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Jason's Back...And he's Not to Happy as "Friday the 13th"Slashes onto Blu-ray!

  • Jul 13, 2009
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 Even though this reboot of Friday the 13th didn't sit that well with fans of the previous two or three films (the rest are pretty bad), I enjoyed it a lot.  Sure, people are going to say that there was too much sex in it or it wasn't as scary as the original, but if you think about it, this new take on the character of Jason and the Friday the 13th films is pretty close to being what horror movies used to be back in the 70's, 80's and very early 90's.  It has the right amount of gore, lots of sex (which, let's face it, most horror movies then and now, have), a really creepy score and just the right amount of scare to make you want to watch cartoons afterward.  Say what you will, this reboot had it all.

When Clay Miller's (Jared Padalecki) sister Whitney (Amanda Righetti) goes missing close to Camp Crystal Lake, the birthplace of Jason Voorhees, he sets out to find her, without the help of the police.  Along the way, Clay comes across some college kids staying at a summer home on Crystal Lake who end up cautiously helping him with his search.  Jason, unhappy with these children stomping around the remains of his home, starts to pick them off, one by one.  Now Clay and Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) must outthink Jason, as they search for Whitney all through the woods of Crystal Lake, and the camp where it all started...

Friday the 13th really reeled me in mainly because it brought back some of the original horror movie template.  It had the back story beginning, which I thought was very creatively filmed to go along with the opening credits.  The movie then goes into the second round of killings which then leads to the main story and leads us into the finale of the film. Meanwhile, all of this is accompanied by an amazingly scary score composed by none other than my favorite, Steve Jablonsky.  This is the traditional horror template in my mind that has been lacking in the genre for so long.  I think the writers, Shannon and Swift, really tried to go back to the 80's when re-imagining the story of Jason and his mother.  I remember back to the first Nightmare on Elm Street which is still my all time favorite, had a template very close to this one.

While the acting in the rebooted Friday the 13th isn't anything noteworthy, Jared Padalecki of Supernatural fame and Danielle Panabaker are a huge step up from any other horror movie cast in the recent past.  I didn't feel the need to ever punch them in the face for doing something incredibly stupid.  I was actually able to believe that the character of Clay wanted to get his sister back and would stop at nothing to do so.  The only person I wanted to kill was the guy who played the host of the house party who seems to play the dumb stupid frat boy in any movie that Michael Bay is associated with including Transformers.  I actually don't think there is anyone more capable then him to play that kind of character.  Everyone else in this movie was actually likable, even the stupid pot head kids in the very beginning who have no idea what they were getting themselves into were alright.

I really enjoyed the new direction they took with the Jason character in this film.  We all know Jason to be this slow, giant, mass of a man that theoretically, you could outrun, but would inevitably kill you anyway.  In the new film, Jason is actually pretty fast, he has more umph and more emotion.  It's like there are these people on his turf and he is going to get rid of them.  Whether that means chasing after them running (yes, Jason actually runs now) or using a bow and arrow.  He means business now and there really is no taunting or screwing around.  Ok, maybe there's a little taunting, but these pesky kids deserve it right?  Everything about this new Jason's movements just make him more of a person you should really fear.  He's not just going to stab you, he's going to take a running start and uppercut you with the machete!

For the Blu-ray, there isn't much to discuss as far as the picture and sound are concerned.  It's pretty standard awesome Blu-ray sound and picture.  Get a player, you know you want one.  This is one o those Blu-ray's though that starts the movie automatically and when it's over, then it goes to the menu which I actually prefer; it makes it feel like you're at the movies.  A lot of Blu-rays have actually been doing that lately.  The special features are the thing to talk about here.  Besides the awesome Directors Cut, you can also go back and watch the 7 best kills which I think is pretty freaking cool.  There is also a nice feature that focuses on the creation of the film and how it tried to go back to where it all started.

Without giving to much away, it's nice that the movie is definitely open to a sequel which I would love, mainly to see if they can keep it going.  If you are a Jason purist and didn't like this movie the first time around, go back and re-watch the movie.  You might notice some things you didn't pick up the first time.  And while Friday the 13th won't go down as the best horror movie ever made, it certainly has brought back some of the spark that makes horror such a fun genre.  Definitely not for everyone, but a fun one if you love Jason, 4/5!
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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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