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FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) 
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Click here for the review of Friday the 13th (2009)

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Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:10 pm
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hmmm, at least it's not a PG-13. i suppose it has that going for it.

My guess is that the film had a sub $20mm budget, no real time for creativity and was built on the sound assumption that it would make back it's money on the first weekend, thus setting up a new franchise.

More fool us if we go and see it I guess :-(

Rob


Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:15 pm
Post Re: FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (Non-SPOILER discussion)
Hmmm, I think this movie may amuse me like Friday the 13th III(the best of the first three F13 movies) and Freddy vs. Jason amused me.


Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:18 pm
Post Re: FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (Non-SPOILER discussion)
you see, this is why I would never become a critic, I didn't have to endure this, Thanks James!

Wade


Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:21 pm
Post Re: FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (Non-SPOILER discussion)
The negative review of this film does not surprise me. But since they do not cost that much to make and pre-teens and teens still love this kind of splatter crap, then the folks making this junk will continue to make money and keep the lifeline going. It's rare anymore for a horror film to really create a terrifying experience for the viewer. I can only recall one in the past 5 years. The Descent.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:03 pm
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Jonny Quest wrote:
The negative review of this film does not surprise me. But since they do not cost that much to make and pre-teens and teens still love this kind of splatter crap, then the folks making this junk will continue to make money and keep the lifeline going. It's rare anymore for a horror film to really create a terrifying experience for the viewer. I can only recall one in the past 5 years. The Descent.


For stuff like this, it's largely an academic exercise to write a review, but I figure that since I have seen it, I deserve at least to get my opinion in print.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:07 pm
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I agree James. Keep writing. I love your stuff. Even though you have to torture yourself with some of the loser films.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:13 pm
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After seeing the film last night, I can say Mr. B was definitely right. I walked out with my friends, two of whom thought it was perfect for what it was. I guess that's valid...but doesn't mean it's good film.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 5:38 pm
Post Re: FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (Non-SPOILER discussion)
Box Office Mojo has it tracked at 19 mil for its first night. That's pretty freakin' good for a horror movie. Might make 40-50 mil opening weekend.


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Blace wrote:
Box Office Mojo has it tracked at 19 mil for its first night. That's pretty freakin' good for a horror movie. Might make 40-50 mil opening weekend.


I wonder how many people are going to this film on a date. Then again, it's marginally less offensive than Confessions of a Shopaholic, which is about as fun as having a colonoscopy.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:12 pm
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James Berardinelli wrote:
Blace wrote:
Box Office Mojo has it tracked at 19 mil for its first night. That's pretty freakin' good for a horror movie. Might make 40-50 mil opening weekend.


I wonder how many people are going to this film on a date. Then again, it's marginally less offensive than Confessions of a Shopaholic, which is about as fun as having a colonoscopy.


Put it this way ... my wife wanted to go see this one last night on a date ... I convinced her to spend our evening at a karaoke bar instead, and even the worst singing was able to be masked by our alcohol consumption. Until movie theaters allow me to bring in beer, I won't waste my time on a Friday The 13th remake / retread ;)


Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:37 pm
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All I can say is thank you, James, for helping to ward me away from this one!
And your site is even better now that you have these forums up.

Cheers,
Geoff


Sat Feb 14, 2009 7:43 pm
Post Re: FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (Non-SPOILER discussion)
I'll probably spend a dollar and check it out when it's released on dvd. The original wasn't exactly that great, so it's not as if the filmmakers had lofty standards to live up to.


Sat Feb 14, 2009 11:48 pm
Post Re: FRIDAY THE 13TH (2009) (Non-SPOILER discussion)
A friend who saw the movie posted this for his Facebook status:

"Friday the 13th sucked A$$. Don't do it!"

I'm glad I read James' review and stayed far far away.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 1:27 am
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The wife -- a huge Jason/Freddy fan -- wants me to take her to see this tonight...ugh...

Could be worse...she could like chick flicks and be dragging me to Confessions of a Shopaholic...I think that might be grounds for divorce.

Erik


Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:23 pm
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Saw it today and was fairly impressed, I mean the characters ain't particularly complex in their construction but overall I was impressed with some of the visuals and tension created. The kills where pretty good fun to. Looking at the Box-Office results for the week it looks like this baby has taken some $42 million - a sequel is what we have to look foward to now.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:33 pm
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Ahhh...so my first post will be for a negative review, then? Lol.

(BTW, James, love your site and have been a dedicated reader for years now).

So...Friday the 13th. I never even saw the first one. I'm sure it has its fans. But really--how many variations exactly can you do on a slasher flick while still keeping it original? I'm thinking the genre has been milked for everything it's worth.

Someone help me out here--has there been a GOOD slasher flick since the original Halloween? (I'm seriously asking, not trying to make it a gotcha question or anything).


Sun Feb 15, 2009 4:54 pm
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Ultimate_Gizzard wrote:
Ahhh...so my first post will be for a negative review, then? Lol.

(BTW, James, love your site and have been a dedicated reader for years now).

So...Friday the 13th. I never even saw the first one. I'm sure it has its fans. But really--how many variations exactly can you do on a slasher flick while still keeping it original? I'm thinking the genre has been milked for everything it's worth.

Someone help me out here--has there been a GOOD slasher flick since the original Halloween? (I'm seriously asking, not trying to make it a gotcha question or anything).


Hmm...what defines a slasher pic, though? Using a broad definition, there have been several, though few and far between. Personally, I'm a fan of the original Nightmare of Elm Street and two of its sequels: Part 3, and New Nightmare, although its hard to classify the last one as a "slasher" pic in any sense. I do like the original Scream, although that's probably not fair to include here. The original Saw is good, but almost falls into the "psychological horror" or even "torture porn" subgenres.

Wow...the answer to your question might actually be "no," depending on your point of view.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 5:03 pm
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Yeah, I have to agree with the general consensus that this movie was pretty terrible. I got dragged by friends and am not a huge horror fan (the last one before this that I saw in theaters was The Mist), so I may be biased but it is hard to argue with the fact that none of it was scary. A few of the deaths were creative and there was one joke/gag that had me laughing hysterically (masturbation to a clothing catalog while high). The rest of it I could take or leave.

Oh, and can anyone think of a recent film character more annoying than Trent? He invites all these kids over to his mansion and then sets all these rules in the form of terrible wisecracks once he arrives. He even ruined an otherwise great nude scene with his yapping about "perfect nipple placement."


Sun Feb 15, 2009 6:04 pm
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$42 million opening weekend? That's pretty ridiculous. I'm sure we'll see another new Friday the 13th in not too long, though I doubt it'll be ready in time for next month's Friday the 13th.

Even though I didn't really like the first one I made my wife see it with me Friday night. I figured if I didn't see it on Friday the 13th I wouldn't care about it at all. Sort of like the remake of The Omen, which I had to see on 6/06/06, and only on that day.

I'm glad we get to read the reviews, even the purely academic ones, that James writes. I would have to agree with most of the review for this film. Even then, it was slightly better than I anticipated. Shows how low my expectations were going in.


Sun Feb 15, 2009 8:06 pm
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