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Movie Review: Friday the 13th (2009)

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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This Friday the 13th reboot is definitely a hit. Read the review:

When news of a Friday the 13th remake hit the Internet, there was a massive outcry from genre fans. One contingent wanted to preserve the integrity of the old series, while the other asked, “Why does the world need another Jason movie?” The truth of the matter is, Friday the 13th needed a remake more than any other existing horror franchise. Although Jason Voorhees is an iconic horror figure, the previous 11 films never settled on one specific identity for the character. Rather, each new creative team that tackled the character handled him differently, resulting in a dude with a serious identity crisis.

Fear not, however, as this “reboot” solidifies once and for all just who Jason is: a motivated killer with speed, strength, vision and a revenge streak that runs blackheart-deep. By firming up the details of his origin, establishing some supernatural elements (Hint: Jason is always really, really hard to kill.), and lending purpose to his body-mangling rampages, the film establishes firm ground for the character’s mythos and makes him much scarier as a result.

The team of producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller and director Marcus Nispel, who combined to make the excellent Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, know what it takes to modernize and distill an iconic series down to its key elements. Here, they hone the character but keep the dark, playful spirit of the originals. Fans will instantly recognize and settle into the tone — a wild, horrific ride that’s meant to entertain.

The film does a good job of compressing Jason’s mythology from the original four Friday the 13th films into a short time frame. Recapping/retelling the events of the original film takes no more than five minutes, and immediately audiences are clued into why Jason grows into a bloodthirsty creature of legend. He grows up quick and by the time the opening credits roll, he has already decimated one group of campers with his trademark machete. As the film progresses, we get a much deeper sense of the Jason character. He has created a lair of sorts and lives off the land. This is a much craftier Jason and much more human, which helps to ground the story.

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New Movie Releases: Friday February 13, 2009

Friday, February 13th, 2009

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These are the movies arriving in theaters this Friday the 13th.

  • Confessions of a Shopaholic (Comedy) – Cast: Isla Fisher, Hugh Dancy, Krysten Ritter, Joan Cusack, John Goodman, Kristin Scott Thomas, John Lithgow, Lynn Redgrave; Directed by: P.J. Hogan
  • Synopsis:
    In the glamorous world of New York City, Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is a fun-loving girl who is really good at shopping – a little too good, perhaps. She dreams of working for her favorite fashion magazine, but can’t quite get her foot in the door – until ironically, she snags a job as an advice columnist for a financial magazine published by the same company. As her dreams are finally coming true, she goes to ever more hilarious and extreme efforts to keep her past from ruining her future.

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  • The International (Thriller/Drama/Action) – Cast: Naomi Watts, Clive Owen, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Ulrich Thomsen, Jack McGee; Directed by: Tom Tykwer
  • Synopsis:
    Interpol Agent Louis Salinger (Clive Owen) and Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Eleanor Whitman (Naomi Watts) are determined to bring to justice one of the world’s most powerful banks. Uncovering myriad and reprehensible illegal activities, Salinger and Whitman follow the money from Berlin to Milan to New York to Istanbul. Finding themselves in a high-stakes chase across the globe, their relentless tenacity puts their own lives at risk as their targets will stop at nothing — even murder — to continue financing terror and war.

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  • Friday the 13th (Horror) – Cast: Amanda Righetti, Jared Padalecki, Jonathan Sadowski, Aaron Woo, Travis Van Winkle, Odette Yustman; Director: Marcus Nispel
  • Synopsis:
    Platinum Dunes’ re-start of the “Friday the 13th” franchise featuring Jason Voorhees in his legendary hockey mask. Plot will take place at Crystal Lake.

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    Friday the 13th Set Visit

    Thursday, October 30th, 2008

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    IGN visits the set of Friday the 13th. Read what they have to say:

    “In a movie like this, it’s not about the torture,” notes producer Andrew Form about his upcoming Friday the 13th remake. “The killings are fun.”

    Such is the kind of distinction one can only make on the set of a horror movie, where every piece of lacerated flesh is pored over for maximum provocation. But especially for Form, who with Brad Fuller co-produced both of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies that helped make “torture porn” a part of the cinematic vernacular, it’s an important one. “I mean, it’s scary, but it’s not a torture movie. That was one of the things that really excited us about this franchise and making this movie.”

    On no less than Friday, June 13, 2008, IGN visited the set of Friday the 13th, a relaunch of the classic horror franchise set to be released on February 13, 2009. According to Form, their update promises to get away from the franchise crossovers and space adventures of later installments and return hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees to the original tone and location of the early films. “The important things were who Jason is,” Form explains. “Where he comes from, which to us is Crystal Lake, and to set the movie in Crystal Lake, which the franchise got away from. That was very important to us, to go back there.”

    Fuller and Form have shepherded a number of remakes to the silver screen in recent years, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Amityville Horror and The Hitcher. Appropriately, they not only have considerable knowledge of the original series from which they take inspiration, but understand the different kinds of new films that audiences like. Describing the process by which they borrowed and combined scenes from the original Friday films for their new one, Fuller explains, “There was a lot of things in the first four – we took kills that we loved and story points that we thought were great and put them into a blender. That seems to be the back of this film.”

    “It’s not a remake of any one of them per se, it’s just kind of taking some of those story points and putting them together.”

    At the same time, Fuller reassures audiences that his and Form’s pedigree as purveyors of graphic horror films does not mean that this iteration of Jason’s misadventures will be a purely bloody affair. “We wanted to have a fun horror movie,” he says. “When I say fun I don’t mean funny, but just everyday kids hanging out and having sex and smoking weed. As a production company and as producers, Drew and I have spent so much time in basements dismembering people, but it kind of wears on you so we wanted to kind of get out of that and have a movie that takes place outside and have hot girls running around and a more fun type of horror movie.”

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    Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

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    Release date: Friday February 13, 2009
    Genre: Horror
    Director: Marcus Nispel
    Studio: Platinum Dunes, Rogue Pictures
    Producer(s): Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Michael Bay
    Screenplay: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift
    Cast: Amanda Righetti, Jared Padalecki, Jonathan Sadowski, Aaron Woo, Travis Van Winkle, Odette Yustman
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    Platinum Dunes’ re-start of the “Friday the 13th” franchise featuring Jason Voorhees in his legendary hockey mask. Plot will take place at Crystal Lake.

    Friday the 13th Status Update

    Tuesday, January 9th, 2007

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    Those of you, whom can’t get enough of Jason. Another Friday the 13th is due out soon. Read on:

    IGN attended a press conference Saturday for The Hitcher, the forthcoming release from Michael Bay’s production company Platinum Dunes, where producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form discussed the status of the developing Friday the 13th project.

    “We’re working on a script right now and I think next year, maybe end of the year we will have it out,” Form explained. Fuller added that Texas Chainsaw: The Beginning helmer Jonathan Liebesman remains attached, but not committed to direct it. “If he’s available when we have the script, we’d love to work with him again.”

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