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FRIDAY THE 13TH (2016): Won’t Be Filmed Found Footage Style Due to Backlash

Next Friday The 13th Won’t Be Found Footage. The upcoming and oft-delayed Friday the 13th installment will not be a found footage film. In a recent interview with shocktillyoudrop, the film’s producer, Brad Fuller, said that the negative fan reaction stemming from hearing the studio may shoot Friday the 13th found footage style, was what lead to the film’s producers scrapping that concept.

Fuller on the backlash,

It absolutely weighs on me, and there have been many times when the fans have affected surely the way we think about, and in some cases the way we shot, some of the stories. Sometimes you have to go through a lot of bullshit in what they’re saying, but very often you’ll get a fan with such a great idea, or a great notion, and it’s meaningful to us. Listen, there was an outpouring of negative sentiment when it was revealed that Friday the 13th might have been a found footage movie. That was very clear to us that there was not a groundswell of support for that. That had tremendous amount of impact on us and only substantiated our concern about doing it as a found footage movie.

Fuller also explained what it is about Friday the 13th’s iconic antagonist, Jason Voorhees, that keeps fans coming back for more sequels.

At the end of the day, those movies are so fantastic because Jason Voorhees is such a dynamic presence and people love to see him do what he does well. We hope to put Jason in a situation where he’s able to do that again, and it doesn’t feel like you’re seeing the same thing over and over.

I’m a bit of a sucker for found footage films. I usually end up siting through several abominable found footage movies for every one that is halfway decent. Yet, I come back for more. There is something about the genre’s low-budget, gorilla film-making that lulls me into thinking that after being shut out by the major studios,  some frustrated, young upcoming auteur will make a contribution to the genre that blows our minds.

I am also curious to see what would happen if films with larger budgets played with the medium. The closest instance that I can recall is 2012’s Chronicle, which I enjoyed immensely. After countless Friday the 13th installments (including sequels where Jason goes to hell, fights Freddy and goes to space), why not try something completely different? I would like to see what an inventive team of writers could come up with when they have such an iconic villain and decent budget in their creative toolkit.

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Born and raised in Toronto, Victor has spent the past decade using his love and knowledge of the city to highlight and promote significant cultural events such as TIFF, The IIIFA awards, and the Anokhi Gala. He is an avid reader of Sci-fi and Horror and constantly sits through indie film marathons in rabid anticipation of the genre’s next great film auteurs. He also contributes sci-fi and fantasy movie reviews to

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