Friday the 13th

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Director: Marcus Nispel

Screenplay: Damian Shannon and Mark Swift

Starring: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Aaron Yoo, and Derek Mears

Clay Miller is searching for his lost sister. She disappeared after a camping trip near Crystal Lake and has since been presumed dead. Clay can’t take that for an answer, and travels to Crystal Lake to find her. Clay meets Jenna and the rest of her friends during his search. Her friends aren’t as warm to Clay or as supportive, but they all find themselves having to work together as they become targeted by a killer, the same killer that may have killed Clay sister.

So this is a remake of the original Friday the 13th, or should I say the first three films of the original series. Before I saw this film I heard the plotline and that there would actually be a Jason. I was confused, because the original was about Jason’s mother losing her marbles and taking her angry out on the camp. I was intrigued to watch it because of this change, and I like Jared Padalecki from his work on Supernatural. Was I completely impressed by the film, not so much. It was okay in a loose emphasis kind of way. I prefer the original. There is another reason why I was interested in watching this. The Halloween remake had come out previously, and I was so impressed by the story’s change in direction that I thought any following remakes would try to take up this mantle. In the case of this movie, that’s a big no. It decides to take the usual slasher flick formula and kill off in the most creative ways the stupid, high and sometimes naked young adults that are in it.

If you’re a fan of the original or of horror flicks in general, I guess you kind of have to see this film if not only for comparison. I watched these films as teen, because that’s what you did at that age. Someone would sneak them into a sleepover, and you tried not to scream so loud to make the parents aware of what you were doing. It was fun to get a good scream and get grossed out, but as I have gotten older, these films don’t hold as much interest to me. I need a better story. Anymore, I’ll watch these films out of principle, like in the case of a remake, or because I like an actor. These types of films would be sitting on a gold mine if they would put just a little more effort in the story. The Halloween remake would never have gotten as much kudos if it didn’t focus on the story a little more. Let that be a lesson slasher flicks.

I give this film 2 Buttery Kernals.

Coming Soon: Final Destination