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“Friday The 13th: The Series” Season 1 Finally Comes To DVD!

Why hello there! It only took you 20 friggin' years to arrive on DVD!

I'm really, really glad to see Friday the 13th: The Series finally get a DVD release. While many people thought it was lame that the series had nothing to do with the Jason Voorhees storyline, many horror fans saw it for what it was - a genuinely entertaining and suspenseful TV show. It's often been compared to the X-Files, though it predated that show by a good six years. The series was about a "Curious Goods" antique shop owner (Lewis Vendredi) who made a deal with Satan to make some mega-bucks by selling cursed antique items. He eventually broke off the deal and was subsequently killed as a result. His nephew (Ryan Dallion) and cousin (Micki Foster) inherit the store and start selling off all the items from the vault downstairs. Unfortunately for them, they learn from Lewis' old co-worker (Jack Marshak) about how the antiques were all cursed after they had already sold them off. So now, it's up to them to recover all of these cursed antiques so they can be stored in the downstairs vault where they'll never cause trouble anymore.

The show covered a wide variety of topics, but one of the central themes was how seemingly good people could be swayed by temptation and made to do bad things. Trust me when I say it's not just nostalgia that makes me excited to see the series again... it really was a good show. The first season had some solid guest stars such as Ray Walston, Zack Ward, R.G. Armstrong, David Proval and more. David Cronenberg even directed the "Faith Healer" episode. Unfortunately, Paramount didn't see fit to include much in terms of extras included with this set, but I'm just glad to see the episodes get an official DVD release. It only took over 20 years!

Friday the 13th: the Series only ran for three seasons, and most people will tell you that the the first two are the only ones really worth watching, especially since John D. LeMay (Ryan) left the show after season two. Still, I think there were plenty of entertaining episodes in the third season worth watching, so I hope they'll eventually release it on DVD so we can all have a complete set. I should also note that John would actually go on to star in "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday", so at least there's one connection that the show had to the films.

I think one of the main reasons the show was compared to the X-Files is not just because of all the mystery and suspense, but because the lead female, Louise Robey (Micki), was a redhead. Actually, she wasn't just an average red head, she had a friggin' mountain of red hair. Her hairdo is genuinely 80s and she would've been right at home, standing in line for a Poison concert on the Sunset strip back in the day.

I'm sure, like the Hoff, she's huge in Germany!

And speaking of music, she apparently released an album... so there's a little trivia for you hardcore fans of the series. Now you can impress all your friends when you show them the DVD set and go:

"Yeah, I had a major crush on Louise back in the day. Say, did you know that she released an album called 'One Night In Bangkok' too? Well she did. I know because I watched her record it. What? Oh, no, I wasn't a part of the studio sessions... I just drilled a whole in the ceiling and watched from above. I got stuck in there one night and had to eat rats for sustenance. Not too bad really. So anyway, I've been trying to get her to autograph my copy of the album for years, but she won't answer my letters. Maybe it's because I wrote them in blood and swore that if I couldn't have her, nobody could... but I dunno. I didn't mean it to come off as crazy. I'm just, you know... a dedicated fan. What's that? Oh, her lawyers say otherwise, do they? Well fuck them. I know that she and I were destined to be together and one day we'll travel to Bangkok to recover that last cursed antique and then she'll love me for the real man I am today!"

I'm sorry, that's just the impression I have of what most of you people are like. Don't deny it... let the truth set you free.

Now that they finally released the Friday the 13th series DVD set (and "Tales From The Crypt" has been out for a while), I think it's high time "Freddy's Nightmares" gets the DVD release treatment. I can only stand watching the old "best of" VHS tapes and online episodes for so long. For those of you unfamiliar with the Freddy's Nightmares show, I reviewed the two most important episodes a while back: "No More Mister Nice Guy" and "Sister's Keeper".

Anyway, please tell me I'm not the only one who really liked the Friday the 13th TV series. Share some of your favorite memories of the show, will ya?



LoganN64 (Guest) on 09/24/2008 8:10 pm

Yea, sure, they release the obscure: Friday the 13th series on DVD where as hundreds of X-fans are still left in the dust without an X-MEN animated series DVD box set.... or even single seasons, where is the justice?

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KILLADEUCE on 09/24/2008 8:28 pm

Never caught the F13th Series although I recall when they aired. Not to change the subject for commenting (Is there such a thing as Comment hijacking?)

I found the Robey Vid for night in Bangkok on Youtube:

I admit I prefer the Murray Head version, although Robey was a looker- I would definitely watch the Friday 13th Series on that fact alone :)


luthian69 (Guest) on 09/24/2008 8:43 pm

this show is on daily on chiller tv

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Simon Love on 09/24/2008 8:53 pm

Back when this show was on tv, I could only watch its french translation. The title had nothing do to do with Friday the 13th, so there was none of that 'Oh, but it has nothing to do with Jason' vibe.

I distinctly remember to this day a scene where Satan (I think) leaves some footprints on some old stairs. It scared the Sith out of me...

Wish there were more shows like that.

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JMFabianoRPL on 09/24/2008 9:03 pm

It pains me to say it, but screw this, as I think CBS DVD is putting it out which means they'll change any scene that has music they have to pay anything for. And this is the nitpicker in me, but they don't keep the old Paramount logos at the end.

Of course if this ISN'T a CBS DVD, discard the above.

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Geminate on 09/24/2008 9:57 pm

Well I hope they cleaned up the video and make it look good...wait and see.

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Ferrit on 09/24/2008 10:20 pm

Cool enough show. I always used to catch it late late nights - usually after staggering home from wherever it was I'd gotten drunk at that night.

Was it ever on in prime time?

and why the hell no Duckman DVD collection already???


The Grumpus (Guest) on 09/24/2008 10:45 pm

Ferrit, Duckman seasons 1 and 2 actually just came out on DVD last week:

I might pick that show up myself, but $50 is way too much. Heck, $35 on Amazon is still a little too much.

As for Ft13: the Series, I never saw any myself. Since Freddy's Nightmares is on AOL's TV site, does anyone know if this show is sitting on any website anywhere?

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Ferrit on 09/24/2008 11:09 pm

The Grumpus - you have made my night :D

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azrael2514 on 09/24/2008 11:09 pm

I remember watching this show late at night on some channel I don't remember (TBS maybe). This and USA's Up All Night on Fridays and Saturdays hosted by Captain USA. What about a Tales from the Darkside DVD and not the movie (which I do love). That show actually had some creepy shit on it, including the Christmas episode with Jenna Von Oy from Blossom as a little girl in it. Awesome episode.

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azrael2514 on 09/24/2008 11:16 pm

The episode was called Seasons of Belief made in 1986. Amazingly just looking it up on IMDB and reading about it gave me goosebumps. That stuff gave me nightmares as a kid.

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azrael2514 on 09/24/2008 11:19 pm

Third and final follow up post. Just found on YouTube. Watch it here
with the part 2 found on the same page. In case anyone actually cares. Really bad acting just to warn you all.

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Hanglyman on 09/24/2008 11:44 pm

I've never seen it or heard of it until now, but that does sound like an awesome premise! I can imagine them traveling the world to track down all those antiques, sometimes saving people, sometimes discovering they were too late, or being unable to convince the owners to give them up. Pretty weird that it had absolutely nothing to do with the movies, though... seems like a great way to alienate the majority of your audience after their first viewing.


ddd (Guest) on 09/24/2008 11:51 pm

warner is showing freddys nightmares online for free so thier is really no reaso for them to make a dvd when they are giving it away for free

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Silver on 09/25/2008 12:24 am

I love redhaired girls =D, they are just plain awesome.


Shawn_the_Donut (Guest) on 09/25/2008 1:19 am

They don't make shows like this anymore.. I never saw it, but I read about it quite awhile back. I particularly remember reading about a "fan-favorite" episode with Dracula or somethng to that effect?

Yea, I'm buying this thing.


Scott (Guest) on 09/25/2008 4:06 am

For anyone who has Direct Tv this show is on pretty frequent on Chiller they also have a web site

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Tom Foolery on 09/25/2008 6:43 am

It's finally here!!! Woo hoo!

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JakeOfAllTrades on 09/25/2008 7:44 am

Before reading this, I didn't know this series existed. All I remember of Friday the 13th is watching it with my brother ON Friday the 13th on cable, and the jumping out of Jason from the river scared the bejeebus out of both of us. We both exclaimed HOLY SHIT at the top of our lungs. Good times, good times.

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TGossard on 09/25/2008 8:34 am

I remember one episode clearly:

Scarlet Cinema, which has a werewolf being killed by strangulation with 35mm film because it has silver halide in it.

The store reminded me of the shop in The Howling where the main characters go to find out about werewolves and the guy has a box of silver bullets sitting there.

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Icculus on 09/25/2008 8:50 am

I don't remember any particular episodes but I was only about 6 when the came out. I remember not being too interested because they had nothing to do with Jason...Definitely going to check them out again.

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10,000 Volt Ghost on 09/25/2008 10:04 am

I like the episode Faith Healer. That's with the Amish village and the sleeping blanket right?

Also love me some Jenna Von Oy. Hearts for days.

(Sorry, offtopic but: You thrust your pelvis, HUH!. You thrust your pelvis, HUH!)

ROG: Have you started a petition for Nightmare on Elm street series on DVD?


Casper Knightshade (Guest) on 09/25/2008 10:33 am

It was at times a pretty decent horror show. But I still can't get over it's title. Just can't.


matty (Guest) on 09/25/2008 12:30 pm

I am sooo excited that it came out on DVD, because seriously, this is one of the best shows ever, and the fact that it never gets any recognition bothers me. I don't care if there are other more mainstream shows out there without a dvd release, for fans of the series this one was WAY overdue!

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nilus on 09/25/2008 1:24 pm

Wow I need this. I was actually just talking about this show. I was telling someone about Fringe and telling them what old shows kinda had a similiar feel besides the X-files. I brought up F13 and Polterghiest: The Legacy. Which is another show that had nothing to do with the Movie its name comes from but was pretty good.

And for those that want to catch this on TV, AT&T U-Verse also gets Chill as well.

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seesawbooy on 09/25/2008 3:55 pm

TFTC need a complete set shaped like The Crypt Keeper's book of stories.


Raug (Guest) on 09/25/2008 4:21 pm

I have been waiting forever to pick up some Tales from the Darkside. Tell me, guys. When the hell are we going to get Tales from the Darkside on DVD?


Cat (Guest) on 09/25/2008 5:27 pm

I was really too young to catch it (pity), so I really want to pick this up.


Poop On A Stick (Guest) on 09/25/2008 9:30 pm

Rog, my favorite parts of the show were the brick that they had to twist to open and close the vault, and the sweet Mercedes (looked like a mini limousine) that the cast drove around in. Also, Robey, other than just being hot, really was a decent actress in the series. Good memories.


Cheesoboy (Guest) on 09/26/2008 1:26 am

I used to watch this show all the time, although I don't remember too much about it though.

HOWEVER, there was one episode where a young girl winds up in possession of a cursed doll with murder on the mind and I remember it scaring the crap out of me. Of course, I was really young at the time and most demonic dolls/puppets/etc gave me nightmares for weeks.

I'd definitely like to go back and see if that episode has held up or if it's cheesy as all get-out now.

I also remember something about a cursed teacup (something with maybe vines that grew out of it and strangled people or something), but it's been awhile:-P

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OxBlood on 09/26/2008 1:54 am

Interesting...I´ve never ever heard of that show. Curse you, Europe and Lollipopland in particular. Getting the normal movies is already hard as hell...almost all of them are cut, most of them are on the index, I think 1 is even banned completely.


ddd (Guest) on 09/26/2008 5:06 am

i read somewhere that the quality of the episodes suck don't know if it true or not though


ddd (Guest) on 09/26/2008 5:11 am

Talking about the dvd episodes and not tv episodes


udifbgid (Guest) on 09/26/2008 10:53 am

brrraaaawww, don't compare that shit to the x-files

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wastedsage on 09/26/2008 12:49 pm

They show it alot on the Chiller Channel, it's pretty decent & definately holds up against the shitfest that is today's t.v.

Freddy's Nightmares on the other hand was way too much of a rip off of Tales from the Crypt, but I did like Freddy's Pee-Wee style house though.


Ktulu (Guest) on 09/26/2008 4:58 pm

Hah! I remember watching this show. Two episodes that stand out are one about a pair of boxing gloves that created a shadow that committed murders and one about a makeup mirror that when it was shined on your face you were controlled, or something to that effect. I just recall someone meeting the wrong end of a table-saw in that episode.

I was 8 when the show was on. My dad & I would watch it together. We always liked the weird scifi type stuff.


Alan Bates (Guest) on 09/26/2008 5:42 pm

I remember reading in an interview with one of the writers or creators or somebody like that that they had planned for that the very last artifact that they'd go after on the last episode was going to be Jason's mask.


Fairy (Guest) on 09/27/2008 3:07 am

RoG, I've been waiting forever for this series to get released on DVD, I was 8 or 9 when it was airing on local television here in Malaysia back in the late 80s and I absolutely loved it (even though it scared me to bits back then - even now!). I remember the episodes with the feather pen, the garden shredder, the boxing shadow. Awesome series!

Thanks for the head's up! I'm definitely getting my copy!


Zbu (Guest) on 09/27/2008 6:19 am

I'll second Freddy's Nightmares getting released. The show's way too cheesy not to get a decent release and it had its share of good guest stars as well. What can you say about a show that has Freddy Krueger hosting stories about a cannibalistic pizza store owner played by Jeffrey Combs or Tony Dow playing a cannibal dealing with his issues, only to get kidnapped by the government and experimented upon? If it's one thing the show had, it was cannibals. Well, and other stuff. ;)

And Friday the 13th: The Series needs all of its shows released. Considering how fast CBS is putting out Duckman in all four seasons, I think we're gold to get all the episodes of F13. Which is cool.

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Zbu Manowar on 09/27/2008 7:59 am

Oops, I should log in first.


baronterror (Guest) on 09/27/2008 11:13 am

I certainly remember this. As I recal it came out about the same time as Friday the 13th part 6,and I seem to remember that they used the neat toubstone thingy with Friday the 13th on it on the adds leading up to it, to kinda link it in your mind to the part 6 JASON LIVEs toumbstone in all the adds. Could be my memories are liars.

As for episodes, one always stuck with me. Bothered me more than I ever belived, specially when I was young.

A Dentist got a chair that was really an electric chair, and when he killed people with it, he could ...Electric people to death with his hands. I remember one thing, he gets someone by grabbing like an iron railing down some stairs in like a New York brownstone kinda houses, as the other person is holding on to the same railing.

And what really botherd me, was I recal he killed a younger black boy in the dentist chair, to get some powers. I belive it was a boy, and that they kinda showed him getting shocked and screaming, not gory neccissarily. All this is foggy but I recall him only being a kid cause I never had seen an actual KID get it. Kids never actually got killed in the movies, so it really messed with my mind.

Key in THE BLOB, 1980's remake, which is so awesome, go Shawnee Smith, and a boy dies horribly. THAT screwed me up too.

If this episode is in the first season, I'd like to know if any of my memories hold true.

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Nick on 09/27/2008 5:20 pm

The Friday the 13th TV series was awesome, I cannot wait to pick this up.


JuanS (Guest) on 09/28/2008 9:20 am

This is the only show that I have ever watched in which I have felt an obscure aura all around it. The musical score, the photography, everything is pure evil. I love it!


Bree (Guest) on 09/28/2008 1:04 pm

I love this show. I watched it when it originally ran. The acting was very decent for a series like this and the music was fantastic. The one episode that stands out for me was "Better Off Dead," which got a parental warning (none of the other episodes did). A doctor uses a cursed syringe to try and cure his daughter of this rabies-like disease. He abducts women and gives them the same disease. Lots of foaming at the mouth and the end is pretty disturbing.

The guy that composed the music (I think Fred Molin) also did the soundtrack for Friday the 13th: Part 7.

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IXCE on 09/28/2008 10:09 pm

I use to watch this all the time. I think on the Sci-Fi Channel they would show this like every night. It would be one of the last things I watch before I went to bed, haha.

I really wish they would of done the final episode about Jason.


Jack JL (Guest) on 10/01/2008 2:52 am

You know, just from the description and things I've heard about this series (I haven't seen any episodes myself), it sounds like the Sci-Fi miniseries from a couple years back, the Lost Room. Now THAT needs a show. I'll have to pick this up.


Greg (Guest) on 10/05/2008 3:59 am

Oh yes. I remember these vividly. For some reason the doll house episode stands out in my mind. I used to sit up late Saturday night and flip between this and Saturday Night's Main Event (back when WWF (yeah, that's right, WW 'F') didn't suck). Some of the shows actually scared me - can't remember rightly many of the episodes with a few exceptions, like when Louis lures the three heroes to that house and tries to escape from Hell or when Johnny was turned into a little boy after saving that town... ugh.

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movieman75 on 12/21/2008 6:08 pm

oh yeah i am going to buy season 1 which is already out and season 2 which comes out soon. i used to watch this on sat nights when i was a kid and loved it. some pretty freaky episodes. unfortunatly i never got to see any of season 2 and only about half of season 1 so i am looking forward to getting this. i am glad this underrated sereis is getting out on dvd finally. and tales from the darkside season 1 will eb released in a few months as well!

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