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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (Enhanced Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Peter M. Bracke , Sean S. Cunningham
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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Book Description

For the past 30 years, cinematic icon Jason Voorhees has terrified audiences around the world, his long-running exploits spanning 11 films and generating over $600 million in box office receipts. Now, for the first time and in their own words, over 200 alumni of the series recall three decades of behind-the-scenes stories, struggles, controversies and calamities. This Enhanced Electronic Edition has been fully revised and expanded upon the original hardcover print edition with new interviews, and is fully illustrated with over 700 images including photos, rare archival documents and production materials. Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th is the ultimate oral and visual memoir of the most successful horror franchise in the history of motion pictures.

Editorial Reviews


"A must-have for the library of anyone who likes Hollywood biographies, film books, or horror. *****" --, November 2005

"I devoured this awe-inspiring book from cover to cover." --, November 2005

"One of the very coolest movie books I've ever seen." --, December 2005

"Star Wars fans are having all the fun. Why shouldn’t Jason get his own big, glossy and bloody book?" -- Peter Bracke in Fangoria, November 2005

"This book was utterly fantastic; in its presentation, substance and obvious adoration for the material. YOU CAN’T DO WITHOUT THIS!" -- Arrow in the Head

An affectionate look at a pop-culture phenomenon -- Sci Fi Magazine

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Includes new Foreword by series creator Sean S. Cunningham.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ACHIEVEMENT! December 7, 2005
This is the kind of book about the "Friday the 13th" series I hoping to read when I was a kid growing up with these films. I became a serious fan around the time I saw "Part III in 3-D (1982)." And I curiously read everything I could get my hands on about the people and stories behind the franchise. Back then all we really had were the articles in Fangoria Magazine. And I remember Famous Monsters ran a few, including an article on "Part III." I would have killed to get my hands on something like "Crystal Lake Memories," which presents the histories and behind the scenes stories of these movies with a great deal of enthusiasm. It contains information from over 200 interviews. And there are more than 600 photos (most in color) in this 320 page book, which every entry in the slasher series from the 1980 original up to and including "Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)." What's most impressive are the interviews from the casts and crews. So many interesting things came out of them.

In the original film, there's a country song playing in coffee shop at the top of the show. Composer Harry Manfredini said he whipped that up, and revealed its significance. Some of the kill scenes cut from "Part II" were kind of intense. Make up man Carl Fullerton showed some of the footage to KNB's Greg Nicotero, who was shocked by the uncut scene where the couple get speared in bed. And it wasn't because of the blood effects. Some photos of an alternate ending for "Part III" were unearthed and published here. Intriguing. I wonder how that sequence would have played on a big screen (and in 3-D). The story of how "Mrs. Jarvis (Joan Freeman)" was supposed to have died in "The Final Chapter" is included.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The complete history of all things Voorhees January 16, 2006
Peter Bracke has put together the most detailed and exhaustive book about Friday the 13th that could possibly be written. Bracke, and those he interviews, do not look at the legacay of the maligned and long running slasher series with rose tinted glasses. Many of the people who worked on the films did not like, nor seem to enjoy, doing so. The always quick and dirty shoots would, more often than not, be plagued by problems both technical and personal. Everybody clamors to take credit for the "good stuff" in the movie and, except in rare cases of professional candor, are quick to place the blame for a paticular failure at the feet of others. It is an eye opening read that takes the mythical romance out of film production and reveals it for what it is - a lot of blood, sweat, and tears creating something very few people appreciate, much less enjoy. Whether you are a fan of Friday the 13th or not, Crystal Lake Memories is an essential read for anyone interested in a candid look at lo budget film making. Highest recommendation.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read! December 29, 2005
This is quite simply.....a beautiful book and a very necessary read for Friday The 13th fans!

I have not been able to put it down since I aqquired it. I really appreciate the way this book was written: from the point of view of the actors, directors, writers, & collaborators of the film franchise.

It also has wonderful pictures and is just highly insightful....

More than reccommended! A must have for any fan!

I'm very grateful to have this encyclopedia of the Friday The 13th series in my collection!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book December 16, 2005
I FINALLY found a copy of this at my local Barnes & Noble (still waiting on my Amazon order) and couldn't pass it up. It's great. Brings back memories of watching these movies for the first time and gives lots of insight into how they were made and the troubles each ran into, which were a lot. Now some of the things that bothered me in the movies don't so much now after seeing what all they went through just to get them made. In fact, it's amazing the first one was made at all. For maximum enjoyment of this book, I'd recommend reading the section for each movie and then watching that movie before moving to the next section. It really makes you see the movie in a whole new way. I know Peter Bracke said he wouldn't want to do another anthology book on any other horror film series but I hope this inspires others to go out and give it a try. I'd love to have one on the complete Nightmare On Elm Street series and one on all of the Halloween movies. Those would be great reads and would look great on the bookshelf as a set.

Really, the only reason this book gets 4 stars rather than 5 is because of the editing. Get ready for TONS of typos and grammatical errors.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Magnificent Purchase For Fans January 2, 2006
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Buying this book was some of the best money I've ever spent. Yes, I'm a fan of the insipidly stupid, formulaic and spectatorial Friday the 13th series and I don't care. This book is essentially the Bible of all things Friday the 13th, and should be considered the standard by which compendium books are written and packaged. The book is printed on a beautifully thick quality paper, with a gorgeous dust jacket, 2 introductions and each chapter discusses each film chronologically.

THE GOOD: You would think a book like this would be a puff piece of slim length. WRONG! 300+ PAGES in length with over 600 photographs, a whopping 85% or more of which are in full color! Each photo includes captions indicating context and backstory, and most of these have never been seen before in any publication. Best of all, many of these photos include various foreign posters and footage of deleted scenes that aren't available anywhere as of yet. Also, the interviews tell everything in the most minute detail, including the disastrous editing fiascos on part 7 and the questions of cast abuse on part 4.

THE BAD: The format of the book is entirely interview excerpts, so this can get a bit repetetive. No call sheets or script excerpts.

THE WORST: No CD including Harry Manfredini's music or DVD containing deleted footage of note. But, maybe that's asking for a cherry on a 13lb. triple-decker chocolate sundae.

THE BEST: The book basically makes up for the dismal special features of the Friday the 13th DVD boxed set, which icluded a poorly constructed gathering of deleted scenes (editing bay edits) with NO digital remastering! Also included are interviews from cast members who have been reticent to discuss their involvement in the past.

In conclusion, if you're a fan of Friday the 13th, this book is everything you could ever hope for. If you're not, it'll be just way too much information about something you don't really like.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read for the true Friday fan.
Absolutely loved reading this book which is chock full of facts and actor/director commentary. With reading this , it was similar to the enjoyment I experienced when seeing the... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Frank A. Maresca Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Thorough Investigation of the Friday Series
I've been a Friday fan since Part VI. And I must have seen each movie at least a dozen times. This book gives a detailed analysis of the films from the viewpoint of those closest... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Throbbin' Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a fan of Friday the 13 get this
This book was hard to get at stores beings its so big and i got it on Amazon on sale 31.50 i mean i wanted that book so bad i finally got my hands on it and it huge its everything... Read more
Published 1 month ago by thomas henry
4.0 out of 5 stars DEscent upgrade from paperback version
A few new bits of information that weren't in the table book, if the subject interests you, you could do a lot worse.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Purchased as a gift for my best friend! We both love horror movies/Friday the 13th. He loved it! Thank You!
Published 1 month ago by Constance Hewitt
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on the series of films ever written...period.
Mr. Bracke has put out a Friday the 13th fan's dream with this book. It tells the story of the series, from conception to Freddy Vs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jackson Herod
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for any Friday the 13th fan!!
Great read. I wish they discussed the remake but other than that this is an excellent behind the scenes documentary.
Published 5 months ago by Doodle Mama
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best !
This is the most detailed and complete history of the beloved Friday the 13th franchise. Great read, great coffee table book.
Published 5 months ago by David Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars You will enjoy!
This book is a fun read and gives you so much insight into Jason Vorhees as one of the greatest slashers in movie history. Mr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Donald E. Speis Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent history of series
An excellent view into one of the most important horror movies series ever. Contains all movies up except the recent remake. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lahti Toni
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