Thursday, March 24, 2016

Curious Goods: Behind-the-Scenes of Friday the 13th The Series

Whether we, as a collective generation who cherish what is now considered "old school," and balk at the literally, endless reboots of what once was like it or not, the nostalgia boom is a lucrative gateway into not only our pockets but our consciousness. There's no denying that the best of this commodifying comes in the form of retrospectives. Thanks to those lucky and relentless souls who brave the terrain of patience and research, conjuring treasured relics in the form of print and film documentations that offer informative grabs of the things we love and appreciate that go beyond to squeeze all there is to know out of media past, in the name of historical preservation.

This year gave us writer Alyse Wax's epic effort, Curious Goods: Behind-the-Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series, the chronicles from a  late 1980's television show that has remained an untapped well of inquiry, likely with only the exception being the Crystal Lake Memories documentary, until now. Curious Goods offers a detailed episode guide along with cast and crew companion interviews in hopes that "a new audience can discover it" and long time fans can re-visit their love for it. I've known Alyse to be a connoisseur of horror in its many forms for a long time now and if you enjoy genre television in general, Curious Goods is an excellent reference for your library.

*From the Press Release

About Curious Goods: Behind-the-Scenes of Friday the 13th: The Series -

“Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques, but he broke the pact, and it cost him his soul. His niece, Micki, and her cousin, Ryan, inherited the store, and with it, the curse. Now they must get everything back—and the real terror begins.”

So opens Friday the 13th: The Series. In 1987, Paramount Studios found success selling a new Star Trek series into syndication. Eager to cash in on other studio-owned properties, Paramount asked producer Frank Mancuso Jr. to develop a series around Friday the 13th (1980), and the new television series was born. The story lines had nothing to do with the popular slasher film franchise, which was both a blessing and curse. The cast and crew were largely young and inexperienced, and they were one of the first Hollywood productions to shoot entirely in Canada.

In the first-ever examination of the TV series, author Alyse Wax delves into the series episode-by episode, with more than sixty exclusive interviews with the cast, writers, directors, and producers, as well as nearly fifty never published behind-the-scenes photos from the cast and crew’s personal collections.

Alyse Wax (second on left) along with members of the
Friday the 13th: The Series family. Photo from
Interviews include series creator Frank Mancuso Jr.; series stars Louise Robey, John LeMay, and Steve Monarque; notable guest stars including Elias Zarou, Kate Trotter, Wayne Best, Barclay Hope, Angelo Rizacos, Monika Schnarre, and Ingrid Veninger; directors and production crew including Jim Henshaw, Marc Scott Zicree, Tim Bond, William Taub, Francis Delia, Armand Mastroianni, Rob Hedden, Tom McLoughlin, and Atom Egoyan.

About The Author: Alyse Wax has been covering television and the horror industry for over a decade. She was the Associate Editor of the dearly departed, and currently writes for a number of geeky, freaky places, including, Fangoria,, and

Check out Alyse's interview with 
Blumhouse about Curious Goods here!
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