Back in 2010, a documentary on the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise called Never Sleep Again was released. With a main feature that ran four hours and a bonus features package that extended the two-disc affair's total running time to a whopping eight hours, Never Sleep Again became hands down the greatest horror documentary ever made, providing even the most die hard of Fred-heads with a wealth of knowledge that had never before been injected into those little suckling mouths on their arms. I can say this with 100% certainty because I am one of those lifelong Freddy fans, and I learned more from that documentary than I ever thought it was possible to learn.
The final battle in Freddy vs Jason may have ended in a duel, even if Freddy was left without a body, but the no contest winner of the franchise documentary war was Never Sleep Again, which made the previously released His Name Was Jason look like child's play. An enjoyable stroll down Crystal Lake Lane, His Name Was Jason traded exhaustive knowledge for fun, resulting in an entertaining time killer, but leaving a whole lot of room for improvement.
Now, it's time for Jason to fight back. And he's bringing every weapon in his arsenal (yes, even the Flying V from Jason Takes Manhattan and the toy horn from Jason Lives) and pulling out every trick that he's got up his dirty rotten sleeve. Next month, the Friday The 13th franchise finally gets the extensive documentary it has long deserved, in the form of Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, which is based on Peter M. Bracke's incredible book of the same name, released a few years back. And guess what? It's being brought to us from the same team who brought us Never Sleep Again! Hallelujah!
The bulk of Crystal Lake Memories runs a hulking 420 minutes long and is narrated by the original Tommy Jarvis himself, Corey Feldman. The set features interviews with 150 cast and crew members from every film that Jason has ever been in, including Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Sean Cunningham, Tom Savini and even Alice Cooper. So exhaustive is the coverage of the documentary that it even delves into the Friday The 13th television series, which had nothing to do with Jason and his killing ways, but nevertheless is worth mentioning in any retrospective of the series. Definitive...that's the name of the game here.
Releasing on August 27th, just a couple weeks before the entire franchise hits Blu-ray, Crystal Lake Memories is a region free three-disc set that includes a single Blu-ray disc and two DVD discs. As of yesterday, the documentary was made available for preorder over on the official website, and with every purchase of the preorder, through the site only, a bonus disc containing an additional 4 hours of extended interview material will be included. If you're no good at math, that brings the documentary up to a staggering 11 hours... it doesn't get any more definitive or extensive than that!