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View Poll Results: What is your favourite Friday the 13th film(s)?
Friday the 13th (1980) 257 24.78%
Friday the 13th Part II 232 22.37%
Friday the 13th Part 3 3D 151 14.56%
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter 340 32.79%
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning 72 6.94%
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason lives 263 25.36%
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood 101 9.74%
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan 67 6.46%
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday 46 4.44%
Jason X 87 8.39%
Freddy Vs. Jason 109 10.51%
Friday the 13th (2009) 68 6.56%
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Old Yesterday, 09:18 PM   #9881
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I just finished revisiting Friday the 13th (2009) to close out the series.

Friday the 13th (2009) ends this box set on a refreshingly decent note. It does not quite live up to the first seven movies, but I think that it's easily the best one since those first seven movies.

This movie is not so much a remake or a reboot in my eyes as much as it is a present-day story that follows up on Friday the 13th: Part 2, and proceeds as though none of the events in the subsequent films ever happened. The opening credits sequence loosely applies the explanation of Jason Voorhees that was theorized by Ginny at the bar in the second film, the movie then proceeds with the "baghead Jason" from that second film, and we then have a new version of how Jason found his hockey mask in a way that kicks off like a natural progression of the second film.

Friday the 13th (2009) also looks good. While the cinema style does not quite match the natural film-like feel of the first two movies, it does treat us to a bleakly rustic look that suits the subject matter. In one pivotal scene, I appreciated how the filmmakers actually tried to make Camp Crystal Lake look as it had appeared in the first film.

I also like one brief scene with a character asking a local woman for information. Given the events at Camp Crystal Lake, I have occasionally wondered over the years how the residents of that area deal with the horrible events. This scene provides a bleak answer to that question.

More than anything, though, I just like how Jason Voorhees is back in the woods where he belongs. I always picture Jason stalking people through the woods instead of being on a cruise ship, being in New York City, being an evil spirit, being in space, or being in Freddy's nightmares. This movie returns to the fundamentals that made the early films a success, particularly the concept that we never know what is out there in a dark wilderness.

This movie toys around with the mythology, but not to an obtrusive extent, and I find that the story works best when assuming that this movie is a follow-up to Friday the 13th: Part 2 that depicts Jason as a more efficient killer who has learned quite a lot in the almost three decades since the events in that second film.

Jason Voorhees, as played by Derek Mears, is spot-on, although the actor certainly gets some help from the effective cinematography.

My one notable problem with this movie is that, unlike the likable kids from the first four movies, the kids in this latest entry come across as arrogant and sarcastic brats who are just begging to get their comeuppances by way of machetes, axes, and arrows. I like the siblings, Whitney and Clay, and I like the beautiful Jenna, but the other kids are all in need of a beatdown. Of course, I guess that this is part of the intent, because this latest entry is certainly a self-aware Friday the 13th film.

I also do not like how this latest Friday the 13th veers dangerously close to "torture porn" territory in the vein of other recent horror films. For the most part, Jason Voorhees just does what he does by quickly killing his prey, but this one occasionally comes across as more sadistic in many ways.

Friday the 13th (2009) is not a great film by any stretch, but I like it a ton better than I liked the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and, especially, Rob Zombie's Halloween. This latest Friday the 13th gives fans of the franchise what they want to see without twisting the concept beyond recognition.

I'm going to enjoy the Killer Extras disc, and then I'm going to move along. I've really had a blast revisiting all of these films.

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Old Yesterday, 09:28 PM   #9882
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[Show spoiler]I just finished revisiting Friday the 13th (2009) to close out the series.

Friday the 13th (2009) ends this box set on a refreshingly decent note. It does not quite live up to the first seven movies, but I think that it's easily the best one since those first seven movies.

This movie is not so much a remake or a reboot in my eyes as much as it is a present-day story that follows up on Friday the 13th: Part 2, and proceeds as though none of the events in the subsequent films ever happened. The opening credits sequence loosely applies the explanation of Jason Voorhees that was theorized by Ginny at the bar in the second film, the movie then proceeds with the "baghead Jason" from that second film, and we then have a new version of how Jason found his hockey mask in a way that kicks off like a natural progression of the second film.

Friday the 13th (2009) also looks good. While the cinema style does not quite match the natural film-like feel of the first two movies, it does treat us to a bleakly rustic look that suits the subject matter. In one pivotal scene, I appreciated how the filmmakers actually tried to make Camp Crystal Lake look as it had appeared in the first film.

I also like one brief scene with a character asking a local woman for information. Given the events at Camp Crystal Lake, I have occasionally wondered over the years how the residents of that area deal with the horrible events. This scene provides a bleak answer to that question.

This movie toys around with the mythology, but not to an obtrusive extent, and I find that the story works best when assuming that this movie is a follow-up to Friday the 13th: Part 2 that depicts Jason as a more efficient killer who has learned quite a lot in the almost three decades since the events in that second film.

Jason Voorhees, as played by Derek Mears, is spot-on, although the actor certainly gets some help from the effective cinematography.

My one notable problem with this movie is that, unlike the likable kids from the first four movies, the kids in this latest entry come across as arrogant and sarcastic brats who are just begging to get their comeuppances by way of machetes, axes, and arrows. I like the siblings, Whitney and Clay, and I like the beautiful Jenna, but the other kids are all in need of a beatdown. Of course, I guess that this is part of the intent, because this latest entry is certainly a self-aware Friday the 13th film.

I also do not like how this latest Friday the 13th veers dangerously close to "torture porn" territory in the vein of other recent horror films. For the most part, Jason Voorhees just does what he does by quickly killing his prey, but this one occasionally comes across as more sadistic in many ways.

[Show spoiler]Friday the 13th (2009) is not a great film by any stretch, but I like it a ton better than I liked the remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street and, especially, Rob Zombie's Halloween. This latest Friday the 13th gives fans of the franchise what they want to see without twisting the concept beyond recognition.

I'm going to enjoy the Killer Extras disc, and then I'm going to move along. I've really had a blast revisiting all of these films.
Another great review! I agree about the torture porn. I blame Michael Bay.
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I just finished revisiting Freddy vs. Jason for the first time since seeing the film at the theater back in 2003.

Freddy vs. Jason is a fun movie, and it's a notable improvement over Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X. As long as one is willing to leave logic at the door, the way that the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises cross paths here is pretty cool.

Monica Keena is one of the most gorgeous girls of the franchise, and her character has an interesting toughness. It's good to see the beautiful Katharine Isabelle in the movie, due to her involvement in other horror features (Ginger Snaps, the 2002 Carrie TV movie, etc.). Chris Marquette is a recognizable face, because of some quirky film appearances during that era. It goes without saying that Robert England has his act down to a science, even if his makeup is not quite as effective as it was during the early A Nightmare on Elm Street flicks, and Ken Kirzinger is a decent Jason Voorhees, although I wish that Kane Hodder had been cast for the role again.

The climactic battle is just good old popcorn movie awesomeness. I did not care for some logical flaws leading up to the climax, but the final showdown on the dock was solid.

Freddy vs. Jason has its flaws, though. Oh yes, it has its flaws...

I dislike the "nu metal" music in the soundtrack, because it robs the movie of any semblance of nuance.

I also really dislike the cinematic look of Freddy vs. Jason. The obtrusive color schemes that are a malady of so many post-2000 movies are all too noticeable here. Because I've watched all of these films in sequence this week, I found myself mourning for the loss of the wonderfully natural film-like look of the first two Friday the 13th movies back in the early 1980s. At no point in this movie did I believe that the actors were really outdoors, and this is largely due to the forced vibe of the cinematography.

The computer-generated images in Freddy vs. Jason are miles above those in Jason X, but they're still not quite there, especially during the kill scenes. A movie like this needs an actual makeup department that specializes in bloody effects, and everything here looked too cleanly digital and artificial.

It's all in the fun, though.

I am now ready to hit the home stretch with Friday the 13th (2009)...
Fun film, though it has a strong bias for Freddy. Sure, Jason gets the most kills but even in the real world, Freddy manages to get the upper hand and almost killed him if it weren't for Monica's character. I love Freddy but the film should've respected both franchises. That's what you get when it's directed by someone who has never seen a Friday film.
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How old is Tommy?
I know why he was recast from Corey to the guy that played him in part 5, but why again?
John Shepherd converted to Christianity shortly after finishing A New Beginning and wouldn't come back for Jason Lives.
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How does the remake resemble torture porn?
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Watched Jason Goes to Hell tonight. Is it just me or was this movie very bass heavy? The heart thumping seemed especially over the top.
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