View Full Version : How to scare people as JASON VOORHEES

Jason Voorhees
11-26-2007, 07:28 AM

Next Halloween i will be Jason Voorhees...The only Problem i have is...HOW DO I SCARE THE PEOPLE ??? I cant jump out fast and scream:confused:

Jason allways moves slowly... PLZ help me. Gimme some ideas... Should i make a GraveYard Scenario in my Haunt with a Grave with "Here lies Jason Voorhees" and then sit up ??? Or a empty Jason Grave and if they pass i will come from behind or somethin like that.

PLZ gimme some tips

11-26-2007, 10:18 AM
Scaring isn't always about the visual. To do Jason, you've gotta have that music.

I have always found that building the anticipation makes the scare scarier than it is, and I'm sure everyone on here will agree.

Place a dummy on a table or slumped against a wall. When they move closer to examine it, thinking it will come to life, come out behind them for the real scare.

Old Tree Studios
11-26-2007, 11:11 AM
I agree, it's all about anticipation. Music is a great tool for this. And actually, I think that the fact that Jason moves slowly and silently is plenty creepy and scary all on it's own.

People are conditioned to having monsters jump out at them and yell. If you could have Jason in a place where people are feel a little closed in, and he comes moving slowly and silently toward them with the right music in the background... Unexpected and REALLY creepy.

So I say: Embrace Jason's silent nature!


Jason Voorhees
11-26-2007, 02:32 PM

Some pretty cool ideas.

Waht du u think about crashing through some wooden planks ??? thats what jason does in movies too but its not so easy to build.

11-26-2007, 04:58 PM
but it might be difficult to build so that you can quickly reset it and do it again a couple of minutes later. I have seen animatronics with a similar effect and they are basically two separate assemblies pushed together that you would burst through. Construct the connecting sides so they make use of the split planks, and hinge the outsides. Think of the swinging doors in a saloon you might see in an old western movie, but instead of straight edges where the two doors almost touch you would have jagged edges (but not too jagged). You can always have a board or two that you toss through as you push through for a more dramatic effect.

Jim Warfield
11-26-2007, 07:38 PM
Leave seams between the boards or make knott holes so you can see if a customer happened to take up a position right in the path of the violently , suddenly swinging boards, then you have better odds of not clobbering someone.
You will also need enough light to be able to see them if they are standing there.
"Anticipation" is a very needed commodity . It also usually requires "time". Time to communicate verbally or visually, time for them to understand and then time to allow those thoughts to brew alittle.
50 bodies running passed you down a hallway every few seconds will not see this happening. It takes "Time".
Maybe have a picture drawn or writing on those boards to slow them down, and distract them, lull them before you act.
Lots of fun things to do!

11-28-2007, 06:34 AM
Jason is character that many people are already contioned to be afraid of, much like the chain-saw scene that everyone knows will be in nearly every haunt - and it still works. As a guide on our trail, I can't tell you how many times I heard, "I'll be okay as long as they don't have a Jason/Mike Myers".

As for busting through a wall:

We had a scene last year where an actor ran through a wooden fence to come after the guests. We used lighter (in weight) boards and they were attached vertically to the posts with velcro and rested horizontally on nails that were not quite driven all the way in. This allowed our actor to break through a solid object with little or no resistance and it took only seconds to re-set for the next group.

Consider wearing protection if you intend to do this 30 or 40 times a night, because at some point you'll hit the wall wrong or get a bad bounce on a board. With the Jason cover-all's as a costume, you can easily hide a catcher's chest protector and soccer shin guards. Make sure you pad your knees and elbows also.

11-28-2007, 06:40 AM
Another thought on the re-set:

We tell our actors to improvise within reason. We give them a way to do the scene but allow them to make changes to see what works best.

The point I'm trying to make is, you don't have to do it the same way every time. Whether you just want to try something different or you didn't have quite enough time to completely re-set, the guests don't know that. Just give them a good scare/show.

Jim Warfield
11-28-2007, 07:54 AM
Providing the haunt-actor with multiple locations also helps get the returning customers who want to warn their friends (The "Good-Scout" syndrome, I call it)
much of our peculair entertainment relies upon lies and confusion afterall.
Seeing just how guilible people can allow themselves to be is a great part of my fun.
Sometimes I can almost imagine I'm a Madison Avenue million dollar Huckster, selling my wetdream fantasy to millions, making a billlion in process.
"Yes! You too can be rich and sexy , just smear my wonder product all over the bottoms of your bare feet before you put on your socks for the day, yes, I know it smels terrible, but it worked for me!"
{Sold Only At finer Dives!}

11-30-2007, 10:25 PM
I have an actor that plays Jason every year and I was thinking about adding his mom to the scene next year.I'll have a table with a hole cut in the middle so my actress can fit her head through.I'll have her made up to look like a corpse head
When the group comes in the room,after a few seconds,the corpse head will say"Jason has been a very bad boy" and then Jason will come out from behind them.Something gory,something scary.Should be a good scare,or at least I hope so!!!

Jim Warfield
12-01-2007, 01:08 AM
This (somehow?) reminds me of the very lame guilitone we had in the JC's haunt one year.
We were using an actual old shacky house for our haunt, complete with the furniture left behind so we made a crude dummy, laid it on the bed and built the blade and rack at one end of the bed, very lame.
The next night we actually had more workers show up so someone took the place of the dummy, laid there awhile , then jumped up screaming(with no head!?) Scaring the crap out of the know-it-all, seen-it-all teenage boys who had been there when it was just a dummy laying there! hahahahahah! Gotcha KID!
Whole new scenes? No, just "tweek" the old ones and get incredible mileage out of them.

12-02-2007, 02:25 AM
A good tactic?
Use a real machete.
That generally works. :)

Jim Warfield
12-02-2007, 07:13 PM
"Real Machetti" AND just to let them know that you are serious a big over-sized chest pack with the "Band-aid" logo on it!

Greg Chrise
12-02-2007, 08:29 PM
Getting good mileage out of those scares? That one is playing right now in Paris France!

12-05-2007, 07:19 PM
Even though I hate movie character's being used in haunts because they are so over used I will still add my two cents anyway.

Think of a movie scene where Jason got that sudden startle effect from his victims. Maybe harness yourself to a tree one night (if you are outdoors) like you have been hung like in the 3rd movie ( I think he got hung in a barn )? Put yourself in their path and suddenly quick release yourself when they get close to you. I think whatever you do, it is going to have to be something that is sudden. Just seeing Jason coming towards them is'nt going to be enough.

I agree with some of the others though. You should definately set up different locations to move around and see what best works or just for reasons to throw them off.

Jolly Pumpkin
12-07-2007, 11:58 AM
First you need an actor who is large enough to be very intimidating to anyone who crosses their path. Second, you need a realistic Jason suit and mask. Third you have to have a detailed set that looks like it's been taken straight out of a Friday The Thirteenth movie. In today's day and age a cheap Jason mask and Friday The 13th music doesn't cut it. You have to make people feel as if they are stepping into the movie. Once you do that people will forget it's a haunt and will become immersed in fright.

Jim Warfield
12-08-2007, 01:45 PM
Maybe continuing on with that "Make them feel as if they are watching a movie" thinking...have some fresh popcorn brewing off set but close by somewhere.
Have an older woman right behind them saying things like:"Why did he do that?"
"Watch out! Don't go in there!" "In one movie I saw a guy who might have been in a commercial on Tv I saw once saying to his girlfriend..."
and you can't forget the small kids whining,
spill a big bottle of sticky Coke all over the floor!
These things all say "Movie!" to me!
They will be so scared!

12-12-2007, 11:27 AM
Just a forwarning to using Jason in your haunt. If word get out to to universal studios they will shut you down so fast. It seems like more and more small haunts are getting those stop using now letters because Universal has their own haunt in which they use the characters and want to protect the property they own. Just be careful to not use Jason in any of your advertisments and pose pics of him on your website. If you do make sure you change his name to the "hockey man" or something generic.

Not really a answer to your question, just a helpful tip :)


Jim Warfield
12-12-2007, 04:57 PM
"Hockey Man"? How about he's the hockey "Ghoulley", you know the almost non-skater protecting the net-thing.

12-12-2007, 06:25 PM
That's a good one!

02-10-2008, 04:38 PM
you have to make them think that something is there,but where THEY think it is.

02-21-2008, 10:00 PM
Funny story...

My cousin Danny, who helped me create the original Hauntworld.com, and who was one of the best character actors you've ever seen, who died of a heart attach at the age of 32 (RIP). The very first haunted house I did back in 1990 he played Jason. He looked just like Jason, he had the rubber zombie mask under the hockey mask and everything. He had the right cloths he had it all... he was perfect even...

The smell. He hadn't washed in two weeks, he had not washed the cloths nothing and he smelled HORRIBLE! EVERYONE came to me and said 'you have to talk to your cousin about his smell'. I didn't know what his deal was so I finally broke down and said 'Danny whats up dude don't you know what a shower is, you need to take one'. He explained why he hadn't taken a shower or washed his cloths...'He wanted to smell the part'. I'll never forget that one. We said okay but still take a shower.



02-22-2008, 12:24 AM
Now thats dedication!Thats to young,sorry about that.

Mr. Haunt
02-24-2008, 12:30 PM
I know that this is an old topic, but I will put my money in jar as well. If you have watched Friday the 13th, and I am sure most of you have. But if you have not, WATCH IT AND TAKE NOTES! Take notes on how the actor (Kane Hoder), not sure of the spelling of the last name............but anyway take notes on how Kane plays the part of Jason. One thing that I know about Jason is for what ever reason, he has great stealth. One minute he will be in one place, and then BAM he is in another.......mybe try 2 or more Jason's in the set or scene to give this effect.

Have one Jason come out in one spot walk up to payed thrill seekers......then when they see him walk off behind them and stare off at the customers at the same time the second Jason appears from in front and does a second scare. As soon as the second Jason pops out the first one dissapears. But it has to be a timed thing, and try and keep the 2 actors that play Jason MATCH AS CLOSE AS POSSIBLE!

Sorry for any spelling errors, typing fast heading out the door to go to work, so NO time to spell check.

Mr. Haunt

04-26-2008, 11:25 PM
We tried an idea we saw in a book we have had for years. We put Jason behind bars that looked like he was in a cell. While the customers were walking toward the cell he would begin to slowly walk towards them then stop at the bars. I cant tell you how many brave big studly men would get in his face and say i aint scared of you. Your behind bars! Well the secret of this design is the bars are made of thin bicycle innertubes but they look like solid bars untill he spreads them apart quickly and comes right thru them after the customers. This worked great for us but the actor needs to have a large frame to pull it off the best. You can get the innertubes free from a bicycle shop by simply calling them and asking them to save their old ones for you. It may be an old design but it worked great for us and was a great startling effect.

04-28-2008, 01:52 PM
i have a jason mask. they r prtty chaep thse days! :cool:

i think mind costed 5.00 from walmart but im not sure?


05-08-2008, 11:01 AM
Yeah Jason is just one of those classics that once the music starts in a pitch black room causes instant fear.Same way with the Leather face once the chain saw starts people freak out.LOL got to love it

01-09-2009, 11:02 PM
The Music helps, But to me I like how Kane Hodder did it His breathing is more deep and fast , I think he limbed too. Micheal Myers is slow and the head tilt is more Micheal's thing than Jason even though Jason did it at times. Never run I know in the new teaser he does which to me it's fine to do because he needed an upgrade than going to space or something stupid like that, Freddy needs an upgrade too but I'll be hard to match what Englund created.

01-10-2009, 03:04 AM
In order to properly have an effective jason scene, you must have the correct person to do it.

Noone is going to be afraid of a pudgy or a short vorhees. The Actor must be at least 6ft, and somewhat muscular. An actor we had was just perfect for it, as he was a football player.

for Costume, the jumpsuit must be worned out, or old looking, as a store bought one will lose the effect immediantly. besides, they are cheaply made and are meant for trick or treating, not for heavy usage. they are poorly made and can rip easily.

and for the machete, a real one. the actor MUST be very confident and knows how to handle it. In our scene, we had built a small shack facade, but on one of the beams to hold it up, we added another 2 x4. When he charged into the scene, he chopped his machete into the wood, leaving it stuck, or just taking a big chunk out of it. the reaction to peopl seeing it as real, definatly gave them a good scare.

Stephan (screamwalk
01-11-2009, 04:42 PM
my opinion:
seeing a face from any horror movie in a haunt is a piece of crap. i hate it when it happens. so my suggestion is don't be jason. or if you are, use a chainsaw so it doesn't matter what your wearing.

02-04-2009, 12:23 AM
There are alot of ways to use the Jason persona, that can still nab people who have seen it a million times. You hate it cause it was done poorly and that's something that should be addressed. Its actually really easy if you are far bigger than the median build of your patrons, prone to heaving, bugged out 30 yard stares, vouge, and walking like gravity has a little more of an effect on you than everyone else.

02-04-2009, 05:10 PM
I agree that being a larger build helps with a larger than life character like Jason. Movement is key, since he doesn't really run. He slowly stalks with no real expression or haste, without any doubt he will catch his prey.

02-04-2009, 10:08 PM
I agree that being a larger build helps with a larger than life character like Jason. Movement is key, since he doesn't really run.

Then again, he's quite a fast bugger in the remake.....meh, whatever. :/

02-05-2009, 10:25 AM
True, with all the remakes now it seems that all the character traits are changing. Perhaps you could play the classic jason on some nights and the modern version on others!