Halloween Is Coming: Friday the 13th
What day is more legendary – nay, infamous – than Friday the 13th? Some people may think it started with the Friday the 13th movie, but there is a lot more history than one might think. For instance, the superstition may have started in the Middle Ages, originating from the story of Jesus’ last supper, at which there were thirteen present. However, Friday and the number thirteen weren’t used in conjuction until the nineteenth century. In the biography of Gioacchino Rossini, it is stated he believed both Friday and the number thirteen were unlucky, and so it was doubly unlucky for him to die on Friday the 13th.
It’s thought Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel Friday, the Thirteenth began the popular superstition, since it’s used in the novel to create a Wall Street panic on that day. Friday the 13th happens at least once a year, but can occur up to three times in the same year. There’s lots to learn about this special frightful date, so browse our list of articles full of Friday the 13th facts, and make yourself scary smart!
Friday the 13th Folklore
The superstitious nature of Friday the 13th leads to a number of things. An estimated 17 million to 21 million people in the United States alone are afraid of the date, making it the most feared date in history. However, in some places, it’s actually safer because of this superstition: The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics reported “fewer accidents and reports of fire and theft occur when the 13th of the month falls on a Friday than on other Fridays, because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home. Statistically speaking, driving is slightly safer on Friday the 13th, at least in the Netherlands.”
Want to know more about the statistics of this deadly day? Check out the Are You Afraid of Friday the 13th infographic, for information about frequency, other popular phobias, and more.
What You Don’t Already Know About Friday the 13th
Nobody is entirely sure where the superstition about Friday the 13th came from, but it’s so ingrained in our culture now it’s hard to get away from it. Want to learn even more “fun” facts about this date? Take a look at the 13 Things You Didn’t Know About Friday the 13th, and get tons of information, such as famous deaths and births, national days of awareness, and more.
There are tons of small little details about this infamous date, and we’ve collection only a few, but why stop there? Sometimes a culture doesn’t like another day of the week, and in some cultures that date is still the 13th! What are the odds of that, huh? Kinda spooky, honestly.
Friday the 13th – A Body Count
Of course, nowadays the biggest reason people know about this date and the superstition surrounding it is the famous serious of slasher movies, and the main character of the series Jason Voorhees. The Friday the 13th movies practically invented the slasher genre, a subset of horror movies that have gore, kills, and chase scenes at the forefront. While Jason himself wasn’t a bad guy until the second movie (it’s actually his mother offing the camp counselors in the first), he still racks up an impressive list of kills. Want to know the gory details? Check out the Friday the 13th Body Count infographic to know how, exactly, the teens meet their end. It has counts for each movie, as well as the implements used, and some explanations about the details.
The movie was named Friday the 13th for a special reason, and you should look away if you don’t want spoilers for a movie that came out in 1980. Jason’s mother is the actual killer in the first movie, and takes revenge on a group of camp counselors because Jason supposedly drowned many years ago at Camp Crystal Lake, on a Friday the 13th, when the counselors were “distracted.” Jason Voorhees is one of the most violent characters in movie history, and you’re sure to get chills running down your spine when you investigate his lengthy rap sheet.
The Evolution of Jason Voorhees’s Mask
The most enduring symbol of the Friday the 13th movies is the Voorhees hockey mask passed down from mother to sun, taken to space, sent to Manhattan, and much more! While Jason himself didn’t wear a mask until the second movie in 1981, when he wears a burlap sack with a single eye hole, but don’t fret, he gets the trademark look in part III, in 1982. The mask goes through small changes with each and every movie, getting dented or scratched, changing colors, changing shape, and other details, and only the best Friday fanatics can tell at a glance!
Watch a compilation of the most dangerous mask in movie history right now when you read The Evolution of Jason Voorhees’s Masks article, which not only has pictures and descriptions, but a handy video that shows you ever version, all the way up to the reboot movie that was released in 2009. You’ll even get some tips and tricks on how to create your own version of any of the masks, in case you want to take your Jason Voorhees costume to the next level for a night of costume party fun. Those camp counselors think they’re safe, but you’ll give them a scare they’ll remember for the rest of their lives!
From triskaidekaphobia (The fear of Friday the 13th) to the history of the Gregorian calendar, to a long list of coffins and a multitude of masks, there’s plenty of info you can use to turn yourself into a Friday the 13th master, whether it be the date itself, or the famous slasher movie series. Let your friends know all of the creepy details the next time the 13th rolls to the end of the week and grab a mask of your own to cuddle up for some gory fun with your main man Jason. And don’t worry if you forget to celebrate… Friday the 13th