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Jason Vorhees is given new life in the reboot of Friday the 13th

  • Nov 13, 2009
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Right off the bat, I have a confession.

I LOVE the Friday the 13th films.
They're a guilty pleasure of mine.
Being a child of the 80's the Friday and Nightmare on Elm Street series were the "go to" flicks for your horror hit.
Campy and charming, the Friday films have been chastised  and ridiculed by the movie going public for years.
Considered the low end of the horror movie spectrum, Jason Voorhees and his movies have defied the odds to become somewhat of an icon in the slasher genre.

The series began way back in 1980, when a small, low budget slasher film was released upon an unsuspecting public. Riding on the coat tails of the classic  "John Carpenter's Halloween", Friday the 13th was lapped up and became an overnight success.

And what does success mean in Hollywood?
That's right...the SEQUEL.
The ever important $$$$$ cha'ching.

The maniac in the hockey mask was born. Killing wayward teens in dramatically titled installments such as "Part 3:3D","The Final Chapter", "The New Beginning", "Jason: Lives/Takes Manhatten/Goes To Hell" and even goes to space in the much maligned Jason X.  
Hell, he even threw down with Freddy Krueger in Freddy vs Jason.

And when a movie series has run it's course or played itself into a creative corner (seriously...Jason in space!?) what else is there to do but restart it.
From the beginning.

The term Remake or Reboot has become all too familiar in Hollywood. Apparently there are no more good ideas in it's creative well. So, the "creative" powers that be, delve into the past and rehash things we have already seen.
Up the budget, the gore and the soundtrack...voila, the public won't know the difference.

Yeah right.

Anyhow, I digress. This is my take on the latest Friday movie.
Today's date is actually Friday the 13th, so decided to commemorate the day by spending it watching one of the movies.
I have the entire collection on dvd and could have watched any number of the sequels, but decided on this one as it is on Blu Ray and I felt like it, so there :P

The checklist for this flick is as followers:
1.Maniac in mask.
2.Stupid, insipid, annoying teens played by actors in their 30's.
3.No plot to speak of.
4.Gore.
5.Nudity.
6.Drugs.
7.Sex.

Got all that?
Well, then you're right to go.

All the movies, prior to this one have the same ingredients. Some might think "trash, boring, stupid", but like I said at the beginning, these movies are not without their charms.
As any fan will attest.

This installment from Platinum Dunes, features Jared Padalecki (Sam from Supernatural) looking for his sister, Amanda Righetti (The O.C. and The Mentalist) at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason's stomping ground.
Here he runs into a bunch of "teens" out for a good time.

Trivia Corner:
Fans of Veronica Mars may recognize Ryan Hansen and Travis Van Winkle.
Ryan's onscreen brother from Veronica Mars, Kyle Gallner will be seen early next year (2010) getting sliced by Freddy Krueger in the new A Nightmare On Elm Street.

Needless to say, Jason, feeling a little excluded cause he never gets invited to the cool partys, dons his happy head gear and gets his murder rampage on.

The kills are not too creative in the remake. They happen rather quickly and don't leave a lasting impression. The lasting legacy of this series is it's legendary "camp" (pun intended) factor.
The horror aspects have always been tounge in cheek. Never brutal or realistic like in today's cinema. (Saw, Hostel etc).

It has the typical "remake" feel to it. Unfortunately, it will be compared to the original, and todays eager fan base are a cynical bunch that hold their beloved franchise near and dear to their hearts.

It's not an offensive horror film by any means. It's an enjoyable romp for a late night viewing. Just feels very generic. Ironic that some of it's predecessors, with much smaller budgets and lesser known actors, are better movies.

The Friday the 13th films, much like it's central character, won't ever end.
A sequel is already being planned for this one.
And that doesn't bother me one bit.

Ki ki ki, ka ka ka.

Cheers.

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November 18, 2009
Never a big fan of the series, although I do appreciate the original somewhat and I LOVE JASON X for putting an amusing spin on the tired sequels. I've always really hated the whole idea of sequels though becuase very few of them every turn out well. Even more than sequels though I hate remakes. I wouldn't mind them so much if they took an old movie that just missed the mark and trned it into something good, but that's never what happens. Remakes are where people with no creativity or imaginiation go to hide.
 
November 13, 2009
What better way to celebrate Friday the 13th than with a Friday the 13th review? Thanks for sharing, Dean! :)
 
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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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