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Friday the 13th: The Series is a television series that ran for three seasons, from September 28, 1987 to May 26, 1990. It was later shown in reruns on the Sci Fi Channel.

Originally, the series was to be titled The 13th Hour, but producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. thought this would turn away viewers and instead took the name Friday the 13th to deliberately draw in audiences. Despite this title, the series has no story connections to the film series of the same name, as Jason Voorhees does not make an appearance.

The two series have several cast and crew ties, however. The show's producer, Frank Mancuso, Jr., was also producer of the movie series from Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) until the final installment distributed by Paramount (Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan in 1989, a year before the TV series ended). The show's star, John D. LeMay, is also notable as he went on to star in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. Guest star John Shepherd played Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and episode director David Cronenberg (who also directed the 1986 horror feature The Fly) appeared in Jason X. Fred Mollin, Rob Hedden, and Tom McLoughlin also worked behind the scenes of both series.

NBC Universal's horror-themed cable channel Chiller, which launched on March 1, 2007, airs the series in sporadic weekday marathons. During a viewers' choice marathon on October 7, 2007, "Scarecrow" was voted most popular episode. The top five episodes were rebroadcast on Election Day, November 6, 2007. The show has also been among the many second-run programming aired on Sci Fi. After a few years of absence, the channel began airing the series again starting October 10, 2008.

Paramount released the first season on DVD on September 23, 2008. The second season was released on DVD on February 10, 2009. The final season was released on DVD on September 22, 2009.

Premise

“Lewis Vendredi made a deal with the devil to sell cursed antiques.
But he broke the pact, and it cost him his soul.
Now, his niece Micki, and her cousin Ryan have inherited the store... and with it, the curse.
Now they must get everything back and the real terror begins.” -- prologue that opened each episode


An antiques dealer named Lewis Vendredi (played by R.G. Armstrong) made a deal with the Devil to sell cursed antiques out of his shop, “Vendredi’s Antiques”, in exchange for wealth, magic powers, and immortality. He eventually rebelled against the Devil and broke the deal. The Devil came and claimed the soul of Vendredi (“Friday” in French) for breaking the deal.

After Lewis' death, his shop was inherited by his niece, Micki Foster (played by Louise Robey) and her cousin by marriage, Ryan Dallion (played by John D. LeMay). They sold off many of the cursed antiques before being stopped by Jack Marshak (played by Chris Wiggins). Jack was Lewis' friend, a retired world-traveller and occultist who originally collected many of the antiques for Vendredi before they became cursed.

The series follows the protagonists as they hunt down the cursed antiques, which are usually in the possession of people who have discovered their evil powers and are unwilling to give them up. Since the cursed antiques are completely indestructible, they must be locked away in a vault beneath “Curious Goods” (the rechristened antique store) that is designed to magically render the objects inert. A manifest, written by Lewis, holds the records of all the cursed objects sold.

Most of the stories in the series deal with people using the cursed objects' magic for personal gain or for revenge. The objects must be first be activated each time by a human sacrifice, and the victim must be killed with the object itself, or in some particular manner reflecting the object's history. Typically, the person using the cursed object ends up becoming a victim of the object’s curse when (s)he fails to meet its demand for more and more human sacrifices. Some objects are sentient and intelligent, such as the doll ("The Inheritance") and the radio ("And Now the News"). Other cursed objects do not actually speak but demonstrate intelligence and awareness in other ways ("Spirit of Television", "The Playhouse") or confer intelligence on other inanimate things ("Read My Lips", "Double Exposure", "Wax Magic"). Still others function without intelligence, mechanically dispensing a certain benefit in response to human sacrifice ("Root of All Evil", "The Mephisto Ring", "The Prisoner"). Occasionally, there would be an object-free episode in which the trio would confront their uncle’s spirit or some other Satanic evildoer ("The Prophecy", "Hello'ween", "Wedding in Black".)

Like other sci-fi/horror shows in syndication in the late 1980s (such as War of the Worlds and Freddy's Nightmares), Friday the 13th: The Series constantly pushed the limits of “acceptable content”, regularly featuring violence on par with that of the R-rated horror movies of the time. Certain episodes such as "Night Prey", depicted a level of sexuality that was also taboo for network television.

Second and third season

The second season saw the introduction of Johnny Ventura (played by Steve Monarque). He helps recover the relics and eventually replaces Ryan permanently in the third season. A romantic interest between Johnny and Micki is explored, but eventually dropped.

Character bios

Micki Foster

Michelle "Micki" Foster (played by Louise Robey) inherits the store, which she co-owns with her cousin by marriage, Ryan Dallion. At first, Micki is a bit of a snob, a fashion plate, and fairly vulnerable. As the series progresses, Micki becomes stronger willed, more independent, less materialistic, and darker in character.

She is about 5' 7" (“Mightier Than the Sword”) and both her parents are still alive (“The Long Road Home”). Her mother, Catherine, is Irish (“Pipe Dream”) and her father was English (“Shadow Boxer”). She has an irresponsible sister and a nephew, J.B., who is often left in Micki's care (“A Friend To the End”). She was engaged once, but broke it off in order to continue recovering cursed antiques (“The Root of All Evil”). Her fiance, Lloyd, was not her first love ("Badge of Honor"), nor her last ("Master of Disguise"). Micki was killed once when a cursed coin was used on her (“Tails I Live, Heads You Die”). Ryan and Jack eventually trick a coven into bringing her back to life.

Ryan Dallion

Ryan Dallion (played by John D. LeMay), Micki’s cousin by marriage, also inherited the store. In the beginning he is portrayed as a failed art student and obviously has feelings for Micki that get stronger as the series progresses in spite of her firm, consistent rejection. He is excited about fixing up the store, but is talked into selling the inventory by Micki, a decision they come to regret. Their relationship at first is cool but they grow to be very special to each other over time, especially after Micki's first death in the beginning of the second season (“Tails I Live, Heads You Die”).

Ryan’s relationship with his father, Ray, was not a good one ("Pipe Dream"). Ryan’s brother Jimmy died at age 10, and his mother ran out on them shortly after (“Scarecrow,” “The Prophecies”). She returned just before Ryan went to France with Micki to help a comatose Jack. At the beginning of Season Three, he is removed from the show by being transformed into a small child ("The Prophecies").

In popular fan-fiction as well as theory, it is assumed that in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday that the Steven Freeman character (played by John D. LeMay) is actually Ryan Dallion, only as a new adult of the same age and appearance. This idea was backed by the popular fan novel "Mask Of Jason Voorhees", written by Eric Morse.

Jack Marshak

Jack Marshak (played by Chris Wiggins) is a former stage magician and an expert in the occult. He has just recently reached the age we call "elderly"; he is out of shape but still spry and capable. He has travelled all over the world and he has diverse skills including bartending ("Cupid's Quiver"), picking locks ("Pipe Dream", "Brain Drain"), ornamental metalwork ("Poison Pen"), and forgery (ibid.). He also has a great many old, peculiar friends. Insofar as the trio has a leader, he is it; the cousins often try to work without him but have to turn to him for aid ("Read My Lips", "Pipe Dream") and moral support ("Root of All Evil", "Face of Evil", "The Quilt of Hathor"). He re-names the store "Curious Goods" ("The Inheritance").

Jack had been married once and had a clairvoyant son, Peter, who died in a young girl’s dream plane (“Bottle of Dreams”). When Jack was younger, his father disappeared, only to return ten years later. However, we learn that the man who came back was a spirit (“Midnight Riders”). Jack served in World War II and nearly died in a Nazi war camp (“The Butcher”). He was engaged to a scientist, who left him to do field research. She shows up in his life years later, but dies shortly after they plan to marry (“Brain Drain”).

Johnny Ventura

The naïve "kid" Johnny (played by Steve Monarque) is introduced toward the end of season two and becomes a regular in season three. He is first introduced as a vain, sleezy skirt-chaser with an eye for Micki (“Wedding Bell Blues”). The interest begins to wane, but briefly heats up again after he has matured through hard experience, when the two take a road trip to retrieve a cursed object and end up in an abandoned house (“The Long Road Home”).

Johnny’s mother died before his introduction into the show; his father, a security guard, gets shot and killed on the job (“The Prisoner”). Johnny has been arrested three times: once for having "boosted a six-pack of beer" (“Wedding Bell Blues”), once for breaking and entering ("Wedding Bell Blues"), and finally as a suspect in his father’s murder (“The Prisoner”). He has useful friends (from his father) in the police force. His unsophisticated, easily-tempted character contrasts with Jack and Micki, and the third season includes several "Johnny screws up" episodes ("Crippled Inside", "Bad Penny", "Hate on your Dial").

Rashid

An Egyptian mystic who helps the trio when they are dealing directly with Lewis' ghost, who tries constantly to re-enter the world of the living("Bottle Of Dreams", "Doorway To Hell"). Though mentioned more than actually appearing in the series, Rashid is very much competent in helping his old friend Jack and the cousins one way or another.

Rashid was the one to help Jack bring back Ryan and Micki from Lewis' clutches twice, and even revealed to them the fate of Jack's son.

Always knowledgeable in occult, sometimes even more so than Jack, Rashid is most capable as Jack's psychic-link during his first trial against Lewis. The second would be more guidance as to help Jack enter a cursed mirror and lead the cousins out of Lewis' possessed house.

During the series run, Rashid only appeared in two episodes though there are several others where he was mentioned ("Vanity Mirror" and "Voodoo Mambo" are examples).

Production

Friday the 13th: The Series was created by Frank Mancuso, Jr. and Larry B. Williams originally under the title of The 13th Hour; the series ran for 72 episodes. Mancuso, Jr. never intended to link the television show directly to the Friday the 13th film series, but utilize "the idea of Friday the 13th, which is that it symbolizes bad luck and curses". The creators wanted to tie-in Jason's trademark hockey mask to the series, but the idea was discarded so that the show could have a chance to exist on its own. Mancuso, Jr. was afraid that mentioning any events from the films would take the audience away from "the new world that we were trying to create". The decision to name the show Friday the 13th, over the original title, was made because Mancuso, Jr. believed a "Friday the 13th" moniker would better help to sell the show to networks. Filming took place in Torontomarker, Canadamarker. Friday the 13th: The Series aired in first-run syndication, initially in a late-night spot; the success of the series as a late-night show prompted some broadcasting stations to move it to primetime. Produced on a budget estimated below $500,000 per episode, the first season placed second in the male 18 to 49 year old demographic, just behind Paramount's Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition, the first season placed fifth in the female 18 to 49 year old demographic.

Home video release

On September 23, 2008, the first season of Friday the 13th: The Series was released on DVD. The boxset contained all 26 season one episodes on six discs. The second season was released on DVD on February 10, 2009; it also included all 26 episodes on a six disc set. The final season of Friday the 13th: The Series was released on September 22, 2009. This boxset featured the final 20 episodes on a five discs.

Episodes

Season 1

Title Cursed antique Details Notes
The Inheritance A doll that kills people for its owner. The doll can control toys, causing them to move or do other odd things. Micki Foster and her cousin, Ryan Dallion, inherit an antique shop from their late Uncle Lewis Vendredi, but soon discover it comes with a devils curse. Introduces not only Uncle Lewis, but also Lloyd, Micki’s fiancé. Sarah Polley stars as the stepdaughter who uses the doll to kill her stepmother. One of the very few episodes in which the owner doesn't become victim of the relic (the owner is a child).
The Poison Pen A quill pen that causes people to die when the user writes about them with it. Micki, Ryan, and Jack must disguise themselves as monks to retrieve a cursed quill pen. First of three episodes featuring Colin Fox as a cunning, ruthless villain.
Cupid’s Quiver A statue called The Cupid of Malek. Anyone struck by its arrows falls madly in love with its owner, but the owner must then kill them. An unpopular college student uses a magic cupid-statue to seduce, and kill, sorority girls. Episode directed by Atom Egoyan. First of four weak, childish villains played by Denis Forest. Micki becomes a victim of mind-control, for the first of many times in the series.
A Cup of Time A teacup decorated with “Swapper’s Ivy”. The ivy comes to life and strangles the drinker to death, thereby restoring the owner’s youth. The group investigates a series of stranglings connected to a popular rock-n-roll singer. Recurring music: "The beat gets hotter, like a lamb to the slaughter!" occurs variously in all three seasons of the show.
Hellowe’en The Amulet of Zohar, that can transfer a spirit of the dead into a dead body as long as the body died of natural causes. The spirit of Uncle Lewis crashes a Halloween party being hosted at the shop and seeks to come back into the living world. Uncle Lewis makes an unwelcome return visit. This is the only episode in which someone speaks the phrase "Friday The 13th"
The Great Montarro A pair of Houdin escape cabinets, which protect a stage magician doing a very dangerous stunt, by deflecting the danger onto another person. Jack enters a magician competition to find out who is using a set of lethal magician boxes. One of the few times the owner didn't know of the curse. One of the largest antiques recovered.
Doctor Jack A steel scalpel that enables its owner to successfully perform any surgical operation, and cut through metal, so long as it is also used regularly to murder people. A series of slashings leads the group to a surgeon who loves his work. Cliff Gorman plays the villain. This is the first time the cousins return a cursed object to its user after successfully stealing it.
Shadow Boxer A pair of boxing gloves, which summon a dangerous pugilistic shadow-spirit just before a match. The boxer enjoys magical athletic power in the ring, while the shadow beats someone to death outside. A punchy, broken-down fighter gets in touch with his dark side. Micki uses her feminine wiles to distract her opponent, shamelessly. One of the protagonists uses the magic of a cursed object, with regrettable consequences.
Root of All Evil A portable garden mulcher which, when used to grind up a person, spews out money instead of mulch, the amount of money corresponding to the victim's net worth. Micki must decide whether to continue tracking down cursed objects, or to go marry her fiance, Lloyd the lawyer. Lloyd makes his second and last appearance. We see the inside of the Vault, and the doll from "The Inheritance", which shows interest in Lloyd. Enrico Colantoni stars as this episode's villain. Two other relics are mentioned: a statue that caused blindness and a lamp that causes fires.
Tales of the Undead A comic book that transforms its owner into a super-powered killer-robot. Ryan witnesses an attack by a character from his favorite comic book. Ray Walston guest stars as the comic book character's embittered creator, a composite of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The legal issues concerning the loss of the character he created echo those involving Superman. David Hewlett plays a small role.
Scarecrow An animated scarecrow that guarantees good crops after it kills three sacrificial victims chosen by its owner. In response to a mailer, Micki and Ryan head to a small farming town where three people go missing each harvest. First mention of Ryan's younger brother, Jimmy, deceased some years ago.
Faith Healer The Sforza Glove (ca. 1510) that absorbs any injury or disease from a patient, and inflicts it, much worsened, on another person. A debunked "faith-healer" acquires real healing-powers, but gets debunked again, and worse, by one of Jack's peculiar old friends. Episode directed by David Cronenberg. First of two appearances by Robert Silverman.
The Baron’s Bride A black vampiric cape that makes the wearer irresistible to women by transforming him into a vampire. The cape is closed by a diamond clasp that allows the wearer to travel through time once it is smeared with blood. Micki and Ryan are thrown back in time with a murderous, hypnotic vampire who has his eyes on Micki. First of four time travel episodes. Sequences back in time are shown in black and white. Bram Stoker is a character in the episode. Micki succumbs to mind-control again.
Bedazzled A lantern whose light leads a scuba diver to underwater treasure, but burns him to death after he brings the treasure up. After Jack and Ryan recover a cursed lantern, the owner tries to get it back by terrorizing Micki and her young guest at Curious Goods while Jack and Ryan are away. The majority of the action takes place at Curious Goods. We learn that the Vault, like the cursed antiques, is magically impervious to physical damage.
Tattoo A case of antique Chinese tattoo needles whose tattoos come to life and kill their wearers, while the owner is rewarded with gambling victories. A compulsive gambler in Chinatown acquires tattoo needles that enable their owner to win games of chance, but he learns that sometimes winning is not enough. Keye Luke guest stars.
Vanity’s Mirror A gold compact which casts a powerful love-charm. An unattractive girl uses a magic compact to make boys fall in love with her, and then kills them in order to make them stop pestering her. First of two appearances by Ingrid Veninger, this time as the villain. The prom is billed as "Prom '87" but the episode did not air until 1988. In this episode, the protagonists fail to recover the cursed antique.
The Electrocutioner An electric chair that grants the owner electrical powers at the cost of someone’s life. An innocent survivor of an electric chair later uses the chair's magic powers to get revenge on those who put him in it. First of three appearances by Angelo Rizacos as tormented villains.
Brain Drain A trephanator that transfers intelligence from one person to another, leaving the victim with only enough brain-power to sustain life for a few hours. A mentally impaired man uses a cursed trephanator to steal brain-power from other people, and his next target is Jack's bride-to-be. Stars Carrie Snodgress, and Denis Forest again. Jack shows some on-screen passion, of two different types.
The Quilt of Hathor (2 parts) A red-and-black demonic-themed patchwork quilt that allows the owner to kill others through their dreams. While searching for a cursed quilt in a reclusive, anti-modern-technology sect, Ryan falls in love with a young girl and gets religion. Features a sect called the Penitites, modeled after Amish and Mennonite communities, but with an important differnce: these Penitites practice trial by combat, and exorcism by fire. Bernard Behrens guest stars.
Double Exposure A photographic camera that creates an obedient doppelgänger of the user. Ryan sees a famous television newscaster hack someone to death with a machete, but the newscaster is live on the air at the time. A name on a reserved parking space outside the television studio is F. Mancuso Jr. A reference to creator and executive producer Frank Mancuso Jr.
The Pirate’s Promise A foghorn that summons the ghost of a famous pirate, who pays the owner in gold coins for murdering the descendants of his mutinous crew. Ryan and Micki visit a small seaside town which is haunted by a murderous, long-dead pirate. Bernard Behrens guest stars.
Badge of Honor A traditional star-shaped sheriff's badge that kills people suddenly and painfully, branding them with a black star. A bitter, burnt-out cop uses a cursed badge to get revenge on the mobsters who killed his wife. Meanwhile, an old boyfriend of Micki's comes for an extended visit. Episode features the song "Killer Instinct" by Robey from her album One Night in Bangkok. Val Avery and David Proval guest star. Micki gets hot and heavy on screen with her old boyfriend.
Pipe Dream A tobacco pipe which chokes, burns, and vaporizes whomever the smoker targets. Ryan is invited to his father's wedding, but learns that his father has been using a magic pipe to murder his business rivals in the military industry. Guest-stars Michael Constantine as Ryan's father Raymond Dallion. This antique conveniently gets rid of the victim's body, but inconviently gives the victim time to scream in pain for about thirty seconds first.
What a Mother Wouldn’t Do A baby crib from the RMS Titanicmarker. An ill child placed in it can be cured if the parents cause seven people to die in water. A cursed cradle compels the parents of an ill child to drown people, in order to save their baby's life. Uncle Lewis makes a brief appearance.
Bottle of Dreams A Canopic jar that traps those exposed to its smoke in nightmares. Though magical, it is not technically one of the cursed antiques. Micki and Ryan are trapped in a wave of nighmare flashbacks. End-of-the-season flashback episode. Rashid shows up again.


Season 2

Title Cursed antique Details Notes
Doorway to Hell A mirror that belonged to Louis XIV. It acts as a portal between Earth and the Realms of Darkness. Though magical, it is not technically one of the cursed antiques. Uncle Lewis' ghost is back and he lures Ryan and Micki to an abandoned home in hopes of eliminating them and returning to the living world. The only cursed relic which doesn't require a death to work. Uncle Lewis makes another appearance, this time trying to escape the Realms of Darkness. A continuation of "Bottle of Dreams".
The Voodoo Mambo A voodoo mask that holds, and sustains, the spirit of an evil voodoo priestess. A disinherited man uses, and is used by, a bloodthirsty voodoo goddess. This is one of the most powerful, but also unpredictable, cursed objects.
And Now the News An old cathedral-style radio that frightens listeners to death, and then transmits valuable information to its owner. Just as an ambitious psychiatrist's patients are enjoying miraculous cures, other doctors' patients are being frightened to death, literally. The radio offers Micki and Ryan a way to recover cursed objects easily and safely, if "certain conditions are met", which they refuse.
Tails I Live, Heads You Die The Coin of Ziocles that kills one person to bring another back to life. The victim is branded with a ram's head on their forehead. The leader of a Satanic cult uses a cursed coin to bring powerful, long-dead magicians back to life. Together, they plan to summon the Devil himself, and to "rule the world, in His name". Second ruthless villain played by Colin Fox. Micki gets killed during the ordeal, but is restored to life by cunning trickery. The coin, lost in this episode returns in "Bad Penny" (season 3).
Symphony in B# A violin that allows its undead owner to perform, after hypontising a victim and killing him with a blade hidden in the bow. Ryan falls for a talented young violinist who is being haunted by her supposedly dead mentor. The first name Micki reads off to Jack is Jon Andersen, most likely a reference to the show's Supervising Producer of the same name. Ryan gets some on-screen action this time.
Master of Disguise A makeup case belonging to John Wilkes Booth. When the case is drizzled with the blood of a victim, it grants its deformed owner temporary good looks. Micki falls for an up and coming actor whose good looks mask a monstrous agenda. Micki gets passionate on screen.
Wax Magic A handkerchief that belonged to Louis XVI. It can animate wax figures, but one figure must kill regularly in order for another one to stay alive. Ryan falls for the wife of a jealous sculptor while investigating a series of axe-murders at a local carnival. One of the few episodes in which the cursed object’s owner is not killed by it. Micki is not in this episode.
Read My Lips Adolf Hitler’s pink silk boutonnière that brings a ventriloquist's dummy to life. An old friend of Micki's is about to marry a ventriloquist, whose sharp-humored dummy does not approve. Jack is not in this episode. Billy Drago guest stars.
13 O’Clock A pocket watch that stops time for an hour at 1 a. m. (the 13th hour), allowing the user to plunder the motionless world. The owner must kill someone after 12:45 a. m., and then get to the Castle Hill Train Station punctually by 1 a. m. for time to stop, or else be frozen in time themselves forever. A rich man's ambitious trophy-wife murders him for his magical time-stopping stopwatch. Two street-kids witness the murder, and appeal to Curious Goods for help. Second appearance by Ingrid Veninger. David Proval has a small role. The name of the store Wertheimer's Jewellery may refer to the Executive in Charge of Production, Robert Wertheimer; the name of the drugstore Haws Drugs may refer to series cameraman, Travor Haws.
Night Hunger A silver chain with a blank car key that magically upgrades its owner's car and gives him telepathic control over it. Curious Goods neighbor Dominic Fiorno asks the group to help his son, who has been driving in illegal amateur car-races. The chain is not listed in the Manifest because it was a personal gift from Lewis Vendredi, not a purchase. This is the only appearance of Curious Goods' neighbor Dominic Fiorno (owner of Fiorno's Hardware) and his son Michael.
The Sweetest Sting A transport bee hive which causes the bees to become 'vampires', able to transfer life-force from one person to another by stinging. A beekeeper uses a swarm of vampiric bees to provide terminal patients with new bodies, and to extort money and services from them afterwards. This was the first of three episodes directed by sci-fi veteran David Winning and nominated for a Gemini Award. Art Hindle plays the villain.
The Playhouse A playhouse that grants two abused children a fantasy world, but they must lure other children into it as prisoners. Two abused children are connected with a mysterious rash of disappearing children. The only episode with no deaths. A cursed top hat and a sacrificial dagger (possibly the golden one from "Demonhunter", in season 3) are also mentioned.
Eye of Death A Civil War Era magic lantern that allows its owner to travel back to the time shown in the projected photograph, requiring a murder for each leg of the trip. Another antique dealer, formerly one of Jack's business rivals, is making a killing by travelling back in time and getting collectable Civil-War artifacts straight from the battlefields. The past is represented in sepia tones in this episode. Cast includes Jack Creley and Bernard Behrens as Robert E. Lee. This is one of the few episodes in which one of the protagonists fires a gun at someone. Louise Robey said her favorite episodes were the ones in which she got to ride horseback; this is one.
Face of Evil The gold compact, lost at the end of "Vanity’s Mirror", is found, but its power has changed. This time, it restores a model’s beauty by killing others or mutilating their faces. An aging super-model steals the cursed compact from JoAnne Mackie (Helen's sister), and uses it to revive her career at the cost of her competitors' lives. Canadian supermodel Monika Schnarre and model/actress Sandrine Holt (credited as Sandrine Ho) play two of the victims of the cursed object.
Better Off Dead A silver syringe that lets its owner extract transplantable tissues from his victims' brains, providing temporary relief to his hyper-violent daughter. The victims become hyper-violent themselves. A doctor has been abducting prostitutes in order to experiment on them and find a cure for "hyper-violence syndrome". Jack, Ryan, and Micki learn that he is willing to experiment on women who are not prostitutes, too. Aired with “graphic violence” warning.(Original episode recording, WPIX-TV 1988). Jack Marshak states that serial killer Dr. Thomas Neill Cream claimed, just before hanging, to be Jack the Ripper. In fact this was an unsubstantiated rumor. It has been suggested that Cream, in his antemortal panic, may have lost control of his body functions, and tried to say "I am ejaculating", but was dropped through the scaffold in the middle of the last word. This is another unsubstantiated rumor. In this episode, all three protagonists get attacked and disabled; Micki suffers mind-control again and Jack gets the worst of it, right in the groin.
Scarlett Cinema A movie camera that can bring characters from horror movies to life, and grant wishes in return for murders. A film student with a thing for werewolf films uses a cursed movie camera to bring the beast to life, and, eventually, to become a werewolf himself. This was the second of three episodes directed by sci-fi veteran David Winning and nominated for a Gemini Award. Features clips from the classic movie The Wolf Man with Lon Chaney Jr. and Claude Rains. The name "Jon Anderson" (the show's supervising producer) is mentioned again. This is one of the few episodes in which one of the good guys fires a gun at someone.
The Mephisto Ring A 1919 World Series ring that predicts the outcomes of sporting events after killing someone who wears it. An indebted gambler may have struck it rich with a ring that provides betting tips at the cost of a person's life. Another appearance by Denis Forest as a pathetic villain. Ryan states that the ring was listed in the Manifest as the first object Lewis sold.
A Friend to the End A black stone fragment called the Shard of Medusa (which transforms its victims into realistic stone statues) and a child’s coffin that resurrects a dead child, but the child must then kill to remain alive. While Micki and Ryan track down a sculptor who turns her subjects into stone, Micki's lonely nephew finds a new, dangerous playmate. Two separate stories, about two unrelated cursed objects, in one episode. The name Wertheimer is used again, this time as a drug store.
The Butcher The silver Thule Amulet, which allows a Nazi criminal to resurrect a dead warrior and communicate telepathically with him, and to make him invulnerable by giving it to him. It is not one of Lewis Vendredi's cursed antiques; it was enchanted by magicians in the ancient Germanic Cult of Thule. Jack's past comes back to haunt him in the form of a resurrected Nazi officer whom he killed and must kill again. Micki and Ryan are absent. Guest stars include Julius Harris. Colin Fox plays his third ruthless villain. Jack mispronounces the German name Thule, which should be correctly pronounced "TOO-la". This is another episode in which a protagonist fires a gun at someone (two guns, actually).
Mesmer’s Bauble A hypnotist’s bauble that bestows wishes to its owner after it is used to hypnotize and kill a victim. A lonely man uses a cursed bauble to hypnotize and kill people in order to get close to a beautiful popular singer. Very, very close. Originally airing as "The Secret Agenda of Mesmer’s Bauble", the title was shortened for syndication. Guest stars Vanity as the popular singer. She performs her real-life hit "Undress" ("Can you kiss me?... Baby undress me!").
Wedding In Black A snow globe that traps its victims in fantasy landscapes. Though magical, it is not technically one of the cursed antiques and is ultimately destroyed. The Devil (Satan) sends three dead souls back into the living world, with orders to lure Ryan, Micki, and Jack out of it. Micki is captured and almost raped by the Devil himself, to give birth a demonic child.
Wedding Bell Blues A cue stick that gives unbeatable skill at pool for a short time after it is used to impale someone. With help from Johnny Ventura, Micki hunts down a hexed pool cue. First appearance of Johnny Ventura. Also, one of the few times an object's owner is not its user, and one in which the user survives (although the owner doesn't). A pair of cursed snow shoes is also mentioned. Lolita Davidovich guest stars.
The Maestro A Victorian symphonia (music box) that gives new choreographic material to its owner, but kills the dancers in the process. Jack's niece comes to town to dance for a prestigious choreographer, whose dancers seem prone to suicide and deadly accidents. Only appearance of Gracie, Jack's niece. First appearence of Colm Feore as an artistic villain.
The Shaman’s Apprentice A Native American shaman ceremonial rattle that can cure any disease, but only after it has been used to kill. A Native American doctor-and-traditional-healer uses a magic rattle to cure terminally ill patients, and to kill people who disrespect his Shamanist faith. Although the rattle is said to be returned to its sacred cave, it can be seen on a shelf in the vault during a panning shot at the end of the "Jack-In-The-Box" (season 3) episode.
The Prisoner A Japanese kamikaze pilot jacket that renders the wearer invisible when smeared with blood from a freshly-murdered victim. An invisible burglar kills Johnny's father, and sets Johnny up as the killer. While in prison awaiting trial, Johnny recognizes the murderer (by smell) and must confront him. Second appearance of Johnny Ventura (this episode shows (ahem) a lot more of him), and first appearance of his father Vince. Larry Joshua guest stars.
Coven of Darkness A witch's ladder that greatly increases the user’s magical powers. Also, a sculptor's tool which enchants victims by shaping their likenesses in clay. Uncle Lewis' old witches coven wants a powerful witch's ladder that will enhance their powers, and they hex Ryan to get it for them. Ryan is bewitched in this episode. Micki learns that she has magic powers, but uses them all up.


Season 3

Title Cursed antique Details Notes
The Prophecies (2 parts) One of three Books of Lucifer that can make the evil prophecies written in it real. Though magical, it is not technically one of the cursed antiques and is ultimately destroyed. Jack heads to France to investigate strange events that are connected to a prophecy that will bring about the anti-christ and when Ryan and Micki follow, a minion of Satan, Asteroth, puts a curse on Ryan. Ryan Dallion’s last episode. Johnny Ventura returns and remains for the rest of the series. Fritz Weaver guest-stars.
Demonhunter A golden ritual dagger that allows one to summon a demon (who can only be destroyed by killing his summoner with the same golden dagger). A family of ex-cultists are being hunted by a powerful demon and while running from the monster, they find themselves in a secret room under the Vault. A chamber below the Vault is discovered, thereby providing more storage space. Jack becomes a partner in the store.
Crippled Inside A wheelchair that heals crippling neurotraumatic injuries, and projects a dangerous ghostly double of its owner. While fleeing from a gang-assault, a young girl is struck by a speeding car and paralysed. She then uses a magical wheelchair to reverse her paralysis and to get revenge against her assailants. Stephanie Morganstern (the victim and owner of the cursed object) was the voice of Minako Aino in the English language dub of Sailor Moon. Johnny also mentions a cursed umbrella, which Micki apparently retrieves without incident. Jack, though elsewhere for the episode, locates the Shard of Medusa from Season Two's "A Friend To The End". This is one of several "Johnny-screws-up" episodes.
Stick It In Your Ear A hearing aid that lets the wearer hear the thoughts of people around him. A stage-performer with a bad mind-reading act acquires telepathic powers and murderous compulsions. The heroes recover five other cursed objects at an estate auction, though it is never mentioned what they are.
Bad Penny The Coin of Ziocles from "Tails I Live, Heads You Die" (season 2). A crooked cop finds the hexed coin and uses it for his own ends until Johnny steals it and uses it to restore his father to life. Johnny screws up again, big-time.
Hate On Your Dial A 1954 Chevy car radio with time-travelling powers. Johnny carelessly sells a cursed car-radio to an extremely racist man, who travels back in time and tries to prevent his father, a member of "The Clan", from being convicted of murder. Sequences back in time are shown in black-and-white. Johnny screws up yet again. Vlasta Vrana cameos as a southern sheriff. Robert Silverman guest stars again. The epithet "colored" is used several times as a substitute for the n-word. Jack displays exceptional bravery by defending a lone victim from a gang-abduction.
Night Prey The Cross of Fire, which enables its owner to incinerate vampires. A vampire hunter steals a golden cross that kills vampires, in order to get revenge on the vampire that turned his wife into a vampire. One of the more controversial episodes for its graphic violence and mature sexual themes, including prostitution and a lesbian kiss. This episode was largely criticized by the Catholic Church in Europe.
Femme Fatale A 16mm movie print that releases a character for the duration of the film, absorbing a live woman to take her place in the deadly action. An aging director frolics with the female lead character from one of his classic noir movies, who convinces him to kill his wife. Gordon Pinsent guest stars as the antagonistic owner of the cursed relic. In this episode, Johnny must bail Jack out of jail, reversing the usual pattern.
Mightier Than the Sword A fountain pen which compels its victim to do whatever the owner writes. An author gets rich by turning innocent people into homicidal maniacs, and writing true-crime thrillers about them. The store’s bathroom is seen in this episode only. Micki is forced to do some very bad things in real life, and something even worse in a dream sequence. Second clever, artistic villain by Colm Feore.
Year of the Monkey A tea set that converts the tea within it to poison. Also a set of statues of the three wise monkeys statues (see/hear/speak no evil) that bestows abilities upon the owner, but if they misuse these gifts, the gifts will kill them. Though magical, the monkeys are not technically one of the cursed antiques. A samurai instructor offers the group the return of a cursed tea set if they help him retrieve three monkey statues that have kept their owner alive for many years by killing his unworthy heirs. A samurai offers the easy return of a cursed tea set in exchange for help with a quest of his own: the retrieval of three monkey statues.
Epitaph For a Lonely Soul A mortician's aspirator that extracts a person’s life force in order to resurrect a dead body. A grieving husband seeks help from the shop when he sees his dead wife alive and well in the care of a lonely mortician. Canadian supermodel Monika Schnarre guest stars. The grieving husband is played by the same actor who played Lloyd the lawyer in Season 1.
Midnight Riders None. Jack, Micki, and Johnny visit a small town haunted by the evil ghosts of bikers who were wrongly accused of rape and lynched to death. The only episode with no cursed objects. Also, the only appearance of Jack’s father, Cawley (played by Dennis Thatcher).
Repetition A cameo pendant that allows its owner to resurrect someone by killing someone else. A newspaper columnist goes mad after running over a young girl, and kills a series of people, each in order to resurrect the previous victim, as the cursed cameo requires. Johnny and Jack are absent; Micki only appears briefly.
The Long Road Home A small Yin-Yang charm that enables its owner to kill someone and then take possession of the victim's body, which is resurrected (and healed, if injured). After recovering a cursed charm in another city, Micki and Johnny run into a family of nasty rural degenerates while driving home. Johnny's possible romance with Micki is hinted at again, but not realized. Once again, one of the protagonists uses a cursed object, but this time, surprisingly, it does not cause a disaster.
My Wife as a Dog The Aboriginal Leash of Dreams that makes its owner's dream come true after he strangles people with the leash. A firefighter in the middle of a drawn-out divorce uses a cursed leash to turn his wife into a dog, and his dog into his wife. This is the only episode in which the villain gets his heart's desire and lives to enjoy it. Final appearance of Denis Forest. Jack makes a number of bad, dog-related puns.
Jack-in-the-Box A pirate-themed jack-in-the-box that allows its owner to visit her dead father’s spirit after drowning the people who killed him. After her father is murdered, a young girl uses a jack-in-the-box to exact revenge and to see her father's spirit. Another episode in which the cursed relic’s owner, a child, does not get killed by it. This is also the third episode directed by sci-fi veteran David Winning and was nominated for a Gemini Award.
The Spirit of Television An old television through which spirits reach out and kill those who have wronged them, thereby prolonging the owner’s life. The trio investigates a terminally ill psychic whose celebrity clients are all getting killed in "accidents" involving television sets. Introduces another of Jack's many peculiar old friends.
The Tree of Life A cursed Druidic fertility statue that ensures the birth of fraternal twins of the opposite sex at the cost of the father’s life. Under certain rituals, the cursed idol can make copies of itself. A grieving mother, after the death of her son, turns to Johnny for help when no one believes her claim that a clinic is keeping her daughter as their own.
The Charnel Pit A double-sided painting, painted in blood by the Marquis de Sade, which acts as a time portal, sending live people into the past, and bringing corpses, laden with gifts from the past, into the present. A history professor sends Micki back in time into the dungeons of the Marquis de Sade, who shows her new ways to enjoy life. The segments set back in time are in color this time. Vlasta Vrana guest stars. Robey gets to ride horseback again.


Adaptations

There is a popular rumor that the last episode was to unite the movie and television franchises by having the final item recovered (see “Premise” above) be the hockey mask belonging to Jason Voorhees. This remains unfounded and while there was talk about having a hockey mask on one of the sets as an in-joke, there was never any serious intention to mix the film series into the television series .

However, Eric Morse wrote the webnovel The Mask of Jason Voorhees, the fifth and last book in his “Camp Crystal Lake” series of novels which united the novels, the first nine movies, and the television series into one continuity. The concepts in the book were created by Eric Morse and are not the original intent of the show’s creators and thus, should not be treated as official canon.

The 2009 SyFy original series Warehouse 13 has also been accused of "borrowing" much from the 1980s television series Friday the 13th: The Series. The show stars two agents, Myka Bering (Joanne Kelly) and Peter Lattimer (Eddie McClintock), lead by a older, wise man Arthur "Artie" Nielsen (Saul Rubinek) as they collect cursed items known as artifacts to store them in a warehouse.

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References

  1. Grove, David, pp. 189–196
  2. Jonathan Goodman, with Bill Waddell (Curator): The Black Museum: Scotland Yard's Chamber of Crime (London: Harrap, Ltd, 1987>.
  3. Fangoria #70
  4. Fangoria "84



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