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The Friday the 13th Reboot Turns 5 & Why I’ll Always Defend It

Friday The 13thFive years ago today, the Friday the 13th reboot hit the screen. The film had claimed a Friday, February 13, 2009 release, while another slasher movie opening that season - My Bloody Valentine 3D - arrived a month earlier on January 16th, a good distance from an apropos Valentine's Day holiday debut. So, instead of getting a Valentine's-themed massacre on February 13th, we received a love letter to Jason Voorhees and his Crystal Lake exploits.

Yes, a love letter.

Friday the 13th grossed nearly $100 million worldwide upon its release, but it divided horror fans…surprise, surprise.  I know that if I look hard enough, I'll find those who dig this reboot like I do. But I know I'm in the minority and, frankly, I don't understand why.

At the time I reviewed the film, I was called out for myriad reasons for giving it a positive critique. Five years later, I'll tell you this: It's still one of my favorite entries in the franchise. Mind you, it's further down the list behind: Jason LivesPart III, The Final ChapterPart 2 and the first film (and that, there, is personally how I would rank those films). Still, it's far better than the others…especially Jason Takes ManhattanJason Goes to Hell, Jason X (sorry, Todd) and Freddy vs. Jason.

Friday the 13th 2009 is the embodiment of both a reboot and a "greatest hits" album. It's the collective energy of the Friday the 13th series – the sex, death, douchebags, goofballs, babes and the effective, no-nonsense Jason who gets the job done – and it channels it through a good-looking, fun film.  Plus, Derek Mears is a terrific Jason!  

Now, because this is a reboot, sure, we have to expect the writers/director/producing team are going to switch some things up, but I'm not going to fault the film for the decisions that were made and totally dismiss the movie as a whole.

I mean, look at what we've experienced in the past.  Up until Jason Lives, Voorhees was a flesh and blood man. Then he became a killer from beyond the grave. That's switching things up in the franchise big time. I'd venture to say that's bigger than giving Jason a tunnel system beneath the camp, no? He fights a girl with friggin' telekinetic powers in The New Blood, but how dare he keep a girl hidden away that reminds him of his mother! He's faced corny characters that are there to provide a bit of levity, yet when he targets a few stoners it's a major point of concern.

I've never quite understood the vitriol Friday the 13th 2009 has received over the years considering the acceptances Voorhees fans have made throughout the series.

I'd like to think, as Friday the 13th fans (and I'm a big one, trust me), we're a forgivable lot. We look at these films with the same amusement we did as kids and roll with things with a bit less scrutiny than we would any other franchise. As long as we get the things we look for personally in a Friday the 13th film, we're okay.  Can anyone out there genuinely tell me there was not one thing about the 2009 reboot that didn't cater to what you enjoy about the series?  I think the film gets a bum rap. But that's just me. I'm happy to have one more good Jason movie to select from when I get the urge to marathon these movies.


  • Cody

    Totally agree that it was a great entry in the series.

  • paulmdoro

    I’m with you Ryan. The reboot is fun. It’s got a pretty decent cast, some cool kills, nice eye candy, it moves quickly, and overall it’s a good time. I remember the kidnapping bit really bothering people, and yeah it’s kind of stupid, but that didn’t stop me from having a good time at the theater. Plus it’s better than pretty much anything else Platinum Dunes has done.

  • Adam Hopper

    I agree whole heartedly with you! This was exactly what I wanted from a Jason movie reboot or sequel or whatever! I have never understood the fans bashing this movie like all of a sudden we need a Citizen Kane (Hodder) out of a Jason movie! People just want to hate remakes for some reason.

    • K. Lee Adams

      I will agree some people just hate remakes period, even if they’re good.

  • art123guy

    I seem to remember people liking it at first, then turning on it quickly (because they had nothing else to complain about on the net). I thought it was great. Waaaaaaaay better than Nightmare on Elm Street. This movie actually made the existence of Jason plausible whereas the original didn’t (since Jason drowned in the first.) I also liked the fast moving Jason, which I think annoyed people.

    • Juan Asilo

      well that running jason part, was a game changer.
      but till is, makinga reboot ye have to make it modern.

      • Seth Miller

        Jason DID run in 2,3 and 4.

        • Polite_Werewolf

          Yeah, he basically got a teleporting ability after that.

        • art123guy

          I think we got so used to the zombie walk Jason (not a bad thing) that running Jason bugged people. Also, this Jason just seemed angier somehow to me. It seemed like he couldn’t wait to kill anyone invading his neck of the woods.

  • Dustin

    This is one of my favorite remakes (or if you’re the anal P.C. Type, reboot) of all time. I remember the weekend after this came out, I was gushing about it in the classrooms at my high school and I was completely alone in this acclaim as all the complaints I heard was that it was “silly” and “stupid” and “had too much sex” (I totally saw that coming from a lot of my female fitness). The movie only works for fans and that’s when I realized I wouldn’t convince anybody of how much fun it was. But it still is an incredibly special film to me as it harkens back to those late nights of my childhood when I would secretly watch Jason Voorhees hack his way through another crop of teenagers. Here’s to hoping the next film doesn’t cripple our spirits like A NEW BEGINNING…

  • Alex

    I loved the reboot. Saw it on my birthday (February 13th) which was awesome and still wonder to this day why it gets ragged on. Yeah it’s similar to cheesy teenager slasher films that came out in the past 10 years but it’s the the franchise that we know and love. The production was great and I loved some of the new material they threw in there, not to mention the topless waterskiing scene. I hope an article like this never gets published about that god awful Nightmare on Elm Street remake because that was just all wrong. Great article, Ryan.

  • TheTwoJakes

    I also watched this film on Friday the 13th 2009, at first I liked the tension, production design, and thought the acting was above the norm. What turned me off about it was too much sex. I get that they were trying to do what the earlier films did with “premarital sex you die” plot points, but they went on for too long and took the suspense out of moments that were flashing back endlessly to Julianna Guill and Travis Van Winkle’s graphic, albeit funny sex scene. I’m gay and have never minded female nudity in horror films,(Julianna Guill did have nice natural boobs, which was a welcome surprise), however it felt like they were shoving that aspect down our throats. We get it, homage to gratuitous nudity, but it just felt forced.
    I do believe that this is the best acted, best produced, and written entry in the entire series and even though I fast forward through those scenes, I love the rest of the film and have a thing for Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, and the big plus was Derek Mears more menacing than Kane Hodder, but to be fair, Kane only played Zombie Jason, never scary running mongoloid Jason.

    • ariessiren

      Totally agree. I’m gay too, and the sex was over done. It was forced and missed the point of the classics. Like it was trying to hard, although Travis is just sexy as hell. The new Jason was fantastic. The film is fun, but not great. Panabaker was great in the film. I did enjoy it, but not a fave. Part 2 was my fave..scary

      • TheTwoJakes

        Agreed, part 2 had a smart heroine in Amy Steel, and a foreboding creepiness to it. Looks like we looking for the same thing in a Friday the 13th film, and hope they can nail it next time!

  • http://molleyisclassy.tumblr.com Molley DeFrees

    I really enjoyed this reboot. Out of a lot of the horror reboots they’ve done recently, this one wins by a long shot.

  • TISHE

    Went to see it on Valentines Day with my whore of an ex girlfriend and my father. Just one row up was an entire hick family with all their young ones including a 3 year old and a freakin baby. “You have perfect nipple placement baby!”

  • Kevin Hernandez Orth

    I love the Friday the 13th movie series and the remake was not exception special wend is the first time I saw Jason in cinemas. ( saw it two time and love the movie)…..so I”m with you Ryan.

  • MrX13

    I really enjoyed Friday the 13th (2009) reboot. It was a good combination of the first three movies. I loved the cinematography to this one, as it appeared more dark and eerie. Derek Mears was fantastic as Jason! This movie had everything that a Friday the 13th needed: kids partying and drinking, sex, boobies, people running away from him, female survivor (kind of), so it worked well.

    The changes that they made to it worked well, like him running (that would be f_cking scary to see that), and Jason kidnapping someone (made sense to the movie though). But I don’t know why other people didn’t like it either.

    I really hope they continue with Friday the 13th movies, just as long it is not a found footage movie, that would be stupid and would ruin it.

    • Seth Miller

      Jason running wasn’t new. He ran in 2,3 and 4 — I’m surprised that so many fans overlook this.

      • MrX13

        Really, I don’t remember that at all! Need to pull out my Friday the 13th DVD Box Set out and watch them again. I know that he did some fast walking

        • Seth Miller

          lol, I think most of us are used to the Kane Hodder/Ken Kirzinger slow ass versions :P

  • Eric

    I love this one! Gave Jason some new energy. It’s the perfect valentines day date movie too haha I thought it was really scary, creepy and gory. It was fun too, and the acting is not bad which is quite rare for a slasher movie

  • Austin

    trash movie

    • Connorscris

      Enlightening.

      • Austin

        Yea i think so too. I love the original friday the thirteenth movies but this was absolutely terrible in my opinion….Im honestly just surprised that people actually liked it, i really didnt think many did but i guess i was wrong.

  • Armando Pina

    I’m surprised this movie bets a bum rap. I mean it seems to hit all the points of Jason movie. Maybe the deaths weren’t as creative, but there was still a high body count. The cast was good, each making most of each part given: Hero, final girl, stoner, jerk etc. and I did like Sam Winchester throwing down with Jason. Was I the only thinking this was a very special episode of Supernatural? The only thing I was let down in, and I remember seeing this in an article, was the writers planned to give a cool origin to the Hockey Mask. All we got was Jason picking it up in a scene similar to part III. Anyway this flick is a machete cut above most of the past films. Up there with 2, 3 and 4.

    • Chris

      that would be cool thought to have an episode where sam and dean are thrown into a monster movie mashup against jason, freddy, and micheal, could be a thing a demon could do to get them, like they did with charmed

      • Armando Pina

        Way back on Season 3, they were planning on using Jason on the episode Dream a little Dream. Dean was going to wake up in Crystal lake. However, due to legal issues it never happened. It might be in shock’s archives.

  • WOLF

    I agree with Ryan. I thought the cast was heads and above with what usually get. I think the score was weak and the gore should have been cranked up a lot. I honestly think more people would have liked it with a score similar to the first 4 movies.
    But besides that, it’s all nitpicking. They didn’t remake any of the movies. In fact, this could fit into the series. With Jason’s regenerative abilities and little hints like Crazy Ralph’s bike and the wheelchair from Part 2, Jason could have healed after FVJ and went back to being more human. After all, the guy never gets the chance to fully regenerate since he’s killed within a couple of days each time. People who complain about Jason running don’t know much about the series. Jason never took hostages, but who knows what he would have done with Ginny in Part 2. He was bowing down to her when he thought she was his mom…and Ginny looked nothing like Pamela.

  • Polite_Werewolf

    I’m with you. I liked the film too. They did a good job of essentially combining the first three movies. Derek Mears is now my favorite Jason as well. He did a fantastic job as the character. I even got to meet the cast a few years ago. Derek Mears is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. The reason why I haven’t watched it since then is because I made a fool out of myself in front of Aaron Yoo and I cringe whenever I think about it. That was almost 5 years ago, though. I should get over it and check out this flick again.

  • improvislaw

    I loved the reboot!!!!!!!!! Still wishing for a sequel!

  • Oswald did not act alone

    Why didn’t you use a photo from the reboot?

  • Oswald did not act alone

    Why didn’t you use a photo from the reboot?

  • Oswald did not act alone

    The reboot was soulless. It took the absolute worst route to get into the story. Kids looking for pot? Really? It lacked any creativity, not just in story terms, but in killing terms.

    Also, I find it truly hard to believe Jason seeks to kill these rich kids staying at the Lake house NOW. Why now? Why not any other time the family came out? It was convenient and lazy screenwriting.

    Also, it just wasn’t scary. The director and writers seemed to be going through the motions.

    There was absolutely NO reason to keep the girl alive in the tunnels.

    You start with Plot first. Part 1, had a plot. Part 2, had a plot and a great twist with the surviving girl being proactive by using child psych. Part 4, had a plot. Yes, the other films got silly – although I’m convinced there’s a great version of Part 7, it just wasn’t that version.

    The reboot THOUGHT they gave fans what they wanted. It didn’t. People forget, this franchise started as a mystery. Who is doing the killing? It then changed into a tragic tale of a son seeking revenge.

    The underground tunnel system was a weak idea, meant to generate a reason Jason can get around and hide. But you’re telling me that at no time has anyone stumbled across this compound? The power company doesn’t realize there’s energy being used up there?

    It wasn’t so much a love letter as it was lazy writers going through the old DVD’s seeing what else they can pilfer from the originals. A nod or two to the originals are all fans really need, but what we fans crave most – and Bay and his platinum dune company just doesn’t get it – is that we want an original story. It’s not hard. Rob Zombie tried with his HALLOWEEN reboot. Showed us the story we never saw in Carpenter’s film. Even 2003′s TCM – the only good PD reboot – changed the original enough. Both of those still don’t live up to original, but they were good tries.

    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13TH – these are 2 of the biggest names in horror and both remakes were lazy and uninspired. How about examining Freddy Kreuger’s life more. What was he into that could make him rise from the dead in dreams? No. Just redo the same scenes we saw. Maybe explore a different legend behind Jason and his mom then we know – I mean, just as something as simple as what 2003′s TCM did. No. We get the predictable.

    It’s why BOTH NOES & F13 both OPENED huge and then BOTH tanked 2nd weekend. These brans will always bring people to theaters but if they suck? They’ll stay home.

    Maybe we’ll never get a great rebooted F13. Maybe we don’t need one. I’d rather invest my time and money into new ideas anyway.

    • K. Lee Adams

      I agree with a lot of this. I do have to say, even though Zombie may have shown us something we hadn’t seen yet with his Halloween I still thought it was an atrocity. I would’ve preferred the Halloween remake take the TCM route and change it just enough to make it it’s own movie but not completely take away the Boogeyman mystique and make Michael Myers just another masked psycho with a fucked up childhood. I mean you no offense with this, just throwing my thoughts out there. But you used the correct word for Friday – soulless. It does seem that many feel it gave us exactly what we fans wanted but I say it gave us a disappointingly watered down version of what fans like you and myself wanted from a new Friday film. And the power company thing was a good call. I never considered that. I kind of feel like when it comes to reboots of icons you don’t have to go apeshit and completely change their backstories as long as the characters and situations going on within the film are interesting and different enough from what you’ve seen before. Evil Dead 2013 attempted this with the whole “druggy trying to quit cold turkey” thing.

      • Oswald did not act alone

        I liked this.

        • K. Lee Adams

          Thank you.

          • Anders D H Pemer

            There was an own generator, for which Jason stole carosine. So no power company.

          • K. Lee Adams

            Good call! I didn’t think of that at all.

    • art123guy

      Very interesting points, except anything concerning the Halloween remake. K. Lee Adams below hit the nail on the head with that pile of crap. I don’t understand how you consider an abused child becoming a killer original. Carpenter’s original, normal looking kid becoming a killer is waaaaay better untold.

      “The underground tunnel system was a weak idea, meant to generate a
      reason Jason can get around and hide. But you’re telling me that at no
      time has anyone stumbled across this compound? The power company doesn’t
      realize there’s energy being used up there?”

      If you’re looking for logic in a slasher movie, this just isn’t your genre.

      While the Friday reboot wasn’t perfect, I think it was a good start.

      The problem remakes have is that they have to remain faithful enough to the original so as not to piss off fans and be original enough so as not to piss off fans. Pretty damn difficult.

      • K. Lee Adams

        Thank you. There’s rumors of the next Friday being another reboot when in my mind Halloween is the one that really needs the reboot. Take back the Ed Gein style Michael and give me back my completely emotionless force of evil, the true Boogeyman.

        • Oswald did not act alone

          I never said Zombie’s film was better than original. It wasn’t. I didn’t even like it. I said, as far as reboots go, at least an attempt was made to do something different.

          • K. Lee Adams

            I didn’t take your comments to mean you thought Zombie’s film was better. I was just saying that while neither Halloween nor Friday the 13th received good remakes Halloween was by far worse. Friday was watered down beyond belief but I could still actually watch that one. Halloween, however, is not watchable for me at all. I agree with doing a new take on something but the particular route Zombie went was just awful in my opinion. As always, no offense to any fans of that movie. Not trying to bash anyone, just the movie.

          • Oswald did not act alone

            to me, I’d rather a failure that tried something different, then a failure that went with a watered down copy.

            I can at least appreciate that the filmmakers cared enough to try. THE OMEN used the same script as the original. I mean… what the hell is the point?

      • Oswald did not act alone

        Did I say the Halloween reboot was better?
        I give it credit for trying to show another side. To take the original and be inspired to do something new.

        And reboots are not beholden to be faithful to the original. I think that’s just lazy. Was BATMAN BEGINS faithful to Burton’s BATMAN? Look at the new DEATH RACE. They weren’t faithful to Bartel’s film. Now granted, Batman Begins went back to the comics, but it’s still a reboot/reimagination of Batman.

        Each movie is it’s own. Any odes to faithfulness cloud the new story. They only remind audiences why the original is a beloved film.

        The way you piss off any filmgoer is by making a bad film. Most remakes are just bad. That’s the problem. And these filmmakers use “being faithful” as an excuse for lazy filmmaking. They couldn’t come up with a new story so they were “faithful. Show me where TCM 2003 was faithful to Hooper version?

        It took the elements of that film and created a new story, with new characters and even a new take on the family.

        That didn’t happen in ROBOCOP, TOTAL RECALL, WHEN A STRANGER CALLS, THE OMEN, NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13TH, THE HITCHER, etc.

        I can suspend disbelief, but all movies need some kind of logical premise. The entire plot of F13 2009 was weak. Why does all this happen now? Because it was convenient for the filmmakers. I mean, the rich blond kid, he’s been coming up to camp crystal lake for years. Raising hell. Having fun. Not once does Jason attack him or his family? Why now?

        At least in Firday the 13th 1, 2, & 4 there are reasons for the killer to be attacking. Hell, even part 6 has a motive.

        This was a group of lazy filmmakers saying, “Okay, so Jason kills kids in the woods. So just put some kids up there to kill.”

        It was not simply a bad reboot, but just a bad film.

        • art123guy

          You’re right, you didn’t say it was better. I just believe the story Zombie told wasn’t very original. Plus I think he hurt himself by making 2 films in one. The first half was his original vision while the second half was a remake/homage.

          Concerning you’re question about why Jason attacked now and not before. I’d answer you with the opening monologue from RUBBER:

          “In the Steven Spielberg movie E.T., why is the alien brown? No reason. In Love Story, why do the two characters fall madly in love with each other? No reason. In Oliver Stone’s JFK, why is the President suddenly assassinated by some stranger? No reason. In the excellent Chain Saw Massacre by Tobe Hooper, why don’t we ever see the characters go to the bathroom or wash their hands like people do in real life? Absolutely no reason. Worse, in The Pianist by Polanski, how come this guy has to hide and live like a bum when he plays the piano so well? Once again the answer is, no reason. I could go on for hours with more examples. The list is endless. You probably never gave it a thought, but all great films, without exception, contain an important element of no reason. And you know why? Because life itself is filled with no reason. Why can’t we see the air all around us? No reason. Why are we always thinking? No reason. Why do some people love sausages and other people hate sausages? No fucking reason.”

          Before you say it, I know the Friday reboot wasn’t a great movie.

          I may be wrong, but didn’t Jason go to the house because he knew someone was at the camp and had gotten away? Or isn’t it possible that Jason attacked the kids because he just got sick of people bothering him? Or because he’s Jason and kills kids having sex and doing drugs? (Had to toss that one in there.)

          Your point about the electricity is a good one. But is it possible everything was run on generators? Far fetched? Yes, but it could be possible (anyone who’s handy or mechanically inclined can call me an idiot, I’m ok with that.)

          Lastly, my point about remakes/reboots was that no matter what, someone will find a way to hate it. It’s a very difficult thing to pull off right.

          As I said, you had many interesting points. You didn’t like the Friday reboot and you stated your case well. I’m not knocking you for that. In the end, you hated the movie and I liked it. I’m ok with that.

  • Oswald did not act alone

    The reboot was soulless. It took the absolute worst route to get into the story. Kids looking for pot? Really? It lacked any creativity, not just in story terms, but in killing terms.

    Also, I find it truly hard to believe Jason seeks to kill these rich kids staying at the Lake house NOW. Why now? Why not any other time the family came out? It was convenient and lazy screenwriting.

    Also, it just wasn’t scary. The director and writers seemed to be going through the motions.

    There was absolutely NO reason to keep the girl alive in the tunnels.

    You start with Plot first. Part 1, had a plot. Part 2, had a plot and a great twist with the surviving girl being proactive by using child psych. Part 4, had a plot. Yes, the other films got silly – although I’m convinced there’s a great version of Part 7, it just wasn’t that version.

    The reboot THOUGHT they gave fans what they wanted. It didn’t. People forget, this franchise started as a mystery. Who is doing the killing? It then changed into a tragic tale of a son seeking revenge.

    The underground tunnel system was a weak idea, meant to generate a reason Jason can get around and hide. But you’re telling me that at no time has anyone stumbled across this compound? The power company doesn’t realize there’s energy being used up there?

    It wasn’t so much a love letter as it was lazy writers going through the old DVD’s seeing what else they can pilfer from the originals. A nod or two to the originals are all fans really need, but what we fans crave most – and Bay and his platinum dune company just doesn’t get it – is that we want an original story. It’s not hard. Rob Zombie tried with his HALLOWEEN reboot. Showed us the story we never saw in Carpenter’s film. Even 2003′s TCM – the only good PD reboot – changed the original enough. Both of those still don’t live up to original, but they were good tries.

    A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET, FRIDAY THE 13TH – these are 2 of the biggest names in horror and both remakes were lazy and uninspired. How about examining Freddy Kreuger’s life more. What was he into that could make him rise from the dead in dreams? No. Just redo the same scenes we saw. Maybe explore a different legend behind Jason and his mom then we know – I mean, just as something as simple as what 2003′s TCM did. No. We get the predictable.

    It’s why BOTH NOES & F13 both OPENED huge and then BOTH tanked 2nd weekend. These brans will always bring people to theaters but if they suck? They’ll stay home.

    Maybe we’ll never get a great rebooted F13. Maybe we don’t need one. I’d rather invest my time and money into new ideas anyway.

  • kerinda

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE! I got to see it for free with a friend of mine and loved every min of it I never ever got to see any Fridays in the theater never so too see one with a people in the theater really enjoying the movie there was LOL’s and Scream’s it was the best. compare that to another horror movie I seen in jan of that year and I was the only person there in that theater and it was crap. So this movie was funny and this movie I can blame for making me want to watch Eps of SPN because of Jared I blame this movie the show is ok anyway will that year it was.

  • Eric Curto

    This was a great film and should be considered a prime example of what a remake should be. Derek Mears was awesome as Jason and really hope he gets a chance to return.

  • Baphomitt

    This movie embodies everything that is wrong with horror, and bad filmmaking in general.

    • Austin

      yep.

  • RyanRLarson

    I dug this movie, too. It was great. I agree with the greatest hits notion. Great minds think alike.

  • TheWalkingDon

    I love the remake. It doesn’t tarnish any of the love I have for the originals. I think it could have been more violent and gory, but I think it was a great interpretation of the character while honoring what came before it and paving it’s own path. I honestly wish they would give it a direct sequel with Derek Mears reprising the role. That dude is a beast.

  • Levi Olson

    You make some good points and I agree with you for the most part. Derek Mears was a GREAT Jason and I hope he’s brought back for a sequel! The film looks fine, though it could have felt more like a Friday film by using better music and maybe even going with credits that more closely matched past installments. I do wish that the kills had been better. There was some lost potential there and it got a bit boring for me.

  • Mumm-Ra

    The reboot was great. The only thing i didnt like was the asshat 2 rows in front of me doing commentary with his son the whole effing movie.

  • Dean Laxer Schuch

    First of all it’s great to met new Jason fans out there and I’m pretty happy with all those movies in general, except the reboot^^.

    Ok… Now I don’t want to bash too much on this flick, since it’s not all that bad.
    But I think I can get down to the basics to make my criticism logical and understandable.
    So let’s begin :-).

    The worst thing for me that was done wrong in the reboot was changing Jason’s persona and behavior.
    Jason is mortal (well, he used to be in at least the first 3 movies, not counting part 1) runs like he is on drugs and builds traps…

    Ignoring Jason’s demonic and dominant presence in the older days, they have given him this aggressive hunting style. The old Jason rarely needed to run, the zombiefied Jason was even cooler in that regard…
    The cold, yet determined killer with the heavy breathing was more fascinating to me, than this braindead gorilla. It’s like you are watching Leatherface finding his new love in hokey masks! That takes away a lot of the original atmosphere we all know and love from the classics.

    The trap part made it a bit silly actually… To me it always felt like Jason never needed such “toys” . His total environment was a trap just waiting to be used to hunt, lurk… and finally kill his victims in or around it.
    No matter if in a car, a mobile home, roof top, a boat… or in the good old woods :-). In fact I would state that Jason is a trap himself, no matter of you look at him from a human or supernatural point of view. So why use traps if he doesn’t really need them in the first place?

    If they really wanted to go back to the “realistic” roots of the mortal killer, why didn’t they try to give Jason some style? It’s a reboot after all, so think of something! Just because he is mentally disabled doesn’t mean he needs to run like King Kong in the woods and kidnap girls to his underground amusement park…

    The story itself is just an overused washed up formula that has been seen over and over again… Might be fun at the weekends with friends to pull this one in… but come on… we have seen better movies, haven’t we?

  • Eugene Debs

    Agreed.

  • vaempires

    The original is my fave horror film of all time. I also love the reboot.

  • M M

    Loved the reboot and still really disappointed they haven’t done a sequel at this point.

  • Victor Barrera

    I didn’t like it, really

  • http://self-indulgent.me Spencer

    I think my biggest problem with the reboot is that it harks back to the original 4 in terms of tone but really isn’t that scary or have any fun or interesting kills. And we should never really see him run, especially in that tone of a movie.

  • Chuck

    Nope, didn’t like it at all. It was just another Platinum Dunes cookie cutter 80s horror remake which followed their typical formula: put a bunch of totally unlikable characters in an isolated location and kill them off one by one. There was zero plot and they totally wasted Nana Visitor after making such a big deal out of Pamela Voorhees being in the movie. You have to at least have one character to root for to not be killed in these kinds of movies, and I could not have cared less if any of them survived. I was disappointed when I heard PD would be involved in the next movie, but at least they’ve abandoned the “found footage” concept.

  • Juan Asilo

    i think this flick, brought goood element to the friday mythos.
    i mean they cram some of the 1st, 2nd, and i think some 3rd or
    4th. the film dont receive the hate, but something that made it.
    The reboot is just refreshment of modernising it, and create a new
    mythos. cause that found footage sequel aint goona work.

  • zero2815

    Great reboot better then the nightmare reboot remake that took original scenes and butcherd them with cgi.