Welcome to another installment of “Confessions of a Cosplayer”. Each week I will feature a cosplayer in the Friday franchise who I either know personally or through social media. As time moves on, I will also be focusing on other iconic horror characters from other franchises then I will have horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is a horror cosplayer and would like to be featured on a weekly spotlight please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com
I first met Cory through Social Media on my Facebook page. We would talk every so often through messenger however it was not until September of 2019 when I met him in person at Blairstown, NJ. He was in town to see the opening of the Friday the 13th Museum (which is operated by the Blairstown Museum on Main Street). Cory has offered advice on costume tips such as hoods and who he recommends using. This is what I like about the cosplay community as a whole. There are individuals out there that do not know you from the next guy but are always there to lend a machete to help you improve your game.
What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
My first memory has to be watching the USA channel “Up ll Night” with Rhonda Sheer in on Friday the 13th in 1992. I probably should not of been up watching this lol. I believe they were showing a double feature but I only watched the 2nd one which was part 7 The New Blood. The look; from being masked to unmasked and everything in between stuck with me ever since.
What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
It seems every 5 years I transition into what I want to dig deep into. I would say currently its a Jason Goes to Hell kick. Definitely the last few years part 8 has resonated more. You can tell it helps in both collecting as I really dig ad research the film I’m tuned in to. It can be a very fun informative method in pursuing the films beyond watching.
What made you get into the art of cosplaying (how old were you? Where did you first show off your cosplay, do you design your own clothing, hood, hockey mask etc.? If not, who do you use to help with your costume?)
Cosplaying for me me of course started in my early Halloween days when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. I never pursued horror characters until I was a sophomore in High School which happened to be around the time Freddy vs Jason came out. I did my very best to create a FVJ set up; getting all the clothing and constantly setting things on fire and putting them out. Probably because thats what the movie showed, lol. Definitely a tie before I was to in- tune with the internet to find the right places to find things but I did my best to portray Jason and debuted it at a Marching Band competition where everyone was wearing Halloween costumes. You could say I “killed it!”
How many versions of Jason costumes do you have? Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I feel I have attempted to do them all. The most consistent and the ones I have completely set up and wear regularly would be- Part 6: Jason Lives, Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes To Hell, NES 8bit Retro Jason and most importantly Part 5 Hallucination Jason (All sequences) Masks and hands courtesy of Horror Costume Studios. I would really like to redo my part 2 and do a complete parts 3 and 4 (currently in progress)
Do you attend conventions? If so which ones do you attend? Are there any you recommend for someone who has never attended? What advice would you give to someone who has never attended a convention as a cosplayer?
I have attended many local conventions in and around the Memphis, TN area and they vary in size. I even took a couple stretches to a few other places such as HalloweenPallooza in Iowa. The most fun however is all the horror family who shows up at Texas Frightmare. It’s easily the biggest and most encapsulating event I have attended and I have done 3 consecutive years with a 4th one on the way in May. For those who have yet to break into the convention scene as a cosplayer, be prepared for borderline celebrity status (but only when you are in character) and furthermore constant pictures to be taken. Its your time to really push your character and please stay in character if at all possible. Others will appreciate the effort.
What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
Put effort into it and embody the character your doing. Be mindful of others and stay hydrated. Most importantly dont be afraid to ask for direction or advice/methods. Its a community an everyone should feel welcomed.
Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
There are so many its hard to narrow it down. There are so many that definitely have their strengths on the character they embody.
Brent Edgett- @Goregalor, Travis Hutto-@TravisJason13,
Ania Vorhees-@ANia_Vorhees, Chucky Ryan- @Chuckryancosplay
Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
Facebook: Midsouth Maniac