FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)


DIRECTED BY: Marcus Nispel
Written By: Damian Shannon & Mark Swift;
Story By: Damian Shannon & Mark Swift & Mark Wheaton
Based On Characters By: Victor Miller
Cinematography By: Daniel C. Pearl
Editor: Ken Blackwell

CAST: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda
Righetti, Aaron Yoo, Derek Mears, Travin Van Winkle, Willa Ford, America Olivio

A group of young adults visits a boarded-up campsite named Crystal Lake where they soon encounter the mysterious Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.


The film tries to add some infamous scenes from the previous movies. The ending of part one with the death of Mrs. Voorhies is remade and is the opening minutes of the film. It has all the hallmarks weed, Sex, Nudity. Used to a degree but not as much as the original films. Though used more than most recent horror films. Which feels like a nod of nostalgia but under more modern terms.

It also shows the film Trying to use a less predictable nature that doesn’t work as this film is still predictable.

The Film is so bombastic with the score with every action there is no real surprise you always know what’s going to happen. It gets so predictable. Everything in the film happens matter of factly. There is no suspense leading to the killing. No foreplay just gory violence. The more violent the better no real thought seems to go into it. 

The film also comes up with interesting ideas but quickly drops them like the fact Jason knows where his victims are due to a bell system set up underground that is tied to various objects on the surface to let him know the location of people. Plus elaborate traps and various weapons. For a guy livening in the woods off the land he sure did get big and talented sort of like Michael Myers in the remake of HALLOWEEN how? 

The victims are characters who have no character. I Didn’t like them or feel sorry for them as they were dispatched. That, unfortunately, seems to be a new trend that makes the characters like cattle so the audience doesn’t care, we just wait and root for their demise like a bull at a matador show. Half the time you want to see the victims die. 

They are so unlikeable like the 2 minority characters only seem to be here to play out stereotypes. They get no female attention yet are horny and seemingly the only drug craving characters. In fact, the black guy only seems to be around to add to the body count and say “oh it’s because I’m black” a bunch of times. It made me feel like this Is one of the times I would be happy for the black guy to die first. Get him out of this embarrassing role and movie, but I wouldn’t expect any less from a Michael Bay product. 

Which always seems to be more about visuals and less about the concept, And of course one of the last victims has to be the biggest idiot and asshole to have the anticipation be worth it and while their death is brutal it is not as glorious as one would hope.

 
 It would have been an interesting twist if Jason kept some of the bodies for food and recreation or trophies. It would help explain the part of the film where he kidnaps a girl and keeps her how does she stay alive over time food and water-wise?  The director Marcus Nispel Seems determined to direct every Re-boot of horror series (He Previously directed the remake of THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE) being that he is a former video director, it seems he is used to telling a story strictly through visuals and less with dialogue which may explain the style on display in this film as the script has many problems but luscious visuals when you can see them. 

This brings up another problem. It also doesn’t help that the film is so saturated with darkness it makes many scenes hard to see. The best and most entertaining scene In the whole movie was the sex scene at the house. 

This makes me think Marcus Nispel may have a career in making horror porn or should switch to erotic thrillers instead of horror 

GRADE: D+

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