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CrazyRalph - The inspiration came from blending my favorite costume elements from over the years with tweaks in places I thought could be an improvement. Take for example the jacket. In JX, FvJ, and 2009, I was not a fan of it, at all. Not the idea of it, but rather the execution never sat quite well with me. It was bulky, distracting, and such a departure from the classic look I just never really bought in.
My theory was that if the jacket was less bulky and resembled more of a beefed up version of the classic dickies button up, it would have a better shape and feel when on the character.
Pants and boots are straight forward. No utility belt, machete holder, or anything else that could potentially pull the viewers attention away from the upper body, and more specifically, the mask.
The hock was custom created by CFX in Louisiana and it the biggest change. Every replica hock I bought and tried did not feel right with the new look we were going for. Also, replicas tend to be thin and flimsy. This mask is thick, solid as a rock, with a texture and shape based off of some old, creepy ass photos of real masks.
It has no damage because it is not the original mask from 1980's. That one is long gone and Jason simply rummaged through the old sports equipment bins at the camp for something new. We don't show that moment in the film, but we do show where the sports equipment was kept.
The Hood and Arm appliances are also from CFX and can actually be purchased by anyone. They are silicone based, super comfy, flexible, and look great. I used to have a more accurate screen damaged latex hood, but it was stiff and continually popped out of my shirt every time I moved to fast.
If I didn't get the custom hock made, I probably would have designed the hood with all the bells and whistles in terms of damage. Our FX artist Kelsey is actually going to work with me after this film on a custom hood and hands for future cosplay and film projects. It would like as if we got the Paramount Part 9 we always wanted to see.
As far as where it takes place, simply 37 years after the original murders. The Night at Camp Blood is considered one of the most famous of the crimes and single day massacres in American History. Think Charles Manson, Ted Bundy, Jim Jones...Pamela Voorhees. However, the details on the events after that came after are hazy and considered simply legend in modern day society.
More than ever, we live in a world of fact checking and logic. In that world, there is no room for undead corpses to be walking the Earth, right? At least, that's what our main character thinks when he accidentally finds the camp.
Speaking of which, in this story the camp has been untouched since 1980. Basically, however Steve Christy and the kids left it, that's how it stands today except weathered an worn. There are elements of the crime scene still around as well as personal items and belongings. I know it goes against part 6 canon, but being that all F13th fils often get leeway on continuity, that's where I am using my get out of jail free card.
We also explore a new theory on where Jason and his mother would have lived while at the camp, but I'll stop there and let you figure that out when the film is release. What I will say is that this film scratches the surface of a much bigger story and hopefully we'll be able to continue this into future chapters.
BewareofBears - Our actor Andrew Leigthy is an established model and up and coming actor. He already has a group of fans (mostly ladies) who follow his social media accounts and other things of that nature. More than anything it's for them and they do support him. He's also a charming, lovable guy who we think will win points over with the fans as well.
Trust me, I didn't expect anyone from the Friday Fan sites to pick team Kyle and was surprised when I saw that tag popping up more often than Jason at one point.
Thank you again for your interest in the project. If you have any more questions just let me know. I'll try to check in every so often.