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Jason Vorhees is Back ... No Gimmicks, Just Terror!

  • Feb 13, 2009
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I've been an avid Friday The 13th fanatic since I was eight years old.  It was during that time in which I was exposed to the earlier films in the series. I immediately fell in love with both the character and background story of Jason Vorhees. It was just so intriguing to me.

It's been six years since Freddy Vs. Jason hit theaters (2003) and it's easy to say that I was more than just 'excited' to finally see Jason back on the screen. I especially enjoyed the idea of the film revisiting the early era of Jason Vorhees, when he is still human and vulnerable.

I don't want to give too much away because I don't want my review to be a giant spoiler, but I will say this ... I was incredibly pleased with Friday The 13th because it explained Jason's character from an entirely different point of view. You finally get to see where he lives, where he stores his dead bodies, what he does when he's not killing people ... you even get to see his bed! And the fact that he has secret passageways, a security system outside his house and traps set up all over the woods, shows that he's actually quite smart and not just a killing machine.

The past films were shot from only the victims point of view, with Jason popping up every few minutes to kill them, only to disappear right after.  This time around you get to follow Jason on his Crystal Lake Adventures.  And when it comes to the victims ... you get exactly what you were hoping for ... lots of partying, boobs, sex, death, more boobs, gore, more boobs and drugs)!

Many longtime fans will shun Friday The 13th (2009) for 'altering' the original storyline. Then again, Jason became a zombie in Part 6, fought a girl with teleconnectic powers in Part 7, traveled on a cruise ship to Manhattan in Part 8, was revealed to be a demonic worm in Part 9, went to outer space in Jason X and looked like a helpless dumb animal in Freddy Vs. Jason.

Friday The 13th (2009) didn't need to take Jason out of Crystal Lake to keep the story fresh and original. By adding these new elements, it answered questions that I had been wondering about Jason for over 15 years ... And that alone was worth the wait.

DJ Rossstar

I was interviewed after the midnight showing of Friday The 13th by Reelz Channel:
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March 19, 2009
you are wrong.
 
March 04, 2009
I like tradion, but there's a point when tradition simply becomes formulaic and boring. If they've done away with the hockey mask THAT is a mistake, its iconic. Its like giving Freddy a manicure for God's sake! I mean what's the point? I really liked JASON X though. That one caught me by surprise.
 
February 15, 2009
hm. I've read so many mixed reactions from fans. I think purists wouldn't exactly like this film but I think it may be a freash attempt at something different. We skipped this to see "Gran Torino" instead. I may still give it a shot....Thanks, for the review, Ross.
 
February 13, 2009
Nice review Ross... i love the interview too. I wanted more of you in the interview... you looked like the only guy who actually had something intelligent to say about the film.
 
February 13, 2009
Nice work, man. I'm finishing my own review as we speak.
 
February 13, 2009
Great review and nice interview footage.
 
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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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