Friday the 13th (2009) title

Tag line : Welcome to Crystal Lake

Friday the 13th (2009)Since the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" remake took the cinemas by storm in 2003, there has been a veritable flood of these on the market. So I guess it was only a matter of time before their attentions turned to 80's classic "Friday the 13th".

This latest "re-imagining", if you will, uses plot elements that will be familiar to fans of the original series, revolving around a group of obnoxious teenagers who are partying at one of the new cabins on the shores of Crystal Lake.

But when a lone backpacker named Clay Miller (Jared Padelecki) shows up looking for his sister, who went missing in the area months before, it sets off a chain of events that turns their weekend break into a bloodbath.

They discover that someone is still inhabiting the old ruins at the nearby disused summer camp, which closed down in the wake of a series of grisly murders years earlier. However, the camps occupant proves to be anything but friendly, as they find themselves face to face with a psychotic killer named Jason Voorhees, who proceeds to bring their party to an abrupt end.

Now, rather than just rehashing the original, it seems the film makers chose to combine plot points from the first 3 films for this. The psychotic mother element, that formed the basis of the original, is treated here as a back story, with Jason (who originally didn't show up until part 2) being the films main killer.

The film is more in keeping with the earlier films in the original series, which portrayed him as a demented backwoods man, as opposed to the supernatural killing machine/zombie that he became later on. There are also numerous homage's to the earlier films, with Jason initially wearing a cloth sack over his head to hide his deformed face, as he did in the original part 2, before acquiring his familiar Ice Hockey Mask, which he didn't get until part 3 in the original series.

Jason, played here by actor and stuntman Derek Mears (Hills Have Eyes 2 - remake), is as menacing as ever, sporting all the usual tools of his trade, machete, axe and hunting knife etc.. and there are some interesting kill scenes. However, this is really just your typical teenage stalk-and-slash thriller and as such offers nothing really new to the genre.

Directed by the same guy who did the "Texas Chainsaw" remake and written by the same people who scripted "Freddy vs Jason", fans of the original will probably enjoy this, though mainstream horror fans may not be so thrilled. But either way, this won't be the last we see of Jason

Overall marks : 8/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines "Jason lives. Many will die". "Prepare for the day everyone fears... ", "You know his name. You know the story. On Friday the 13th, witness his resurrection..."

  • Jared Padelecki was also in the "House of Wax" remake, he also stars in the US TV series "Supernatural".

  • The film's budget was $16million.

  • Producer Michael Bay apparently walked out during the premiere, complaining that the movie featured too much sex (didn't he watch the damn thing during production?).

  • An early draft of the script had the Tommy Jarvis character (who was in parts 4, 5 & 6) in the story, but this was dropped.

  • Platinum Dunes, who did the Texas Chainsaw remake, were the main producers, but owing to legal wranglings, due to the rights for the franchise being split between Paramount, who produced 1-8 and New Line Cinema who did 9, 10 and the Freddy Vs Jason film, the two companies ended having to co-produce the film with them.

  • The film grossed $42.2million on its opening weekend in the US, making it the biggest opening of any Friday the 13th film and the biggest opening of any horror remake. The previous record holder was "The Grudge" in 2004.

  • The character of Clay Miller was named after Victor Miller, who wrote the original movie.

  • Johnathon Leibsman, who directed "Texas Chainsaw Massacre : The Beginning", was originally considered for the directors role, but in the end the producers decided on Marcus Nispal who directed the earlier "Texas Chainsaw" film.

  • Sheriff Bracke, was named after author Peter Bracke, who wrote the book "Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th".

  • The original "Friday the 13th" was distributed by Paramount in the US, but by Warner Bros overseas. This film was distributed by Warner in the US (through their subsidiary New Line Cinema) but by Paramount overseas.

  • Filming actually finished on Friday the 13th of June 2008.

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