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I had a request to share this info, so without further adieu... I spent Friday the 13th, October 2017 at a convention (flyer here) and was able to learn a lot of information about the Part 7 costume. The night started with a photo-op with Kane Hodder in full Part 7 makeup, so I was literally face to terrifying face with it (he lifted me up by my chin just as the photographer took the picture). During the rest of the weekend I spoke to John Carl Buechler (Director & Make-up designer for Part 7) about his process for both the makeup and the mask. John started by reviewing the previous films to keep continuity with all the injuries and damage that Jason had taken. With that as a starting point, he degraded him further to show the rot that had occured from being in the lake for so long. Over time the leather gloves and utility belt would completely rot off, the clothes would wear and tear, flesh would bloat and be fed upon. A rib cage, spine, shoulder bones, forearms, knees, guts, etc., were sculpted, molded, and then cast in a poly foam. Each were given appropriate paint jobs and in some cases made to look wet (like the guts) and then had liquid latex applied over them to mimic rotted dripping flesh. The head was twelve seperate pieces cast in silicone (IIRC), painted up, and then applied to Kane one at a time. Kane mentioned that it took several hours to apply the makeup and there was no getting out of it until the day's shoot was done. The full makeup was worn during the entire filming. This was a different process than most of the Jasons had to go through, as the others only had a full face makeup when his face was revealed, the rest of the time they just wore an open faced cowl so they weren't so trapped in the costume. From there they weathered the clothes by randomly cutting them up, but in some cases specifically to reveal the makeup work below. The chain was actually plastic painted to look like rusted metal. For the mask he was given the previous film's mask as a starting point. I, unfortunately, didn't think to ask if he meant that he received the mold from the Part 6 or a pull to recast (I'm assuming a pull). It was vaccuformed in black ABS plastic and then intentionally made smaller, by removing much of the perimiter of the mask, to reveal more of the underlying makeup and simulate some extra wear from being under water. Then it was cut to remove the propeller damaged area and given many deep cuts/scratches to simulate cracks at the point of impact from the propeller. More weathering like the bubbly "road rash" like texture over and around the right eye (which was done with a torch), slight warping at some points (most notably on the right cheek), and other random wear and scratches were added. The shape of the mask, propeller damage, and warping were also done very deliberately (explained further down). There were several copies made at the time of filming, but only the one was actually used during filming, because, in John's words, the others "walked off the set". It was then painted and weathered in acryllics in a lighter tone than the Part 6. The mask is definitely, and very intentionally, lighter than the Part 6 mask. While I always just assumed that this was due to much of the blood and grime washing off while under water, there is actually another reason that John lightened the color palette and made the other creative decisions that he did with the shape and size of the mask, he was very deliberately trying to give it the look of a skull. He told me that he wanted his "meat terminator" Jason to look like death in the shadows. Finally, Kane confirmed that the black scratches were a natural occurance from filming because only the one mask was used during the shoot. He remembers one set of scratches coming from his fall into the puddle of water on the gravel road and another coming from his face dive down the stairs of the porch after the roof was dropped on him.
Everyone remember the scene in Part 7,where Jason kill Tina's mom...well let me introduce you to the weapon Jason used in that scene,it's called a kaiser blade or sling blade. My toughts on it,it's a cool weapon...it's sharp enough to cut or stab peoples quite well (overkill you might even say) and it kinda look a bit like a hockey stick wich would go well with Jason hockey mask. What do you guys think ?
There have been a lot of people discussing Part VII Jason because he does tend to stand out as lackluster in terms of performance compared to other Jason's presented. As a very iconic looking Jason and the only current option using the sacred machete, I decided to pitch some ideas to improve this option and hear feedback from the community. Also, hopefully the Devs will notice and consider some minor changes to make Part VII less of a throwaway. Current Strengths: +Water Speed + Sense + Grip Strength Current Weaknesses: - Can't run - Shift - Traps Proposed alterations: + Sense (This is a good positive and I think it should remain.) + Rage (Drop water speed and give this Jason a unique bonus - Rage. Part VII's Rage will charge faster, getting it soon after Stalk) + Stalk (Part VII could very well be tailor as a "late game" Jason. Not so great at the start, but gets absolutely deadly in the later stages of the match. The bonus to Rage would emphasize this) - Can't run - Traps - Morph ( I can see taking a penalty to morph, but I think this Jason should at least have normal Shift. He needs something to allow him to hold out until mid-game when he starts to excel. Thoughts?
I'm sure they've already thought about this, but wouldn't it be cool if you could chain Jason on the bottom of the Lake, like in Part 6 and 7? You have to find the chain and then have Tommy in the boat in the lake, exactly like in Jason Lives. This would, of course, only work for the Jason Lives and New Blood Jason.