Friday the 13th pays homage, brings clichés to theaters

The hockey-masked killer with mama issues is wreaking havoc on the unluckiest day of the year in the re-imagination of the 1980 classic horror film, Friday the 13th.
The film opens in black and white on Camp Crystal Lake in 1980, with a woman being chased by someone brandishing a machete. The woman turns out to be
Pamela Voorhees, who held the camp counselors responsible for her son Jason’s accidental drowning.
In the middle of Mrs. Voorhees’ rambling on why she is doing this, a terrified camp counselor fights back and beheads Mrs. Voorhees. Alive and living in the woods,
Jason sees this and vows to avenge his mother’s death by killing anyone who gets near Camp Crystal Lake.
Two decades later, a group of college kids settle in a cabin near the lake to have a great weekend of sex, booze and drugs. When a lonely traveler (Jared Padalecki) stops by their cabin in search of his missing sister, things take a turn for the worse as Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) goes on a legendary killing spree.
The film’s writers, Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, manage to create a different mythology for the Jason Voorhees’ evolution by taking different aspects of the first three original Friday the 13th movies and putting those references into the remake. They manage to take everything that Jason fans love about the franchise, whether it’s the grisly kills that befall unlucky victims or gratuitous sex scenes.
References to the franchise include Jason covering his head with a sack as in Friday the 13th Part 2 to a climactic showdown in a barn which is a homage to Friday the 13th Part 3. The screenwriters manage to keep the same formula that made the Friday the 13th franchise famous: If you have sex or take drugs during the movie, it is guaranteed that you are doomed beyond all recognition.
The acting in the movie is average, but by the time it reaches its climax, the performances dwindle down to people screaming, crying and being on alert for Jason.
Eventually, it becomes acting that you would expect in any other horror film, no matter what franchise it is.
The characters in the film are cliché as they are the same kind that would usually show up in a movie like this. They range from the slutty girl who likes to take off her clothes to the comedic relief of the movie, who happens to be a pothead.
The first 10 minutes of the film feature Jason dispatching a group of unlucky campers in a brutal and ruthless sequence to watch.
The movie continues at a slow pace as another group of characters are introduced. The pace eventually picks up when Jason resumes gruesomely picking out the college kids one by one.
An element that makes the film more intense than its predecessors is the rejuvenation of Jason Voorhees. In all the Friday the 13th films that Jason appeared stalking his prey, he would walk slow and eventually catch up to them. This time around, he is a lean, mean killing machine and moves as fast as a NFL lineman.
Even if you were trying to outrun Jason, there would be no escape because he can move as fast as you can, which is really scary.
He can also maneuver throughout Camp Crystal Lake via a built-in tunnel system that gives him an advantage in hunting his target. Jason dispatches his prey in a ruthless and realistic fashion, even going as far as using hunting equipment – bear trap and bow and arrow – to kill those who trespass the ground he lives and feeds off of.
Though this film has typical cliché characters and barely passable acting, Friday the 13th manages to conjure up inventive kills, pay tribute to the first three Friday the 13th films and make Jason Voorhees scary again.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: 3.5 stars out of 5

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