Gun Media's upcoming Friday 13th: The Game is slated to drop the hammer on horror fans this fall, but developer Gun Media has been tantalizing horror fans with the pre-release Virtual Cabin, a 3D development diary that shows off their creative process as well as teasing the game's full content.
Virtual Cabin is constructed with loving detail and chock-full of subtle references to the classic horror film franchise. Youtuber DboKakarot, a Friday the 13th fanatic, posted a long and thorough walkthrough of the whole area, but here are our favorite highlights from the Virtual Cabin featuring plenty of shout-outs to the movies.
Red Doors and Yellow Raincoats
When the original Friday the 13th was made, movie lighting technology was not as advanced as it was today, and to preserve the sense of horror and suspense, a lot of scenes were set in the dark. To make sure that important details were not lost in the darkness, director Shaun Cunningham specified certain items to be brightly colored, especially the wooden doors, which were painted red, and the bright yellow raincoats to identify characters.
The yellow raincoat is probably most iconically associated with young Tommy Jarvis from Friday 13th: A New Beginning.
Edgar Allan Poe plaque from Part 1
This plaque is actually a reference to the first film, where it appears as an homage to the american literary master of madness and horror, and possibly as a reference to the psychology of Jason. The excerpt from the poem 'Alone' describes the feeling of difference and isolation in childhood.
The Book of the Dead
This book is something of an easter egg of an easter egg, as the infamous Necronomicon -- or 'the Book of the Dead' -- originally appeared in the Evil Dead franchise, wherein it plays a key role in unleashing hell, but was placed in Friday 13th Part 9: Jason Goes to Hell. There Robert finds the Necronomicon in the Voorhees house. Originally just a throwaway reference, the film ends up retroactively foreshadowing the crossover with Freddy Kreuger from Nightmare on Elm Street (with Freddy's claw dragging Jason to Hell at the end).
Ted's Teddy Bear
In Friday 13th: The Final Chapter, hapless horndog Ted proves unlucky in love, getting repeatedly shot down when he makes the moves on the twins. He's also just plain out of luck when he settles down with a teddy bear to watch some old-school skin flicks, just before Jason murders him.
This scene has a few goodies; the lamp from Part 7, the news clippings from Part 2. But the star is the radio, which resembles the same one used in Part 3. The radio has a good track selection, but is also important in gameplay. When you play as a camp counselor being stalked by Jason, you can use the radio to lure or distract him while you save your skin.
Games and more literary goodness
The games table itself is from the original installment, where the teens play 'Strip Monopoly', with the game box based on classic Monopoly color scheme. The book on the right is No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre, which appears in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, read by a 7-year old girl.
Although the Sartre book was just a self-referential joke, the other books on the cabin table did actually have a plot role in the same film. 30 Years Among the Dead and A Manual of Occultism are both real books from the early 20th century that deal with the paranormal, and they are used by Tommy when he researches how to stop the undead Jason.
The Iconic Mask from Part 3
The desk, fan and typewriter are all from Part 1, but the standout item here is of course the hockey mask from Part 3. Originally belonging to comic relief character Shelly Finkelstein, the mask was adopted by Jason Voorhees, cementing his iconic appearance for the rest of the franchise. Zooming in on the mask, the player is treated to a chilling message from Jason's mother.
Jason Costumes through the ages
In Virtual Cabin's 'Jason Room' you can inspect various displays of Jason's outfits from the franchise's history. Each one comes with some information about the choice of actor and costume. It even has a model of pre-hockey mask Jason from Part 2.
The full walkthrough goes through all the little pieces of furniture and goodies from the films, so check it out if you want to get to know every inch of the cabin. For more Friday 13th goodness, you might also want to check out what we know about the upcoming movie, set to release next year.
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