The horror movie icon returns with the help of Kane Hodder, Tom Savini and Gun Media
Jason Voorhees is back, not in a movie but in a new game from Gun Media. They've brought the horror movie icon back with the help of Tom Savini (who contributed stunts, make-up and special effects to the original Friday The 13th movies) and Kane Hodder who played Voorhees between 1988 and 2001.
The (bloodied and hanging from a car door handle) hook for this game? You get to play as Voorhees himself. This latest trailer features some of the new ways the man monster takes out the summer camp counsellors.
"What you are seeing here is the pure genius of Tom Savini at work. At the end of Friday the 13th Part 9: Jason Goes to Hell, we see Freddy Krueger's glove drag Jason's mask into the depths of hell, but nobody knows what happened next. This model reflects Tom's interpretation of what happened to Jason next," says Gun Media's Ronnie Hobbs.
"This is Tom's first new Jason since 1984's The Final Chapter, so fans are extremely excited, and for good reason. Jason is burnt, covered in chains, and obviously wounded from some pretty vicious battles in hell. This Jason model is exclusive to our game, and I can tell you from experience...seeing those glowing red eyes staring at you in the darkness is terrifying."
The game is a multiplayer survival horror where up to seven people can play as Camp Crystal Lake counselors while one player controls Voorhees. The counsellors have to try and escape the camp while Voorhees has to hunt them down with the help of special powers like super hearing and sight. The developers come across as the movie franchise's biggest fans, obsessing over every detail.
"Some of the kills were handcrafted from the ground up, while others were ripped directly from the films," says Hobbs. "Each kill had to be planned out thoroughly in advance to make sure it would work within the game's environment, and then it was off to the motion capture studio where Kane Hodder would viciously perform the kills on stunt actors until they were perfected. It's a long arduous process, but one that we owe the Friday The 13th fanbase"
The team even painstakingly researched locations like Packanack Lodge from Friday the 13th: Part 2, a task made all the harder by the fact that the lodge no longer exists.
"We reached out to friends who were lucky enough to have visited the actual lodge before it was destroyed, we scoured the internet for for real photos, and we watched the film frame by frame at least 100 times. It was months of work, but totally worth it in the end."
The game will be released this year on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.