Friday the 13th

2009

Friday the 13th

Critics Consensus

Though technically well-constructed, Friday the 13th is a series rehash that features little to distinguish it from its predecessors.

25%

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Total Count: 170

46%

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User Ratings: 221,338
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In this re-imagining of the classic horror film, Clay searches for his missing sister in the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins behind moss-covered trees. And, that's not the only thing lying in wait under the brush. Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has, with the help of a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all-thrills weekend. But, they are about to find much more than they bargained for. Little do they know, they've entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history-the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake, armed with a razor-sharp machete--Jason Voorhees.

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  • Apr 11, 2019
    If you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2015
    Pretty good for a remake. Not really anything too special, but I'd recommend it if you're looking for something scary.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 25, 2013
    Friday the 13th, originally released in 1980 began one of the most successful film franchises of all time. Now, 31 years later, the newest incarnation of Friday the 13thhas just been released on Special Edition DVD. It seems unlikely that the director of the first film Sean S. Cunningham (who is also the producer of the 2009 version) could ever have seen just where the monster he had helped to create would go. So now, with the series being given one of those oh-so-popular of late "reboots", it's important to take a look at what Jason Voorhees has been up to, what has changed, and just as importantly, what hasn't. The film loosely follows the progression of the first four Friday the 13th films, the opening credit sequence has mother dearest Pamela Voorhees on June 13, 1980 confronting one of the Camp Crystal Lake counsellors , she is promptly decapitated with a machete, as per the original story. This is a powerful intro to the rest of the movie, as a reboot, you have to show Mrs. Voorhees at some point in time, but it can't take up too many of those valuable 90 minutes. At this point the film begins to deviate from the original, we get some of Harry Manfredini's musical score (Ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma) but this time round Jason is very much alive, sees his mother beheaded and picks up his iconic machete and some very bad habits from here on in. After the credits there is a new bunch of kids, looking to score some pot, have a little pre-marital sex, get wasted, go places they're not allowed, and just generally set themselves up to die. But something is missing... that would be... Oh yes, the cast! Only a single member of the "media hyped" actors portrays a character in this group, so we already know that these guys are going nowhere. Only after their demise are we given the "FRIDAY THE 13TH" movie title, and the film begins. Unfortunately, by the time this happens, we have already been through a good set of characters, and it feels like watching a sequel after you're 23 minutes in. The new group of rowdy teachers have much the same plans in store as the last, but they are much less believable characters when compared to the ones we had just minutes ago. They are somewhat saved by the performances of Travis Van Winkle (from Accepted) as Trent, the "rich asshole" of the movie, and Aaron Yoo as Chewie, the lovable little stoner. Jared Padalecki's character Clay (a reboot of Rob from Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter) is wholly out of place, maybe it's his Supernatural fame or maybe it's his deliberation to not have a good time. Either way the protagonist of the entire film really doesn't seem like he belongs in the movie at all. Sort of a down point when you think about it. While the film didn't seem to have plot holes per se, it very much seems as though they tried to fit the creation of the film in before it was due to be released on Friday, February 13th. Now don't get me wrong, I love novelty and a good theatrical gimmick as much as anyone can, but know what I care about even more? The end product (especially when it comes to Friday the 13th)! The time could have been much better spent on filling in all the little bits where the movie just seemed to be missing something. You're not quite sure what it is, but that's their job to figure out. The hype over the film's sexual content seems to have been grossly over-exaggerated. Supposedly Michael Bay walked out of the first screening due to the sex scenes. After having watched the film, I find this very difficult to believe. Although the sex does seem to have been thrown in for the Hell of it (isn't it always), there really isn't all that much. But, after all of the problems the film goes through, they get the most important thing right, Jason. With culturally recognised hockey mask and machete in tow, Mr. Voorhees does his thing, and he does it well. Whilst this particular incarnation of Jason is wholly more believable than any of the others, Derek Mears makes it work, he's not a supernatural boogieman-esque killing machine, he's a hunter, he's a natural, he's the anti-hero. Upon first hearing that Kane Hodder was yet again not to be playing the role of Jason Voorhees, I think a little part of me died inside. But I submit, Derek Mears has given the best representation of Jason I think we've ever seen. The 2009 reboot of Friday the 13th is the type of movie that you can watch, and when it's finished, want to go right back to the beginning and watch it all over again, you're just not sure why... 60% -Gimly
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 13, 2013
    Terror is born anew in this frightening re-visioning of Friday the 13th. After a group of campers go missing at Crystal Lake the brother of one of the missing starts canvassing the area, where he meets a group of horny college students who are on vacation; but little do they know that they are trespassing on the grounds of Jason Voorhees, a psychotic killer. The film's pretty much a composite of the first four Friday the 13ths, and it stays fairly true to the series formula. But while Jared Padalecki and Danielle Panabaker give strong performances, the majority of the cast is weak. However, this could be a result of bad writing, as most of the characters are uninteresting and the dialog is poor. Still, the violence is quite intense and horrific. Getting back to the suspenseful horror roots of the series, Friday the 13th is a solid remake.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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