In recognition of Friday the 13th (the first of three in 2015), I thought a special Movie Poster REDUX featuring a few redesigned movie posters for the classic 1980 horror film “Friday the 13th” which, with its many sequels, is the highest grossing horror franchise of all-time.
Despite the fact that no hard evidence exists that would make anyone believe that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day, the fear is real. There are several phobias related to the date. Paraskevidekatriaphobia is the “official” name of those who have a phobia of Friday the 13th. Oh, and Triskaidekaphobia is the phobia of the number 13.
But how did we get here? According to Phillips Stevens, Jr., associate professor of anthropology at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), “There were 13 people at the table (at the Last Supper) and the 13th was Judas. The Last Supper was on a Thursday, and the next day was Friday, the day of crucifixion. When ’13’ and Friday come together, it is a double whammy.” It’s also possible that the publication of Thomas W. Lawson’s popular novel of 1907 “Friday, the Thirteenth”, contributed to disseminating the superstition. In the novel, an unscrupulous broker takes advantage of the superstition to create a Wall Street panic on a Friday the 13th.
Surely, the “Friday the 13th” film series didn’t help (thanks, Jason!). So, enjoy the posters (clicking on the image will take you to the artist’s webpage)…and don’t lose your head this weekend, OK?
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