Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday has gone down in history as one of the most divisive, but fun films in the Friday the 13th series. It was a complete departure from the films that came before, and it may have suffered because of it. Dread Central got the scoop this week that there will be a new documentary focusing on the story surrounding the ninth installment in the series. According to the piece, The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees: The Making of the Final Friday, will tell the story behind the film and will try to change some minds along the way.
Fan complaints about the film seem to center around the lack of screen time given to Jason himself. Everyone remembers the film for its iconic ending, but many are still unaware of the drama surrounding the production. Despite the deck being stacked against it, director Adam Marcus was able to make a gory, gruesome and unique film that tried to take the franchise in a different direction. The documentary telling this side of the story will be directed by Nick Hunt (Safe Place) and Marcus will be producing alongside Johnny Macabre (Don’t F*ck in the Woods, Crepitus) and Joe Quintanilla (producer of Friday the 13th Part 3: The Memoriam Documentary).
According to the press release:
Through interviews and behind the scenes details, you will understand the unique landscape the series was in at the time, having just changed studios and already being on the road to the eventual Freddy vs. Jason film which wouldn’t see release for another 8 years. You will see the unusual hand Adam Marcus was dealt and the immense pressure and scrutiny which was placed on him during production. And you will see genre greats, both who were in the film and not, weigh in on Jason’s journey to hell.
In Jason Goes to Hell, you learned secrets about Jason you never knew before! In The Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees, you will understand what was and what could have been about The Final Friday!
The documentary doesn’t have a release date set, but it is expected to be released in late 2018. In the meantime, check out the massive, six-and-a-half hour long documentary Crystal Lake Memories that tell the story behind every movie in the series. Keep an eye on Nightmare on Film Street as we will update you when any new information becomes available.