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Friday the 13th (Extended Killer Cut) (2009)

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Horror movie directed by Marcus Nispel

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Director: Marcus Nispel
1 review about Friday the 13th (Extended Killer Cut) (2009)

I Hated It

  • Jun 27, 2009
This is more a review for those who aren't wholly dedicated or even really familiar with the original Friday the 13th film series. I have never seen any of the original movies apart from the terrible Jason X which I come to understand has nothing really to do with the Jason mythology. This rehashing of the series for me was a perfect way to try and understand the crazed attraction to the Jason character and the infamous hockey mask. I was hoping to go into this film and really enjoy it as a stand alone piece. Fans of the original series were going to be naturally critical of the film, because it's a restart of the original series, but telling it in a new way. Because I've not seen most of the original films, nor do I hold any loyalty to the original series, I can guess that I had a bit of an advantage as I had no pre-conceived ideas of what to expect. That aside, I supremely hated the film and found watching it a chore.

The first part of the film introduces Jason as the deformed child of a mother who has gone on a killing spree of all the counsellors of camp Crystal Lake for allowing the drowning of Jason. The opening credits show Jason's mother facing her final victim on her murderous revenge rampage, but is decapitated by the last counsellor with a machete. Jason approaches the headless body of his mother, takes the machete and silently vows to kill anyone who dare step foot near Crystal Lake. Fast forward a few years and we meet a few campers who stumble upon Crystal Lake and are all brutally murdered by Jason, except one girl by the name of Whitney who is taken captive by the killer. Fast forward again and we're introduced to a group of annoying college students who are staying in the log cabin of the parents of their friend Trent (Travis Van Winkle). Whilst on their journey to the cabin, they meet the brother of Whitney searching for her, Clay (Jared Padalecki) and soon discover that all is not well.

I honestly can't tell you everything I hated about this film, but I can honestly say the worst thing about it was the cast. They're the type of irritating people you see on shows such as Dawson's Creek and The Hills. Maybe it was deliberate as they became so insufferable I actually wanted them to die at the brutal hands of Jason Voorhees. There is not one character I found myself hoping would survive as they each caused me to hate them in individually vicious ways. By around the half way mark, I acquiesced to the notion that I wasn't going to like the characters, so just enjoyed the fact that the majority of them would die at some point. Once the rise of Jason story was told, the film simply comprised of 3 different things; murder, sex and swearing. They are all great when put together properly, but this film is made for an entirely unimaginative audience and I found myself resenting the film as the minutes dragged on by.

Possibly the only good thing about the film was Derek Mears as Jason. He had the character worked down to a tee including the posture, movements and frighteningly cool persona. Frankly this was not enough to save the film as everything bad about it just clouded Mears' performance. If you're a fan of the slasher movies, then you will probably like it as that's certainly all it was good for. Even the cheap nudity was dull and un-entertaining, so for movie go-ers who enjoy a good film, with good acting, good script and good setting, I would advise you to keep away from this one for as long as you can.

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