November 28, 2023

Friday The 13th (2009)

Friday the 13th 2009In 1980 the face of horror movies changed with Friday the 13th.  We were introduced to Camp Crystal Lake and a killer named Jason Voorhees (yes, I know that Jason’s mother was the killer in the original… stick with me).  From 1980 to 2003, we were given 11 sequels that took Jason from Crystal Lake to deep space,  New York City and even to Hell.  After nearly 30 years it was time for this franchise to get rebooted… apparently.

Horror movies have never been about plot so I won’t bore you with details other than to say that this is theoretically re-telling the first four Friday the 13th films.  There are some obvious differences from the originals.

For example, the original film takes place during the opening credits of this version and Jason witnesses his mother’s death.  From there we follow Clay as he’s attempting to locate his sister Whitney who’s been “missing” for 6 weeks after a camping trip to Crystal Lake.

If you ask me there’s no need for this to be a reboot – it could have just as easily been a sequel and I would have been happy.  Other than the fact that Michael Bay produced this one there’s not a single big name in the cast or crew.  That’s actually a good thing though as I hate seeing a horror movie with someone I know in it.

Aside from the loose plot similarities and the fact that Jason wears a hockey mask this really isn’t a Friday the 13th movie.  Part of what made Jason so scary is that he was methodical and plodding.  He really did stalk his prey and just waited for them to trip and fall.  In this incarnation he’s anything but plodding… he’s quick, fast and ready for action.

He’s also (apparently) a great archer which leads to a great kill.  Speaking of kills, there are some great ones here.  The bow and arrow head shot from out of nowhere, a teen being cooked in a sleeping bag (post-coitus of course) and a very inventive screwdriver to the throat really speak to the “slasher” genre.  I saw the “Killer Cut” so I’m not sure what was in the theater version but there are a few in there that are really brutal.  If I wasn’t constantly comparing this to the originals I would have been very entertained.

Friday the 13th (2009) Recommendation

If you’re a fan of horror flicks you should definitely check this one out.  If you’re a Friday the 13th purist (cause there are so many of us out there) you may be a bit let down.  For my money the original is one of the best horror flicks out there (with Halloween being a close second) and I just don’t believe that it needed to be retold.  That said, I’m REALLY interested to see what the next movie brings us… it will be the 13th installment.  Time will tell!


I've been a fan of horror and slasher movies for as long as I can remember. I consider the original Halloween to be the best horror movie of all time and my guilty pleasure horror flick would be The Exorcist III. You can find me on Twitter at @406Northlane or TikTok @406Northlane where I'm sure I'll offend you at least once a day.

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14 years ago

Yeah, I wasn’t too impressed with this flick. It was a giant, bloody waste of time. They covered the entire first movie before the credits were done rolling… dumb. At that point, all they did was recycle a story that is similar to the last 9 movies. This had potential, but all in all it just showed me that there’s no real script to be interested in.

Dear Hollywood,

Please get an original idea and stop whoring out my childhood.

Children of the 80′s

PS – I suppose I should at least thank you for the pointless, yet gratuitous nudity.

9 years ago

Ok, I’m late coming in, but no big names in this movie? Jared Padalecki from Supernatural might not be a household name, but IF you are a fan of the show, you know who he is. And this show, has a LOT of fans. And Danielle Panabaker? This is her genre! I love almost anything that has to do with Friday the 13th, and this one was no exception. I’ll take this over part 2 and 3 anyday.

9 years ago
Reply to  Chewie

She knows Jared’s look of constant constipation was not why she liked this movie. 🙂 But he is definitely a well-known actor – even at the time.

9 years ago
Reply to  Chewie

Supernatural was pretty popular when the movie came out. I’ll get you to watch it one day!

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