Friday the 13th Reviews
Does that mean I didn't like this film? If you listen to "real fans" you can't call yourself a true fan if you liked which is a little elitist imo. Was the film a masterpiece? No it wasn't, it had it's faults. While the Friday films were never known for great dialogue, this films dialogue made even the most cringeworth dialogue from the other films(part5 f**k you, yeah f**k me in particular) seem Shakespearean in comparison. The characters aren't the best either, but which film had great characters in it? The acting and dialogue is about on par with the rest of the series and who watches these movies for Oscar contenders anyway? I agree the whole taking a prisoner thing was a little hockey but there was a reason why he did so and if you paid attention to the film you'll know that.
Jason runs, well he did run in Parts 2,3&4 as well so it's no biggie. It's surprising that these "real fans" conveniently forget that. Real fans? More like fans of Kane Hodder's Jason(not that I'm criticising Kane, he was great) who did lumber around. This is a different Jason, he doesen't have to mimmick Kane Hodder as awesome as he was in the role.
Is it on the same level as some of the earlier Friday's? No, it's definitely not as great as the first 4, but a lot better than part8.
I wouldn't call this a remake, a remake of which film? The first? Then why isn't it Jason's mom doing the killing? The others? Well if you say that because it has Jason running around killing you could say that all the films are a remake of part2.
And it's not really a reboot like Batman and Bond(which no it's not another word for remake. What's Casino Royale remaking? The 60's comedy?) Perhaps just another entry in the series that's been called a remake because it's called Friday the 13th but in fact it isn't a remake of the first film because the set-up and such isn't even close to the original. Nor is Jason's mother in it save for the very beginning.
But still, not the greatest, but not the worst. And the "true fans"(i.e Friday fanboys and kane hodder fanboys) if you don't like it that's cool, but don't pull this "true fans" nonsense.
Lange war es eigentlich her, dass wir den Maskenmörder im Einsatz sahen. Lange galt er auch als ausgestorben. Bis sich Produzent Michael Bay und Regisseur Marcus Nispel sich zusammen taten, um eine Frischzellenkur an dieser Reihe, voranzutreiben. Das Resultat war nicht schlecht!
Sicherlich hat das Remake einige Abschnitte aus den Originalen wieder gegeben. Sonst bleibt das Genre und die Story gleich: Junge und hübsche Teenager verbringen ein Wochenende in Crystal Lake und der Maskenmörder Jason taucht auf, und holt sich einer nach dem anderen. Nur das es in diesem Remake, etwas freizügiger umhergeht. Es wird viel nackte Haut gezeigt, man zelebriert den Drogen- und Alkoholmissbrauch und es wird ohne grosse Vorwarnungen gemeuchelt. Was ich Cool fand, dass Jason diesmal unheimlicher aussieht. Er verfolgt auch seine Opfer schneller, was dabei gefürchteter aussieht.
Sonst ist es ein normaler Horrorfilm von der Stange. Es wird nichts Neues erzählt und man weiss schon Bescheid, wer das nächste Opfer sein soll.
Fazit: Ein gelungenes Remake eines Klassikers. Eigentlich schade, dass man in der Originalreihe, nicht so hätte filmen können. Denn diese Version hat Drive!
Friday the 13th is principally a reimagining of Part 2 that incorporates elements of the first four films. In this way it's a best-of-both-worlds remake taking us from the death of Mrs. Voorhees (Part 1) to the discovery of the hockey mask (Part 3) in a few easy steps. It begins with two prelude sequences setting up the main action of the film, one of Mrs. Voorhees being decapitated and the other of the hooded adult Jason (a la Part 2) being introduced. These intros successfully establish the Jason character but are tainted by raunchy, forced dialogue and unappealing characters. It's odd that these sequences feature such bad writing while the main film is pretty well constructed.
The main section of the film begins, as many do, with a group of well-meaning youths heading towards the camp. These are a typically unremarkable bunch gearing up for a stimulating weekend of partying at a nearby lake house. While gassing up their Escalade (they deserve to die already) they run into Clay, an homage to the Rob character from The Final Chapter, who is looking for his missing sister. This scene reveals how very archetypal our new shipment of teen veal are; blonde party girls, potheads, nerds, cocky assholes - collect the whole set! Despite the cliched characters I'm pleased that the dialogue and performances of the cast are both considerable upgrades over past films.
One of my favorite things about Friday the 13th is that the audience never sees Camp Crystal Lake open for business. We first encounter it during the second prelude and find that the camp has been closed for years and is now a dilapidated labyrinth occupied by our favorite recluse. Another huge improvement is Derek Mears as Jason who returns a degree of patient menace to the character. Serious kudos are due to the filmmakers for making Jason scary again, it's the first time since 1988 that he inspired any sort of dread for the viewer.
In addition to commending Friday the 13th for its many improvements I must also say that it's more of the same. Again, you know what to expect with a Friday film so these sequels must be judged by their particular nuances and execution. This one scores points with me for integrating several Classic Era film elements and returning the series to Camp Crystal Lake where it belongs. Regardless of its imperfections Friday the 13th feels like a project written by people who understood the roots of the franchise and producers who executed it with some level of care. This makes me more than willing to overlook the film's lesser points.
As a lifelong fan of these movies all I'm looking for in a sequel is something that doesn't take itself too seriously but still attempts to generate suspense and scares. Most of the later films made the mistake of reinventing the rules every time out and that's not what fans are looking for. A quick tip for future Friday writers and directors: please keep Jason away from Freddy Krueger, New York City, and outer space. The lights need to stay on at Camp Crystal Lake and a steady stream of energetic, inadequately compensated young actors should be pouring onto the grounds at all times. Just keep things simple, have some fun and, above all else, respect your audience. I promise you we'll keep coming back if you do.