David Zernhelt (left) with Peter Apostolou in 2007.
David Zernhelt shaking hands with Albert B. Hartung in 2007.
Greetings to all the other 'Friday The 13th' and horror film fans out there like myself!! My name is David Zernhelt and I live in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
I was contacted by author David Grove who told me he wanted to put my two photos within his new book that he expects to be out in bookstores sometime in the fall of this year. 'On Location In Blairstown : The Making Of Friday The 13th' is set out to be one of the best documentary-type books ever made to the original 1980, 'Friday The 13th' film. Both of my photos were discovered by Mr. Grove on the 'Camp Blood : Home Of Jason Voorhees' website at www.campblood.net.
Unfortunately, after numerous attempts, no other horror websites wanted to recognize my photos as being important to the history of 'Friday The 13th.' They turned their backs on me. It was Kat Voorhees (website administrator for www.campblood.net) and some other 'Friday The 13th' fans that came to recognize their importance to the film's history. I'm extremely grateful to them in that. They're of the few and most realistic horror film buddies and friends someone like me can have around.
With the photos now soon to become a part of author David Grove's next 'Friday The 13th' book - what a wonderful achievement this has been for the film, myself, some others and most importantly - to the history of the original 1980, 'Friday The 13th' film. There will also be much more other cool stuff published within the book of great importance. It definately is going to be a highly sought after and collectable book for sure.
David Grove is also the author of some other popularly known books such as : 'Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen,' 'Fantastic 4: The Making Of The Movie,' and 'Making Friday The 13th : The Legend Of Camp Blood.' Grove has written for such publications as Dreamwatch, Fangoria, Film Review, Film Threat, Hot Dog, MovieMaker, Rue Morgue, Sci-Fi Magazine, Shivers and Total Film.
In one ofmy photos, AlbertB. Hartung (who's nickname is "Skip")is shaking hands with me in front of what used to be his diner and store in Hope, N.J. that was used in the original 1980, film where film character "Annie" (played by actress Robbie Morgan) had walked inside asking for directions to 'Camp Crystal Lake.'
The other photo is of myself with Peter Apostolou who is the owner of what's now called, 'The New Blairstown Diner' in Blairstown, N.J. Within the film, it was where character "Steve Christy" was inside of while his camp counselors were being slaughtered by Jason's Mother - "Mrs. Voorhees" (played by actress Betsy Palmer).
Back in 2007, I wrote a story about the
original 1980, 'Friday The 13th' film for a newspaper called,
'The Warren Reporter.' That newspaper was distributed all
throughout Warren County, New Jersey - even to all the locations
where 'Friday The 13th' was filmed (Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco Included).
I was neither employed by that newspaper or paid money for the
article from that newspaper bureau today now owned by,
a news agency called,'The Hunterdon Democrat.' I had been given special permission by the news agency to write the story as the editor in charge knew that the film to me was like a "hobby."
It was during February and March of 2007, that I was gathering facts for my story. I met with both Albert B. Hartung ('Skip")and Peter Apostolou. Both men shared their facts and knowledge with me from what they remembered about the 'Friday The 13th' film. Their places were used within the film.
I gained access and entry inside of the notorious Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco (located in Hardwick Twp., N.J.) and spoke with an employee of the camp who had declined to reveal his name to me. The employee had shared only bits and pieces of info with me about the camp receiving phone calls from film agencies expressing their interests with wanting to use Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco for an upcoming 'Friday The 13th' remake film (later released in 2009,but not filmed at the original camp).
'Friday the 13th' is a 1980, American slasher film directed by Sean S. Cunningham and written by Victor Miller. The film concerns a group of teenagers who are murdered one-by-one while attempting to re-open an abandoned campsite and stars Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby, and Kevin Bacon in one of his earliest roles.
'Friday the 13th,' inspired by the success of John Carpenter's Halloween was made on an estimated budget of $550,000. Released by Paramount Pictures in the United States and Warner Bros. Internationally, the film received negative reviews from film critics, but grossed over $39.7 million at the box office in the United States and went on to become one of the most-profitable slasher films in cinema history. It was also the first movie of its kind to secure distribution in the USA by a major studio, Paramount Pictures. The film's box office success led to a long series of sequels, a crossover with the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and a series reboot released on February 13, 2009.
There have been two documentary books released chronicling the making of the Friday the 13th films. In February 2005, FAB Press published their book containing interviews with the cast and crew of the Friday the 13th series of films. David Grove, a film journalist who has written for Fangoria, Cinefantastique, and various other British magazines detailing the creation of the Friday the 13th films, wrote the comprehensive book, 'Making Friday the 13th: The Legend of Camp Blood.' Grove interviewed over 100 "key personnel involved in making the films" to collect "detailed production histories of each of the 11 films", not including interviews with other film professionals like Wes Craven. Grove's book also includes previously unseen production photos which were acquired from private collections.
Eight months after the release of Grove's book, Titan Books, in association with Sparkplug Press, released a detailed history on the Friday the 13th series. Peter M. Bracke released 'Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th' on October 24, 2005. The book chronicles the creation of the series up to the release of Freddy vs. Jason. Bracke spent three years researching the series and collecting more than 200 interviews from the cast and crew of each of the films. Bracke's extensive work for the book prompted Sean S. Cunningham to provide a foreword. Crystal Lake Memories also includes images, storyboards, concept art, and publicity material that had not been released to the public. A private party was held on October 22, 2005 at Universal Studios CityWalk Hollywood for the book's premiere.
A documentary film, titled, 'His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th,' was released in February 2009. The film was directed by Daniel Farrands, who wrote the film, 'Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers' and a documentary on 'The Amityville Horror.' The film was broadcast on the Starz television channel during the first week of February and afterwards it was released on DVD on February 3, 2009. The documentary is hosted by special make-up effects artist Tom Savini, who interviews the cast and crew members of each of the Friday the 13th films, asking them questions on the choices they did during filming. It also features interviews with journalists and other filmmakers who offer their opinion of the series.
I contacted the owner of 'The New Blairstown Diner' - Peter Apostolou and told him the good news about the upcoming book release and that our photo was going to be published within it. Apostolou stated that he still has that same photo of us and that it's been hanging up inside of his garage since 2007. Apostolou said he definately wants to get a copy of the book when it's released. He was in very good spirits about it. He lastly mentioned to me that he still receives countless phone calls on a daily basis from horror film fans that just want to talk about the diner and its' connection to the 'Friday The 13th' film.
I'm very eager to see the book for when it's released sometime in the fall of this year - 2012. Plus, I'm sure other 'Friday The 13th' and horror film fans will definately want to get their hands on this new book as well. It was 'Friday The 13th' that made the greatest difference with today's horror genre. 'Friday The 13th' came in with a bang and it will go out with a bang.
A HISTORICAL BANG AT THE LEAST !!