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Thursday, September 10, 2009

FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009)

FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009). Director: Marcus Nispel.

Touted as a "remake" of the 1980 Friday the 13th, this is really Friday the 13th Part 12. During the credits we see a reenactment of the final scene of the original movie, when Mrs. Voorhees is killed in relatiation for her murders of campers, but otherwise this just proceeds as yet another installment of this seeminly endless series about supernatural maniac killer Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears). A young man, Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki of the Supernatural TV series), comes to Crystal Lake to look for his sister and encounters a snotty rich kid, Trent (the incredibly-named Travis Van Winkle), and his "friends," who are hanging out in Trent's parents' summer cabin. Naturally Jason doesn't like it when anyone enters his territory. Some of the characters, such as Aaron Yoo's "Chewie," are likable (if stupid), although I doubt if anyone objected when Jason kills Trent. The mid-section of the movie is remarkably tedious, but there is an effective and exciting final quarter when things finally start to move. Not as graphic as others in the series. maybe because even gore can become boring.

Verdict: Acceptable entry in the series for Jason's fans. **1/2.

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