Last night I attended a free screener of the remake
of Friday the 13th.
Mods I put this here cause I see it as "media" and not "sci-fi" but move if if necessary of course.
My grade: A
This film is one that I loved as teen growing up in the 80's/90's. I liked most all of the blantly commercialized theme horror franchises. So much so that to this day I have avoided watching the Rob Zombie Halloween
remake. Why? The original was perfect and needed no updating. The shot for shot remake of Psycho
, not needed. To date and prior to Friday the 13th
s remake only Texas Chainsaw Massacre
was tolerable. The visuals needed an update and the story was still good in the remake but it still didn't capture that same magic.
What they did with Friday the 13th was take the paper thin plot points that are there, not only in the first film but the first 3 films, and make one really good movie. Its tighter and flows better cause the story is more prevalent. They also take the iconongraphy and visuals of those first three films and fit them into this one as well.
Jason's mom is seen as a killer on film to honor the first film.
Jason in a burlap bag as a killer is seen.
Jason doesn't get his iconic hockey mask till the end of the first act about 40 min into the film.
Having essentially taken the first 3 films and made this one into a good film I can only wonder if additional sequels will become as hollow and shallow as the sequels of old. Guess we shall see cause I suspect this will do well if the energy in my screener is any indication.