When I was a kid – and I’m about to age myself here – Friday the 13th was huge. With each year, we got a new sequel that featured sex-starved teens murdered by a very soft-spoken hockey enthusiast (or his mom).

Watching these movies was a rite of passage as a kid. Every sleepover party featured a Friday the 13th movie. We all pretended to watch when in truth, most of us closed our eyes during the bloody parts. Or at least, I did.

Needless to say, I have a soft spot for those movies. One of these days, I’ll do a proper viewing of the series. But recently, a few years back I stumbled into an awesome documentary about the series.

Crystal Lake Memories
Crystal Lake Memories is an excellent documentary on Friday the 13th.

Crystal Lake Memories is an in-depth history of each movie in the franchise (including the television series) from all the various actors, writers, and directors. There are so much interesting bits in it.

For instance, Adrienne King played the sole survivor in the first Friday the 13th. The studio killed in the sequel because her agent requested too much money! She was also stalked in real life in what sounds like a terrifying ordeal.

Derek Mears, who plays Jason in the 2009 reboot, was admired by both cast and crew.

A former professional mime directed Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives. In fact, Jason ended up murdered several of his former mime colleagues. You really can’t make this up.

In the latest incarnation, Derek Mears played a hilariously evil practical joke on a fellow cast member. During a night shoot, Jonathan Sadowski left the set to go the bathroom. On his way back through the woods, Derek charged at him in the woods wearing his full Jason outfit. Hilarity ensued.

Or how about Hugh Jackman. The thought of playing Jason Voorhees inspired him to become an actor.

If you get a chance and you enjoyed Friday the 13th (or like me, grew up with them), you must check out Crystal Lake Memories. You can watch it free on Amazon with Prime, or you could *cough* check it out on YouTube.