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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845763432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845763435
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 1.3 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,912 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

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

"One of the very coolest movie books I've ever seen." -- DVDTalk.com, 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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For every Friday the 13th fan out there!
Corey
I ended up rewatching almost all of the movies while reading this, and it really does make you see them in different ways.
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I can't recommend this book highly enough to fans of the series.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Stephen J. Pytak on December 7, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Chadwick H. Saxelid on January 16, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By R. Howell on December 26, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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 By Boggman! on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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 8 people found the following review helpful By Jeremiah Tilley on December 16, 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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