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Friday The 13th  (DVD)
Member Name: raebroughton
Friday The 13th  (DVD)
Advantages: Good story and a couple of good characters.
Disadvantages: Some of the characters were annoying.
Friday the 13th was released in 2009 and stars Derek Mears, Amanda Righetti, Jared Padalecki and Danielle Panabaker.
A brief description of the plot is as follows...
A group of teenagers decide to go camping and find themselves right next to Camp Crystal Lake, but then Jason arrives and they are soon running for their lives.
The film then cuts to 6 weeks later and we meet Clay (Jared Padalecki) who is looking for his sister who is missing. He shows the poster in a local store, she was one of the girls from the beginning of the film her name is Whitney (Amanda Righetti). Another group of teenagers are heading up to the lake and are also in the store, one of them Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) is sympathetic to Clay's situation unlike her boyfriend. After a disagreement between Clay and Jenna's boyfriend they go their separate ways.
However they are soon forced back together as they come face to face with Jason. Who will survive?
Friday the 13th has a running time of 101 minutes and has a classification of 18, you can currently buy this film from Amazon for £5 or Play.com for £4.99.
There are some special features on the DVD which are -
The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees
Hacking Back / Slashing Forward
7 Best Kills
I don't really bother with the special features but I did take a look at the deleted scenes, there isn't really anything exciting but it is worth a look if you have a spare couple of minutes. Whether I get around to the other special features I don't know but if I do I will update my review.
Film / Plotline...
The plot is fairly simple just like your average horror film where the teenagers get killed off one by one but there is a slight twist, if you pay attention you will get it instantly. There isn't a lot of suspense in this film, most of the time Jason is stood behind his victim and after the first couple of deaths it gets a bit tired and is not scary in the slightest as you know that as soon as they turn around Jason will be stood there.
Plot wise it did move at a fairly quick pace and there weren't many slow parts plus there were plenty of victims. The dilapidated Camp Crystal Lake provided an extra eerie feel as the characters explored what was left of it. There isn't much gore in this film not like in some of the most recent horrors but perhaps the people behind the film wanted to make it more like the original film.
I would have to say that I still prefer the original Friday the 13th however this remake is good in it's own way for example obviously the special effects and make up is better. I think that they also made an interesting version of Jason as he is a slightly more intelligent character who put a bit of thought in to how he would kill. It is also good as it condenses the first three or four films into one, I am sure Jason didn't get the hockey mask until the third film (I could be wrong though). I did sometimes feel however that Jason at times acted a little bit like Michael Myers and I had to remind myself that I was watching Friday the 13th and not Halloween, this could just be me though.
Characters / Actors...
The three main characters work well together and pretty much keep the film together the male lead Clay is portrayed very well by Jared Padalecki. He is instantly likeable especially as he has had no luck finding his sister and is running out of options. Overall he does a good job and interacts well with the character of Jenna played by Danielle Panabaker, she basically plays the typical scared teenager. The character of Whitney was a good addition to the film and Amanda Righetti gives a good performance and the character helped to give the film a more interesting twist.
The vast majority of the other characters are that annoying that you hope they get killed off soon. They portray the typical teenager in a horror film they take drugs, drink and have sex so there isn't really anything new and exciting with these characters.
Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) is the main attraction of this film and overall I think he works well in this remake. They have made him more intelligent and in a way this does work but at one point he runs/moves quickly which is just wrong. It's always scarier when the killer walks and then of course the victim inevitably falls over and gets killed. I think the actor playing him had the right build and gave a good performance well as good as anyone can do with no lines.
On the whole the film was quite good as there was a decent twist to the story, don't get me wrong the film isn't perfect but I thought it was going to be really bad and I was proved wrong. In a way making Jason more intelligent did work but I don't think that this remake covered anything new. Three of the characters were very likeable but the rest were fairly forgettable and not very interesting.
The film wasn't very scary and I don't think I jumped once which proves a point as I always jump at scary films. However there is a fairly ok plot so I did enjoy it but if you like to be scared maybe you should watch something else. It is worth a watch maybe not for scaring the viewer but if you are a fan of Friday the 13th films give it a go. I would recommend watching it if you come across it on TV but just don't pay a fortune for it on DVD.
It isn't the best horror film but it certainly isn't the worst - I would have to give it 3 ½ stars, I can't quite bring myself to round it up as I don't think it quite deserves 4 so it gets 3 Dooyoo stars from me.
Summary: Three stars from me - An interesting remake that does have some good points!