I’ve finally seen the new Friday the 13th movie, and though my hopes weren’t set that high (well, they were set at least hurdle length off the ground), it sort of disappointed.
The opening sequence showed promise. It even included a dude singing this song while listening to his iPod. It showed some of the mechanics of Jason Voorhees tactics, but from there, not much else surprised. I wasn’t looking for them to reinvent the wheel… just tweak it a bit.
I love the original Dawn of the Dead, but the new one enhances its story. The same goes for The Hills Have Eyes. This one falls in with The Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake – they both could have been worse, but they could have been better. (Haven’t seen either Halloween or My Bloody Valentine, so no comment.)
I thought Jason was too powerful and menacing without showing any origin for his alleged supernatural abilities. In the earliest films (2-4), he was vulnerable and clumsy, and in effect made him scarier. He could be defeated, but no one was doing it. Starting with Part 6, he was brought back to life and became zombie-like, and that worked for most of the remaining films. The best in the series is still Freddy Vs. Jason, because it follows all the rules of both series, with tongue firmly planted in cheek.
SPOILERS: What’s with the Tom Cruise lookalike’s unwarranted hostility in the film? Also, when did Jason ever keep somebody locked up and alive (a problem slightly hinted at in Part 4)? And how do you show a bug zapper twice and not use it to dispense anybody! (At least I called the wood chipper…)
(via this dude’s site)