What’s Next for Jason: Tom McLoughlin’s Idea

He's still out there...

Tom McLoughlin brought us one of the most fun films in the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VI: JASON LIVES, serving as both writer and director. Arguably the first filmmaker to realize that the FRIDAY movies are inherently funny—and that’s it’s not only acceptable to lean into that humor but it makes for a better result if you embrace it—Mr. McLoughlin has an idea for a new movie. And it just so happens that Victor Miller, who has recently regained rights to the original FRIDAY THE 13TH, has been thinking similar thoughts. Hey, somebody give each of these guys the other’s phone number!

What would McLoughlin’s movie be about? As he recently told Bloody Disgusting: “THE DIARY OF PAMELA VOORHEES is of course based on Victor Miller’s characters of Pamela Voorhees, and her young son Jason. The story takes place in Post-World War 2 Middle America. People are uncertain, afraid of the unknown, and untrusting. This is the world Mrs. Voorhees and Jason must face. On the night of June 13th, 1946, an abused 16-year-old Pamela gives birth to a facially disfigured, mentally challenged boy she names Jason. Over the next ten years we see the painful life this shunned single mother must survive to raise and protect her Jason who…these people treat as a freak. Her psychopathic mind turns darker, then vengeful as she brutally kills any detractor of her son. They then move on, Pamela fantasizing on finding some place that’s truly theirs. Both the film and limited series conclude with their arrival at Camp Crystal Lake May 19th, 1956… Pamela’s diary allows us deeper insight into how she feels. It’s particularly even more unsettling as we hear her psychopathic and sociopathic thoughts and plans. I wanted to approach this as if this was a true story. Every event and character are believable. No supernatural aspects. As extreme as her murders are they are passion kills…There’s also a deeply disturbing and creepy aspect seeing the child Jason watching, maybe learning from his mothers’ savage murders. Blood splattered; Mrs. Voorhees embraces her son with a genuine mother’s warmth. Gently explaining to him why these wicked people need to die. ‘If we don’t kill them, Jason, they’ll keep hurting more people like us. There’s no God who will punish them. Only us, Jason.’”

This movie could be made right now, free of legal entanglement. Make it happen, Victor and Tom!

Or, y’know, a cable TV series might be even better…

By TheCheezman

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. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

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