Does Jason Know Fulci?
I’ve been on a FRIDAY THE 13TH kick lately, after making a pilgrimage to Camp Crystal Lake. I was rewatching my favorite film in the FRIDAY franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART SEVEN: THE NEW BLOOD, when something struck me that had never previously occurred to me: just how much Jason in this movie, when he has his trademark hockey mask off—which occurs when telekinetic Survivor Girl Tina uses her powers to shatter it, pissing Jason off even more in the process—resembles the iconic “Walking Flowerpot” Zombie from Lucio Fulci’s masterpiece ZOMBIE (aka ZOMBIE 2, aka ZOMBI, aka ZOMBI 2—surely you already know the reasons why this flick has so many different titles, right? George Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD was released in Italy under the title ZOMBI, aka ZOMBIE, thus Fulci’s movie was intended to serve as an unofficial, unauthorized sequel.). Look at the side-by-side of the two zombies I put together. They are similar even down to the one empty eye socket. (Only it’s Jason’s left eye that is missing and the Flowerpot’s right.) And they have the same toothy Billy Idol-esque grin. This made me wonder if it was done on purpose. Such questions, when they pop up, typically contain the makings of an article! I put on my investigative reporter hat, then, and got to googling.
If ZOMBIE was a direct influence on the makeup for Zombie Jason in THE NEW BLOOD I can find no mention of it. I suspect it was, but alas cannot prove it.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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