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Friday the 13th (2009)

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A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

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Marcus Nispel

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Damian Shannon (screenplay), Mark Swift (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jared Padalecki ... Clay Miller
Danielle Panabaker ... Jenna
Amanda Righetti ... Whitney Miller
Travis Van Winkle ... Trent
Aaron Yoo ... Chewie
Derek Mears ... Jason Voorhees
Jonathan Sadowski ... Wade
Julianna Guill ... Bree
Ben Feldman ... Richie
Arlen Escarpeta ... Lawrence
Ryan Hansen ... Nolan
Willa Ford ... Chelsea
Nick Mennell ... Mike
America Olivo ... Amanda
Kyle Davis ... Donnie
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Storyline

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 J. Spurlin

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Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, language and drug material | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Ukrainian

Release Date:

13 February 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday the 13th See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$19,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$43,585,449, 15 February 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$65,002,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$91,379,051
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Runtime:

| (extended edition)

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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Aaron Yoo actually won the role of "Chewie" very close to shooting. Up until then, one of the top choices to play him was David Blue. See more »

Goofs

(at around 26 mins) Clay puts one of his missing persons poster on the back of the Escalade and there's a close up shot of the poster as the vehicle drives away from the outpost store. The ensuing shot is of the vehicle entering the city limits of Crystal Lake, passing by the sign, however there's no poster on the back of the vehicle. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Pamela Voorhees: Come here. Come here now.
Camp Counselor: No.
Pamela Voorhees: You're the last one. I've killed all the others. It'll be easier for you than it was for Jason.
Camp Counselor: Why are you doing this?
Pamela Voorhees: You need to be punished for what you did to him.
Camp Counselor: I didn't do anything.
Pamela Voorhees: You let him drown. Jason was my son.
Camp Counselor: I didn't do anything. No. No. No. Please.
Pamela Voorhees: You should have been watching him. Every minute.
[...]
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Also available in a so-called Killer Cut, which includes story extensions, extra violence and more sexual content. See more »

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Michael Bay creates a new acronym: CHIRGO
15 February 2009 | by CritomatonSee all my reviews

It stands for "Classic Horror In, Re-imagined Garbage Out". You can substitute "Camp" or "Crap" for the C, depending upon how you feel about the original "Friday the 13th" - the rest of the acronym remains the same.

The re-imagined "Friday the 13th" isn't scary. It isn't creepy. It isn't suspenseful. It isn't funny at any point, and it's only the slightest bit sexy. It doesn't add anything to the Jason mystique or, for that matter, to the "unstoppable boogeyman" archetype in cinematic horror.

The characters in this flick are so one-dimensional they make all the throwaway performances from previous installments of the series look positively Oscar-worthy. And that includes episodes 5-9, which are hard to beat on the Unwatchable Meter.

As many have noted, the lighting in a lot of scenes is bad. This is probably done for realism, but frankly it doesn't detract too much because you never feel like there's much to see anyway. Likewise for the relatively sparing use of shakycam.

Considering all the things they might have updated 29 years later, there really seems to have been little thought put into this movie. Yeah, there's more sex and nudity than in the original installments, but it doesn't seem that over the top and it definitely isn't titillating. Most of it is accompanied by insanely annoying dialogue.

There are plenty of scenes that will make you cringe and groan for their stupidity, but I don't want to include any spoilers, so I'll skip them.

Instead, I'll just mention the two most memorable non-spoilers:

1) There is gratuitous use of sudden loud noises to create shock or suspense when none would otherwise exist. Lots of movies do this when they can't be scary - I can't think of another one that does it so often or so loudly.

2) There is also a major preoccupation with weed. Was "Pineapple Express" that big a hit?

If there is any horror in this movie at all, it is that Amanda Righetti and Willa Ford felt it necessary to star in it to advance their careers.

This movie does to the "Friday the 13th" franchise what "Quantum of Solace" did to James Bond. I hope Bond can be revived somehow. I no longer have the slightest interest in the goings-on at Camp Crystal Lake.


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