Friday the 13th (2009)

Friday the 13th (2009)

By dorrk, Monday, 12 November 2018 17:07
Friday the 13th (2009)

Friday the 13th (2009)


Dir.: Marcus Nispel

I consider the Michael Bay-produced and Marcus Nispel-directed 2003 remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre a comprehensive abomination (I wrote about it here over a decade ago; here I have it ranked as the 14th worst movie I've ever seen). So it is with some pleasant surprise that I consider that same team's reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise an acceptably mediocre return to basics, for the most part.

As yet two more groups of randy teens attempt to party adjacent to Camp Crystal Lake, most of them meet a grisly fate at the hands of hulking, silent misanthrope Jason Voorhees. As it fits into the Friday canon, the 2009 edition of Friday the 13th is somewhat a remake of Friday the 13th Part 2, with its recreated flashbacks of Jason witnessing the death of his mother and living in a ramshackle structure, and with a touch of Friday the 13th Part 3 as he discovers and dons his iconic hockey mask.

Nispel mostly — but not completely — dispels the aggressive stylism that sucked the life out of his Chainsaw desecration and gets better-than-average performances from an appealing cast of familiar TV faces (Amanda Righetti, from The O.C., former Disney child star Danielle Panabaker, Jared Padalecki from Supernatural, Ryan Hansen from Party Down, etc.).

This Friday the 13th still suffers, unlike the earliest entrants in the series, from Syd Field-syndrome, manufacturing too many forced interpersonal conflicts between characters for disposable macro-drama, and screenwriters Mark Swift and Damian Shannon, who also penned the lively Freddy vs. Jason, turn Jason into too much of a savant — he engineers semi-complex traps, has an impressive makeshift headquarters, and is also, apparently, a pot farmer — whereas most spectre-of-death slasher characters tend to work best with the least backstory, personality and other context-building. Some of these writing issues are surely responding to what I consider an unwelcome development in slasher franchises: a creeping over-identification with what should be unequivocal villains. This impulse to humanize and even glorify what used to be metaphors for death requires a commensurate devaluing of the killer's more-human victims, including a trend to portray some characters as so despicable as to arguably deserve their gory deaths. Whether it's a conscious choice or lazy by-template writing, it's a distant step down from the now-refreshing naturalism and general good-naturedness of the camp counselors from the franchise's first few installments.

Taken as just another slasher movie, Friday the 13th does its job well enough. There is a nice, scrappy energy to its action scenes, and some visceral, bracing gore. Righetti is a worthy addition to the pantheon of "final girls." This Friday the 13th recycles what it should with efficiency, if not distinction.

Search @ Videopolis

Friday the 13th (2009) Stats

Watched: 2018/04/13

Ranked: #2590 (39.14%); ranked down from previous spot of #2516 (40.88%).

 

Why did I watch Friday the 13th (2009)?

Friday the 13th (2009) completes my watchalong with the fun Stitcher Premium podcast In Voorhees We Trust With Gourley And Rust, hosted by Matt Gourley and Paul Rust, which posted its final episode a few days ago.

I actually watched this chapter earlier in the year, on the Friday the 13th in April, followed by the excellent and exhaustive 7-hour documentary Crystal Lake Memories.

I have reviews of the other 11 movies in the Friday the 13th series posted in September's and October's PopGap diaries.

Ranking the Friday the 13th Franchise

  1. 01. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984); Ranking: #726 (82.94%)
  2. 02. Friday the 13th (1980); Ranking: #856 (79.89%)
  3. 03. Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986); Ranking: #987 (76.81%)
  4. 04. Freddy Vs. Jason (2003); Ranking: #1067 (74.93%)
  5. 05. Friday the 13th Part II (1981); Ranking: #1610 (62.17%)
  6. 06. Friday the 13th (2009); Ranking: #2590 (39.14%)
  7. 07. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993); Ranking: #2660 (37.50%)
  8. 08. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988); Ranking: #3171 (25.49%)
  9. 09. Friday the 13th Part III (1982); Ranking: #3192 (25.00%)
  10. 10. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989); Ranking: #3721 (12.57%)
  11. 11. Friday the 13th: A New Beginning; Ranking: #3786 (11.04%)
  12. 12. Jason X (2001); Ranking: #3994 (6.16%)

Stills Gallery

Discuss on Facebook

Instagram Feed

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

medialifecrisis

Discuss on Facebook

The Top 20 Movies of All-Time

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

#1: The Godfather Part II (1974)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#2: The Godfather (1972)

#2: The Godfather (1972)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#3: West Side Story (1961)

#3: West Side Story (1961)

Dir: Jerome Robbins, Robert Wise
#4: Manhattan (1979)

#4: Manhattan (1979)

Dir: Woody Allen
#5: The Graduate (1967)

#5: The Graduate (1967)

Dir: Mike Nichols
#6: Tootsie (1982)

#6: Tootsie (1982)

Dir: Sydney Pollack
#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

#7: Apocalypse Now (1979)

Dir: Francis Ford Coppola
#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

#8: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Dir: Irvin Kershner
#9: Star Wars (1977)

#9: Star Wars (1977)

Dir: George Lucas
#10: The Exorcist (1973)

#10: The Exorcist (1973)

Dir: William Friedkin
#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

#11: The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Dir: Peter Jackson
#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

#12: Taxi Driver (1976)

Dir: Martin Scorsese
#13: Annie Hall (1977)

#13: Annie Hall (1977)

Dir: Woody Allen
#14: Vertigo (1958)

#14: Vertigo (1958)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock
#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

#15: Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)

Dir: Steven Spielberg
#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

#16: Boogie Nights (1997)

Dir: Paul Thomas Anderson
#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

#17: The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Dir: Tobe Hooper
#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

#18: It's a Wonderful Life (1944)

Dir: Frank Capra
#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

#19: Singin' in the Rain (1952)

Dir: Stanley Donen, Gene Kelly
#20: Zodiac (2007)

#20: Zodiac (2007)

Dir: David Fincher