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Genre: Horror / Suitable for 18 years and over / Director: Marcus Nispel / Actors: Travis Van Winkle, Jared Padalecki, Aaron Yoo, Odette Yustman, Jonathan Sadowki ... / DVD released 2009-06-29 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: PAL

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      A remake that isn't a remake or all that good.

      ===Saturday the 27th (October)===

      This weekend was the closest to Halloween without being in November as you could get. Unfortunately for me, my favourite holiday has chosen to fall on a Wednesday this year so I can't really celebrate it properly. Being a celebration purist, I refuse to celebrate nearly a week early. The rest of the world seems to have no issue with this, however. As such net flix was packed with terrible B-rated horror movies over the weekend. This made Allan get right in the mood for a horror film. I love horror films pretty much any time so I was more than happy to go along with this but suggested that rather than a terrible B-movie that we watch something a bit newer and a bit scarier. As Allan doesn't like watching things that I've seen before as he feels I'll be bored (which isn't the case at all) I suggested we finally get round to watching the latest Friday the 13th. Glad that I had settled on something (I'm usually a victim of too much choice) Allan agreed.

      ===Being Original===

      Being that this is the 12th film in the Friday the 13th franchise there isn't really a lot of scope for originality. I'd been told that this was supposed to be a reboot of the original film but it quickly becomes apparent that it isn't quite a reboot, at least not of the first film.

      If you haven't seen the original, then let me explain a little of what happens. At a lovely idyllic summer camp (Camp Crystal Lake) a teenage councillor is too busy having nookie to notice that a little boy (Jason Voorhees) is drowning. The next year the camp councillors begin dropping like flies, seemingly due to the vengeful spirit of Jason. The original was a 1980 slasher film with enough gore to keep you interested and brilliant suspense laced throughout, constantly making you fear the unseen killer. There are even a great couple of twists at the end which I won't ruin for you.

      Since then, the character Jason has become incredibly well known as a complete psychopath. He's up there with the likes of Michael Myers (Halloween, not Shrek) and Freddy Kruger. While only appearing momentarily in the first movie, the second movie features him a lot more and he's wearing a bag over his head with eyeholes cut out. From the third movie onwards he prefers his much better known hockey mask. Each film grew progressively worse, becoming more contrived and ridiculous as they milked Jason for all he was worth, right up to Jason X being in space (I mean, what the actual?) and a crossover with Jason and Freddy (my favourite movie monster).

      ===The DVD===

      As with any DVD you'd want it to have a really awesome cover. In this the DVD doesn't disappoint. The whole cover is a close up of Jason's face in his famous hockey mask. It says it's the extended cut so in theory you're getting more bang for your buck on this one. You'll see that it's rated 18 due to the sex, drugs and violence, so not a great one to be showing the kiddies. The disc is a bit disappointing; it's a greyish, faintly blue colour all over with "Friday the 13th" in a mirrored highlight that is almost lost on the grey/blue background.

      The menu is easy to navigate, something that it's rare to mess up. Play, Subtitles, Special Features and Scene selection all set to the background of Jason's bloodied mask. A very simple and pretty menu! Now on to the stuff you bought the DVD for!

      *=*=THE FILM=*=*

      ===Spoiled Goods===

      First things first, if you haven't seen the first film go and do it now. Put this one down and pick up the original. You will thank me for it. Why? Well, firstly the original is a million times better and has some semblance of a decent plot. Secondly, the first two or three minutes of this 2009 film are a flashback to the very end of the original film, basically showing you one of the biggest twists. This annoys me a little, mostly because they didn't NEED to do it. The story is explained (albeit terribly) by the first bunch of teens to be butchered. The flashback was to signpost a plot device that is used later in the film to very little or no effect.

      ===In the beginning===

      After the brief spoiler the film begins with a group of teenagers traipsing through the woods, ominously close to Camp Crystal Lake, in search of a rumoured patch of Cannabis plants. Instantly my eyes begin to roll into the back of my head. I no longer like any of them. It's getting dark and they decide to make camp. Straight away the girls feel the need to pop their breasts out and fondle their nipples in the general direction of the stoners they are with. One of the breasts actually looks painfully pert, like a blob of clay has been thrown at her chest area. Thankfully she'll never act again if she thinks that's a good way to start her career. While some of them begin sexing up, others decide it's a good idea to wander off into the woods just for the sheer sake of it (and having heard the stories of Jason killing everyone in the area, why wouldn't you want a moonlit wander?). Inevitably Jason (Played by Derek Mears in this version) turns up just as Booby McGee the first is auditioning for her soon-to-be career in porn and one of the stoners (who is so far the only good looking one) stumbles upon a plethora of pot and kills everyone in true slasher style.

      Usually you'll see one person getting hacked to bits straight away (think drew Barrymore in Scream) before the title of the film appears and everything goes back to a vaguely happy plodding along pace. It sets the scene and the anticipation. Not content with just one Scene-setter, this film goes all out with four brutal murders. It does go on a bit longer than I'd have liked. Allan thought the film was well under way and got confused by how short the film had become when the last victim was being towered over by Jason. Thankfully (...I think...) this was only the beginning of the film.

      ===Who's who?===

      The main story begins with another group of teens (this time there's more of them, presumably to give the film a bit more padding) driving up to one of their parents summer houses which just so happens to be right on the edge of Crystal Lake. On their way they stop at a gas station and bump into Clay Miller (played by Jared Padalecki) the only remaining talent in the film. I shall call The Hot Guy. He is searching for his sister, Whitney (Played by Amanda Righetti). She has been missing for a month since she and her friends came a hiking out near the area. He's fairly convincing in his role.

      Instantly the leader of the group, rich kid and son of the summer house owners, Trent (Played by the fantastically named Travis Van Winkle) takes an instant disliking to Hot Guy due to the fact that Trent is a complete Knob-end. Trent is possibly the most un-believable character in the film. The film with a dead, almost superhuman killer on a rampage. Yeah. The actor plays it well, but I think the writers had a lot to own up to on this one. Trent continues to be a knob-end throughout the film. The only solace I can take is that, being Friday the 13th only the innocent will survive. The other ridiculously cliché characters that he happens to have brought with him are as follows:

      Nolan (Ryan Hansen) - A bit of a clown who likes to ignore the requests of Knob-end to wind him up a bit. It's his bright idea to go joy-riding in the boat belonging to Knob-ends parents while dragging some boobs along behind him on a wakeboard. (Goofball)

      Chelsea (Willa Ford) - She plays the part of the boobs which Nolan drags behind him. Seriously, that's about as fantastic as her role gets. This character is purely about the boobage. Well, they killed the other boobs from the start of the film! Can't not have breasts everywhere after all! Boobs. Boobs. Breasts. Boobies.

      Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) - Knob-ends wholesome and sweet girlfriend (wholegrain) who manages to keep her top on for a whole movie while apparently only JUST realising that her boyfriend is a complete idiot. She's the only likeable girl in the group (possibly due to the lack of breast-in-your-face) and takes a shine to the Hot Guy.

      Lawrence (Arlen Escarpeta) - Equally annoying and unbelievable, he loves to draw attention to the fact he is black. I think it's supposed to be funny but apparently 4 years haven't translated that humour too well. I call him Hand-Shandy due to the fact he gets barged in on while performing the deed, solo.

      Bree (Julianna Guill) - Another girl who just can't help but get her boobs out and sleep with anything that comes her way. She does, however, lend to one of the most amazing mid-coital utterances I've ever heard from anyone when knob-end tells her "you've got perfect nipple placement, baby" mid cheating on Wholegrain. Her nickname for today is Perfect Nipples McGee

      Chewie (Aaron Yoo) - plays another total goofball who is verging on being an alcoholic to the point where he'll happily drink beer from some ones shoe. He's possibly the only likeable guy in the group even if I have dubbed him Alchy

      ===A side order of pointless===

      There are a few other side characters in the film that are basically just shoved in to make up the death count. There's a creepy old woman who seems to know all about Jason but isn't actually any connection to any of the other films at all (I thought she might have been a returning character from the original, sadly not). She's only in it for two seconds to freak the Hot Guy out. There's the Redneck who is growing all the Pot out in the woods. His buck teeth and licking porno mags while masturbating are a few of his key moments. There's the local policeman who is played by Richard Burgi (you may know him as Karl, Susan's sleazy ex husband from desperate housewives?) who keeps trying to tell the Hot Guy that his sister isn't in the area (even though its only been just over a month since she went missing!) The only other person in the film is the guy behind the desk at the Gas Stop but he doesn't re-appear.

      ===So is this a remake?===

      The directors (who were also responsible for other terrible horror remakes such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Amityville Horror) said that it wasn't a remake in the strictest sense. It ignored the fact that there were any films after the original. It stole all the better elements of those films and put them into this one. Jason starts off wearing a bag over his head but swaps it for a hockey mask. If you were a fan, you might be a little baffled by this film as it doesn't fit the timeline of the other films. Had I not looked up that the directors intended it to ignore all the other films I'd have just sat and looked vaguely confused about it all.

      ===Getting to the point===

      The point in any horror is to get chills right? Of course! And this film does that. The beginning sequence was really quite brutal and violent to the point where some of it made me uncomfortable. The rest of the film toned it down slightly but still kept up the scares with Jason popping up to stare menacingly at our bunch of crazy kids.

      The special effects are decent but not overused. There is gore but it's not every single second of the movie. Blood is not spurting from corpses; innards are not being thrown around. People are being killed and occasionally you'll see a rotting head, but mostly it's quite subtle compared to a lot of films today.

      Does it have much of a story? No. There's a slightly interesting understory which pops up around the middle (no spoilers here), but essentially it's all just a bunch of kids running around getting themselves killed while you watch and tell them how stupid they are being. I had hoped they would have done the original justice, but they haven't and this end's up being just another "Jason" film. They could have easily turned it into a horror with a great plot... but instead substituted plot for boobies. I did note that 13 people are killed in the film which made me smile slightly (I wonder if it was meant?) and the fact it is an extended cut probably accounts for the worst moments of the film still being there. I'd give the film 3 stars out of five. Mediocre slasher horror, some uncomfortably brutal moments and a general feeling of suspense make it alright but it really isn't anything special.

      ===The Extras===

      Part of the joy of owning a shiney spinning disc in a box (other than it neatly filling a space on the shelf) is the extras that come with the film. Assuming of course they are worth your time watching.

      ---The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees---

      This is a ten minute "making of" type documentary touching on the new director's vision for Jason. There's some swearing, sex and violence throughout, but you're watching a Friday the 13th DVD so it's got to be expected. Some of it makes me roll my eyes as they are trying to make out like it's an incredibly intellectual and deep look into the mind of a serial killer. I'd disagree but whatever gets you through guys! It does let you see some of the more interesting parts from behind the scenes, particularly Derek Mears (Jason) in make-up which is very cool. You get to see the models, drawings and processes used to get Jason on camera and looking fabulous. Well done to them! Thumbs up for this extra. Especially for the fact that it showed me the Redneck guy out of makeup and OOFT he is hot!

      ---Hacking back/slashing forward---

      Running for just over 20 minutes this is another foray into the world of the actors behind the film. This time they are discussing more about the original films and how they have used some of the ideas and took them forward into the new film. Fairly obvious from the title I would have thought! On the plus the Hot Guy is in it getting all hot and sweaty over the idea of Kevin bacon. This is an image I can work with. Another decent extra for the fans.

      ---7 Best kills---

      The cast and crew talk about their favourite kills from the films, going in to some of the special effects for each kill. Some of the stuff has been touched on in the previous documentary the footage is mostly new and interesting. Just over 20 minutes long, fans of the film will love it and anyone who has an interest in special effects will probably be quite interested too!

      ---Alternate scenes---

      Just over 8 minutes worth of alternate scenes here, only really decent for real fans of the films. Personally I don't think it adds much to anything but that's just me. Overall the extras were decent and fill up a bit of time. Get in there!

      ===The Verdict===

      The film was a slasher horror; it's never going to be the most amazing... or is it? The newer version of nightmare on Elm Street (for example) rebooted the franchise with an amazing storyline all the while keeping the audience guessing and swimming in blood. This Friday the 13th reboot, however, failed to live up to expectations. They went down the tits and humour line and mostly forgot to put a plot in there. It's good for a scare or two and I definitely wouldn't be showing it to your kiddies any time soon (though I did watch the original when I was 8...hmm...). As for the extras, they are very good and interesting for anyone who is a fan of the franchise and this film. I'd have to settle on three stars out of five due to the lack of a decent plot, but the film does what it's supposed to. Provides some scares and a bit of time filler for a Saturday night near Halloween.

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        A great remake, far better than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.

        I wasn't a fan of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, so when I heard that that film's director was remaking Friday the 13th, I wasn't exactly overcome with joy. But surprisingly enough, this new Friday the 13th is pretty damn good. It features a brief appearance from Pamela Voorhees, the killer in the original Friday the 13th film, but the bulk of the film focuses on Jason Voorhees, and his hapless victims.

        These victims aren't just bland non-entities for once. Some of them are halfway likeable, and the one who is a complete git gets offed in a very satisfying manner. But the best thing about the film has to be Jason himself. Acquiring his trademark hockey mask halfway through the film, he dispatches the bulk of the cast in some fairly imaginative ways. Oh, and he runs.

        Runs? Yes, this might seem like heresy to some Friday the 13th fans, but bear with me. Because this Jason is actually scary. He's no longer a vaguely comic boogeyman - he's a lumbering psychopath who you definitely would not want to meet in a dark alley. He's brutal, nasty and actually has a few brain cells to rub together. He's not some super intelligent evil genius, that'd be taking it too far. But there is a great 'uh-oh' moment in the film when the characters try to escape. Yes, they're not so stupid they don't know when to run. But unfortunately for them, Jason happens to have thought of that.

        Friday the 13th is a great remake, one of the few decent horror remakes out there, and whether you're a fan of the original, or just a general gore hound, it's well worth checking out. There's plenty of blood and guts to go around, a genuinely scary bad guy, and enough terror to keep you on the edge of your street. Now if only the sequel - yes, there is one in the works - can keep this up.

        (review by me, originally posted on Freeola)

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        A poor attempt to keep Jason alive.

        I'm still not sure why producers think it's a good idea to remake or add a sequel to a landmark film 20-30yrs after the original to which any second attempt could never live up to. But, here we go again with the Friday 13th rehash, a film that I remember little about since watching because it seemed to run-of-the-mill and yet irritating at the same time. I say rehash, but the 2009 flick is actually a sequel rather than a remake, which may surprise some because I had thought we'd be seeing the 1980 version of events remade with a bigger budget and less shocks.

        This was directed by Marcus Nispel, who I believe also rehashed the Chainsaw Massacre; had I have known that before watching this one, it would have only strengthened my prediction that this would be a rather poor flick. Friday 13th
        features some somewhat famous names, even though I didn't really recognise many whilst watching it. These include Jared Padalecki (Supernatural), Odette Yustman (Cloverfield) and Aaron Yoo (Disturbia).

        So, what could the director and writer do to shake things up a bit and add another film to this enterprise? Well, intro the fun-going but brainless teens going for a weekend at a lakeside cabin and a motorcyclist looking for his lost sister. Camp Crystal, however, is also home to something more sinister, and he's got a mask and tools of murder to prove it. There's really little more than your average moans about this film, including the stupidity of the teens involved, the annoyingness of the characters, the lack of shock and atmosphere which could potentially have been there. Having said that, adding a film to Friday 13th 30 years after the original was a risk, but unfortunately the bigger budget just couldn't make it any better.

        I didn't enjoy the acting, which I felt dampened any possible atmosphere that could have been created amidst the updated special effects and sets. Often technology can make a film, but in the case of Friday 13th, it was more the lack of it that made it creepy and unnerving. It was memorable and a huge hit with just its premise and acting alone, and yet the remake forsaken a strong cast in favour of boring backstories and gore. Don't get me wrong, I usually love gore and like nothing better than the mindless trash that is a slasher flick. But in this case you want something that recreates Friday 13th for the 21st century audience, which I think this failed to do in most aspects. The acting, as I've said, wasn't the best; some parts were okay and watchable, but it wasn't enough to keep me on the edge of my seat or wondering what's going to happen next or being able to empathise with the characters in question.

        Overall, I didn't really expect this to be a particularly good sequel or tribute to Friday 13th, so I wasn't really disappointed. They attempted the impossible and whilst it was bearable to watch, it's not one I would recommend; it wasn't particularly thrilling or interesting, it lacked a gripping atmosphere and there wasn't anything overly memorable about it in general, other than the notorious mask that was whipped out by Jason.

        2009, rated certificate 18, selling on Amazon for £2.99.

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          12.01.2011 08:51
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          A pointless, meaningless, dull slasher horror that never fully comes to grips with its themes

          The horror genre really needs some new material. Every year there is some sort of remake that is almost always inferior to the original, even when the original wasn't that great to start with. They try to make it appealing by increasing the gore and nudity but the result is less than impressive. The word horror means there must be fear, and no amount of blood or breasts will achieve that. When will they learn that that a bunch of thriving, sexually active teens getting hacked away one by one just won't do? The film's producer Michael Bay reported walked out of a screening because of the excess sexual content. His action is wholly understandable.

          A nasty little flashback sequence reminds us of what has happened so far - which is basically a recap of the last few minutes of the original film that was released in 1980. Jason's mum was the one terrorizing a group of unfortunate teens but a brave girl manages to cut her head off with a machete. The seemingly young and innocent Jason witnesses this and gets his head all messed up by this traumatic incident. Years and years later, Jason (Derek Mears) is standing tall at around 6'6" and is more than willing to follow in his mother's footsteps. And he's in luck; for another group of sex-crazed, drug-crazed teens are in town. They are there for marijuana and sex, which obviously drives Jason nuts and hungry for much-needed blood.

          So these poor teens who have decided to camp out to pick some awesome marijuana are wiped off the screen one by one. And sometimes Jason can get creative with his methods. His main weapon is of course the infamous machete, but he also makes use of cunning little traps (obviously inspired by Jigsaw), fire and once a bow-and-arrow. The kills are all of course violent and unpleasant to look at, but none are shocking. So it fails to gain points on either originality nor on stirring up any sense of horror. To be frank there have been far too many breathy topless girls hiding in the most obvious places that the tension built by stalling is no longer building excitement - it feels as though the director is wasting time. Throughout the film it becomes increasingly clear who will get the chop as all the horror clichés are put to use. Characters are left alone. They decide to roam around in the dark on their own. They decide to "check things out" (probably the most widely used phrase in slasher films) in the dead of the night, nosing around creepy places, walking into bits of human remains. Everything is so formulaic, so repetitive and predictable that it turns into a tedious exercise rather than a cinematic experience.

          Fans of the U.S. TV show "Supernatural" will most definitely recognize Jared Padalecki in the lead role, looking for his sister who went missing months ago at Camp Crystal Lake where Jason is active. Has she been cut up into little pieces or is she in fact, alive? It turns out there is a sub-plot involving his sister that takes up quite a sizable chunk of the film's running time. Shame it's bloody boring and ultimately, inconsequential to the rest of the film. Do we also care how Jason came about wearing that hockey-mask? Nope. But the director (Marcus Nispel) is keen on explaining how it was just a piece of cloth covering Jason's face to start with but another dull incident left him with that scary mask. Again, we really don't care. The idea of Jason haunting every single wretched "Friday the 13th" on existence on this planet has been screwed into our brains for so long that he has become a horror icon, not something we wish to connect with or make sense out of. The whole film was a colossal mistake to begin with, and focusing on all the wrong features makes this even worse.

          Much like its characters, there is very little common sense in the film's overall narrative. There is a wholly unnecessary sex scene that goes on for far too long and the random kills that occur add nothing of quality to the film. The violence can never be used as a shock factor nowadays and it's a shame to see that absolutely no effort was made to add any sort of unique or fresh spins on the well-worn genre of horror. The characters themselves could not be more conventional. The guys are all jocks with beautiful, big-breasted girls (who are also wearing alarmingly revealing clothing - all of them) by their side. The one Asian (Aaron Yoo) is the drugged up, foul-thinking comic relief, someone that Yoo plays very well, but also that someone who gets tiring very quickly. Jason also is not portrayed as anything other than a masked killer, and the final minutes trying to paint a deeper, more psychological picture around the already dead straightforward mediocre villain is tacky and looks a tad desperate.

          It all wraps up thankfully well under two hours, and it is true the good-looking cast is not bad too look at. They're not bad actors, and a couple of them even have some strong moments but the way the lazy script treats them is simply unacceptable. Everyone turns into the same sort of teenagers, all of them one-dimensional, and plainly boring. The deaths are gruesome as always, but that is really nothing new. "Friday the 13th" is the same old unlucky treat for everyone involved. Given the financial success of the film there might be yet another sequel. Can we all please be spared from this yet another unlucky day? Jason has been around for long enough. This is a reboot, and it just proves to us that his maniac has survived for far too long. The original "Friday the 13th" was not all that fantastic to begin with, and the pointless addition of even more sick material doesn't make this any better; which is why you should give this a miss, and let the poor Jason rest in peace, rather than digging him up every few years for financial profit.

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            Friday the 13th (remake)

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            Plot:

            Deformed child, Jason Vorhees, who has been presumed drowned, watches in seclusion as his mother's murderous rampage at Camp Crystal Lake is brought to an end when the last surviving counsellor fights back and decapitates the killer. 30 years later and a group vacationing friends are slaughtered around their camp fire at Camp Crystal Lake. One girl, who reminds Jason of his mother, is spared and held hostage. Six weeks later and the girl's brother visits Crystal Lake on a mission to find his sister. Meanwhile another group of friends also decide to vacation at Crystal Lake, where one of the group has secured his father's summer cabin. Little do any of them realize the horror that awaits them...


            Review:

            The "Friday the 13th" franchise was a shameless yet beloved series of cash-in horror pictures. Even the film's most virulent fans would have to admit that little sacrilege could be done with a remake/reboot of the whole franchise. The result is a picture that delivers no more or less than what is to be expected. It is a picture that is not as bad as final three desperate sequels, each of which went to ridiculous lengths to freshen up the franchise, but not as good as the stronger middle entries, all of which brought the franchise to a tongue-in-cheek level of horror respectability.

            Remakes are most certainly nothing new in the movie world, but it does feel the past decade has seen studios hammering their back catalogue of enduring franchises. It feels like virtually everything is getting a remake or a reboot, whether it really justifies it or not. In the horror world we have seen two pretty decent remakes of old classics, "Hills Have Eyes" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", but little else that seems encouraging. The latter film was directed by Marcus Nispel who also directs this film. Nispel hit the right notes with TCM by balancing the otherwise rather wearisome yet popular "torture porn" subgenre of horror with well-executed suspense and cruel flavour of Tobe Hooper's original low budget classic. With Friday he seems to have less material to work with and it was more a case of trying to hit more superficial expectations rather than to re-invent the principles driving the film. The original TCM was nothing like the gore-fest it was promoted as, but rather disappointing audiences once it got their attention it tore deeper into their collective psyche, using human characteristics like spite, pack-mentality and maliciousness as tools to illicit fear. Nispel was able to use this again and couple it not with the over-the-top gore of Hooper's sequel to the original, but with the tools of a "torture porn" horror. It wasn't as good as the original, but it delivered in scares and I couldn't imagine anyone else improving on it. With Friday, however, there is little beyond its basic premise and despite a genuine attempt to make a scary film, Nispel clearly acknowledges the power of the parody.

            Interestingly, and I feel this says something for Nispel as a director, "Friday the 13th" does not venture into "torture porn" territory. This says something for the director's integrity and his desire to keep to the very limited formula of the original films. He may come across as being a big kid fanboy of the series in interviews, but there is something to be said for his desire not to go all out on the gore or even the sex for that matter. We get some topless skinny dipping and an extended sex scene, but it's really nothing more than what the original series offered in less liberal and more heavily censored times. You don't get any particularly disgusting or bloodthirsty death scenes either. Again, this all seems to be down to Nispel's desire to update the franchise, but yet keep a type of nostalgic familiarity going. The "Friday the 13th" series were famous for, if nothing else, the huge variety of ways Jason Vorhees dispatched his victims. Nispel and his huge board of writers do this, but have the scenes run in line with his depiction of Jason being a type of hunter who had grown up as a hermit living off the land. This leaves little reasoning for the deaths to be overly sadistic. The only time you get a tortured victim is in a scene lifted directly out of "Full Metal Jacket", where Jason displays his intelligence by leaving a half dead victim outside in order to lure his other victims over. It's an effective device marred by the rather shameless bad joke of having the tortured victim being the only black member of the group lying on a woodpile! I kid you not! It's the sort of scene you would expect in a Russ Meyer film.

            It's moments like the above unfortunate humour that actually allow us to pick into some of the inherent problems with "Friday the 13th". Despite not being a period piece like the remake of TCM, the film's whole feeling seems rooted in a bygone time. Aside from obvious improvements with the whole filmmaking process and the fact that the storyline starts again from the beginning, this does not feel like a reimagining. Instead it just feels like another "Friday the 13th" sequel.

            On the homage front fans should be pleased by Nispel's careful acknowledgement of all the hallmarks of the franchise, nicely tidied up and made to flow to a soundtrack that retains elements of the trademark "Kill, Kill" score. We get the whole plot of the first film condensed into a prologue, with a slight twist. Now it serves as direct inspiration for the infant Jason to do what he does. There is also Jason wearing a modified bag over his head, as he did in the first "Friday the 13th" sequel, which he exchanges for the iconic hockey mask. Updates to the character can be found in his leaner form, which coincided with Nispel's "more realistic" back-story of Jason living as a hunter in the wilderness. However, there is little more departure for this lead antagonist. He remains mute, is hideously deformed and still tends to kill mainly young adult victims who have engaged in sex, drink or drugs recently; these disposable characters in the film illicit little sympathy. The original series was known for having audiences cheer when a victim was dispatched and I can imagine a similar situation will occur this time, once beer and curry has been consumed in the prescribed quantity.

            So, in the end what we get is a film that pays undue amount of respect to a series that cared little for anything other than bums on seats using whatever cheap trip or gimmick they could think of at the time to achieve this objective. The humour is dated, the horror is dated and the concept is dated. Nostalgia can only stretch so far and Nispel's own take on the story is not enough to cut it any slack.

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              22.03.2010 16:15
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              Three stars from me - An interesting remake that does have some good points!

              Friday the 13th was released in 2009 and stars Derek Mears, Amanda Righetti, Jared Padalecki and Danielle Panabaker.

              A brief description of the plot is as follows...

              A group of teenagers decide to go camping and find themselves right next to Camp Crystal Lake, but then Jason arrives and they are soon running for their lives.

              The film then cuts to 6 weeks later and we meet Clay (Jared Padalecki) who is looking for his sister who is missing. He shows the poster in a local store, she was one of the girls from the beginning of the film her name is Whitney (Amanda Righetti). Another group of teenagers are heading up to the lake and are also in the store, one of them Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) is sympathetic to Clay's situation unlike her boyfriend. After a disagreement between Clay and Jenna's boyfriend they go their separate ways.

              However they are soon forced back together as they come face to face with Jason. Who will survive?


              Friday the 13th has a running time of 101 minutes and has a classification of 18, you can currently buy this film from Amazon for £5 or Play.com for £4.99.

              There are some special features on the DVD which are -

              The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees
              Hacking Back / Slashing Forward
              Deleted Scenes
              7 Best Kills

              I don't really bother with the special features but I did take a look at the deleted scenes, there isn't really anything exciting but it is worth a look if you have a spare couple of minutes. Whether I get around to the other special features I don't know but if I do I will update my review.

              Film / Plotline...

              The plot is fairly simple just like your average horror film where the teenagers get killed off one by one but there is a slight twist, if you pay attention you will get it instantly. There isn't a lot of suspense in this film, most of the time Jason is stood behind his victim and after the first couple of deaths it gets a bit tired and is not scary in the slightest as you know that as soon as they turn around Jason will be stood there.

              Plot wise it did move at a fairly quick pace and there weren't many slow parts plus there were plenty of victims. The dilapidated Camp Crystal Lake provided an extra eerie feel as the characters explored what was left of it. There isn't much gore in this film not like in some of the most recent horrors but perhaps the people behind the film wanted to make it more like the original film.

              I would have to say that I still prefer the original Friday the 13th however this remake is good in it's own way for example obviously the special effects and make up is better. I think that they also made an interesting version of Jason as he is a slightly more intelligent character who put a bit of thought in to how he would kill. It is also good as it condenses the first three or four films into one, I am sure Jason didn't get the hockey mask until the third film (I could be wrong though). I did sometimes feel however that Jason at times acted a little bit like Michael Myers and I had to remind myself that I was watching Friday the 13th and not Halloween, this could just be me though.

              Characters / Actors...

              The three main characters work well together and pretty much keep the film together the male lead Clay is portrayed very well by Jared Padalecki. He is instantly likeable especially as he has had no luck finding his sister and is running out of options. Overall he does a good job and interacts well with the character of Jenna played by Danielle Panabaker, she basically plays the typical scared teenager. The character of Whitney was a good addition to the film and Amanda Righetti gives a good performance and the character helped to give the film a more interesting twist.

              The vast majority of the other characters are that annoying that you hope they get killed off soon. They portray the typical teenager in a horror film they take drugs, drink and have sex so there isn't really anything new and exciting with these characters.

              Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) is the main attraction of this film and overall I think he works well in this remake. They have made him more intelligent and in a way this does work but at one point he runs/moves quickly which is just wrong. It's always scarier when the killer walks and then of course the victim inevitably falls over and gets killed. I think the actor playing him had the right build and gave a good performance well as good as anyone can do with no lines.

              Overall Opinion...

              On the whole the film was quite good as there was a decent twist to the story, don't get me wrong the film isn't perfect but I thought it was going to be really bad and I was proved wrong. In a way making Jason more intelligent did work but I don't think that this remake covered anything new. Three of the characters were very likeable but the rest were fairly forgettable and not very interesting.

              The film wasn't very scary and I don't think I jumped once which proves a point as I always jump at scary films. However there is a fairly ok plot so I did enjoy it but if you like to be scared maybe you should watch something else. It is worth a watch maybe not for scaring the viewer but if you are a fan of Friday the 13th films give it a go. I would recommend watching it if you come across it on TV but just don't pay a fortune for it on DVD.

              It isn't the best horror film but it certainly isn't the worst - I would have to give it 3 ½ stars, I can't quite bring myself to round it up as I don't think it quite deserves 4 so it gets 3 Dooyoo stars from me.

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                A film to watch with a few cans and snacks, or if you are a fan of the original films.

                Friday The 13th is a 2009 American horror film, based on the original Friday The 13th series. The film is not simply a re-make of the original Friday the 13th, but can be described as a "re imagining' of the first four.

                I purchased this film not because I am a fan of the original Friday 13th film series (I've seen the first one a while ago), but because I enjoy watching horror films.

                PLOT

                The story is based around a crazy man called Jason, who basically kills anyone who enters his surroundings, Camp Crystal lake. The reason behind the killing, is due to the fact that he witnessed his mother being beheaded, by a young woman trying to escape her murderous rage.

                MODERNISATION

                Similarly to other re-makes, or re-imaginings, of films, Friday The 13th has the modern, young America feel to it. For instance, the The Texas Chainsaw Massacre re-make. By American feel, I mean a young group of males and females, with not a care in the world, perhaps driving around in a camper van, drinking beer, smoking weed e.t.c. This fun, modern feel to the film, does help to enhance the horror. For example, one minute we are watching a group of young adults playing drinking games, the next we are witnessing a brutal murder!

                There are also quite a few sex scenes, which act similarly to as in films such as Scream, where a couple having sex seem to be the next to be subject to a killing. However, these scenes again are very American-ised, displaying cheesy lines, and many topless women.

                GORE

                The gore in Friday The 13th is very graphic, and quite realistic too. From what I remember from the original film, the deaths were fairly straight forward. However, very are much more imaginative in this film, which makes it all the more gruesome!

                PREDICTABLE

                Despite Friday The 13th being fairly intriguing to watch, at the same time, it was quite predictable. For example, when a character wonders off into the darkness, away from the rest of the group, it is quite obvious that they are going to be killed. Similarly, when a character is aware than Jason is nearby, and the are slowly searching around the room for him, we know that it a 99% chance that he will suddenly appear behind them.

                In summary, it's a very "old school" type of horror film, where the plot consists of nothing more than a bunch of characters aware that there is a killer, and trying to escape from them. Something that made other film series such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Halloween popular.

                I think in new modern films, we expect a bit more than this, as the 'hide and seek' theme of horror films has been covered quite well. Although, it can be forgiven in this film, seeing as is Friday The 13th, not a brand new idea.

                CONCLUSION

                Overall, it is a good film to watch whilst gathered round with friends, looking for a good old-fashioned scare. If you know anything about the original Friday The 13th series of films, you will probably know what to expect.

                The fun, young, American characters do bring enjoyment to the film, making it into more of a comedy/horror film, such as the film I previously mentioned, Scream.

                3/5

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                So so remake that has something big missing from it, stick with the original

                Hated this remake. I have no idea what it is and I have asked many of my friends but they can't put their finge ron it either. There is something big missing from this one. The characters/victims are all average who typically go to the woods, smoke drugs and have sex and then are offed by Jason in gory ways. The acting is poor, Derek Mears as Jason is "meh". He's okay, nothing to shout about. The ending has been ripped off from countless of other slasher films in the past so it was nothing original. I didn't like the fact that they decided to just remake the first film IN THE BEGINNING CREDITS which took all of..what...a minute or so?!?

                It is more of a remake of the 2nd and 3rd film and then it becomes it's own. But don't let me fool you when I say that, the remake of those films is contained within the first 40 minutes and then it becomes it's own film so that's more of a gimmick than anything else.

                I think it was one of the poorer remakes to have come out last year and feel ripped off that I spent money for a cinema ticket.

                Stick with the original films, they have much more charm.

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                  Wouldn't want to watch again

                  Friday The 13th (2009) stars Travis Van Winkle, Jared Pdalecki and loads more. My boyfriend downloaded this from his Xbox for us to watch on Friday The 13th. I just wish he hadn't. I am not a big fan of blood, gore and horrors...so you can see where this is going.

                  The genre of this film is obviously a horror (look at the picture ^^). This film was first released in 1980 and there has been sequels since then.

                  A group of young adults set up their tent near an abandoned summer camp where a series of horrific murders are said to have taken place back in 1980.

                  Jason who was said to have been drowned came back, and now is a murderer who uses large knives, machetes and other sharp instruments.

                  The story told to the adults proves to be true, as these campers quickly discover. Six months later, the brother of one of those campers prints off tons of posters of his missing sister.

                  The police believe she took off with her boyfriend but 'Clay' (the brother) knew different. He comes across a stuck up young rich lad at a nearby shop who is havng friends stay round at his family's cabin near to the camp site. Before long, he ends up here before the events of Jason arise.

                  Wade, Ritchie, Amanda, Mike and Whitney travel to the dreaded camp site 'Crystal Lake', but Wade and Ritchie found a plantation of weed and need to use this to raise some money.

                  However, the group is brutally attacked by Jason and six weeks later, Clay is searching for his sister Whitney in Crystal Lake, delivering missing posters with her picture to the locals.

                  Trent (the arrogant guy in the petrol station) invited his friends Jenna, Lawrence, Chewie, Nolan, Chelsea and Bree to spend the weekend in the cottage of his wealthy family. Jenna teams up with Clay in his quest and they discover that Jason is killing her friends.

                  The good points about this play is that Jason is still not dead at the end which leaves you in massive suspense. Also the charcters play their roles amazingly and you find yourself on the edge of your seat or for me behind the pillow the whole way through.

                  Bad points are that it is really gruesome and at times I felt a little bit sick. Also it was a little too predictle and it didn't have a very good ending either.

                  The reason why I didn't like this film is because it was way too horrific. It went on for 90 minutes and I think this was just enough. If you like horror movies, blood and guts this is for you but if you don't- keep away from this.

                  3/5 from me.

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                    Another slasher remake

                    A remake of the 1980's version that I never did get all the hype about. I waited for it to be released on dvd so I could watch it whilst in the safe, under the duvet comfort of home.

                    The movie opens in a thick forest with Pamela Voorhees chasing the last walking wounded victim of the original Friday the 13th killings. Pamela blames the counsellor's for the death of her son, Jason, and states, categorically to the remaining survivor, "you need to be punished". As she is about to stab her, the counsellor hacks off her head in one sweeping action of the machete she has hidden behind her back. Throughout this black and white scene (something the Director, Marcus Nispel - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, likes making use of for emphasis) we see glimpses of a young Jason watching. He crouches down to his mother, takes her locket and the machete and walks away. The scene has been set.

                    From this we are taken to the present day, when a group of young adults are getting ready to party. A few weeks prior, a young woman is kidnapped by Jason, as she reminds him of his mother. Whitney Miller (Amanda Righetti's - Role Models, and more recently, The Mentalist series). The main character apart from the obvious Jason, is Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki - House of Wax, and more recently, the Supernatural series as Sam Winchester). He goes in search of his sister, Whitney whose last known sighting has been at Crystal Lake. He is a formidable sight and proves to be the strong one that everyone can rely on to defeat Jason (or so you think).

                    Jason (Derek Mears - The Hills Have Eyes II), having been born with hydrocephalus ( derived from the Greek "hydro" meaning water and "cephalus" meaning head - commonly termed "water on the brain". One of the main characteristics of an individual suffering from this is mental disability. Due to this impairment, as a child, Jason is bullied. Jason tried to combat the bullies by proving to them that he could swim - which he didn't exactly excel at, and supposedly drowned. As Jason, Derek Mears proves tp be ideal for the role - in scenes where we see Jason's profile his sheer height and structure are threatening. Abit of trivia - Derek Mears suffers from alopecia and, at 6ft5 he is one of the tallest actors to portray the character of Jason. He was nominated at the MTV Movie Awards for the category of Best Villain.

                    This movie follows the typical Friday 13th movies that preceded it, one by one, the group of youths are slaughtered in various brutal ways. Not being much of a fan of the franchise as such, I thought this movie was watchable, but didn't have the effect I expect from a horror movie, to scare me witless (can't remember the last one that did...)

                    There are indications that the Producers are interested in making a further Friday the 13th - watch this space! In fact, Derek Mears has actually been booked for 2011 for the sequel.

                    Due for dvd release on 10/08/2009. You can get the extended cut for £12.99 with free p&p at Play.com.

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                      Another mostly flaccid horror film

                      The original Friday the 13th joined the slew of horro films that were released following the great success of revolutionary work Halloween, which invented the "slasher" genre. Whilst Friday the 13th is among the better horror franchises that then began, the first instalment is hardly even remake worthy - the film is notable for an impressive plot twist and a few imaginative kills (such as when Kevin Bacon, in one of his first screen roles, is stabbed through the throat with an arrow), but it still adheres to a lot of the staid and rudimentary tropes of the genre.

                      Nevertheless, it was remade in 2009, and it's pretty middling stuff. The prologue section is actually pretty compelling stuff - it forgoes the tiresome plot build-up and gets straight into the killing, with some grisly death traps and a good amount of tension. Unfortunately, though, once the "Friday the 13th" placcard hits about 15 minutes in, then we cut to present day, and things grind to a halt as we're introduced to a bunch of irritating teenagers we'd rather not know and just see mutilated by Jason. It's expected that the film would make you root for Jason for most of the film, but it indulges far too much in this regard, to the extent of wasting screen time showing the kids being hedonistic and silly. Not enough killing, too much frollicking.

                      Also, it ends in the most rudimentary of fashions, with a very weak way of dispatching Jason, in order of course to set up for the inevitable sequel. What works about the film, though, is the direction - it is a visually impressive film, and director Marcus Nispel nails the tension in the chase scenes, it's just a shame that script isn't up to the same standard.

                      A fairly routine remake that intermittently captures the spirit of the Friday series, thanks to impressive production values, yet this latest entry is still marred by unoriginal deaths, a lacklustre script and a wealth of predictability.

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                        Kill For Mother

                        A review of just the film, this version of Friday the 13th was released in 2009 and the region 2 DVD is due to be released on August 10th.

                        In 1980, a group of teenaged youth counsellors is brutally slaughtered by an unknown assailant. The sole surviving counsellor is confronted at the side of Camp Crystal Lake and in one final desperate bid to escape she beheads the killer with an enormous machete. But as she hysterically runs off into the woods, she is unaware that the entire incident has been witnessed. Many years later, a group of teenaged friends travels to the same area for a camping trip but an unknown assailant silently stalks the trees calmly waiting for the moment to strike...

                        In 2003, music director Marcus Nispel made his feature film debut with a nasty remake of the 1970s horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Whilst opinion amongst the fans was divided, it was an enormous commercial success, and catalysed a string of remakes under the watchful eye of Michael Bay via his exclusive horror production unit Platinum Dunes. Six years later, Bay and Nispel were reunited, this time to reinvent another horror phenomenon - Jason Voorhees and the massacre of Friday the 13th.

                        For Nispel, it's more of the same, and a return to the formula that made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre so successful. Nispel takes away any of the light-hearted elements that were popular in the 1980s original and strips the production down with a hard-edged, brutal simplicity that somehow breathes new life into an otherwise very tired genre.

                        For Jason (and for the franchise) it's something surprisingly different. Suddenly Jason has become the monster that previous directors wanted him to be, a huge, hulking mass of seething anger and uncontrollable rage. In spite of his enormous frame, this Voorhees moves swiftly through the trees, deftly pursuing his prey and even more efficiently despatching them. There's none of the creepy subtlety of the original. Voorhees never lurks behind trees watching and waiting like some kind of pervert. This is a new brash, bold and often calculating Jason. He may exist in the darkness, but he has little consideration for secrecy and anyone crossing his path is unlikely to live to tell the tale.

                        The narrative fairly hurtles along at an occasionally breathtaking pace. Nispel launches the viewer straight into the action, starting in 1980 with the culmination of the original massacre and then fast-forwards to more recent times for a dual-layered massacre that sidesteps the need for a slow introduction to Jason Voorhees. Damian Shannon and Mark Swift (the writers) notably pad the story with additional elements that worked reasonably well in Nispel's version of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre and so we're greeted by a small number of redneck locals who seem to have a begrudging respect for the killer with whom they share the woods. The police are dubious, with well-timed ineffectiveness and the teenagers are sassier, sexier and ballsier than their 1980s counterparts - not that it helps them live any longer, of course.

                        In Nispel's hand, Crystal Lake undergoes a transformation of its own. The earthy, bright wholesome surrounds of the original woodlands seem to have been replaced by a hot, sweaty, insect-ridden wilderness that yields a natural hostility that complements the big guy in the hockey mask. There's none of the pseudo-safety of the original films, none of those cute little log cabins and moments around the camp fire that lured Jason's earliest victims into mortal danger. It's not entirely clear what the intention is here, in terms of remaking, reinventing or simply following on from where earlier chapters left off and in fairness, any one of those options could apply. For me, this feels like a continuation of a previous episode (although which one, it's not quite clear.) It's not all entirely removed from the original version though. The teenagers are all horny and ill behaved (a sure fire recipe to attract the attention of the resident psychopath) and very quickly separate to provide opportunities for Jason to pick them off, and it's here where Nispel really excels.

                        In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nispel introduced a dark, dirty brutality that, for many, added an edge of severity sorely lacking in the original. In Friday the 13th, the same thing applies. There's a new level of savagery here, ranging from a nasty demise involving a sleeping bag and a campfire to a crossbow through the head, via more than a handful of deaths by machete and there's a new kind of cold indifference from Jason that makes him all the more convincing. Nispel clearly doesn't tolerate the word subtlety and Friday the 13th is stuffed full of LOUD JUMPY moments that are astoundingly effective. It should be predictable and clichéd, but somehow it all seems to work. New ideas and plot elements bring new opportunities too. For the first time, Jason has a 'lair', but the new is also affectionately mixed with the old. As our heroes make their way through the earthy passageways of Jason's home is it possible that there are little nods towards Jason's earlier victims? There's a wheelchair on the wall there - could that have belonged to the guy last seen in Friday the 13th part hurtling down a flight of steps, complete with a machete embedded into his skull?

                        Jared Padalecki, appearing here as a man looking for his sister, works far better outside of the Supernatural TV series than his fraternal counterpart Jensen Ackles. He's reasonably charismatic here, although not quite as dominant as the narrative would demand but, boy, does he look good in a pair of Diesel jeans. The good news is that there is eye candy aplenty for all tastes, including the O.C.'s Travis Van Winkle as a particularly obnoxious rich kid and Danielle Panabaker from legal drama Shark. The script is fast and often bites, very much in contrast to the 1980s movies and the whole thing serves as a timely reminder that today's youth may think it's invulnerable, but a machete to the head is a machete to the head when all is said and done. There are a couple of timely touches that update the recipe in other ways too. Strategically placed condoms suggest that the sexual abandon of the 1980s has long gone (it's theorised that the whole Friday the 13th series was a very literal cautionary tale of such things) and the teenagers' ethnic diversity is occasionally challenged in a humorous and affectionate way.

                        It's not perfect by any means. The thing runs out of steam a little as it draws into the final act, and the writers don't seem to have enough surprises up their sleeves to fundamentally set this apart from the original. The conclusion to the whole thing is rather inevitable and the writers don't seem to grasp the fact that some things are only truly effective the first time around. That doesn't mean that it isn't entirely devoid of twists, but a more daring writing team could have mixed the recipe up a lot more boldly than this. Inevitably, Nispel and team fail to completely avoid the prevalent genre clichés of people doing stupid things that people wouldn't do, but the premise fundamentally relies on such things and has to be expected.

                        Nonetheless, these things don't detract from a solid, frightening and brutal reinvention of something that after countless inferior sequels had become a bit of a joke. In Nispel's hands, Jason is back at his terrifying best for the first time in nearly thirty years and for this horror fan, that's exactly where he ought to be.

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                          29.03.2009 14:59
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                          Friday 13 franchise gets a reboot and its really not that bad.

                          The newest Jason flick comes quick and fast with layers of gore and screams, and its an altogether better beast than its predecessors. Not least because of steady pacing, a good looking cast, and polished direction. A knowing, yet traditional, script doesn't do it any harm either. Hyped, or maligned rather, as a re-imagining, this is really just a remake of the better ideas in films 1, 2 and 3 from the old batch.

                          Opening at Crystal Lake in 1980, we get a glimpse of Jason's mother avenging his drowning. It is a quick prologue that fills us in on the events of the original film, leading to the unfortunate beheading of Mrs Vorhees. We fast-track to nearly present day where we are introduced to a batch of teens who are out to score weed from the woods, and quick as you like, another figure is out to kill them in the most grisly and gruesome fashions. Legend has it that Jason didn't really drown, and is now out to avenge his mother's death at the hands of the original teen who is never mentioned again. However, if Jason didn't die, then what was there for his mother to avenge in the first place. This can only lend credence to the notion that Jason is one of the great un-dead. This isn't really a problem with Damien Shannon and Mark Swift's (the duo behind the decent but disappointing Freddy vs. Jason in 2003) script, but rather a confusing plot point carried over from the original batch of films. It does very little to hinder this film though.

                          Fast forward 6 weeks, and we're introduced to a new host of teenagers who turn up at the lake to stay in spoilt teenager Trent's family cabin. They quickly find themselves in pearl as they are picked off in more imaginative ways. Coinciding with this is the search for one of the earlier missing girls by her brother Clay. In the fashion of these films, his search isn't really met well with the hick town chief of police, but when he engages the help of Jenna, trouble cant be far away.

                          Much has been made of Jason's newfound stamina, as he runs and stomps across the woods, more the thinking man's predator than a walking zombie. Its also been claimed that this film adds nothing new to the series. Can we remind the critics who are slating this film for precisely those reasons that this film is in fact a re-imagining and NOT a sequel, therefore owing nothing to continuity of the series. It isn't part of the series, it's a whole new start. The writers have license to re-invent Jason in anyway they see fit. And they do. Collaborating the bulk of Kane Hodder's mammoth killer in the later entry's with the odd humanity of the earlier Jason and adding speed and thought process, Jason is a terrifying beast who stalks down his victims and see's them off in horrendous fashion.

                          The film, whilst not always getting it bang on, also makes the unfathomable events that take place mildly believable. In the old flicks Jason would turn up in places without any reasoning or transportation to get him there. Here, we see how he lurks beneath the woods in a horrifying underworld, able to watch and monitor his prey. The underworld is integral to the film, despite most of the horror taking place above ground. However, we are never left bewildered by his movements, as its all subtly explained.

                          The deaths are gruesome from start to finish, and with a body count of a dozen, little is left to the imagination. Rather than relying on tension and the imagination of the audience, Friday the 13th is full on gory with much emphasis put on the bloodletting. The blatancy of the film doesn't detract from the thrills though. This is the scariest of the Friday the 13th films, re-inventing Jason as a real threat, rather than the weakened lump from 2003's match-up. Whilst it may fall on many a horror cliché, they are good cliché's that bring alive the best of the old school slasher film. It wont convert nay-sayers, and it wont win awards, but it's a flashy looking glossed up version of a low budget horror that was really just a rip-off of better films. This one doesn't steal from other crowns, but makes a little dent all of its own.

                          The script genuinely gears from amusing to terrifying in the best possible way. Characters are allowed to poke fun at themselves and each other, making the ensuing horror all the more frightening. The last batch of teens to arrive on the lake are smart gutsy characters. Again critics are having a field day at their apparent stupidity, but to my mind these characters behave nearly as most people would if they were trapped by a fearsome killer inside a remote house. Head for the closet and grab the gun. Its not their fault that Jason is always one step ahead.

                          The performances from the largely unknown cast are decent as well. There's not a lot for them to do but run, panic and scream. However, we're allowed a little insight into their back stories which gives them enough to play with. Supernatural's Jarad Padalecki is unsurprisingly the best of the bunch, playing a guilt-ridden brother who is in search of his sister. He is given able support from Danielle Panabaker who is on the ball with a wide-eyed, knowing performance that allows you to warm to her and therefore route for both of their survival. The rest of the cast get less to play with, and are really just there to provide a canvas for Jason's bloodletting, but a couple of them get some cool lines to work with, making it just a little less threadbare and a little more sympathetic to the clichéd characters of the film.

                          It makes sense to reboot the series, given that decaying ideas and bad scripts drove Jason to a watery grave. Some would suggest that the 11 existing films is far more than sufficient. However, on viewing this ill-received slasher film, it would seem that with the right director (Marcus Nispel) and right backing (horror re-make kings Michael Bay) the Jason franchise can get off to a whole new start. It'll be no surprise to most that the film is open-ended enough to suggest a sequel, and on the merits of this one, this might not be that bad a thing. Keep an open mind, and give it a chance.

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