Sic transit gloria Jason Vorhees

So last weekend, TYG and I were out with some college friends of her, and some undergraduates from the same frat. We wound up in a bar where the undergrads were playing Candyland while watching Friday the 13th on a big-screen TV. Which is an amusing image, but not the point of this post. To wit, that none of them had heard of the film.

It’s another example of how different generations have different cultural experiences. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Friday the 13th film in its entirety, but I still know they’re about Jason Voorhees, the guy in the hockey mask who slashes people to death. The films were everywhere in the 1980s — eight installments in the series in that decade. TV’s Night Court could make a joke referencing the series and be confident people would get it.

Now, though? The students responses when I identified it (had to use Google) were “Friday the 13th? That’s a movie?” or wondering if it was the one with Freddie Krueger. But why would they remember it? There was one series film in the 1990s, one in 2001, Freddy vs. Jason in 2003 and then the 2009 reboot. It’s their dads’ horror franchise.

I won’t shed any tears if the series vanishes into the memory hole, but I hate it when stuff like this makes me feel old.

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3 responses to “Sic transit gloria Jason Vorhees

  1. Zosimus the Heathen

    You’ve never seen a Friday the 13th film in its entirety? You don’t know what you’re missing! Seriously, though, it seems bizarre that there are people now who have no idea that franchise even exists (or have any clue what it was/is about) – it’s practically a cultural icon! Isn’t it? ISN’T IT? Shit, now I feel old too!

    I didn’t actually watch any of the Friday the 13th movies when they were first released, though I did catch up on pretty much all of them during the ’90s, and then watched the ones that were released after that (bar the 2009 reboot, which I still haven’t seen). The first one I remember seeing was Part 7, which a brother of mine *made* me watch with him (I swear he did!) on TV late one night – while I won’t say it was in any way an Oscar contender, I found it good, dumb fun nonetheless.

    • Come to think of it, it’s surprising I never caught one, as I’ve seen a number of slasher flicks (they aired a lot in syndication in the ’80s). From what I saw on the big screen, I’ll stick with Freddy.

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