Movie Review: Friday the 13th (2009)

October 30, 2017 Movie Reviews 1

Genres: 80's, Horror

 

  • Directed by Marcus Nispel
  • Writing:
    • Screenplay: Damian Shannon & Mark Swift
    • Story: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift, & Mark Wheaton
  • Cast:
    • Jared Padalecki
    • Danielle Panabaker
    • Amanda Righetti
    • Travis van Winkle
    • Aaron Yoo
    • Derek Mears
    • Jonathan Sadowski

      Synopsis: A group of young adults set up tent near the abandoned summer camp where a series of gruesome murders are said to have taken place back in 1980. The perpetrator was a grieving mother, driven insane by the drowning of her child, Jason, whom she believed was neglected by the camp counselors. As legend has it, the last survivor of the attacks beheaded the woman. But then Jason came back, and now he is a vengeful and inexorable killer, wielding crossbows, swords, axes and other sharp instruments. The legend proves horribly true, as these campers quickly discover. Six months later, the brother of one of those campers distributes posters of his missing sister. The police believe she took off with her boyfriend; but he knows better. The brother crosses paths with an uptight young rich guy who is having his girlfriend and friends over at his parents’ cabin. The brother ends up at the cabin himself just before his sister’s attacker sets upon them all. Written by J. Spurlin

 

 

I haven’t seen Friday the 13th in forever, but growing up in the 80’s, I am very familiar with the story of Jason, his mother, and the camp. As a matter of fact, it’s difficult for me to go into the woods without fears of this kind. I mean, woods are scary normally, do we also have to worry about Jason creeping up behind us? Apparently these guys and gals did!

There is a moment at the beginning that shows a group of college kids camping and telling scary stories by the fire. Of course someone brings up Jason. How can they not? Maybe by keeping their mouths shut. Of course, 80’s horror flick takes over and there is drug use, sex, and lots of running in this one, even though they’re in 2009.

I’m so sad that Jared Padalecki wasn’t Jason in this. I guess he’s too cute to keep his face hidden behind that mask. But still, I think it would have been an amazing role for him! I did like that the story went a little deeper with Jared’s plot line. He’s a great actor, so just running around screaming seems like a waste.

There is a lot of sex in this. Silly areas where they do not really add to the plot line, but with 80’s horror movie rules you know if someone is having sex, they’re most likely going to die. It seemed like a vulgar way to appease the men out there that still love horror films. It didn’t turn me away, but it didn’t really add to the plot. Ok, when does sex ever add to the plot? I know, I know!

The introduction to Jason was reminiscent of the 80’s films as well. He wore both masks, which is awesome, although he seemed to like the ski mask better than the burlap. The plot only explains the missing girl, not really anything about Jason. I would have loved a little more to the story, instead of just running around screaming.

Also, the way some of these people die is gruesome. Reminds me of why I love horror so much, in the first place. 80’s flicks just had a way of reminding us that we’re all human. I do still mourn Kevin Bacon’s death in the old one. Poor guy!

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In short: If you haven’t seen the new one, and enjoyed the older version, I say give it a try. It’s entertaining. Nothing to write home about, but you may find yourself having a good laugh.

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