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Friday The 13th  (DVD)
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Friday The 13th  (DVD)
Advantages: It's a great remake. Jason is scary rather than comical.
Disadvantages: It's not as gory as previous films.
I wasn't a fan of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, so when I heard that that film's director was remaking Friday the 13th, I wasn't exactly overcome with joy. But surprisingly enough, this new Friday the 13th is pretty damn good. It features a brief appearance from Pamela Voorhees, the killer in the original Friday the 13th film, but the bulk of the film focuses on Jason Voorhees, and his hapless victims.
These victims aren't just bland non-entities for once. Some of them are halfway likeable, and the one who is a complete git gets offed in a very satisfying manner. But the best thing about the film has to be Jason himself. Acquiring his trademark hockey mask halfway through the film, he dispatches the bulk of the cast in some fairly imaginative ways. Oh, and he runs.
Runs? Yes, this might seem like heresy to some Friday the 13th fans, but bear with me. Because this Jason is actually scary. He's no longer a vaguely comic boogeyman - he's a lumbering psychopath who you definitely would not want to meet in a dark alley. He's brutal, nasty and actually has a few brain cells to rub together. He's not some super intelligent evil genius, that'd be taking it too far. But there is a great 'uh-oh' moment in the film when the characters try to escape. Yes, they're not so stupid they don't know when to run. But unfortunately for them, Jason happens to have thought of that.
Friday the 13th is a great remake, one of the few decent horror remakes out there, and whether you're a fan of the original, or just a general gore hound, it's well worth checking out. There's plenty of blood and guts to go around, a genuinely scary bad guy, and enough terror to keep you on the edge of your street. Now if only the sequel - yes, there is one in the works - can keep this up.
(review by me, originally posted on Freeola)
Summary: A great remake, far better than the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.