Writing this just brought all the disappointment back.
During the 2000’s, Hollywood was all about remaking popular horror franchises, especially slasher films, like “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” 2017 and “A Nightmare on Elm Street” 2017. Unlike those films, that are beloved horror classes by critics and audiences, “Friday the 13th,” which received a reboot in 2009, is a series that critics started out disliking from the beginning. Despite that, the film was a hit and launched an iconic franchise and horror icon. Despite popularity early on though, audience eventually lost interest in the franchise, so Paramount decided to “end” the franchise with “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.” That film obviously didn’t end the franchise (they hardly do) as there has since been 7 more films featuring Jason.
Most recently, there was “Friday the 13th” (2009). The first 20 minutes, for a “Friday the 13th” movie, is incredible filmmaking. They’re so great that it feels like a different director directed that segment. The characters are developed enough, and the kills are fantastic. While true that Jason mostly uses weapons he’s used in other movies, the way they’re used is so inventive.
Unfortunately, for the kills (and movie) suck. Like the first 20 minutes, the kills have Jason using a lot of the same weapons he’s used in other movies (machete, hatchet), except they’re just lazy about them this time. If you’re not going to give me good kills in a Friday the 13th, I’ll take enduring characters or vice versa, but this movie fails in both aspects.
Plot-wise, one of the main plot lines involve Clay Miller looking for his lost sister that Jason took. This was actually unique and had potential, but the whole story is bogged down by the other main storyline of Trent and his friends partying at Trent’s parents cabin in the woods. The characters aren’t interesting and the deaths, like I said, are really lazy. The whole Trent plot just feels tacked on and that the filmmakers just felt like that needed to be there with this being a “Friday the 13th” movie and all.
“Friday the 13th” (2009) is a reboot by taking cliff notes and highlights from the first 3 movies. It seems like the filmmakers did this so they wouldn’t have to come up with their own iconic moments. Instead of coming up with their own, they just take ones from the first three movies (Pamela Vorhees is the killer, hockey mask, ending).
“Friday the 13th” is a series in desperate need of reinvention or just a good movie. Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) is writing the movie. Prisoners was an enthralling, tightly crafted mystery. Hopefully he can bring that to “Friday the 13th.”
The series has, multiple times, tried to do something different in the past, with negative reception. If “Friday the 13th” went the rout of “Blair Witch” (2016) by making Clay and a group of friends go searching for Whitney in the woods, that could’ve been much better. You know, just if it wasn’t like the garbage that “Blair Witch” was.