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Critic Reviews for His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

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  • A pretty fun encounter with the stars of the franchise. It's so nostalgic we feel among friends having a great time. [Full review in Spanish].

    September 2, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

  • Sep 13, 2013
    The retrospective documentary His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th is a mediocre propaganda piece. Legendary special effects artist Tom Savini hosts a look back at the twelve Friday the 13th films and at the fandom that it built. However, no real perspective is given to the series or to its place within horror cinema. And while many cast members return to give interviews, they're mostly the B-list actors of the series. His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th shows a lot of enthusiasm for the material, but doesn't explore the franchise in any depth or answer the big question as to what made the series so popular.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 29, 2011
    His Name Was Jason is the definitive documentary on The Friday The 13th Franchise. Every Diehard fan of Friday The 13th owes themselves a viewing of this well assembled documentary. Featuring new interviews with the cast and crew of the films as well as the fans and other horror directors influenced by Friday The 13th. His Name Was Jason is a real treat for Friday fans. His Name Was Jason offers new facts on the films and it's legacy as one of the most enduring horror franchise in the history of the genre. Hosted by Tom Savini who did the effects for Friday the 13th and Friday The 13th The Final Chapter. As a diehard fan of horror and of Friday The 13th, I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. Fans will most likely be pleased at the content offered in this documentary. The film does offer terrific insight on the legacy and the success of the films. This is a well assembled documentary that Friday fans will relish. His Name Was Jason is a documentary for the fans, made by the fans. The interviews are well done and it's very interesting to see how the Friday The 13th films influenced filmmakers, fans and pop culture. If you're a diehard Jason fan, you owe yourself to watch this documentary. I have been a fan of the series since the age of 12 and I can honestly say that this documentary does the series justice. Fans will love it I'm sure, but for people who dislike Friday The 13th, you may one want to skip this documentary. Like I've said, this is a documentary strictly for the fans and by the fans.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2011
    This review is like my review of Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy, this is simply to make you aware of the existence of this film. This one is similar to Elm Street Legacy in that it is about the making of a Horror Icon except in this case it is Jason not Freddy. I know that there is also one about Michael but that one will come later. I think that this film is weaker than Legacy because it doesn't go into as much detail as Legacy does and it is far more full of itself. Maybe I feel that because I'm Team Freddy. Yeah, don't be Team Jacob or Team Edward, be Team Jason or Team Freddy. Which are you? Anyway, I'm off topic here, but This film is alright. It's much shorter than Legacy (1 1/2 hours as opposed to over 4 hours). I enjoyed this one.
    Lord N Super Reviewer
  • May 18, 2010
    Sub-standard documentary on the <i>Friday the 13th</i> franchise that squanders an opportunity to look into the longevity of the series, is rarely critical of any shortcomings, is far too haphazardly edited and features an annoying narrative 'device' - Tom Savini walking round a Jason-invaded set. Actors from all the films share their thoughts - which mostly consist of "that was cool!" - and often hilariously overstate things (one actress claims her character is a strong role model for women). Analysis is wafer thin, mostly because each talking head gets about 3 seconds of hyperbole before cutting to someone else. Massively disappointing and far from the exhaustive documentary I was promised - I learned nothing and was only vaguely entertained.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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