Friday, 13 April 2012

Friday the 13th

Seeing as today is Friday the 13th and it is no secret I am a long time horror fanatic, I thought today I'd take a quick turn in the story and appreciate this wonderful day. To most people Friday the 13th is a superstitious bad luck today but to splatter junkies such as myself it is just as big as labour day or any other holiday.

I was pretty young the first time I saw the original Friday the 13th film and it scared me pretty good, but when I saw part 2 for the first time it scared the crap out of me! Not literally but pretty damn close. The movie had me on edge the entire time. Something about a faceless killer with a canvas sack over his head was very unsettling to me. Yet with the first generation of ppv in the form of first choice & supper channel I couldn't get enough of jason! Especially the climatic ending when he crashes through a window onto the survivors who thought they had killed him, and his unmasked face is finally exposed!

Jason: Friday the 13th part 2 latex mask.

Friday the 13th spawned many sequels, some great, others terrible, but each hold their own special qualities to some degree, and I would have to believe it to be the longest running & most successful franchise in the slasher business. I also think Jason has become the most recognizable face of modern horror as we know it.

It is no secret that I have a certain stigma attached to me when it comes to masks. I will get into that deeper at another time, however last year I started collecting high quality latex horror masks from a fellow I had seen at Fan Expo a few times over the years, and eventually met at Wizard World Comic Con last spring.

I bought my first mask from him that day, a part 7 Jason and he gave me a killer deal on it. His name is Steve Bellamy and he is one hell of a great guy! His company is called "Devil's latex" I remember him and his girlfriend being blown away by my son Gabriel's knowledge of horror, seeing as he had just turned 4, and they were eating him up! I  got the impression that if they ever had a kid they wanted it to be like my Gabe!

I grabbed a business card from Steve and kept in touch via email, as I now needed the goalie mask to go with my new possession, so we made arrangements for him to have it ready for me to buy at Fan Expo of August 2011. We got to chatting again at the expo and to my surprise the guy I thought was from America lived 20 minutes away from me! Since then I have been going directly to the source for my purchases and Steve always takes great care of me! I have since decided to buy a Jason mask for every movie in the franchise now and I only have a few more to go! I'd like to thank my new friend for his awesome creations and his generous hospitality. I'd also like to recommend you to check out some of his work and I encourage anyone & everyone to buy some of his top notch work! Happy Friday the 13th!!!