Well unless you know nothing about the horror genre or pop culture then the six of you out there do not know about Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th movie series. A kid drowns at summer camp due to counselors making sexy time. It isn’t just a kid though, he is missing a few or has extra chromosomes so he looks deformed. Plus his mom is extra protective. You know to the point of murdering all the camp counselors to avenge her son’s drowning. The she buys the farm and her now fully grown and undead son roams the camp following in his murderous mom’s footsteps. You know that old murderous revenge ghost/revenant/undead slasher bit.
Jump to 2010 and we get a reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise.
This is not a reboot of the first Friday the 13th film. It is more like a rehash of the first few movies. You get a beginning that tells the story of Mr. Voorhees and her murder spree. You get Jason taking up his mother’s “hobby.” There is the potato sack wearing Jason. Then donning of the iconic hockey mask. There is also the typical 20-somethings getting slaughtered. The movie seems to fall right into place with the original films…..and then it doesn’t!
Holy crap I’m out right now! Jason keeps hostages? Jason has an underground lair!? He captures a girl that looks like his twenty-something mother? What the frak is that about?! This is just ridiculous nonsense! How and why does he have a Viet Cong series of tunnels? This is just so stupid!
Alright well there is another group of 18-20 something’s headed out to a lake house for a party weekend. A group that includes: slutty blonde # 1 and #2, token black guy, token Asian guy, loud mouth preppy a-hole, surfer/hip stoner looking dude, and virtuous (yet dim) brunette. You expect this, but the entire group is pretty damn useless and I was begging for them to die sooner rather than later. They are all pretty repugnant, shallow, annoying or dim beyond belief. These are the victims you want to not get killed because that means you are rooting for the villain. That is not the way it is supposed to work right? You want at least one or two to survive, but just barely. Here I wanted them all dead! They were just drek!
Hey there were boobies! That is a plus right fellas! BEWBS!
Then add in that he now sets traps. See this new Jason just doesn’t kill, he traps his prey. This is just stupid. The only reason, I can see, for doing this is so that Jason can torture his victims a bit before offing them. The years of quick stabby deaths in these films has been replaced by prolonged agony for some reason.
He can fashion alarms, trip wires, run electricity and set a series of punji pits and tiger traps…but he can’t tell that a 20 something girl isn’t his mom? What? You know the girl he takes prisoner in his underground lair. Yeah! I’m not letting that one go either!
A slasher film is easy to make. A good slasher movie is more difficult than it seems. A slasher film based on a tried and true fun and gruesome franchise…well that is just impossible to make. Well it was in this instance.
Next I’ll stumble my way through the reboot of I Spit on Your Grave.