"Making of"

Book Review: On Location in Blairstown – The Making of Friday the 13th

On Location in Blairstown

Publisher: AuthorMike Ink

Release Date: September 13, 2013

David Grove has written an extremely comprehensive history of the low budget exploitation film, Friday the 13th. He has based the book’s structure on the film’s original shooting schedule, filling in details and anecdotes in the general order that they happened in the film’s production. The meat of this detail is built from exhaustive original interviews with the film’s cast and crew. One might question why one would go to this much trouble to document such a critically reviled production, but the fact is that there is much to learn from the success of these little exploitation flicks. Friday the 13th is one of the most iconic slasher films of all time, and it would be a mistake to disregard it because it doesn’t strive for high art. As a matter of fact, part of the fun of Grove’s book comes from the fact that Sean Cunningham was merely trying to make a profitable exploitation film to keep his head above water. The film is treated as a fun piece of entertainment that was custom made for the average Joe. Fans of the film (and the series) will find the book difficult to put down. New filmmakers will find inspiration in the cast and crew’s guerilla techniques. We are happy to recommend this text to anyone that enjoys a few decent low brow thrills.

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Review by: Devon Powell