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Friday the 13th (2009)

  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 38,566 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 13 February 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min | 106 min (extended edition)
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Friday the 13th (2009)


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  • IMDb page: Friday the 13th (2009)
  • Rate: 5.5/10 total 38,566 votes 
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Date: 13 February 2009 (USA)
  • Runtime: 97 min | 106 min (extended edition)
  • Filming Location: Austin Studios – 1901 E. 51st Street, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Budget: $19,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $64,997,188(USA)(19 April 2009)
  • Director: Marcus Nispel
  • Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti and Derek Mears
  • Original Music By: Steve Jablonsky   
  • Soundtrack: I Like It, I Love It
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Camp | Lake | Axe | Tent | 1980s

Writing Credits By:

  • Damian Shannon (screenplay) &
  • Mark Swift (screenplay)
  • Damian Shannon (story) &
  • Mark Swift (story) and
  • Mark Wheaton (story)
  • Victor Miller (characters)

Known Trivia

  • The first film in the series released by both New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures. Originally, Paramount owned the rights to the series after the original was released in 1980 but sold the rights to New Line Cinema in the early 1990’s after poor box office returns of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan. New Line bought the rights to the characters of Jason Voorhees and Pamela Voorhees, the Crystal Lake name, and the trademark for the title “Friday the 13th”. All footage from the first eight films and the remake rights for the first film remained the property of Paramount. New Line Cinema released Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Jason X and Freddy vs. Jason. When Platinum Dunes came aboard to develop the new film, they wanted the freedom to use scenarios and characters from the films still owned by Paramount. After a legal dispute, the companies decided to co-produce the 2009 film.
  • Jennifer Sciole auditioned for a lead role.
  • Israeli actress Moran Atias was originally cast but had to be replaced early into filming.
  • Tommy Jarvis, a character that appeared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, and Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI was at one point confirmed by producers Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes to be returning as Jason’s nemesis.
  • Jonathan Liebesman, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, which was also produced by Platinum Dunes, was once in negotiations to direct the film. Rather, Dunes decided to bring back Marcus Nispel who directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • In this movie Jason wears both the legendary hockey mask and the burlap sac, although neither of those appeared in the original Friday the 13th. The burlap sac was the first mask worn by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 2 and the hockey mask did not appear until Friday the 13th Part III.
  • John Moore was considered for the directing job at early stages of production.
  • Scout Taylor-Compton auditioned for the role of ‘Jenna’ which eventually went to Danielle Panabaker.
  • Aaron Yoo actually won the role of “Chewie” very close to shooting. Up until then, one of the top choices to play him was David Blue.
  • Principal photography wrapped on Friday, June 13, 2008. Additionally, the American theatrical release date was Friday, February 13, 2009.

Goofs: Continuity: When Chelsea is wake boarding, when she first gets up, she is clearly putting her left foot forward (regular stance) however the first shot immediately after this, her right foot is forward (goofy), yet every other shot she is wake boarding with her left foot forward (regular).

Plot: A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions. Full summary »  »

Story: A group of young adults set up tent near the abandoned summer camp where a series of gruesome murders are said to have taken place back in 1980. The perpetrator was a grieving mother, driven insane by the drowning of her child, Jason, whom she believed was neglected by the camp counselors. As legend has it, the last survivor of the attacks beheaded the woman. But then Jason came back, and now he is a vengeful and inexorable killer, wielding crossbows, swords, axes and other sharp instruments. The legend proves horribly true, as these campers quickly discover. Six months later, the brother of one of those campers distributes posters of his missing sister. The police believe she took off with her boyfriend; but he knows better. The brother crosses paths with an uptight young rich guy who is having his girlfriend and friends over at his parents' cabin. The brother ends up at the cabin himself just before his sister's attacker sets upon them all.Written by J. Spurlin  


Synopsis: Young friends Whitney (Amanda Righetti), Mike (Nick Mennell), Richie (Ben Feldman), Amanda (America Olivio), and Wade (Jonathan Sadowski) end up missing in the woods near the abandoned Camp Crystal Lake (made famous by the original 1980 film), after allowing their curiosity to get the better of them and visiting the site where a physcopathic killer resides. Meanwhile Trent (Travis Van Winkle) invites friends Jenna (Danielle Panabaker), Bree (Julianna Guill), Chewie (Aaron Yoo), Chelsea (Willa Ford), Lawrence (Arlen Escarpta), and Nolan (Ryan Hansen) to his cabin on the lake for a weekend of sex, booze, and drugs. However their seemingly fun weekend soon escalates into a nightmare after lone traveler Clay (Jared Padalecki) shows up looking for his missing sister Whitney and the young adults soon find themselves face to face with evil reborn, reimagined, and rebooted, and his name is Jason Vorhees (Derek Mears).


FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Michael Bay known as producer
  • Sean S. Cunningham known as producer
  • Andrew Form known as producer
  • Bradley Fuller known as producer (as Brad Fuller)
  • Walter Hamada known as executive producer
  • Alma Kuttruff known as co-producer
  • Guy Stodel known as executive producer
  • Brian Witten known as executive producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Jared Padalecki known as Clay Miller
  • Danielle Panabaker known as Jenna
  • Amanda Righetti known as Whitney Miller
  • Travis Van Winkle known as Trent
  • Aaron Yoo known as Chewie
  • Derek Mears known as Jason Voorhees
  • Jonathan Sadowski known as Wade
  • Julianna Guill known as Bree
  • Ben Feldman known as Richie
  • Arlen Escarpeta known as Lawrence
  • Ryan Hansen known as Nolan
  • Willa Ford known as Chelsea
  • Nick Mennell known as Mike
  • America Olivo known as Amanda
  • Kyle Davis known as Donnie
  • Richard Burgi known as Officer Bracke
  • Chris Coppola known as Gas Station Attendant
  • Rosemary Knower known as Old Lady
  • Bob King known as Old Caretaker
  • Nana Visitor known as Pamela Voorhees
  • Stephanie Rhodes known as Camp Counselor
  • Caleb Guss known as Young Jason Voorhees
  • Travis Davis known as Officer Lund
  • Kathleen Garrett known as Voice Artist (voice)
  • Jaime De La Rosa known as Crystal Lake Townsman (uncredited)



Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Roland Blancaflor known as foam runner
  • Catherine Conrad known as key hair stylist
  • Mitch Devane known as sculptor
  • Chris Gallaher known as key special effects makeup artist: additional photography (as Christopher Gallaher)
  • Aaron Globerman known as appliance technician
  • Chris Hampton known as moldmaker
  • Tim Jarvis known as on-set special effects makeup artist
  • Kevin Kirkpatrick known as makeup effects technician
  • Christine Mansfield known as hair fabrication
  • Nicole Michaud known as hair fabrication
  • Carla Palmer known as makeup department head (as Carla E. Palmer)
  • Charmaine Richards known as assistant hair stylist
  • Charmaine Richards known as hair department head: additional photography
  • Scott Stoddard known as special effects makeup supervisor
  • Kara Sutherlin known as assistant makeup artist: additional photography
  • Kara Sutherlin known as key makeup artist

Art Department:

  • David Michael Ableman known as scenic artist (as Mike Ableman)
  • Annilee Ballentine known as buyer: Dallas (as Annilee Ballentine Ramirez)
  • J.P. Barrow known as welder
  • Doug Brode known as storyboard artist: additional photography
  • Rodney Brown known as foreman
  • Marcia Bruscato-Poss known as construction buyer
  • Brandon Campbell known as additional props: additional photography
  • Jack Colmenero known as swing: additional photography
  • April Crump known as set dresser
  • April Crump known as swing: additional photography
  • Patricia Dillon known as buyer
  • Tim Dingle known as sign writer: additional photography
  • Travis Eisenberg known as prop maker/stand-by carpenter: additional photography
  • Travis Eisenberg known as propmaker
  • Doug Field known as assistant property master
  • Doug Field known as assistant property master: additional photography
  • Quinn Frick known as laborer
  • Quinn Frick known as laborer: additional photography
  • William F. Gambill known as on-set painter (as William Gambill)
  • Ken Gaston-Kilgore known as set dresser (as Kenneth Gaston-Kilgore)
  • Jammie S. Goodman known as painter (as Jimmie Goodman)
  • Juliet Guimont known as scenic artist
  • Mark Gutierrez known as utility technician
  • Mark Hanks known as swing: additional photography
  • Eric Henshaw known as greens foreman
  • Meredith Johns known as prop fabricator
  • Garry Kirks known as gang boss
  • Jim Kolmar known as art department assistant
  • Ellen Lampl known as graphic designer
  • Marcus LaPorte known as additional props: additional photography
  • Marcus LaPorte known as sculptor
  • Timothy W. Lobdell known as propmaker (as Tim Lobdell)
  • David MacDonald known as set dresser
  • Pat Martine known as paint foreman
  • Pat Martine known as scenic artist: additional photography
  • Ana Martinez known as set dressing buyer
  • Andy McCauley known as gang boss
  • Andy McCauley known as gang boss: additional photography
  • Joe McCusker known as construction coordinator
  • Joe McCusker known as construction coordinator: additional photography
  • Benson Moore known as greensman
  • Richard M. Moore known as propmaker (as Richard Moore)
  • Barbara Nadeau known as painter
  • Tyler Noel known as painter
  • Jorge Paris known as art department coordinator
  • John Parker known as on-set dresser
  • John Parker known as on-set dresser: additional photography
  • Shane Patrick known as leadman
  • Scott Perez known as set dresser
  • Rob Perkins known as scenic gang boss
  • Ron Perkins known as foreman
  • Rick Perry known as assistant stand-by greensman
  • Adele Plauche known as set designer
  • Jeff Poss known as additional props: additional photography
  • Victoria Ramirez known as props assistant
  • Scott A. Reeder known as props assistant (as Scott Reeder)
  • Jeremy Reeves known as set dresser
  • Felix Rosales III known as utility technician
  • Dana Sanchez known as scenic artist
  • Steve Sawhill known as leadman: additional photography
  • Jason Schulte known as stand-by greensman
  • Jason Schulte known as stand-by greensman: additional photography
  • Alan R. Serotta known as gang boss
  • John C. Smith Jr. known as scenic artist (as John Smith Jr.)
  • Corissa Smith known as scenic foreman
  • Wallace R. Symns known as greens lead (as Wallace Symns)
  • Wallace R. Symns known as lead greensman: additional photography (as Wallace Symns)
  • Gary Wimmer known as lead scenic artist
  • Robert R. Wonson known as set dresser
  • Robert R. Wonson known as swing: additional photography
  • Koen Wooten known as property master
  • Koen Wooten known as property master: additional photography
  • Mark Alan Yates known as storyboard artist
  • Susan A. Benson known as prop fabricator (uncredited)
  • Alison Hatfield known as art department intern (uncredited)




Production Companies:

  • New Line Cinema (presents)
  • Paramount Pictures (presents)
  • Platinum Dunes
  • Crystal Lake Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Arata Music  score recorded at
  • Behind the Scenes Freight  shipping by
  • Brigade Security of Texas  security
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  hydrascope telescoping crane arm
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  remote camera systems
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  stabilized remote camera systems
  • Company 3  digital intermediate
  • Company 3  main titles
  • DeWitt Stern of California  insurance
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Entertainment Partners  payroll
  • Film Finances  completion guarantor
  • Frankfurt Warner Klein & Selz  business and legal affairs
  • Hat Trick Catering  catering
  • Hollywood Trucks  entertainment transportation
  • New Line Records  soundtrack
  • Panavision  lighting equipment (as Panavision Lighting)
  • Remote Control Productions  score mixed at
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Soundelux  post-production sound services
  • Soundelux  sound editorial by
  • Todd-AO Studios  adr recorded at
  • Todd-AO Studios  foley recorded at
  • Todd-AO Studios  sound re-recording
  • V & J Translations  subtitle QC services: Romanian
  • Wild Bunch, The  animals


  • Bontonfilm (2009) (Czech Republic) (theatrical)
  • Finnkino (2009) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • Forum Cinemas (2009) (Lithuania) (theatrical)
  • New Line Cinema (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Japan (2009) (Japan) (theatrical) (as Paramount Pictures Japan)
  • Paramount Pictures (2009) (Australia) (theatrical)
  • Paramount Pictures (2009) (France) (theatrical)
  • Solar Entertainment (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical) (as Solar Entertainment)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Denmark) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Poland) (theatrical)
  • United International Pictures (UIP) (2009) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Switzerland) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Universal Pictures International (UPI) (2009) (Russia) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment (2009) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2009) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • New Line Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • New Line Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment Finland (2009) (Finland) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • RTL Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (TV) (RTL5)
  • Warner Bros. Pictures (2009) (USA) (all media)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD) (extended cut)



Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Asylum VFX (visual effects) (as Asylum Effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Brian Bell known as lighting artist: Asylum
  • Elissa Bello known as roto/paint artist: Asylum
  • Jason Bidwell known as roto/paint artist: Asylum
  • Rob Blue known as compositing artist: Asylum
  • Phil Brennan known as digital effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Des Carey known as visual effects supervisor: Company 3
  • Kathy Chasen-Hay known as visual effects executive producer: Asylum
  • Kevin Culhane known as animator: Asylum
  • Mitchell S. Drain known as visual effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Elizabeth Hitt known as visual effects producer: Asylum
  • Stephanie Ide known as roto/paint artist: Asylum
  • Daniel Elliott Linger known as roto/paint artist: Asylum (as Daniel Linger)
  • Michael Lori known as tracking artist: Asylum (as Mike Lori)
  • Valy Lungoccia known as roto/paint artist: Asylum
  • Matthew Maude known as shading supervisor: Asylum
  • Nathan McGuiness known as visual effects supervisor: Asylum
  • Gavin Miljkovich known as visual effects artist
  • Eddie Offermann known as tracking artist: Asylum
  • Julian Sarmiento known as modeling artist: Asylum
  • Junko Schugardt known as roto/paint artist: Asylum
  • Christopher Shy known as pre-visualization artist
  • Tom Stanton known as tracking artist: Asylum
  • John Stewart known as compositing supervisor: Asylum
  • Greg Stuhl known as lead modeler: Asylum
  • Aaron Vest known as lighting artist: Asylum
  • Daniel Warom known as digital artist: Asylum
  • Jeff Werner known as head of CG: Asylum
  • Andrew Cochrane known as lead fluid effects technical director (uncredited)
  • Alexander Lee known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Jonathan Vaughn known as visual effects artist (uncredited)
  • Jack Zaloga known as visual effects artist (uncredited)

Release Date:

  • USA 9 February 2009 (Los Angeles, California) (premiere)
  • Belgium 11 February 2009
  • France 11 February 2009
  • Switzerland 11 February 2009 (French speaking region)
  • Argentina 12 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 12 February 2009
  • Netherlands 12 February 2009
  • New Zealand 12 February 2009
  • Peru 12 February 2009 (limited)
  • Portugal 12 February 2009
  • Russia 12 February 2009
  • Switzerland 12 February 2009 (German speaking region)
  • UK 12 February 2009 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • Austria 13 February 2009
  • Brazil 13 February 2009
  • Bulgaria 13 February 2009
  • Canada 13 February 2009
  • Denmark 13 February 2009
  • Estonia 13 February 2009
  • Finland 13 February 2009
  • Germany 13 February 2009
  • Iceland 13 February 2009
  • Ireland 13 February 2009
  • Italy 13 February 2009
  • Japan 13 February 2009
  • Lithuania 13 February 2009
  • Mexico 13 February 2009
  • Norway 13 February 2009
  • Panama 13 February 2009
  • Peru 13 February 2009
  • Spain 13 February 2009
  • Sweden 13 February 2009
  • UK 13 February 2009
  • USA 13 February 2009
  • Ukraine 13 February 2009
  • Venezuela 13 February 2009
  • Croatia 26 February 2009
  • Australia 12 March 2009
  • Israel 12 March 2009
  • Latvia 13 March 2009
  • South Korea 13 March 2009
  • United Arab Emirates 19 March 2009
  • Greece 26 March 2009
  • Romania 27 March 2009
  • Malaysia 9 April 2009
  • Philippines 11 April 2009
  • Egypt 22 April 2009
  • Czech Republic 23 April 2009
  • Hong Kong 23 April 2009
  • Singapore 23 April 2009
  • Ecuador 24 April 2009
  • Turkey 24 April 2009
  • India 8 May 2009
  • Poland 22 May 2009
  • Slovakia 23 July 2009
  • Hungary 17 September 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, language and drug material



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  1. Tom Foolery from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    Did you know a horror franchise drowned a day before this week? TheProducer and Directer weren't paying any attention… They werecounting their money while that cult icon drowned. It's name was Fridaythe 13th. I watching the night it happened. Losing my temper… there.I was a fan. Friday the 13th should have been awesome. Every minute! Itwas… It wasn't a very good remake. We can give up now… fans.

    You see Friday the 13th was my favorite movie… and today it wasraped.

    I mistakingly had high expectations of this movie. Of course I wasbothered by the fact that Marcus Nispel, who did such a smash up job onTexas Chainsaw Massacre remake, was directing. In fact besides the factthat Jason wore a hockey mask, had an affinity for machetes and hismother was in it for five seconds. It was almost impossible todifferentiate between the two movies. Lots of slack jawed yokels andshaky camera action in the dark, just like Chainsaw. Poor story tellingwith numerous loose ends, just like Chainsaw. Terrible adaptation, justlike Chainsaw.

    Okay, maybe I'm being a little too hard on the movie. The first fewminutes of the movie were incredible. Of coarse there' no rhyme orreason to Jason's return from the grave, but they never had on in theoriginal either. The elements that they took from the first four movieswere there, and yes I said 'Four' movies. There were elements from theFinal Chapter despite what the propaganda says. The acting wasn'tterrible. Yoo's character was probably the funniest character to everbe in a Friday the 13th to date. The under the dock kill was so classicthat it felt like it belonged and it was good to see Jason in his oldsack mask again.

    Many key elements were there, but only for a second or two. Mrs.Voorhees head wasn't really elaborated on and wouldn't be caught assignificant to anyone who hadn't seen the original movies. Despite allthe hype about how Jason gets his hockey mask in this movie, it was abig let down and just seemed a little too convenient. The locals in thetown were basically rejects from the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In factthe scenery may have appeared New Englandish… but the locals justscreamed, "I'm from Texas!"

    Jason Voorhees. How could they screw up a character like JasonVoorhees? Give these folks a hand though. They did it. I started torealize that Jason wasn't quite himself around the sleeping bag deathscene. First and foremost Jason is a killer, not a sadistic torturer.Sure he's done some pretty brutal things to his victims, but roasting aperson alive, just isn't his style. It's too much set up for Jasonhonestly. Additionally, if Jason has you on the ground with a machetecoming down at you, you are DEAD. He doesn't lock you in his basementand keep you alive for months because you're a pretty girl who lookslike his mother. Jason kills. And he especially kills if youimpersonate his mother.

    The end… in more ways than one. When I watched the ending of thismovie I literally had the feeling that I was ripped off. The pay offwith the wood chipper wasn't even utilized here. And then for somereason the survivor(s), another thing that was lame, decided to dumphis body in the lake. This means they had to actively decide it was agood idea to get rid of the evidence that they were not the manics thatkilled a bunch of people, but it also means that they had to take Jasonout of the chipper, take the chain off his neck, remove his mask, andcarry him all the way out to the dock. And if Jason was playing possumthe entire time, why didn't he just kill them when he still had accessto a wood chipper and a barn full of tools?

    In fact this movie raised nothing but questions. Who killed Mrs.Voorhees? What ever happened to her? Why did Jason miraculously comeback from the dead? Why was his body still intact after all those yearsin the lake? Why does Jason wear a mask? How did he keep the rats fromeating his mother's head? Why did the local cops not botherinvestigating anything? How did Jason learn to hook up electricity tohis camp? Why didn't the power company notice nobody's paying theelectric bill for an abandoned summer camp? Why would Jason keep somegirl chained up in his basement? Why do all the locals of Crystal Lakeappear to have come from Texas? Why did they bother doing makeup forJason when they show his face for maybe two frames of the whole movie?Why does Jason pop out of the lake at the end with his mask on? Whatwere they thinking? Why did I see this miserable attempt to remake agreat movie? Why am I wasting more time on a bad review? Why are youstill reading?

    All in all a terrible movie.

  2. simon-prometheus from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    "Jason was my son, and today is his birthday…" Twelve birthdays havepassed for the masked killer Jason Voorhees since the series was bornthirty years ago back in the golden age of slasher films. Of the slewof terms studios use to avoid the word 'remake' I suppose the best termto describe the latest 13th film would be rejuvenation. The seriesstarted its downward spiral after part IV and while director MarcusNipsel's doesn't wipe the slate clean, he ads enough pizazz to make itthe best of the series in nearly two decades.

    To give credit where it is due, this film does a number of things withthe Jason character that are certainly a relief. Nipsel has opted to doaway with the supernatural element and the super-zombie- Jason angle aswell as giving Jason some spunk and cunning that he left with him atthe bottom of Crystal Lake before part VI. Along with discarding thesecumbersome characteristics, Jason is graced with a hunter/gatherermentality that has him setting snares, traps and siphoning gasolinefrom locals. This is what the character should be; a loner forced tofend for himself in the forest; disturbed and deadly.

    From the get go I thought this movie was a disaster. Never before had Iseen poorer character development or less tense of a build- up. Butdon't leave the theatre so soon, as the opening act is graced with anifty twist that you will not see coming. The calibre of the acting hasnever been a prominent staple of the Friday films, but this latestoffering certainly comes closest to what could be considered as such.The dialogue is acceptable, only occasionally displaying the wincefactor, and the leads are likable enough that you care just enough thatyou don't wish for a machete to the skull.

    Years have passed since young Jason drowned at Camp Crystal lake, andthe rein of Pamela Voorhees (Nana Visitor in a cameo) has been cutshort…pun intended. Returning to the town of terror, much to thechagrin of the sheriff is Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki) who longs tofind his sister (Amanda Righetti) who disappeared along with herfriends a month prior. Clay's journey intertwines with a group offriends venturing to a cabin for a weekend of booze, boobs and bongsincluding Jenna (Danielle Panabaker), the cabins snooty owner, Trent(Travis Van Winkle) the resident stoner, Chewie (Not to be confusedwith Chewbacca, Aaron Yoo) among others. Their story lines are forcedcloser together still as people go missing, and soon the terrifyingforce from the nearby abandoned camp is revealed.

    Aside from the Jason overhaul, who can run, jump and kill with the bestof them, I enjoyed how the director managed to make the characters dostupid things, without making the characters themselves seem equallyidiotic. The way the story unfolds, it is only the frantic ramblings ofa few characters that claim a threat, which allows the others to wanderto their bloody demises. There are still all the trademark Fridayelements; a lot of booze, a lot of pot and a lot of nudity (which isoverdone at times) When Jason first rears his ugly head, he has not yetdonned his hockey mask, and I was interested to see if they could havehim happen across it in an uncontrived manner; I was pleased if notblown away.

    Fans of the series should at least be content with the latest offering,but really there is nothing new enough to become ecstatic about. Onedeath aside, it is predictable, and the gore and deaths are lessinventive then the early films. There are moments of tension to becertain, and the climax, like all Friday films, does not fail todisappoint. Disposable, but nothing special, when Jason does return Iam hoping for a full overhaul of the horror icon that will not be asunlucky as its title implies.

    6.5 / 10.0

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  3. capkronos ( from Ohio, USA
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    I didn't expect much of anything other than a few memorable kills andmaybe a cheap jump scare here and there. This pathetic excuse for amovie couldn't even deliver that much. For starters, I personally can'tstand how recent horror movies are shot. Everything has the same dark,muddy and flat-looking quality, with no real clarity of picture andirritating shakycam going into overdrive during 90 percent of thehorror/action scenes because far too many directors today aren'ttalented enough to stage an effective horror or action scene withoutit. The gore was often even hard to make out because of thecamera-work, too, which renders something like this almost completelypointless. And while the 1980s Friday films aren't what I'd call genreclassics, you could at least clearly make out the gory scenes insteadof getting a split flash of some CGI effect while the cameraman goesinto a seizure. Bah-humbug, I know. But I swear I really did try mybest to like this one. Honest!

    Defenders of this latest bargain basement remake will say thingslike…

    "It's not supposed to have a storyline or plot!" or "The acting issupposed to be bad!" or "The dialogue is supposed to be stupid!" or"The characters are supposed to be unbearably obnoxious and annoying!"or "It's not supposed to be scary!" Well OK then. I'd now like to takethe opportunity to congratulate Mr. Nispel for making an unscary,ugly-looking, suspense-free movie with bad acting, terrible dialogue,forgettable kills and annoying characters. Way to go Marcus!

    What other "goodies" do we get here? Let's see…

    For some reason, the film opens with all the credits but waits untilabout twenty minutes in to reveal the TITLE.

    Half of the dialogue seems to consist of either the "f" word or "dude."And what's up with every person talking to themselves? Every time aperson was alone they were having a conversation. With whom? I have noclue. When a floorboard creaks it's not really necessary to havesomeone say "What was that? I better go upstairs and see what that is!"Or, in Friday remake terms it's more like… "What tha @#!* was that@#!* ? Dayum I need to go up doz @#!*' stairs to investigate me some@#!*!" The characters are all pretty awful – a bunch of annoying, smug,self-satisfied, foul-mouthed twits who seem like they need toimmediately be committed to a rehab program. Naturally all the whitecharacters get to pair off and have sex, while no one seems the leastbit interested in the one black and one Asian character. Since theblack guy can't get laid he's reduced to pleasuring himself whilelistening to whitey going at it upstairs. At least three different malevictims said "What the @#!*?" when they were confronted with Jason. Theblack guy had a slight variation though since he's black. Seriously,whoever wrote this should be embarrassed.

    The cast was also bad. Travis Van Winkle should never act again. Whatis the appeal of this guy anyway? He can't act for squat and resemblesVincent from the Beauty and the Beast TV series. And Jared Padalecki(though one of the better actors here) would probably look betterwithout the Farrah Fawcett hairdo. I had a very difficult time tellingthe actresses they hired apart. When blonde #1 was killed and they cutback to the cabin to blonde #2 I was like "I thought she was alreadydead?" And then there's a missing sister, who I kept confusing with therich jock's girlfriend toward the end. If you can hire a black and anAsian actor to help diffuse all the shaggy-haired white boys, then whycan't you hire an attractive black or Asian actress? Preferrably onewho isn't sporting a set of distracting and unnatural-looking siliconecans like several actresses in this film. No wonder Willa Ford couldn'tkeep herself under water for long! Note to parents: If your 18-year-olddaughter begs you for a set of DD bolt-on's for her 18th birthday, gether a Prada handbag instead. She'll thank you later.

    The film is full of extremely stupid moments and scenes. Getting hitdirectly in the head by a speedboat going about 50 miles per hour willonly result in a tiny little boo-boo. And the extensive lair ofunderground catacombs under Jason's house? Did Jason dig all that outor is it some sewer system in the middle of the woods? Maybe a formercoal mine… with an escape hatch through an overturned school bus?Whaaaaaaa? Then we have Jason keeping a hostage. Well, the Jason I likedon't play like that. Are they trying to now "humanize" him like RobZombie did with Michael Myers in his equally wretched "remake" ofHALLOWEEN? Urghhh…

    It all leads up to an ending that fails just as badly as the rest ofthe movie. The original has that legendary moment that made people jumpfrom their seats while the people who made this botched thatopportunity because of a completely awful editing cut. So I'm sad tosay, but in my estimation, this was sloppy, irritating and pretty muchjust plain boring and tiresome. It could have been fun. It's not. Atleast to me. JASON GOES TO HELL and JASON X were even better than this!

  4. Andy-1981 from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    (Slight spoilers, though nothing major. Hell, the whole rotten movie isa "spoiler")

    Upon viewing the opening third of this movie, I swear I thought thefilm had been written by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (the talentlessbrothers behind such pieces of dung such as THERE'S SOMETHING ABOUTMARY, and ME, MYSELF, AND IRENE) because the film assaulted theaudience with embarrassingly crude, off-color, profanity-riddendialogue.

    The film also stoops to presenting distressingly stereotypicalcharacters, including blatantly adding the token black guy and thetoken Asian guy and then tries to poke fun at it! ("Just because I'mblack, that mean I can't listen to Green Day?") The film didn't get anybetter from there.

    As a longtime, die-hard Friday fan, I cringed as I watched thefilmmakers completely destroy the myth and character of Jason Voorheesby turning him into a psycho, inbred redneck — directly out of theTexas CHAINSAW series (directed by an individual who directed thecrappy remake of that, and using actors from that remake too!). Absurdwas the plot point of Jason holding the girl hostage (for reasons thatwere never truly made clear)– since when has Jason EVER done anythinglike that? Oh right, we're making him into Leatherface now.

    The lighting was awful, the kills were mostly too fast and too dark tobe enjoyed, Derek Mears was OK but unremarkable as Jason. I'll credithim for doing the best with the sickeningly bad material he had to workwith.

    Worst of all, the film tries to have it both ways — it tries to createa scary Jason, but makes the characters so repugnantly unappealing thatthe audience is rooting for Jason. You can't have your cake and eat ittoo: either have a scary Jason that we're rooting against because he'sthe villain, or portray him as the (anti)hero who's there to wipe outteenage scum. Not both.

    A couple good touches, such as the topless skiing scene (even thoughthat didn't show off what it could've) and the ax kill (now THAT waspure Jason) can even begin to save this pile of sludge. But I'm surewe'll have another awful remake (or sequel to a remake), since thiscrap hit it big at the box office.

    Grade Z tripe.

  5. jtindahouse from Nelson, New Zealand
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    Friday the 13th has an incredibly powerful first 15-20 minutes. Itreally kicks off with a bang. Jason is back better than ever. Thensomething goes fractionally wrong and we fall back into old territory.Everything becomes a bit too familiar. Still, it does better than mosthorror films in the sense that it really doesn't become too tediousuntil the last 10 minutes or so.

    The main characters are strong in their performance without beingmemorable. The cameos are the real scene stealers including a gasstation attendant and a man named Donnie. A lot of the jokes from allconcerned really hit the mark though and are a nice touch to the film.

    The Friday the 13th remake is what it is and at the end of the dayprobably all that could realistically have been hoped for. It won'tdecrease the seemingly ever growing hate of remakes, but it certainlywon't add to it either and that in itself is an achievement.

  6. Kristine ( from Chicago, Illinois
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    Tttch, ttch, ttch, ha, ha, ha… Jason Vorhees is back ttch ttch ttch haha ha, OK, I'll stop doing that. Well, back in the glorious decade thatwas known as the 1980's came out a series of slasher films, two ofwhich have stood the test of time and given us Freddy Krueger and JasonVorhees. The new millennium brought us Freddy vs. Jason, awesome movie,I recommend it, but we still needed a re-boot of the iconic monsters.So we have Friday the 13th, what baffles me is why the title is same ofthe 1980 film that was a great slumber party movie. This could havebeen a lot more better if it had worked as a sequel rather than are-make. Now, don't get me wrong, I felt that this was actually a funhorror movie, the fans get what they want with the blood, gore and sex.But Jason seemed a little off to me, I think he went to rehab orsomething for his killing addiction, don't know if it was the actor orthe director's vision, but this could have been a little bit better.

    On June 13, 1980, a young Jason Voorhees witnesses his mother beingbeheaded by a camp counselor who was trying to escape Mrs. Voorhees'smurderous rampage around Camp Crystal Lake. 30 years later, a group ofvacationing friends arrive at Crystal Lake on a camping trip. As Mikeand Whitney explore the abandoned Crystal Lake camp, Jason begins tokill the rest of the group one-by-one. Jason also kills four of thefriends, but instead of doing the same to Whitney he decides to kidnapher because she resembles his mother. Six weeks later, Trent, alongwith his girlfriend Jenna, and their friends Chewie, Chelsea, Nolan,Bree and Lawrence arrive at Trent's summer cabin, which sits on CrystalLake, unaware of the events that occurred a few weeks prior. Also intown is Clay, who has come to Crystal Lake searching for his sisterWhitney. Clay eventually makes his way to Trent's cabin, where Jennaagrees to help him look for his sister on the other side of the lake,much to Trent's dismay who's jealous of Clay. As Clay and Jenna searchfor clues to Whitney's disappearance, Jason does what he does best…baking cookies… oh, wait, I got that messed up.

    With the recent roll up's of remakes like Texas Chainsaw Massacre andHalloween, coming soon Nightmare on Elm Street, is Hollywood literallythat much out of ideas? Like I said before, I think this would haveworked better as a sequel, because not having the original creators onset makes the film feel like a bunch of frat guys who just thought"Hey, wouldn't it be cool to make our own Jason movie?". Sometimes wedo have a winner with the remakes like Dawn of the Dead or even TexasChainsaw Massacre had it's moments as well, unfortunately Friday the13th didn't do anything to stand out against the other movies. I dorecommend it for a night rental, it's always cool to see Jason and howawesome his murders are… kudos on the girl in the sleeping bag gettingset on fire, what a… burn! Ha ha ha ha ha! I made a funny, ha ha ha,eh, uh, I try, give me some credit.


  7. Butch Rosenbalm ( from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    Here is the usual "SPOILERS ahead" warning. Read at your own peril!!I've always been a F13/Jason fan. Can't say I was excited about theremake being produced by Michael Bay but at least I hoped we would getsome cool new special edition dvds (which we did). So expecting nothingand knowing I had my old favorites still to watch I went to check itout.

    Have to say I was under impressed. One of the charms for me about F13has always been the fact the movies didn't take themselves veryserious. The creators might disagree with that statement but come on,how do you explain his healing factor, the fact Jason never runs butsomehow always get ahead of his victim and his "victim radar"? This newmovie tries really hard to make it "realistic". Jason runs (*sigh*)after his victims. (Runs? Runs? Jason doesn't run!) There is some sortof crazy mine below Camp Crystal Lake (?) that Jason now uses to getaround (because the director wanted a mine. You know, a generic mine,not any particular kind). Along with bear traps and trip wires to lethim know where people are. Some half buried bus to come out of …somewhere on the camp ground. We only get one "Kill, kill, kill, Ma,ma, ma" when he finds the hockey mask. (I remember reading that the newcreators wanted to have some "meaning" about why and where he got themask. Guess they forgot that because it's the same thing, he finds it.)And oh yeah, not much happens at the camp because the producer, Michael"Big Explosion" Bay, thinks that summer camps aren't scary. Thatreminds me of the director for a Captain America movie who said hehated the costume so he kept the hero out of costume as much aspossible. Where the Hell do they get these people? It's more of aremake of F12 Part 3, than Part 1 or Part 2 though there are parts ofboth in it. Nana Visitor is utterly wasted as the new Mrs. Voorhees.There are some great comments over at Stacy Ponder's Final Girl blogreview. Then I found out something that would have kept me totally awayfrom the flick, the director is the same guy who did the god-awfulremake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre from a few years back (MarcusNispel). Honestly, if I had known that, I wouldn't have wasted the$9.50 nor the time. But, I would have warned you my friends, this guydoesn't ever need to make a movie again. Let alone another "horror"movie.

    It's not totally horrible and I'm sure the kids who like the remakes ofthe current time will like it. But for this old timer, it takes theparts of F13 I liked and totally ejects them in favor or "realism".Honestly, it makes me worry even more about the upcoming "new" StarTrek.

    For old fans, I would recommend picking up the new versions of F13 1-3and "His Name Was Jason". F13 P3 is finally in 3D, and His Name WasJason is hosted by Tom Savini. All kinds of 80's slasher goodnessthere. Don't forget the original "Valentine's Day Massacre" justreleased, also uncut for the first time ever. You'll enjoy it more thanthis remake.

    I'll give it 1 hockey mask out of 5.

  8. Dave (freaky_dave) from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    THe Friday the 13th films have never been what you would call goodmovies. For me they have always been guilty pleasures, but notsomething I would recommend to fans not into gory movies where thereare occasional scares but no real suspense built up. After seeing thislatest entry, which is really a remake of the first four films intoone, I can't really say its bad. Horror movie fans who love creativekillings will love it, but if you're not a horror movie fan of theslasher genre, then I really can't tell you to see this movie. Howeverif this is your type of thing, go see it.

    Now on with the plot, which I really won't go into detail about becausewe already know what it's about. It starts off with a pitiful preludethat goes back to 1980 and found me rolling my eyes, but afterward itgets better. Young adults go camping, young adults die in nasty ways.THe one wrinkle added to the story is that one of the character's(Jared Padelecki from Supernatural on the WB) is brought into the storybecause he is looking for his sister. THis sister was involved with thefirst group of victims, and now there is this second group who know ofnothing that has happened to the other group because it has been aboutsix weeks since the first group went missing. You all know what happensnext, so I won't say anything more.

    Most of the cast was competent, better then many of the ones from theearlier films. THere were a few who were annoying, but that is part ofthe Friday The 13th scenario. I like the new Jason because he is muchmore active in the role, much like the Jason from the 2nd and 3rdentries back in the early to mid 80s.

    I will give the movie a solid 7 out of 10. It went out and did what itwas supposed to, but if you are more into the suspenseful horror films,and not hack and slash with a few jump scares, then Friday the 13th2009 is not for you.

  9. from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am

    It's rare these days I enter a movie theater to see a horror film andleave anything short of sorely disappointed but today differed fromrecent past experiences. I've been a fan of the original Friday The13th for many years now and was of course skeptical of this "remake"but decided to give it a shot nonetheless. I'm a fan of horror movies -this includes good, bad, and indifferent so I figured why not? Beingthat Friday The 13th was one of my favorites, I didn't expect much.

    From start to finish the film keeps you on the edge of your seat. Itisn't so much the suspense but instead, the moments you know are comingjust not when or how they'll be approached exactly. It takes quite abit to frighten me and I counted a good 2 or 3 times I actually jumpedthroughout the film. There's plenty of gore for the gore lovers, plentyof sexual explicitness for the perverts, and plenty of drugs for thestoners just like an old fashioned horror movie should contain.

    This film is not a remake but rather a revision and one I came toappreciate much within the first 10 minutes. The action begins almostimmediately and builds steadily throughout the hour and thirty fiveminutes it lasts, right up until the very last shot. I say to those ofyou who bash this or claim it's a "rip off" or a "poor remake" considerthis – It's neither. It is instead a different look at our old palJason and one that can be appreciated greatly if given the opportunity.Don't shun the film simply because it bares the title of an oldfavorite of yours and mine…

    Look at it as a modern take on an old time classic with new characters(who admittedly are annoying and overly obnoxious at times just as mostteenagers/twenty-somethings in films, especially of the horror genre,usually are) and an (almost) entirely different plot. This movie wasn'tmade to be compared to the original. It wasn't trying to replace whatit was to begin with and people need to keep this in mind before goingto see it. Do not enter a theater with expectations, especially nothigh ones. Whenever you do, you find yourself let down at your ownexpense, not the expense of the film you're seeing or your experienceseeing it.

    With this in mind, I highly recommend checking this one out. You won'tbe disappointed if you're seeing it in the right mind set and that is avery open minded one.

  10. DonFishies from Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 4:14 am


    The hockey mask.

    The machete.

    That ominous theme that sounds a lot like "Kill, Kill, Kill."

    Anyone with any knowledge of the horror genre has undoubtedly comeacross this villainous icon who practically sprayed theatres with bloodthroughout the 1980s. Although he pretty much became a parody ofhimself in Jason X and then was basically (and wrongly) turned into apsychologically tormented Frankenstein's Monster-style creature inFreddy vs. Jason, the beast was always remembered for who he originallywas.

    And that is what makes the new remake/reimagining of Friday the 13thsuch a success (for the most part). Despite being written by DamianShannon and Mark Swift, the same guys who brutalized Freddy vs. Jason,they wisely went back to the basics that made the character so popular.Sure, he runs now, but he is a hulking beast again. There is a bit ofadded development in the relationship Jason has with his mother, butthe story remains the same. He is still taking revenge on sex-crazedteenagers stupid enough to want to camp on Crystal Lake.

    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Halloween and to an extent, The Hills HaveEyes, all went down the route of making their deranged killers need tohave parental issues in order to establish their motives as adults. Forsome reason, there seemed to need to be a reason for these killers tobe the way they are. They simply could not exist as being demented andtotally sick-in-the-head. Friday the 13th does not bother with any ofthat. Sure, there is a plot twist that will make any devotee or fansquirm with repulsion, but it still makes sense in the grand scheme ofwho Jason was and is now. The character has no added dimensioncompletely taking away from how terrifying he is, and making him into amisunderstood infant. For that alone, the movie is more than worth theprice of admission.

    Another wise choice is sticking to the formula. The filmmakers here(including director Marcus Nispel of Texas Chainsaw remake fame) havemade what is basically an homage to the series. Instead of trying tocompletely redo and rebrand the character for a 2009 audience, the filmamalgamates everything everyone loved about the series that made themcome back for ten sequels. Remember the gratuitous amount of breastsand graphic sex scenes? They are here, and just as graphic as ever.Remember the goofy dialogue, and total lack of any knowledge shown bythe characters in trying to combat themselves against thismachete-wielding maniac? Its back too. And remember all thoseridiculously violent kills?

    Well, they are back too.

    The film knows its genre, and it knows its audience. It throws plentyof cheap scares at a moment's notice, and offers just enough laughs(both intentional and unintentional) to keep the audience invested inthe movie. And when the actual scares come, the film manages to keepthe audience transfixed at those moments too (whether they arescreaming in fear or laughing from how ridiculous the scene is). Rathertastefully, the deaths are gruesome, but not to the point of overkilllike in the Saw series or even within The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.Sure, there are some points where it may be hard not to wince, but itnever seems like the filmmakers want to push the audience to the limit.They ground themselves in reality (for as real a situation as thisstory seems), and very rarely do they cross that barrier. They knowwhich buttons they want to push, and which they want to stay well awayfrom. And instead of exploiting the genre, they embrace it and somehowdo not make things too disgusting for themselves. None of them may lookinnovative, but they work for the type of movie it is trying to be.

    But for all the praising, the film is obviously imperfect. Leavingaside the ridiculous twist in the middle of the film and the total lackof character development (albeit, totally expected, but upsettingnonetheless), the film drags its heels getting to the finale. There isa very dry spot as the film nears its third act that borders on boring,and seems more like a forced narrative device to stretch the runningtime out. I have more than enough faith to see that they clearly couldhave added more running and screaming to some scenes, and still couldhave gotten a better effect. Some scenes seem marred by trying to betense and failing as well. But of course, it is pretty hard for a sceneto be tense when you are cheering for the killer as opposed to thevictim.

    The film also suffers from the slapdash editing that plagues modernhorror and action films. In some instances, it is almost impossible tobe scared because we barely see what is going on in the scene. Itmerely shows Jason show up, the person make their movie, and then aquick cut of what Jason does. Some scenes linger on the aftermath, butsome happen and disappear quicker than you anyone would think. The factthat the film is not incredibly gory only makes it seem all the sillierto be so horrendously edited in some areas.

    Some of the actors could have tried a little harder too, but that isjust a nitpicking gripe.

    In the end, Friday the 13th is a whole lot of fun. I did not think Iwould enjoy it at all, but I ended up being surprised at how reverentthe film was to the series. Granted you know what to expect from a filmfeaturing Jason Voorhees as the main character, than you should not gohome disappointed.

    And coming from a remake, that is saying quite a lot.


    (An edited version of this review also appeared on

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