When you look for it, stoner humor permeates the entire Friday the 13th franchise; Friday the 13th Part III, Freddy vs Jason, and the 2009 Friday the 13th reboot are the most obvious examples. There’s even a fan theory that states Jason Voorhees maintains his hermetic lifestyle by slinging weed on the side. So, while pot-comedy has been a pervasive element of the series, the director of Jason Lives wanted to hammer home the connection.
Tom McLoughlin appeared on a recent episode of Mick Garris’s Post Mortem podcast where we recounted pitching the studio a follow-up that would see Mrs. Voorhees’ baby boy cross paths with stoner icons Cheech & Chong! We’ve got an excerpt below, courtesy of our friends at Dread Central.
“[Frank Mancuso Jr.] wanted me to do another film after we did Jason,” McLoughlin says. “And I said, ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said, ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy (Krueger) and Jason?’ And I go, ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So, I started thinking about that, going, It doesn’t make sense. I mean he lives in one realm and — you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes, ‘Eh, forget it, it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said, ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong-meets-Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like, ‘Hey, man, I saw Jason out there.’ ‘No, man, that’s a myth.’ But he said, ‘You know what? No.’”
While the idea sounds as ridiculous as its premise, after pondering for a minute, I started thinking that a straight-up comedy version of Friday the 13th could actually be a winner. Dark humor certainly gave the Child’s Play franchise a kick in the ass when Bride of Chucky changed the tone. What do you guys think?