Designing Fear: Jason Voorhees

Turning around to see a figure in the dark and wearing a stark white hockey mask will make any young trick or treater run and scream. Much to the amusement of whoever decided to dress up as Jason on Halloween night. This is Designing Fear: Jason Voorhees

With the spectacular success of John Carpenters, Halloween, everyone in Hollywood was scrambling to create a hit slasher of their own, featuring a new masked killer that would captivate and horrify audiences. Then in 1980, Friday The 13th gave slasher fans a new masked killer to haunt their dreams and destroyed the reputation of hockey masks in society.

However, Jason wasn’t even the killer in the first film of the franchise. The first Friday the 13th, saw Jason’s mother slashing her way through the counselors of camp crystal lake. Only her death at the end of the first movie spurs Jason’s revenge-filled slaughter in the subsequent films. In, 1981, Friday the 13th, part II, he wore a burlap sack with a single eye-hole over his head. While the image is unsettling for the third installment, in 1982, the writers and director Steve Miner wanted Jason to have his own iconic mask.

Surprisingly, a hockey mask wasn’t exactly on their list of terrifying options. The introduction of the hockey mask to film was thanks to Martin Jay Sadoff, the 3D effects supervisor who was an avid hockey fan and had a Detroit Red Wings goalie mask with him. When Miner called for a lighting check, nobody wanted to put make-up on Jason, played by Richard Brooker, so Sadoff offered up his hockey mask. Miner loved it and had the one used in film modeled after it creating one of the most iconic images in cinema.

Friday the 13th movie poster
Richard Brooker as Jason Voorhees
Richard Brooker as Jason Voorhees
(Top) Richard Brooker as Jason Voorhees (Bottom) Paul Kratka as Rick

Want to know more? Check out my sources.

Tyler, Adrienne. “Friday the 13th: How Jason’s Hockey Mask Changes in Each Movie.” ScreenRant, ScreenRant, 14 Feb. 2021, https://screenrant.com/friday-13th-movies-jason-voorhees-mask-differences-explained/.

Delgado, Melissa. “16 Behind the Scenes Secrets from the Friday the 13th Franchise.” TheRichest, 6 Oct. 2016, https://www.therichest.com/entertainment/16-behind-the-scenes-secrets-from-the-friday-the-13th-franchise/.

Tyler, Adrienne. “Why Friday the 13th’s Creators Gave Jason a Hockey Mask.” ScreenRant, 5 May 2021, https://screenrant.com/friday-13th-jason-voorhies-hockey-mask-bts-origins/.

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