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

Peter M. Bracke , Sean S. Cunningham
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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

From the Author

Includes new Foreword by series creator Sean S. Cunningham.

Product Details

  • File Size: 22457 KB
  • Print Length: 1211 pages
  • Publisher: Sparkplug Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TXXKI0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,445 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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30 of 31 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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25 of 29 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In depth behind the scenes December 26, 2006
Bracke's presentation of Crystal Lake Memories is a beautiful book with loads of pictures and massive amounts of interviews. The book is broken up into a chapter for each movie and the interviews are from producers, screenwriters, make-up artists, directors, actors, musical scorers, and many others. The interviews are broken up into 1-3 paragraph formats on topics that largely deal with behind-the-scenes events, casting problems, personality clashes, and production problems. I learned quite a bit from this book and it was quite enjoyable to read. The pictures are fantastic and some of the problem people are not whom I expected. The issues with terrible stories and direction are covered and were pretty humorous after all these years of trying to figure out why some of them were so bad.

This is a great book for fans of the series, but it's largely about production problems they cast & crews had to deal with. Still recommended highly.
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10 of 13 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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7 of 9 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
any fan of FT13 will love
Published 1 month ago by michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for Friday fans
Great book! Loved reading from all the people involved with the movie. I am a huge Friday the 13th fan, so it was fun to get an inside look about all the movies.
Published 1 month ago by Suzy
4.0 out of 5 stars this is so interesting. going behind the scenes on ...
this is so interesting. going behind the scenes on how they came up with the original movie and the point of view of not only the cast members but the producers, special effects... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Julie T. Neiser
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
love it
Published 2 months ago by James Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars ken
Awesome stories in this book! I look forward to the remake that is in the works for next year. All Friday fans get this book!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by ken
5.0 out of 5 stars I AM A FAN OF FRIDAY THE 13th series ( Jason Voorhees ) I am so happy...
I am a fan of Friday the 13th series ..from part 1( Original ) to Jason goes to hell,Jason X, Freddy vs Jason and REMAKE version. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Htet Myet Htut
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail for one of my favorite Horror Series
Great detail for one of my favorite Horror Series. It has a lot of back story and is a great coffee table centerpiece. Someone always wants to take a look through it.
Published 4 months ago by A. COPPOLA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
my son loved this
Published 4 months ago by angelfire164
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a great book for any F13 fan!!! Thanks!!!
Published 4 months ago by Halloween
5.0 out of 5 stars Not For Everybody. But Perfect For Some.
If you're a fan of the Friday The 13th films or if you are simply interested in filmmaking, this is a wonderful read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Adam
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