decades. However, none are as iconic as the hockey mask wearing slasher Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th). Despite the figure being dead in his last movie, fans are wondering will he stay dead?

Friday the 13th came out in 1980 and was a smash hit at the box office. Paramount, the legal owner of the name at that time decided to continue the story. While only the beginning of the movie told the tale of a boy who drowned at a summer camp due to teen counselor negligence. The next movie which was titled Friday the 13th Part 2 began the highlight of Jason Voorhees slaughtering counselors. This franchise spawned 12 movies making Jason go to New York, Space, and even fighting Freddy Krueger.

The latest Friday the 13th franchise was a reboot created by Platinum Dunes in 2009. Sense then there has been one announcement of a new movie that was supposed to be released in 2017. Sadly that was cancelled due to the lawsuit over the Friday the 13th name between Victor Miller, Sean Cunningham, and Horror Inc. This has stopped all productions and other ideas for making another movie due to the case coming to a stand still. It also has affected many Friday the 13th names most noticeably the video game created by IllFonic, and published by Gun Media. Due to the lawsuit they are not allowed to add any new content to the game besides maintenance issues.

Fans of the series are dying to see there killer do what he does best. The only thing fans can do at this time is hope the situation resolves or one of the main icon of horror will stay dead until someone deserves to die.