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I Really Hated It

  • Jun 26, 2009
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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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Friday the 13th is a 2009 American horror film directed by Marcus Nispel, and written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. It is a reboot of the Friday the 13th film series, which began in 1980.

It stars Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees, with Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti and Danielle Panabaker portraying the male and female leads. The film follows Clay Miller (Padalecki) as he searches for his missing sister, Whitney (Righetti), who was taken by Jason while she was camping in the woods at Crystal Lake.

Originally starting out as an origin story, the film ultimately became a re-imagining of the first four Friday the 13th films. Along with bringing the film back to its roots, Jason was designed as a leaner and faster killer, with a backstory that could provide a little sympathy for the character but not enough that he would lose his menace. Although this film reboots the continuity, Jason's iconic hockey mask, which was not introduced until the third film in the series, is acquired through the progression of the film. In keeping with the tone of the film, Jason's mask was also brought back to its roots, created from a mold of the original mask from Part III, though subtle changes were made to keep it unique to the new film. Friday the 13th also incorporated some of Harry Manfredini's music score from the original Friday film series, as the producers recognized the iconic status it held.

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