In 1980, Pamela
Voorhees (Visitor) went on a revenge driven killing spree, murdering the
camp councillors responsible for not looking after her son Jason, who drowned
in Crystal Lake. Unbeknownst to her and as her last victim got the upper
hand and killed her, the young Jason had survived but was forever scared
after seeing her killed. Ever since the Camp Crystal Lake site had remained
abandoned but when a group of campers visit, they discover that Jason is
still around but now fully-grown and driven by nothing but a murderous rage,
anyone who comes near his lake will meet a bloody end.
to run out of ideas but after the success of 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre'
remake, Michael Bay's 'Platinum Dunes' production company takes us back
to Camp Crystal Lake.
Platinum Dunes decision
to take us back to Camp Crystal Lake and reintroduce us to Jason Voorhees
is one that is a little strange. After ten films in the franchise and a
cult coming together with another horror legend in 'Freddy vs. Jason', the
hockey-masked, machete wielding, unstoppable killer didn't really need a
reboot, reimagination or whatever Michael Bay's production company wants
to call this. All you have to remember is that Hollywood thinks that young
American audiences will not watch movies made in the 70s or 80s so they
have to reintroduce these classic horror characters but do they really have
The pre-title sequence
sets the scene. Recapping what happening in the original 'Friday the 13th'
with ex-Star Trek: Deep Space Nine actress Nana Visitor taking on the role
of the revenge driven Pamela Voorhees, while only for a very short time,
to introduce Jason's murderous motivation. Then we get to see him in action,
pre-hockey mask, viciously doing what he does best, killing young campers
who dare come to Crystal Lake. The rest of the movie is just the same again,
with 'Supernatural' actor Jared Padalecki's character looking for his sister
who went missing during Jason's first attack and another group of young
people travelling to the lake only to meet up with Jason.
What these movies
are all about however are the killings and you can have real fun with an
unstoppable masked killing machine wielding a machete. The group of young,
stereotypical victims each meet a grisly end after getting themselves alone
so Jason can kill them in numerous different and more gruesome ways. With
the exception of Jared Padalecki and Nana Visitor, the rest of the cast
are new, up and coming stars and starlets hoping that appearing in a horror
movie will give them the kick-start to there career like stars Kevin Bacon
and Johnny Depp did by appealing appearing in 'Friday the 13th' and 'A Nightmare
on Elm Street'.
'Friday the 13th'
is an unnecessary reboot, reimagination or whatever it is supposed to be
of a franchise that could have just continued. Fans probably would have
preferred another clash between Freddy and Jason or even another futuristic
adventure for the killer but trying to start things again and forgetting
about what had come before makes this just a disappointing outing for the
hockey masked killer. While you can enjoy seeing Jason kill again, you just
wish that Michael Bay and director Marcus Nispel had put a little more substance
into this effort.
Friday the 13th Franchise
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