Jason Voorhees is a powerful icon for many genre fans. He represents an ideal appreciation for an oft-overlooked category of film, helping to keep horror at the forefront of conversation. An instantly recognizable symbol with a wickedly simple motivation, the character has become more important now than his own movies, transcending into the far reaches of pop culture.
Just think of how many people you know who have never seen any chapter of the Friday the 13th franchise, yet still recognize that hockey mask and theme music. Jason has appeared across a plethora of mediums from video games to cartoons to comic books – which isn’t too bad for a guy that accounted for little more than a cameo in the original movie. And now, years later he’s getting back into the film game – and I’m not referring to the studio reboot we talked about the other day – no, this post is about something else, a short film!
Filmmaker (and horror fan) Vincente DiSanti has launched a Kickstarter to help with the finishing touches on his 22-minute tribute to the kid from Crystal Lake.
The short fan-film follows an outdoor adventurer as he stumbles upon the now closed Camp Crystal Lake. Unfortunately for him, ‘now closed’ doesn’t mean ‘now deserted’ and as is want to happen to people who go there, he’s forced to deal with a large man in a hockey mask. Here’s the official synopsis;
Never Hike Alone is a 22-minute short film that follows the story of KYLE MCLEOD (Andrew Leighty), an avid backcountry hiker who, while on a solo backpacking trip, discovers the long lost remains of CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE. Ignoring the campfire ghost stories from his childhood, Kyle’s curious nature draws him in to see what is left of the camp since it was closed after the infamous 1980 Friday the 13th murders.
However, Kyle’s innocent search of the camp turns deadly when he is attacked by Camp Crystal Lake’s last remaining resident, JASON VOORHEES.
Stranded alone in the middle of the wilderness, with a legendary mass murderer on his heels, Kyle’s survival skills will be put to the test like never before. Will he make it out of the woods alive or become another victim of the cursed camp?
The story of Never Hike Alone is one of man vs nature in the most extreme way. Taking inspiration from films such as The Descent, 127 Hours, and The Martian, this film takes the fear of extreme isolation and shines it through a lens of the Friday the 13th universe.
You can check out the trailer below, which is a solidly assembled 2:45 combination of Camp Promotional video, faux news footage, and modern horror cam from Womp Stomp Films.
This looks like the best Friday the 13th movie since the eighties!
In addition to special thanks and knowing you helped some people achieve something important to them, by donating you can actually earn yourself some pretty cool stuff too. For what you might pay at the mall to buy a T-Shirt (depending on where you live), a $25 donation gets you a screen credit thank you, a pack of 5 stickers, and a T-shirt. That seems like a solid deal. Up it to $50, and they throw in a pretty sweet 22×28 movie poster by Crash Cunningham in addition to the lower tier rewards.
As the donations go up, the rewards do as well. Stuff ranging from early screening to prop axes, and even a role in the film. Check out the page for the full list.
Images: Womp Stomp Films