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Avoid At All Costs

  • May 12, 2009
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There has to be atleast one film per year that falls into this so-called "crap" category & Friday The 13th takes the place of last years' Cloverfield. Well, Friday does have a bit more gratuitous nudity & sex than Cloverfield ofcourse but that's not going to save the film from being a total bomb, which it is. Marcus Nispel succeeded in making the re-make of Texas Chainsaw Massacre several years back by appealing to the new generation. It's a shame he didn't stop there.

Sadly, Friday The 13th suffers from an identity crisis more than anything else. We can't honestly call it a true re-make because most of the events here didn't take place in the original. In fact, Jason didn't rise from his watery grave to kill unsuspecting campers until the second film made it's way to the silver scream. The original focused on Jason's mother who slashed unsuspecting teens  left & right. In essence, Friday The 13th was your average film about abstinence which should've warned teenagers about the dangers of sex. Sex kills. If you don't believe me, how many promiscuous teens ever survive these slasher films?

In the first entry, Jason's mom spent the entire film killing off youngsters but her identity was kept hidden throughout the entire story up until the very end. Very clever indeed. Even a tad bit ghoulish. Here, Jason's mom is killed within the first 2 1/2 minutes of footage & then the story cuts to the present day. Essentially this could very well be number 13 in the countless, unnecessary flux of unimportant sequels. In fact, there is absolutely nothing here that sheds any new light on Jason nor his family so what makes this different from any of the other useless sequels fans had to endure?

Marcus Nispel seems to be confused about what works & what doesn't. Naturally it's to be expected that most horror films will have one sex scene which is practically a given. Here we have two lengthy & fairly explicit scenes which are almost uncharacteristic for a modern day horror film or even an unnecessary remake. Sufficed to say, everyone in the movie seems to be extremely horny & they are more interested in getting their rocks off than surviving a weekend at Camp Crystal Lake. Nispel's gore factor is much higher than many of the earlier Friday films but this doesn't really help much either. We've all seen bloodier somewhere else before as well. Somebody stop Nispel before he re-makes another horror film soon.

If you are looking for a straight forward slasher film that's predictable & offers nothing remotely new to the genre, look no further. Then again, you can to any local video store & find a multitude of the same so why even waste your money on this crap?
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June 17, 2009
nice review, Ceno. I do agree with your review, I believe that if I saw this in theaters I would've felt the same, but I saw the R-rated cut and the added footage of blood and violence may have saved the film for me (so I gave it a weak three star rating). "Stupendous breasts" is one classic line though! LOL
June 17, 2009
I may actually like the killer cut better if it's gorier than the one I saw. Thanks for the compliment. I think I would've liked this one better if I were still a horny teen in shorts. LMAO
 
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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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