His Name was Jason, the Official Great Stories Friday the 13th Blog.
The Man, The Myth, The Jason
By Tom Vanner
Good News everybody, we have all returned!! Ok so maybe not everybody has returned, I see a few people are most likely late today. We don’t have to wait, anyway, in total there were 10 Friday the 13th’s in the original series, “Freddy VS Jason” and “Friday the 13th” the remake. A total of 12 movies and every movie featured a different actor playing Jason, with the exception of parts 7, 8, 9, and X. That is 7 people who have donned the mask. 6 movies had hockey masks, 1 had a potato sack and the original movie did not have Jason as the main character.
The most notable of all the Jason’s is Kane Hodder. He played Jason more than anybody and had some of Jason’s most iconic kills. From the Part 7 sleeping bag kill to the punch decapitation in part 8 and even X had a pretty awesome kill where Jason freezes a scientist head in a sink of nitrogen, then shatters her head on the counter. Kane’s depiction of Jason is synonymous of violence. In every other movie Jason makes the kill gets the job done and that’s, that. Jason played by Kane has an unmatched efficiency and almost has an extra commitment to each kill. Kane had always added to each kill in the movies, weather it was an extra step to the sequence or just and extra hack of the machete. His commitment to death in the “Friday The 13TH” series is why he was the only Jason actor to do the body capture of Jason in “Friday The 13th” the Game (released for console Friday the 13th)
Calling Kane an actor is almost insulting the man. He is a stunt man and stunt coordinator who just happened to play Jason. Kane having worked with John Carl Buechler on “Prison” had impressed John so much with his commitment to getting a good shot and being so comfortable in full makeup. John lobbied for and asked Kane to take on the starring role of “Friday the 13th Part 7 the New Blood”. Kane Never have acted before took on the role and spent a lot of time paying attention to body language and posture. He ultimately decided in order for the role to feel natural he would just be himself. Kane started the breathing thing. Whenever you see Jason standing in a roadway or in the woods and all of a sudden he takes a deep breath. That was added to the character to give him life. The lack of body motion from other actors taking the role makes Jason seem kind of statuesque. If the character has movement and life it just adds depth to him. Hodder while filming kill scenes, being a fan of the series would ask himself prior to the kill, WWJD? What would Jason Do?
That my friend, helped create the sleeping bag kill. Now I’m not going to sit here and tell you I’ve never asked myself the same question. I have and depending on the situation you would be surprised the positive outcome you get when you find the answer.
Kane had fallen in love with the character and took on the role 3 more times. When Freddy VS Jason was in talks, Hodder received his copy of the script and became ecstatic. He gets to play his favorite role again and work with a now personal friend Robert Englund. Time went by and Hodder never heard anything from the producers, he would call and never get a call back. Jason had been re-casted and that left Hodder devastated, he would never get an explanation either, which just pissed him off. Kane felt a personal connection to Jason, being a victim of bullying at young age and constantly getting beaten up, he felt he and Jason had that connection.
Kane has since moved on, continuing to make films, and work in the stunt business. He picked up the role of Victor Crowley in the Hatchet series. They just released their fourth film, and if you enjoy 80’2 style horror and insanely violent kills, you’ll enjoy this series. You will also get to see Kane one with other Horror icons, Derek Mears, R.A Mihailoff and Tony Todd, to name a few. He is always going to conventions, making public appearances whenever he can, he spends a lot of time with children and in burn wards, along with other Burn victims.
Kane Hodder is an excellent ambassador of the horror genre. He is an awesome guy to meet. Very friendly, easy to approach, doesn’t have a massive ego that can push you out of the way. I have been lucky enough to meet him along with my family. Best of all he (fake) choked my son, (that lucky son of a…). Let me tell you, when it comes to choking children under 2 I do believe there is no one more professional at then he is. The event last all of half a second and got a great shot as well. I would love to see Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees in a movie again, it would just complete me. If it never happens well, we have four to enjoy.
For more on Kane Hodder you can find his book, “Unmasked, the true story of cinemas most prolific killer” and coming out this year the film documentary, “To Hell and Back, The Kane Hodder story”. I for one am fan girl excited over the film.
Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, so be sure to have some mirrors to break and a few ladders to walk under. We wrap our time up together and maybe learn something about ourselves.