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The Month Ahead: The School of Hard Chops

What we can learn from the man behind the hockey mask

Author Chris Wirght


Gore-obsessed documentary producer Thommy Hutson—whose latest, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th, comes out later this month—got acquainted with horror at an early age. “I remember my grandmother made me watch Salem’s Lot,” he says. “The fact that you can make someone feel abject terror was powerful. ”

Hutson’s first professional brush with the genre came in 2005, when he wrote a script for an episode of “Scooby-Doo.” He has since put his name to half a dozen documentaries with titles like More Brains! A Return to the Living Dead as a producer. Hutson’s latest effort looks back at the slasher franchise he calls “the ultimate campfire story.”

Narrated by Corey Feldman, who evaded Jason’s wrath in the fourth installment, the new documentary aims to convey the idea that Friday the 13th represents more than a celebration of gore. “These kinds of stories have been around forever,” Hutson says. “Hansel and Gretel is a horror story. Terrible things will happen if you go off the beaten path—it’s a cautionary tale.” — AUG 27

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