After one of my articles last week concerning my recent visit to Covington, Georgia, filming location of FRIDAY THE 13TH VI: JASON LIVES posted, my friend Lisa reminded me that Covington also served as the setting for the fictitious “Mystic Falls”, setting for THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. I kinda wish she hadn’t, as it sticks in my craw big time that the town tries to cash-in on their connection to that show—they offer guided tours—yet they don’t do anything to acknowledge their connection to Jason Voorhees. Portions of Rob Zombie’s failed HALLOWEEN remake and the Rom-Com SWEET HOME ALABAMA were also filmed in Covington, as is true for DOCTOR SLEEP, THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, and a bunch of other projects. So, okay, there are a lot of Hollywood connections. But why, out of all of them, does THE VAMPIRE DIARIES warrant a guided tour to attract tourists, when a ranger at the local Hard Labor Creek State Park, where JASON LIVES was largely filmed, told me that the town (or at the least the park itself) tries to distance itself from the fact that it was Crystal Lake? This pisses me all kinds of off!
I detest THE VAMPIRE DIARIES. No offense to anyone who digs it (I got in trouble with the management once for being too hard on it and TWILIGHT), but in terms of genre importance, of gravitas, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES couldn’t carry the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise’s jockstrap to the dry cleaners! It seems that the Mystic Falls tours are not officially “owned” by the town. I get that. But the town does embrace, or doesn’t actively try to distance itself, from them. Where’s the love for Jason? The aforementioned park ranger assured me that the FRIDAY THE 13TH fans *do* come there, and not infrequently. Why aren’t they welcomed as warmly as fans of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES? Is it just that the show spent more time there, and thus injected more *money* into the local economy, as they see it? Well, who has two thumbs and came there, spent money there, and did it not because of that TV show—as stated, I’d forgotten that it was even filmed there—but because Jason Voorhees once stalked its woods? This guy! And I am far from being the only one.