Two teens inherit an old antiques shop from their dear departed uncle Lewis. Unfortunately uncle Lewis was dabbling in the black arts and has been selling cursed antiques! Oh no!
OK, so it’s not going to win any awards for its storyline but look at the number of similar TV shows that have copied the format since, today we have Warehouse 13 (one of many) that is pretty much a carbon copy of F13:TS.
Episode one (which is what I’m reviewing, not the entire season) starts with uncle Lewis telling a couple and their daughter that his shop is closed, but they just want to have a rummage to get out of the bad weather so, he lets them in. But, the little girl starts pawing at things and tries to steal a (rather creepy looking) doll.
Turns out the doll can talk and ends up slashing a young thugs jugular. Nice! Lewis ends up getting the doll back, but he tells the father that the doll isn’t for sale and chucks them out of the store. From here we find out that something is amiss and that the devil is involved.
Now we see Micki (played by the HOT Louise Robey) and her cousin Ryan inheriting the antiques shop left behind by uncle Lewis. After most of the shop items have been sold off they catch an intruder, he turns out to be uncle Lewis’ old friend/nemesis who informs the cousins that the items in the shop are cursed and produces newspaper evidence. They quickly realise that the creepy doll has been sold to the father of the kid who tried to pinch it and that they need to recover it, and sharpish! They arrive as the little girls step-mother is wheeled out the house and into an ambulance. The kid and doll visit her in hospital and finish her off.
Eventually Micki and Ryan recover the doll, but realise that they need to recover all the items they just sold and pretty much everything that uncle Lewis sold before more nasty ‘accidents’ occur…
Running for three seasons, from 1987 – 1990, Friday the 13th: The Series (originally called Friday’s Curse) is somewhat unusual in that it has absolutely nothing to do with the Friday the 13th movies. Nothing. Not a jot. But, it’s still a good little series on its own.
I’m not sure how long they’ll be able to keep it interesting though, but I’d definitely recommend it. You can get all three series’ on DVD now.