Friday The 13th
Review by Jack Foley
HOLLYWOOD appears to have given up the ghost when it comes to the horror genre as so many of the latest releases tend to exist as gimmicks, or to cash in on past successes.
Friday The 13th, produced by the Michael Bay camp, falls into both categories, given that it’s a remake and is being released, to somewhat cheesy effect, on Friday 13th. But in all other respects, it’s a poor excuse for a movie that really has very little to recommend it.
Director Marcus Nispel, who was already responsible for the pointless Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake, here strings together a non-stop series of gruesome slayings with very little in the way of reasoning or character development.
True, the film begins with an extended pre-credits sequence (clocking in at almost 30 minutes) that audaciously makes short work of the young cast we thought we were about to hang out with for the whole movie.
But they are just a taster of what’s to come, as yet more dim-witted teens turn up to have sex, do drugs and generally act stupid before feeling the sharp end of Jason’s machete, or his bow and arrow.
Jared Padalecki crops up to search for a missing sister, and has a brief but highly unlikely fling with Danielle Panabaker’s Jenna (who is supposedly enjoying a weekend away with her boyfriend), but neither is given the time to build characters worth caring about.
Jason, meanwhile, gets little or no back-story other than the mythology already surrounding him, as relayed by one teen group around the obligatory camp-fire.
Nispel does invent a few gruesome death scenes, and tosses in the odd jump, but his film quickly becomes grimly repetitive… not to mention hugely derivative, making this a tedious and largely unwanted entry into the horror remake genre.
A sequel has already been threatened… unluckily for us!
Running time: 97mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: August 10, 2009