With this one, I’m going to once again wax nostalgic, share my misty watercolor memories of my childhood with you. Picture it, as Sophia Petrillo would say. The mid-80s. We had just gotten our first VCR. These devices, and that indispensable component of every small town, the video store, had been around for a year or so. I, an underage Horror mark, had been champing at the bit to own a VCR, to be able to sit down and watch a movie any time I wanted, right there in my own home! It was an amazing concept! Seriously, those of you who weren’t around back then just can’t understand it. You take it for granted today, but there was actually a time when, if you wanted to see a movie, you had to wait for it to come on television or play in the theater. There was no such thing as owning one (or renting one) for yourself. The VCR changed all that.
One of the first movies I rented? FRIDAY THE 13th VI: JA SON LIVES. Hooking up the VCR to the television wasn’t the easiest thing to do back then. You couldn’t just plug in some cable. You had to use a screwdriver to loosen the little screws on the back where your rabbit-ear antenna connected to the set, then attach the little prongs from the VCR cables, then retighten the screws. (The same way you had to hook up an Atari 2600.) If you did it right, you would be able to watch television and, by flipping to channel three on the upper dial on the TV (I couldn’t remember if that one was VHF or UHF. I googled it. It was VHF.) you could watch whatever movie was playing on your VCR. I will never forget the magic of pressing play on the VCR and seeing the movie appear on my TV screen.
Next to HALLOWEEN, I’ve probably watched FRIDAY THE 13TH VI: JASON LIVES more times than any other movie. As a little kid, I never would have dreamed that I’d one day be able to tread the same ground tread by Jason in that film, but I did just that this past week, when I visited the filming location for the movie, Hard Labor Creek State Park in Georgia, where all the cabins are still standing. Only a true Monsterkid could understand just how big a thing that is.