I recently got a chance to watch the remake of Friday the 13th and think I liked it.
Friday the 13th is, of course, one the all-time classics as far as the horror genre of movies is concerned. The story is timeless and the main character, the ultimate “boogeyman” Jason Voorhees, is synonymous with nightmares and a house full of night lights. When I heard the news that the movie was going to make a comeback I was absolutely thrilled. It’s been a long time since we were treated to the mayhem and disregard for life that only Jason is capable of. However, I wasn’t too thrilled when it was stated that it was more of a remake than a new movie.
Friday the 13th has been one of the most widely watched scary movies since it first came out in 1980. I still remember the first time I watched it. Completely scared out of my mind. Then the second one came out and we were introduced to Jason for the very first time. The same Jason we’ve gotten to know and love for the last 30 years. And now a new one.
Well, not really a new one. The intent might have been to take Jason’s story back to the beginning and remake it, but I really think that it just added another story to the continuing saga that is Jason Voorhees.
I thought the story was good. Your typical slasher type movie and plot with kids going into the woods, go into stupid run down cabins, get hacked to pieces. The typical dialogue and nudity is also present so everyone gets a little of what they want.
But, really if you are going to see Friday the 13th you’re going to see Jason. And this edition of the movie really doesn’t disappoint. Derek Mears, who was also in The Hills Have Eyes 2 , plays Jason and he does a pretty menacing job. I have to say the part where he picks up the hockey mask is what really makes Jason come alive for me, but Mears does a great job of putting Jason into Jason.
Each scene was relatively bloody as Jason rampages through the woods, his cabin, and the lake home of a spoiled rich jerk (who meets his untimely demise at the hands of Jason). However, I did get a little nostalgic for the earlier Jason who liked to split people in half as they walked on their hands.
All in all… Friday the 13th 2009 is a solid slasher film. I like it and thought it lived up to the legend that is Jason. But, I would be remiss to say that I will be going back to enjoy them all again… from the original Friday the 13th right down to the epic showdown with Freddy Krueger in Freddy vs. Jason .
Friday the 13th 2009 gets my recommendation for a good movie experience. Go ahead and check it out.