A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger and Friday the 13th’s Jason Voorhees finally duked it out on the big screen in 2003′s Freddy vs Jason, but bringing horror’s two biggest icons together was no ease feat.
Slash of the Titans: The Road to Freddy vs Jason is a new, 248-page book from Harker Press that delves into the decade of development behind the film, which involved spending $4 million on 17 screenwriters to find the right script.
Author Dustin McNeill (Phantasm Exhumed) gives a comprehensive look at ten different versions of the script, with insight from producers, executives, developers, and talent, including Sean Cunningham, Robert Englund, and Ken Kirzinger.
From the author of Phantasm Exhumed comes Slash of the Titans, a revealing look at why it took New Line Cinema nearly ten years and four-million-dollars to find the right screenplay for Freddy vs Jason. Featuring new interviews with the original writers and filmmakers, Slash details the production’s troubled history from the surprise ending of Jason Goes to Hell all the way to the crossover’s red carpet premiere. Read about the many rejected storylines and learn how the project was eventually able to escape from development hell. This is the story of one film, two horror icons and seventeen screenwriters!
Black had a list of criteria for the characters in When We Rise. He wanted them to be people who had worked across social justice coalitions — particularly the anti-war movement, women’s equality, and the black civil rights movement — and hadn’t focused solely on LGBT issues. He also wanted them to be “lifetime activists,” which cut the list of possibilities way down, “because it’s such a difficult job,” Black said.
And he wanted his main characters to be still be alive — survivors — in real life, defying the usual fates of LGBT characters in film and television history. “You can graduate to a serious dramatic role as long as you die in the end,” Black scoffed. Citing Milk, he continued: “I made that movie. I didn’t want to make that again.”
Darren noticed Dustin was a lot more agitated than he was a few minutes ago. He wanted to push, but he’d just promised the boy he wouldn’t do that and he wanted, needed Dustin to trust that he’d keep his word.
“I think I’ll head home now.” Dustin stated as he quickly got up off the ground.
“I’ll walk with you.”
“It’s okay. It’s not far. I promise I’ll go home”
“Okay” Darren responded and watched Dustin back as he walked away.
He waited about 30 seconds before he followed him.
There were not many places a teenager could go in Pleasantview past 9 pm because very few places were open in Pleasantview past 9 pm. Darren had already checked with the ticket counter at the movie theater. No one had seen Dustin that night. He’d looked in the Flamingo. Checked to see if the bartender had let Dustin in, but he wasn’t there either.
Darren walked around the park one last time to make sure he hadn’t miss the boy, when he spotted him sitting by the small pond.
The boy looked up at him and the first thing Darren thought was Dustin looked way too old for someone his age. The tragic death of his father had really taken it’s toll on him.
The summer before their eighth grade year, the Sinclair parents finally cave in and buy a trampoline. For a few years now Lucas had been begging for one but both parents were convinced he’d grow out of it quickly and the tramp would be abandoned. They are immediately proven wrong. The favorite spot to hang out switches from Mike’s basement to the trampoline.
Lucas secures himself as the back-flipping expert from the very beginning. Dustin is the one that the others avoid because one bounce from him will send them up four feet in the air. Whenever they play Deadman Mike takes forever to find anyone so the boys all end up tripping him for fun instead. No one ever beats Max at Crack the Egg. Ever. Every time they’re on the trampoline there will be at least one moment where they’re afraid they’ve actually launched Will into orbit.
And El LOVES the trampoline. At first she’s a little hesitant because she doesn’t initially like how unsteady she feels on her feet, but after getting the hang of it she can’t be pulled away. She initiates multiple competitions for jumping the highest and she prides herself on winning many of them. Lucas often accuses her of levitating herself up higher in order to win (which is only sometimes true) and Mike is determined to beat her one day (even after growing several inches, he never can out-jump El).
When it’s announced that a meteor shower will be visible in a few days, the group assembles their sleeping bags on the trampoline to watch. It’s crowded with all six of them packed in like sardines but El is immediately in awe of the shooting stars and doesn’t even think about how Max’s elbow is digging into her side and how Will accidentally kicks her every few minutes. Most of the group falls asleep not too far into the night, but being the astrology lover he is, Lucas makes sure to stay awake so he can talk to El about all the stars.