In 1985, Deborah Voorhees was cast as Tina in “Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.”
Landing the role changed her life, because she became part of a beloved franchise.
Thirty-six years later, Voorhees is at the helm of the film “13 Fanboy,” which will be released on Oct. 22 through theaters and video on-demand.
Voorhees says the horror thriller brings some “Friday the 13th” actors back to the big screen in an entirely new horror series about a fan who takes his love for the series too far and targets the real-life women from the franchise to kill them like they were killed in the “Friday” films or to “improve” their deaths.
“In the 1985 film, I was killed with garden shears through my eyes,” Voorhees says. “It’s definitely been a ride.”
The cast includes Dee Wallace, Kane Hodder, Adrienne King, Corey Feldman, Hayley Greenbauer, Lar Park Lincoln, Jennifer Banko, Andrew Leighty, Judie Aronson, Ron Sloan, C.J. Graham, Tracie Savage, Vincente DiSanti, and Carol Locatell.
Voorhees says the idea for the film started from a discussion with co-writer Joel Paul Reisig.
“He asked what it was like to go to horror conventions,” she says. “Horror fans are basically grown-up kids who love to play dress-up. They are actually a blast to hang out with.”
Voorhees admits she was nervous to go to horror conventions. It’s because she had a weird encounter.
“I was upstairs in my office writing my script,” she says. “Anyone could have been looking through the French doors. I get a series of texts from someone I don’t know that he was watching me and that he was coming for me. It was to my personal phone, and it was very troubling. I blocked them. Then to find out that several people from the franchise have had stalkers in the past.”
Voorhees and Reisig began working on a 30-page outline, full of twists and turns.
Production began in New Mexico for 11 days in July 2019. Then it resumed in January 2020, resumed for 24 days. The film was completed in Sept. 2020.
“Almost all of it was filmed in New Mexico,” Voorhees says. “A small portion was shot in Los Angeles for establishing shots.”
Voorhees has lived in New Mexico for 12 years and enjoys being based in the state.
“It’s the Land of Enchantment,” she says. “One of my huge goals is to bring filmmakers here. We can absolutely create movies here. For our industry to really grow, we need to have investment money here. We need workers and crews here. I was able to hire locally for a lot of the production, which makes me super-proud.”