Sponsored feature: Peter Anthony Productions
Friday the 13th Rose Blood is a new fan film written and directed by Peter Anthony that takes place 13 months after the events of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988).
In Friday the 13th Rose Blood we find Tina Shepard being held captive at the notorious Camp Crystal Lake Research Facility. Dr. Sykes, under the rule of General Brackbower, has failed in his attempts to harness Tina’s telepathic power. The General has grown tired of the lack of progress and has found a new Tina. A New Blood. Rose. It seems Rose is even more powerful than Tina could ever be. The General has a plan for both of them. His backup? The FAAST group. (Forward. Assault. Anomaly. Strike. Team.) Highly trained mercenaries with one mission at hand. The capture of Jason Voorhees. Will Tina and Rose escape the evil General Brackbower’s plan? Or will Jason’s carnage be too much to stop?
A Q&A with writer and director Peter Anthony
Thanks for joining us Peter to chat about your Friday the 13th fan film Rose Blood. After watching the film, all I can say is WOW! What a treat to fans of the Friday the 13th franchise. The story, acting and special effects were all executed so well and it’s evident the amount of effort that went into the project. Tell us about how the idea for the film became a reality!
Thank you! The film was actually supposed to be a 20-minute short. I asked Jason Brooks if we could shoot in the week layover between Vengeance 2 shots. He said yes. Then I just started writing and when I was done, it was a full-length feature. I had no clue. I just wanted to develop the characters more so you cared about them. Then I got the crazy idea to ask Lar to be in it. To my amazement, she said yes. From there, we got Terry Kiser and Kevin Spirtas and boom! The movie instantly got big. We wrote the script, did the fundraiser and shot the entire movie in 110 days. The movie itself was shot in 8 days. They say dreams come true and in this case they really did.
What was the casting process like? How did you get Lar Park Lincoln, Terry Kiser and Kevin Spirtas to reprise their roles as Tina, Dr. Crews and Nick?
It was scary at first. Originally, I did not have the wrap-around with Tina and Dr. Crews. In the past, I helped sign C.J. Graham and Steve Dash to Friday The 13th Vengeance so I felt like it was a possibility, as much of a long shot as it seemed. But, this was my dream and I was not going down without a fight. I always wished I could have Lar Park Lincoln reprise her role as Tina so eventually, with the help of a fan, I got her email. I emailed her who I was, some links to my past work, etc. She said: “call me”. I almost passed out. So I did and gave her a very brief description of my idea. She told me to put it on paper and send her the script. So I sat down all night and wrote her in. At that point, I wrote in Dr. Crews also but I figured we could just shoot another actor from knees to chest as he roamed around the table never thinking I could get Terry. The next day rolls around. The email is sent and Lar says yes!! She then told me “why don’t we get Terry Kiser also”, to which I asked: “we can get him?” and she replied: “Yes!”. In the next week, we had Terry and Kevin Spirtas (Nick). At this point, the movie got real big real quick and the pressure was on. But, hey, it’s what the fans would want.
I always wished I could have Lar Park Lincoln reprise her role as Tina so eventually, with the help of a fan, I got her email. I emailed her who I was, some links to my past work, etc. She said: “call me”.—Peter Anthony
What was it like working with these iconic characters from the original films?
All I can say is bucket list… check. It was beyond my wildest dreams. They all were so nice on set and so happy to see one another again. I recall directing Terry and Lar in the opening scene and it was magical. Seeing them practice their lines and go back and forth was inspiring. It was on a level that I have never seen before. When the camera’s rolled they brought it. 32 years later and they performed and they brought it. At one point I called cut after a take and walked to the room door, opened it, and whispered to the crew “can you f***ing believe this is happening!?”. I then composed myself and walked back in like I was not a giddy child who won a ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory. It was a special moment I will never forget.
Is Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood your favourite Friday sequel? Why did you choose to continue the story from this particular film?
Part 2, 4 and 7 are my favorite sequels. But I felt like The New Blood left the story open for another sequel. 2 and 4 ended their stories. In part VII you see Nick and Tina get driven away in the ambulance. I always wondered what happened to them? So to me, it would only make sense that Tina would go to a psychiatric ward. It made sense to me that the Military would catch wind of this story and try to study Tina. With all those deaths and a crazy “monster” story they would never let her go. So my brain went into overdrive and added several Friday films to fill the gaps. Jason X had the Crystal Lake Research Facility on the water. That gives us a basis for the military and the lake being close. Then I added in some juicy tidbits like the Duke’s backstory and of course…Rose’s manifestation.
Jason Brooks does an amazing job portraying Jason Voorhees. What characteristics of Jason were you really wanting to nail in Rose Blood?
Jason Brooks is the new Jason Voorhees period. I know I am biased but the fans would agree. He is one of my best friends so our relationship is strong. He knew my affinity with Part VII, my friendship with Kane Hodder and my passion for the series. We talked about the Kane movements extensively. So that is what we were focused on nailing. Jason did a phenomenal job on that. The body spins followed by the head. The breathing. The sudden but deliberate movements. He crushed it.
The gore and special effects were next level in Rose Blood, very impressive! Who was behind the SFX and what were some of their tricks?
Shout out to the Amox FX team here. I would facetime with Mathew and Jeremy Amos and Andrea several times to give them my vision. Let me tell you it was not easy but they never said no. Picture me: “I want his f***ing skin to come off and then his boney fingers attached with tendons and blood squirting as they move and shake.” “Oh and also I want to see the skin of the hand and forearm hit the floor.” Can you do that? They said “hell yes!”. Every insane kill from the face pull-off to the Kelly Ellison guts kill they nailed and then some. They drove all the way across the country to make my dream come true. In the process, I think they made theirs come true also. Also, shout out to Jason Brooks who did several kills and work on the set from the body mold of “Sanchez” to Tina’s Dad’s arm and more. Also, Brent Edgett kicked ass on the “Cutter” kill and so many more.
The ending of the film is really unexpected, and fans should make sure to watch through to the end of the credits. Without giving too much away, what can you reveal about your plans for a continuation of the story?
Ahhh yes…the post-scene credits and Rose’s manifestation. The post-credit person was always a favorite of mine since the video game. In fact, I actually Cos Played him once and that was my actual suit. I think with the story showing that Rose and Tina can manifest people from different places, times and dimensions and the fact that Jason seemed to go somewhere after fighting Lar (Tina) it only made sense to show that Jason. In a few months, I will sit down and write again and see if we can come up with a suitable part 2. But I have a great idea in mind, my friend.