Since the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre"
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
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
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
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.
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
The film's budget
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
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
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
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.
finished on Friday the 13th of June 2008.