Welcome, everyone, to Friday the 13th Week! We don't have too many Fridays that fall on the 13th day, but when we do, it means something special occurs. While some might think it's an unlucky day, I find it be to a very lucky week - it means I get to focus on a horror subject! Last year, I took at look at some of the goofiest parts of the Friday the 13th film series with a week of GIFs and pictures. This time, I decided that I didn't want to cover a film series - I'd rather hit up the television series Friday the 13th: The Series, a show that didn't mind stealing its title from a huge movie phenomenon even though it had nothing to do with Jason and Camp Crystal Lake.
Friday the 13th: The Series had an intriguing concept going for it, and it was one that allowed the series to continue on indefinitely. It was a show about collecting antiques, but unlike Antiques Roadshow or American Pickers, these items were cursed by the devil. Think equal parts Needful Things and Tales from the Crypt!
In the first episode, The Inheritance, the show has a lot of ground to cover, and quickly. In an opening sequence, Lewis Vendredi (a really, really loose connection to the Friday the 13th theme, since Vendredi is Friday in French) decides he doesn't really want to sell antiques anymore, and packs up all of the objects to throw into his large vault. He does it on a stormy night, though - that never means anything good - and he also forgets that he's made a pact with the devil that must be paid in full, and if that means with Vendredi's on blood, so be it.
Then Ryan (John D. LeMay) and Micki (Robey, the Canadian singer-songwriter that reminds me a lot of Robin Sparkles from How I Met Your Mother) inherit the antique shop from their uncle. They're both cousins, but they don't know each other, and they've really got some talking to do since they sell a bunch of cursed antiques to a lot of people during a going-out-of-business sale. Jack (Chris Wiggins) stops by in the middle of the night to scare the bejeezus out them both, then explains that he was a good friend of Lewis' and that he knows Vendredi was dabbling in the occult. What fine timing, sir, after they've just sold all of their wares!
So Ryan and Micki set out to recover one item they know really is cursed - a creepy-as-crap antique doll given to a little girl with an evil stepmother. Morals be damned, Friday the 13th: The Series says; this episode is actually pretty grim for a television series in the '80s, and the show makes sure to kill off that wicked stepmom right quick before everything returns to normal.
"The Inheritance" is an episode I've never seen from the series, and it puts into perspective how Ryan and Micki got to be co-owners of Curious Goods. It also sets up a solid television serial - with each week focusing on a new, haunted antique, it's worth turning in again and again to see what new object is being tracked down the next week. This episode does a surprisingly good job of setting up the rest of the series, too. We meet all of the main characters in the first episode, and it tackles how Ryan and Micki got into the occult-object hunting in the first place.
Yet "The Inheritance" crafts Friday the 13th: The Series into an intriguing, addictive experience - will Ryan and Micki get all of the antiques back? Or will they fall into the devil's curse too? And what are some of the other possessed items? How come the Haunted Collector Brian Zaffis isn't helping you? I guess we'll find out more this week in more additions of Going Antiquing, but just remember - don't let the ghosts of your antiques force you into an elevator heading to Hell.