Saturday, February 14, 2009

Friday the 13th Review

While momma Voorhees did the dirty work in the original, it’s Jason and his countless sequels that make campers pack those extra flashlight batteries and heavy duty pepper spray. The team behind the latest installment of "Friday the 13th " decided to reboot the series with a respectful nod to this iconic villain. The unspeaking, prowling killer Jason Voorhees - who has, in previous movies, been to Manhattan, hell and can you believe it, outer space. (rolls eyes) lol With it’s brilliant marking approach and appropriate release date, Friday, February 13th, this classic horror flick rolled in whopping $42 million opening weekend. This tells me people all over are still fascinated by Mr. Voorhees and his never ending revenge.

Director Marcus Nispel and producer Michael Bay ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" 2003 – which I personally loved btw), do a pretty good job with this remake. Derek Mears (Jason) brings something new to the character that other directors and producers did not. There was a soul there – he was of a man rather than a monster despite his appearance. Witnessing his mother’s demise Jason formed this sick delusional fantasy of killing to survive. He’s no longer a paranormal force of wrath, but a man that runs and uses a network of underground tunnels to “get the jump” on those annoying and promiscuous kids - a hatchet to the head here, a mommy issue there, a poked-out eyeball for good measure - with a ‘few’ more additions.

After a short opening prelude, the audience is introduced to a group of horny kids looking for a secret stash of weed near the legendary Camp Crystal Lake – needless to say they find Jason instead. (word to the wise, don’t try to steal Jason’s weed.) Some weeks later, the brother of one of those campers comes along searching for his missing sister and stumbles across a group of college students partying for the weekend at an upscale lake house.

I personally enjoyed this movie. Having grown up with this 80’s slasher flick, I felt it delivered exactly what the world has come to expect from a Friday the 13th film – sex, drugs & rock-n-gore.
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Melain said...

Only a C+? Is that because no slasher can really qualify as a good movie? Because, for what it was, I would have given it a better rating.

Kristen said...

Melain -
For the most part yeah. I just felt like the story line in Friday the 13th was a little weak and the sex scenes went all waaaay too long. I just feel like Jason movies are all the same so…

Some slasher films that get better ratings in my book are The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake 2003. I would give that a solid B. I thought it was really well done, great story line, dark/eerie and scary as hell. It was well acted and never once did I find it cheesy. It also had a good ending.

Another not so traditional slasher flick is The Descent 2005. I would have given that a B-. It was super gory, duh, but scary and surprisingly good. I thought it was really well done and the ending was awesome!

Melain said...

I haven't seen either of those. Do I see a slasher sleepover in our near future? Hmmm..

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