Die hard fans of the original will no doubt loath this movie, as they did with other remakes of cult classic slasher's. Although the original Friday The 13th still stands up today as a great slasher, the sequels leave a lot to be desired, and ended up as a self parody.
This is a re-boot and not a remake, but being directed by Marcus Nispel who directed the great 2003 remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, he respects the series origins, but also gives us a fleet footed Jason from word go, and although he did not come into frame until the original sequel and donned the iconic Hockey mask until the dreadful part 3, in this he is in his fully gory glory. Don't go thinking that this is going to be a teen friendly PG13 remake, as with 2008's dreadful remake of Prom Night. Or a film that by updating the story dis-respects the orginal as with 2010's
A Nightmare On Elm Street.
This New Friday is a top class slasher with plenty a bloody spectacular deaths. Have no illusions this movie wil split the viewers opinion, it will be loved or loathed in equel measure, but the simple fact is that if a slasher series needed a drastic re-boot it's this, as the original sequels got worse and worse.
This Friday should open up Jason to a new generation of fans. Although the shocks come thick and fast, some do tend to be a little predictable, as with the dog at the door sequence, and the knife through the jetti killings. Also the supposed shock ending is not a patch on the 1980 originals and you just end up waiting for it to happen. But when the shocks work they are brilliant, just check out the twenty minute intro where Jason kills who we think are the main characters leading us into the faulse sense that this is the main set up of characters, it's very well staged and should put the viewer onto a rollercoaster of jumps and shocks.
This is the best Jason film to date, and the ending will no doubt lead to many more sequels. lets hope the quality does not slip as with the originals.
The Blue Ray has basically the same extra's of the DVD release, but with the addition of a great trivia track that goes behind the scenes whilst you watch the movie, also like the DVD version this is the extended cut, that does not really improve on the cinema version but does give the characters slightly more depth.
This Friday is bloody good fun, and is a cut above most horror films released recently.
See If You Like.....
Friday The 13th 1 - 4 (1980 - 1984)
The Hills Have Eyes Remake.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre Remake.
Scream 1 - 4
The Last House On The Left Remake.
I Spit On Your Grave Remake.