Cops in the area of Camp Crystal Lake

Discussion in 'Science Fiction & Fantasy' started by Bad Bishop, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Bad Bishop

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    In Friday the 13th (2009), Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki) goes searching for Whitney, his missing sister. A cop (Richard Burgi) offers no help; the local police have basically given up.

    But why? Did the cops not find that filthy cabin near the lake? Clay found it easily. Did they know about the cabin, but considered it to be completely irrelevant to search for the missing girl and the other kids? Why? They should have searched the place during daylight. And how did the cops miss the GPS unit dropped by one of Jason's victims? Clay found it.

    The cops have a lot to answer for in this film. Did they completely fail to find victims or stop Jason because they were shorthanded? Or were the cops just lazy or incompetent?
     
  2. paudemge

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    Maybe there where scared. What happens at camp crystal lake, stays at camp crystal lake
     
  3. Ríu ríu chíu

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    Has there ever been a competent police officer in *any* horror film? If they had good cops, they wouldn't have a story. :p
     
  4. The Borgified Corpse

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  5. Teelie

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    There are good cops, they just do dumb things to get killed off quickly before they can do something right. The rest of the time, yeah, they have idiots for cops.
     
  6. Lindley

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    Unless the cop is the main character, as in Slither.....
     
  7. Harvey

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    I don't think the police force of Crystal Lake has been particularly competent in any incarnation of the series, least of all the crappy remake. Chalk it up as another (bad) horror film convention.
     
  8. darkwing_duck1

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    In horror films, cops are one of three things:

    1) hideously incompetent (most)

    2) competent but shackled by office/city politics (Jaws, Predator II)

    or 3) in on the horror (The Howling)
     
  9. nx1701g

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    Or like Peter in Dawn of the Dead.
     
  10. JacksonArcher

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    I think a lot of things were incompetent in the Friday the 13th remake besides that sex scene.
     
  11. Starbreaker

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    I'm a huge fan of the franchise, and this is probably one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I'd rather you not bring it up again. :lol:
     
  12. Trubinator

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    I believe many consider the first Terminator film to be science fiction/horror. And the police weren't quite stupid in that movie.
     
  13. Hermiod

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    ^Hold on, though. They arrest Reese, and he tells them a story about robotic killing machines and how one of them is chasing Sarah etc etc etc. That story was clearly recorded.

    Then, a man meeting the description Reese gave attacks the police station, wipes out most of the officers stationed there but the psychologist who interviewed Reese clearly survives. At no point during what must have been one of the largest criminal investigations in American history (somebody murdered at least a dozen cops after all) did somebody watch that tape ?
     
  14. Trubinator

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    I think they referenced that in T2. The cops and the psychologist probably remembered what they wanted to and made assumptions they were comfortable with. I see that as realistic because most people are stupid...
     
  15. Teelie

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    Most people aren't stupid. That's a stupid assumption to make. Most people are quite willing to bury the truth in their subconcious and forget it in favor of a lie that's more believable however, which is a very valid assumption. What's better to know: a man goes in with full body armor and stirkes it lucky killing a dozen officers or he's a robotic killing machine from the future and virtually unstoppable with modern weaponry?
     
  16. Trubinator

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    The full body armor explanation only works until you see the security footage from the police station. Kevlar can stop small caliber rounds, but I don't think anybody would keep to that theory after seeing Ahnuld being pelted by assault rifles. And I think a few officers even shot him in the face; rationalize that, I challenge you!
     
  17. Teelie

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    People can do that. They often rationalize otherwise unrational events to fit into an accepted mindset. History is rife with examples.
     
  18. The Borgified Corpse

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    I don't think anyone shot him in the face. While it wouldn't have killed him, it would have created very visible damage to the skin on his face. I didn't see any such damage during that scene. His face underwent some initial damage during the 1st car chase with Reese & Sarah (which is why he wears sunglasses for most of the movie after that). And then, I don't spot any further facial damage until that semi-truck runs him over.