For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Summer Camp Movies here’s a review of Friday the 13th (2009) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101
Thanks again to Joe of The MN Movie Man for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Joel of Joel Watches Movies and we will be reviewing our favorite Movies of the Outdoors (any movie set primarily outside and where nature figures significantly into their plot or themes.)
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jul by sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joel!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
In 2009, Michael Bay was well underway with his rebooting of the horror franchises following up with the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Hitcher. This time he set his sights on one of the biggest icons in horror, Jason Voorhees, handing the ropes back to Marcus Nispel who bought us The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) version.
In this Friday the 13th, we get a very strange design choice, with an opening sequence that will give us everything from the first film, with Jason’s mother being behind the killing, before meeting a group of teenagers on a camping, drinking, drug and sex trip, with Whitney Miller (Amanda Righetti) being our main focal point, before Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) starts his killing spree, and 23 odd minutes later, we end up with of title card. Is this trying to be like Scream, giving us an edgy feeling, even if we are barely going to give these characters much time to care about.
When the film gets to the actual start, we meet another group of college, I would say friends, but they don’t seem to like each other or know anything about each other, with jock Trent (Travis Van Winkle), the same character from the Transformers movie, his girlfriend Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) along with another generic group with Chewie (Aaron Yoo) being the funniest part of the film. The group are heading off to the luxury lake house for the same type of weekend, as they meet Clay (Jared Padalecki), Whitney’s brother, who has been searching for her for 6 weeks now.
As the party begins, Clay and Jenna explore the local area just as Jason starts his killing spree, discovering the iconic hockey mask along the way.
When it comes to the Jason slashing, we know everything we are going to get here, it has amped up the levels of the violence through the film, which does help with the brutal side of Jason’s kills. Where this film follows in the footsteps of failures, is by giving us a group of characters that are designed more for disposable usage, not even making them seem like real friends, which seems to be one of the biggest misses in the film, we could have easily had a group of people who know each other well needing to face of against Jason. If you are after some pure slasher violence, this one is going to keep you entertained for the whole run time without any doubt.
My rating 6/10, which is an improvement, as I used to hate this film.
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