Friday, April 13, 2018

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Paul : I don't wanna scare anyone, but I'm gonna give it to you straight about Jason. His body was never recovered from the lake after he drowned. And if you listen to the old-timers in town, they'll tell you he's still out there, some sort of demented creature, surviving in the wilderness, full grown by now... stalking... stealing what he needs, living off wild animals and vegetation. Some folks claim they've even seen him, right in this area. The girl that survived that night at Camp Blood, that... Friday The 13th? She claimed she saw him. She disappeared two months later... vanished. Blood was everywhere. No one knows what happened to her. Legend has it that Jason saw his mother beheaded that night. Then, he took his revenge, a revenge he continued to seek if anyone ever enters his wilderness again. And, by now, I guess you all know we're the first to return here. Five years... five long years he's been dormant. And he's hungry. Jason's out there... watching... always on the prowl for intruders... ready to kill... ready to devour... thirsty for young blood.

Not only is today Friday the 13th but today is also the 67th birthday of the actor John Furey, who played Paul and delivered that speech there, which laid the groundwork for half of the ridiculous and tangled Voorhees mythos to come. A legacy to cherish! The character of Paul's fate in the film is left open - we never see him killed but we never see him alive after Jason's last attack either - which was apparently a side-effect of an unused bit of footage:

"Paul's fate was more explained in an interview with Peter Bracke, author of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, in the Friday the 13th Part II DVD features. There he reveals that there was an unused ending in the movie. After Ginny questions where Paul is, the scene switches to Mrs. Voorhees' head, which opens her eyes and smiles, indicating that Jason had killed Paul in cold blood. But when they filmed it, they thought it looked too silly. So it was taken out of the movie."

(via) Oh my god can you imagine? If the movie had ended with Betsy Palmer's decapitated and desiccated head giving the ol' wink-wink at the screen? I want to see that footage though! Anyway as for John Furey he continued acting for a good long while - he was apparently on several episodes of Queer as Folk? Although him and (my beloved) Tom McBride were kinda making Queer as Folk: Camp Crystal Lake Edition a good twenty-five years earlier, if you ask me...

See yesterday's Friday the 13th post here!

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