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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (Enhanced Edition) by [Bracke, Peter M.]
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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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Includes new Foreword by series creator Sean S. Cunningham.

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  • File Size: 24728 KB
  • Print Length: 1211 pages
  • Publisher: Sparkplug Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Publication Date: March 6, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TXXKI0
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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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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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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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Fantastic, not only great for F13th fans, anybody who loves movies should read this amazingly detailed behind the scenes of movie making book, BUT if you are a fan of Horror flicks or the Slasher genre you'll find this book an intensely interesting read on how to bring to life a scary film , BUT if you are a Friday the 13th fanatic GET THIS BOOK NOW it is a MUST read, everything is here... writers, directors, actors, producers, studio heads, everybody details how, when, where and why these films were made: for every single classic Jason movie, its super long, but it is so good, you don't want it to end, and it will make you see the movies many times again, even the ones you don't like that much, highly recommended.
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CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES: The Complete History Of Friday the 13th (Book Review) Author Peter M. Bracke has written a MASSIVE coffee table-sized book chalk-full of splendid (and rare) photos that span the making of FRIDAY THE 13th (1980) all the way through FREDDY VS. JASON (2003). It's basically 25 years of Jason movies and how they were created---all told in the words by the people who participated in them! This is such a great narrative approach, where you pretty much `hear ` the uncensored words of the producers, directors, special effects people, actors, actresses, etc. on how each movie was made and what their experiences were. Yes, some of the perspectives are a bit at odds and there's some differences of opinion, but overall, what a great way to experience how these classic slasher movies were created and what effect they had on cinema, the ravenous fans, and pop culture at large! There are two editions of this book: a superb coffee table hardback with ultra clear photos, art, and posters and just recently released, an e-book edition with additional text material added---including longer interviews that equal the tune of 1,200 + printed pages! So this is by no means a short read, but if you're a diehard fan of the series, you will absolutely love reading about how Sean Cunningham and Victor Miller created FRIDAY THE 13th, how the success was so unexpected, and how Paramount changed the way independent movies were distributed with FRIDAY 1 and its sequels. It's exciting, relevant stuff and if you grew up in the era where you enjoyed these movies each year in the movie theater, you'll be excited to learn about all the behind-the-scenes madness that was going on to get these movies out there each year.Read more ›
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