Do I really need to explain this series in my review? Jason is the hockey-masked murderer that stalks the wooded area around Crystal Lake...as a boy of twelve, Jason drowned in the waters due to careless acts, twenty years later he massacres groups of reckless teens who visit this campground. Surprisingly enough, though, (if you have forgotten) Jason doesn't commit a single murder in the 1980 classic that bears the same name: Friday the 13th. It was his mother that sought revenge...and only after her beheading does the psychotic Jason reek blood-curdling revenge. The original spawned ten sequels and a few cross-overs...the 2009 remake, is not-so-much a remake, rather a combination of the first four films. You'll learn about his mother, you'll get to see him in his creepiest guise...the potato sack mask...and you'll get him in the mask that made him famous. If you are unfamiliar with the series, you'll be up-to-speed in no time. And no time is how long it takes for Jason to start his rampage...this version starts quick.
I'm not going into too much details about the plot...after all, this is a slasher film and it encompasses all the cliches that come with it. The teens are attractive, naive, gratuitous, oblivious to their surroundings, and willing to ignore the warnings about a 7-foot tall murderer hacking and slashing everyone in his path. But isn't that why you go and see them? We all know Jason is standing behind the curtain...well, everyone except the person standing on the other side of the curtain. I guess the silhouette, the breathing, the creaking floorboards, that cold chill you get when something is amiss, aren't enough to warn them of danger. When two teens, however, are busy exploring each other...they would be oblivious to such things. Yes...that is exactly what Friday the 13th (2009) is. This is a film with nudity, with teens acting like the cliche roles Hollywood has set them in, and a mass murderer that somehow manages to sneak up on them. There is no plot...no story. It's B-rated and that's why we watch it. This is a well-done remake of a series that was badly in need of a rehash. It could have used more blood and less boobs, but it was a fun and wild ride...and I guess that is all one can expect from a remake.
Below is the full length official trailer of the remake of Friday The 13th:
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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.