13 Questions for Ari Lehman 

On the night of May 9th 1980, theater audiences were witness to the brutal murders of 13 people—murders carried out in ways never before seen on screen. Finally after 90 minutes of unprecedented brutality, the crowds watched as the heroine of the film, the one survivor, floated on a boat away from the carnage toward the morning light. The calming music, early daylight, and approaching police cars let everyone know it was okay, it was over. That’s when HE showed up: the boy in the lake, Jason Vorhees. He…

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For The Record: Machetes, Music, and Mayhem – A Brief Chat with ARI LEHMAN, The First Jason 

For The Record: Machetes, Music, and Mayhem – A Brief Chat with ARI LEHMAN, The First Jason


Ahh,  camping, nothing quite like heading into the woods to escape the drudgery of work and  the stress from the week. Its a leisure activity enjoyed by families, teen agers and people of all walks of life. The seclusion from the man made world of brick buildings , the sweet simplicity of being one with nature and  the rich aroma of the marshmallows toasting on the open fire. All of…

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Allentown resident writes book on 'Friday the 13th' 

What better to give us fright than the "Friday the 13th" movies? For more than 30 years, the slasher film franchise and Halloween favorite has terrorized us with images of hockey-masked Jason Voorhees and his mother, Pamela. There are 12 films and a new one tentatively scheduled for release Nov. 13, 2015.

Allentown resident David Zernhelt is obsessed with the series. He grew up in New Jersey, not far from the original film's locations: Blairstown, and the nearby Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco. He first watched the…

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Listen To First Jason, The Band Started By The Guy Who Played Young Jason Voorhees 

Yes, the boy in the lake has a band. And a keytar with a machete in it. 

True horror fans know one vital fact about Friday the 13th: Jason Voorhees isn't the killer in it. It's his mom, Pamela, and Jason isn't really even in the movie. Or at least he wasn't supposed to be - the famous ending sting of Jason jumping out of the lake, deformed and dead, and grabbing Alice - was added at make-up artist Tom Savini's insistence that the film needed one last scare, like the final moment in Carrie. And so Ari…

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First Actor To Play Jason Voorhees In Friday the 13th Movie Meets Fans 

He played the very first Jason Voorhees in the horror film Friday the 13th that came out almost 35 years.
On Friday night actor Ari Lehman was signing autographs and meeting fans at Sound Go Round in Vestal.  The actor is also a musician and has his own band, called you guessed it ."First Jason." On Friday night his band was playing at Fitzie's Irish Pub in the city.

"You could never measure the immense influence that Jason Voorhees has had. Jason is appealing perhaps because hes not a scheming evil…

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CD Reviews: First Jason - 'Heed My Warning' (Self Released) 

For those people not familiar with the history of Chicago-based First Jason, let me make things (Camp) Crystal (Lake) clear...

The band's leader is none other than Ari Lehman, the very first actor to ever play the iconic Jason Voorhees in the Friday the 13th horror movie franchise. That decomposing teen crashing through the lake's waters to attack Adrienne King's character, Alice, in the finale of Sean S. Cunningham's original, and best, Friday the 13th from 1980? That's Ari.

 Wrapped in the now-legendary…

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Original Jason actor from 'Friday the 13th' to shoot music video near Jackson 

Ari Lehman, the actor who played Jason Vorhees as a child in "Friday the 13th," fronts First Jason.

 (J. Pinnington Photography)

NAPOLEON, MI – There has been countless reincarnations, but only one man can hold claim as the original Jason Vorhees.

Ari Lehman, who played Jason as a child in the first "Friday the 13th" film in 1980, is coming to a Jackson-area haunted attraction to shoot a music video, of all things.

A young Jason Voorhees (Ari Lehman) attacks camp counselor Alice (Adrian King) in a scene… Read more