Do you suffer from friggatriskaidekaphobia? If so, then you will be riddled with fear all day today because friggatriskaidekaphobia is a fear of Friday the 13th. Are you superstitious? Are you afraid to go to work today? Are you scared to eat dinner in a restaurant? I’m not any of those things, so Happy Friday the 13th!
Believe it or not, this is one of the most wide spread susperstitions in the US. “An estimated 17 to 21 million people in the US are affected by a fear of this day making it the most feared day and date in history. Some people are so paralyzed by fear that they avoid their normal routines in doing business, taking flights or even getting out of bed.” Get a grip people!
There are a whole bunch of reasons why 13 is considered an unlucky number and why Friday is considered to be an unlucky day, but if you are of my generation or after, Friday the 13th most likely conjures up images of Jason Vorhees and his scary mother who killed everyone at Camp Crystal Lake. I saw the original one in the theater in 1980 and it scared the shit out of me because I believe that in any woodsy, dark area, a killer is just waiting to jump out of the bushes and kill me and whoever I’m with.
I also believe that there are killers in the woods behind my mom’s house, and when I visit I always picture him, sometimes with a hockey mask and sometimes without, peering in the window while I’m watching Family Fued alone and of course, there’s a thunder storm outside. She lives in Maine, which is a dark and scary state. Why do you think Stephen King lives there? It’s called inspiration.
Friday the 13th was such a great slasher film at the time that, of course, Hollywood had to go and make:
Friday the 13th: part II (1981)
Friday the 13th: part III (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2000)
Friday the 13th (the remake of the original) (2009)
Do you think Hollywood has a stable of dead horses that producers go in and beat on a regular basis?
Fun fact: My brother’s friend, Derek Mears, played Jason in the remake. I watched it just for him. Of course, my favorite thing about slasher films is the stereotypical dumb girl who is always left alone and hears a noise and assumes it’s her boyfriend just trying to scare her. “Billy, is that you? Billy! C’mon Billy, it’s not funny anymore” and then she gets killed because she’s a slut. Did you ever notice in slasher films how the slutty girls always get killed? That’s fine, because the slutty ones are always stupid, and I’m totally okay with anyone stupid getting chopped up. In fact, I’d like to do it myself. I guess all I need is a hockey mask, which I don’t have, but I do have plenty of knives.
Well, I have to go now because I have a piece of processed breakfast meat cooking that I need to tend to. I hope everyone has a very lucky Friday the 13th!
In the comment section, I would love if you put your favorite slasher movie of all time….