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 feature horror inspired cosplayers.
If you are a horror cosplayer or know someone who is and would like to be in a future spotlight, please reach out to me on Facebook, Instagram or send me an email at SouthJerseyJason@gmail.com
This weeks spotlight is someone who also participated in a virtual happy birthday greeting for a young Friday fan whom I met through Social Media. You can check out this video on my Facebook page @SouthJerseyJason to see Brent and many other individuals in the Friday community. You will also see Brent as Jason in the upcoming fan film “Fall of Camp Blood”.
What is your first memory of watching a Friday the 13th movie?
My first memory I have was when I was 9 or 10 and I just happen to catch a showing of Part 5: A New Beginning on cable TV. It was late and my parents were asleep so I managed to catch the remainder of the movie after Victor Fadden’s death. So nearly the whole thing. I must say, not knowing that it wasn’t Jason didn’t matter. That chase sequence was terrifying to me and burned a hole in the shape of a hockey mask in my brain.
What is your favorite Friday the 13th movie?
My all time favorite Friday is the original, where it all began! Probably the most scary out of the whole series and my favorite ending in a movie ever.
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?)
Rumor is I was wearing hockey masks when I was really little but have no memory of that far. Back in 2005 on Halloween, I bought a cheap Halloween store costume. Hardly a costume with a foam hockey mask. As fun as it was, I knew that it would be more fun if I actually made up a decent costume. By the next Halloween I had my first latex mask, hockey mask, and full homemade costume. I actually won a costume contest that year. Being my own worst critic I set out to improve my craft and make even better costumes. I went through many original looks but all based around the influence of the FvJ look(dark skin, over shirt, dead a.f.)
After the 2009 movie I started work on that version. I went back and forth between the two looks for the Halloween seasons until 2017 when I decided to try out some more movie accurate looks. In comes Marcio Charllie from Horror Costume Studios. His work on latex masks blew me away from the instant I saw them and have since collected a few of his pieces, really bringing together the looks.
How many versions of Jason costumes do you have? Do you have plans to showcase more costumes?
I currently have 4 different versions of movie accurate Jason’s. Part 3, Part 6, Part 9 and 12(remake) I would like to make it through the full list but time will tell. Endgame would be to nail a Savini Jason look and hopefully someday try and pull off that part 5 look as it holds a special place in my heart. I will be revealing another Jason look by the end of the year. Somewhat of an original look but directly associated with the original series of movies before Jason is “dead” and buried.
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 went to my first horror convention just over 2 years ago. My life is forever changed. It has to be one of the best experiences as a cosplayer and horror fan. As I reside in Iowa, I mainly attend Chicago conventions such as Flashback Weekend and Days of the Dead. More recently one sprouted up in-between, in Moline, Illinois (Midwest Monster Fest). I definitely recommend them all. Go to any convention anywhere you can. You won’t regret it. If you cosplay, your best bet is to try and get someone to tag along and assist. A “handler” if you will. The experience of a con in costume can be quite euphoric and and exhausting. It’s good to have a friend that will help keep your head straight and get the most out of your visit.
What has been your best experience as a cosplayer?
Don’t have a single greatest moment but every convention I’ve been to has been a great experience with meeting and getting costume pics with celebrities to meeting fellow horror fans and fans of my work.
What advice would you give to a first time cosplayer?
As with everything, you may realize that there is a lot of criticism around with cosplaying.. pay no mind to it. Cosplay whatever, wherever, because you want to and because it makes you happy. Nothing else matters.
Who are some of your favorite cosplayers that you follow on social media or personally know?
The first two that come to mind are my good convention buddies, Chuck Ryan(@chuckryancosplay) and Horror Stevie (@horrorstevie). I always look forward to seeing them and their costumes. I also really enjoy the work that the group @13_gallows_lane puts out as well. Many good cosplayers along with many good prop makers and mask makers that are around these days.
Do you have any social media accounts for your cosplay that you would like to promote?
You can find all my cosplay and make-up work on my Instagram : @goregalor