Tomorrow may be Valentine’s Day, but today is Friday the 13th.
When I was 12, I was slightly obsessed with horror movies. My enthusiasm for gore was mild in comparison to my all-consuming adoration for Transformers – the sheer depth of my robo-obsession made little room for other things like social skills or boys, but I managed to squeeze things in here and there.
My personal favourite was Jason Voorhees. He was SO much cooler than Freddy Krueger – the strong silent type with a machete always wins over the smug chatty guy with long fingernails. My friends and I rented movies almost every weekend (it’s a good thing there were so many sequels), and occasionally we would mix things up with some Michael Myers (strong, silent, butcher knife, mask of William Shatner: also cooler than Freddy). I don’t think we ever strayed outside the big three – it wasn’t so much the genre we were into, but the villains themselves.
I’ve loved keeping lists of things for as long as I can remember. Therefore, in honour of today being Friday the 13th, I present to you:
The Body Count from Friday the 13th Parts 1-8, as tallied by my teenaged self in a small notebook featuring Optimus Prime on the cover:
- Friday the 13th: 9
- Friday the 13th Part 2: 10
- Friday the 13th Part 3: 12
- Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter: 13
- Friday the 13th: A New Beginning: 17
- Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives: 17
- Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood: 15
- Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan: 19
It’s the gift that keeps on giving!