Three decades ago, writer Victor Miller and director Sean S. Cunningham decided to bring the slasher genre to a whole new level. Together they gave birth to what would eventually become the most recognized face in all of horror.
That is an amazing article about Friday the 13th. I can remember the first time I saw each of the films in the franchise. I have to admit that I've even seen 'Jason X' about 5 times!
This one was a blast to write. Jason is by far my favorite villain of all time. A highlight was when I got to meet (and get choked out) by Kane Hodder himself. So many memories here.
I was never a Jason guy. All Freddy here. The main thing with me is that the first movie still doesn't hold up. For me, these films failed from the get go. Gimme Nightmare or Halloween or TX Chainsaw Massacre.
Part 4 is undeniably the best.
Jason X was sooo bad! Gosh I can't believe they thought it would be a good idea. He's an interesting character though, and I didn't particularly like how the remake handled him.
Apparently, Marcus Nispel spoke at length with Derek Mears as to how to portray Jason in the remake. What was decided was that Mears would utilize Greek Mask Work to convey the deeply disturbed and conflicted emotions within Jason. Though Nispel wanted to continue portraying Jason as an unstoppable killing machine, he wanted to shy away from the supernatural elements and humanize him, giving us a more fluid take on the legend. While I agree with Mears approach to convey the emotional state, I do not agree with the lack of supernatural flair. What makes Jason so scary is the slight edge he has in taking on his victims (exceptional strength, cellular regeneration, and my favorite, villainous teleportation). Because the legend of Jason is steeped in a "curse" brought on by the death of his mother, this gives Jason the status of a Revenant, an unstoppable killing machine seeking justice for the death of a loved one. But because Pamela Voorhees was murdered as justice for her actions in the first film, there can be no justice for Jason, therefore, he is stuck at Crystal Lake, mindlessly killing all who trespass there. The reimagining of him as human in nature, weakens the elements of the franchise and we are unable to accept his bouts of strength, damage reduction, or villainous teleport. Nonetheless, I was entertained by the film. Let's hope they return to the roots come the sequel.
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