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 these things one thinks of while being in the woods, however, that whole image was changed when the 1980 debut of the slasher classic “Friday the 13th” hit the big screen. A group of counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning, and the rest is horror movie history.

Ari Lehman, the actor, musician, and hot sauce entrepreneur,  best known for his role as the young version of Jason Vorhees in the 1980 slasher classic “Friday the 13th”, was in attendance at Scare A Con 2014 in Verona, NY.

I had the privilege to chat with him this about his iconic role as Jason Vorhees, his band First Jason and, of course, horror movies! Enjoy.


About Chris Besaw

Chris Besaw- Born and raised in Syracuse, NY. I'm a lifelong fan and supporter of all types of music and art. Over the years I have been involved in the music scene in various ways. I am a freelance graphic design artist and have done rock art posters for several bands including: The Misfits, The Dropkick Murphys, Godsmack, The Melvins, Brand New Sin and Down. An accomplished independent concert photographer with such credits as photographing such names as Volbeat, Five Finger Death Punch and numerous more.

(Source: The Neon Gods, November 5, 2014.


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