Ah, the fan film. Pretty much from the moment home movie equipment became available to laypeople in the 1950s, people were shooting home movies. Aside from the basic recording of familial moments like Christmases, birthdays, Jimmy’s first orgy with Sally from across the street and that busload of Yugoslavian carnies passing through town that one summer, and the like, people liked making their own big, Hollywood adventures.
My grandpa liked making a bunch of silly movies with my mom and aunt and my oldest brother. My other two brothers had a Super 8 camera in the 70s and 80s and made lots of home movies. This wasn’t quite like the VHS camcorders and digital cameras that came in my day. Oh no… Most of the time it was silent. If you wanted sound, my brothers had to painstakingly overdub their dialog while watching the movie through a projector.
Fan films existed pretty much from the get-go too. In the 50s, I’m willing to bet lots of families dressed their little kids up as Bogey and Bacall or Superman and Lois. Shit, my brothers made a movie called Grime as a take on the immensely popular Grease. Their movie starred hunky heartthrob John Travoltastein. Anyway… Horror, established sci-fi properties, and superheroes tend to be general go-to genres for fan films nowadays.
And this is what we have here – 1995’s Friday the 13th Part X – To Hell and Back starring a bunch of teenagers. Continue reading “Friday the 13th Part X – To Hell and Back (1995)”