The movie was fun and a lot of parts were funny, enjoyable, and bloody. There was so much that I wanted to love about this movie but it wasn’t an instant connection for me.
I liked what Marcus Nispel did with TCM, it was a new take on the original and I’ve stated before that I saw it as a separate movie and I had no need to compare it to the original. I thought that F13 would be pretty much the same but I couldn’t help but compare some things to the TCM remake. It’s not completely in your face but weed is involved, a bear trap and a creepy basement. Hmm…
It was an adjustment for me to see Jason “smart.” I was expecting him to be more hard-core, running after his victims instead of shuffling around but he thought of shit I didn’t even think of, and I’m not a retard living in the woods! You can play into the idea that after all the years of being on his own, he picked up some stealthy survivor skills so with that thought you can take it or leave it.
Also this is just a “me” thing but I was all jazzed up for that first kill, the ultimate kick-off and well, we don’t really get to see it follow through. I took into account that the body of the first person was later found so I saw that as a way to capture the essences of the original series where a person is running away from Jason and BAM they run into a dead body.
And “me” again, I could have used more blood and gore. It could have been a way to keep the feel of the original by keeping the kills semi-simple and not to over-the-top but these days I watch movies with buckets of gore and I was hoping for a little bit of that. Look at The Hill Have Eyes remake, it’s loyal to the original but the gore/kills were more fantastic!
I think that if you love the Jason series you’ll find something to love about the remake and I feel once I see it again I’ll be able to take in a little more and settled my indecisiveness.
And now on to… His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
After spending this week re-watching all the Friday movies, this documentary is the most perfect wrap-up. I didn’t get my reason on why Jason died as a child and came back as a grown-man but the notion that he is a “supernatural zombie” helped ease my mind about the whole thing.
The doc has a lot of great and funny cast and crew interviews, behind the scenes clips and 4 hours of bonus material. I have to recommend this to all Friday fans and even if you’re not a hard-core fan, you’ll still enjoy this doc.