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A group of young adults set up tent near the abandoned summer camp where a series of gruesome murders are said to have taken place back in 1980. The perpetrator was a grieving mother, driven insane by the drowning of her child, Jason, whom she believed was neglected by the camp counselors. As legend has it, the last survivor of the attacks beheaded the woman. But then Jason came back, and now he is a vengeful and inexorable killer, wielding crossbows, swords, axes and other sharp instruments. The legend proves horribly true, as these campers quickly discover. Six months later, the brother of one of those campers distributes posters of his missing sister. The police believe she took off with her boyfriend; but he knows better. The brother crosses paths with an uptight young rich guy who is having his girlfriend and friends over at his parents' cabin. The brother ends up at the cabin himself just before his sister's attacker sets upon them all. Written by
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Feels like more of a remake of the 2003 version of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" than "Friday the 13th".
Years ago...young Jason Voorhees (Caleb Guss) witnessed his psychotic murdering mother (Nana Visitor) got killed by a camp counsellor (Stephanie Rhodes) in Camp Crystal Lake. By local legend, Jason was thought to be dead by drowning but they were wrong. Now Crystal Lake is an abandoned summer camp and the grown-up Jason (Derek Mears) kills anyone, who enters near Crystal Lake.
But when an mysterious stranger (Jared Padalecki) is searching for his missing sister (Amanda Righetti), who disappears weeks ago. When his sister travels with her boyfriend and her friends near the camping grounds. A group of college students (Danielle Panabaker, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, Julianna Guill, Arlen Escarpeta, Willa Ford & Ryan Hansen) are staying at one of the student's summer house. Which is close to Crystal Lake. An angry, furious and violent Jason decides to stalk and kill these trespassers one by one.
Directed by Marcus Nispel (Pathfinder "2007", The Texas Chainsaw Massacre "2003") made an good-looking, technically well made but an very flawed movie that is also one of the least effective of the "Friday the 13th" movies along with "Friday the 13th Part 7:The New Blood" and "Friday the 13th Part 8:Jason Takes Manhatten". It strikes me the director only has the talents to direct remakes, yes, he does have some visual style. But i would love to see at least, one original film by Nispel.
The Blu-ray have an sharp (Intentionally dark looking picture by Cinematographer:Daniel C. Pearl) anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an strong Dolby Digital 5.1 HD Surround Sound. Cinematographer:Pearl, who is best known for shooting the original "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and the 2003 remake. He gives this 2009 version, the best looking Friday the 13th movie to date although it is one of the least effective. The Blu-ray includes the R-Rated Theatrical Cut and Extended Version with nine minutes of additional footage. I actually prefer "The Extended Version" for the added gore and an few moments of character developments in the movie.
The Blu-ray also includes an interesting Terror Trivia Track with Picture-In-Picture, Three entertaining featurettes, two alternative scenes, a deleted scene and a digital copy (It's only good until June this year). It would have been nice having an audio commentary track by the director or the screenwriters:Damian Shannon & Mark Swift, who wrote the campy "Freddy Vs. Jason". This remake is actually parts taken from the original "Friday the 13th" movies. Which is Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. In some ways, it was probably not the right idea to remake this movie in this fashion.
The biggest complain is the screenplay of the movie or it is from the filmmakers. I felt, Jason Voorhees was actually closer to Leatherface's personality at times. Conserding, it was made by the same filmmakers, who remade "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Also Jason Voorhees would never, never and NEVER would kidnapped someone, even If she looks like his mother! Although the twenty-four minute prologue is good, the sometimes ludicrous sex scenes in the opening sequence ruined the effectiveness. Also almost all the characters in the picture are unlikeable or boring (Expect for Panabaker, Yoo, Righetti and Guill). The sex scene between Guill and Winkle is probably memorable for the wrong reasons and the ending is plain stupid...to say the least. I also thought, there was a little too much sex in a "Friday the 13th" movie.
The original "Friday the 13th" films were much more effective and crude. But the crudeness was more charming in the earlier movies than this new "Friday the 13th" version. Overall, I didn't hate this but i didn't love it. Also what's missing, we hear very little of Harry Manfredini's classic music theme. I thought, it was rather strange that the producers:Michael Bay (Bad Boys 1 & 2, Transformers 1 & 2, The Rock) and Sean S. Cunningham (The original "Friday the 13th". The New Kids) were not interviewed for this Blu-ray version. I heard that Michael Bay hated this movie and I would have love to hear comments from Producer/ Director:Cunningham. Who always seems to be a simple guy, who just love being involved in making movies of all kinds.
If they produced a sequel to this so-so remake, I just hope the sequel is done right and this franchise could go in the right direction. Since "Platinum Dunes" productions recently produced the remake of "A Nightmare on Elm Street", which it will be released in April 30, 2010. I hope, their upcoming remake is much better than this movie! Panavision. (Both Versions:***/*****).
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