Year Released - 2009
Running Time - 100 minutes
Rated R (for strong bloody violence, graphic sexual content, language, and drug material)
Directed by Marcus Nispel (who also directed the '03 Re-Make of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well as Pathfinder)
Written by Damian Shannon & Mark Swift (both of whom wrote Freddy vs Jason) and Mark Wheaton (who also wrote The Messengers)
*Based on characters created by Victor Miller (who wrote the original Friday the 13th)
Amanda Righetti (Return to House on Haunted Hill - she was also in several episodes of The O.C.)
Jared Padalecki (the '05 Re-Make of House of Wax, Cry Wolf, and he also plays the role of Sam in the television series Supernatural)
Danielle Panabaker (Sky High, Yours, Mine, and Ours, and Mr Brooks)
Travis Van Winkle (Accepted and Transformers)
Aaron Yoo (Disturbia and Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist)
as well as several others, including Willa Ford (UFC Fighter Chuck Liddell's girlfriend!)
and Derek Mears as Jason (he also played Chameleon in the '07 version of The Hills Have Eyes Part II)
When his sister goes missing, Clay travels to Crystal Lake - against the advice of the police and local citizens - to search for her. While at Crystal Lake, Clay gains the assistance of a young woman, who was visiting the lake with a group of her college friends. As Clay continues to search for his sister he meets Jason Voorhees, a killer who stalks Crystal Lake.
So, here we are with a "re-imagining" of the classic 1980's slasher film that spawned a legendary horror franchise. . .
Rather than just re-make the original, the creators decided to take different aspects from the first four films and intertwine them within this film. Did they succeed? It's all a matter of opinion. . .
Me personally - I'm just excited to see my namesake back on the big screen! :-)
It has been 8 years since Jason terrorized us on his own and it has been 6 years since he shared the terror with Freddy.
One thing that I definitely liked was the fact that the filmmakers covered Jason's backstory within the first five minutes. We see Pamela [Jason's mother - played by Colonel Kira from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - I forget her real name] acting out her retribution upon the camp counselors, whom she blamed for Jason's death, back in 1980. [we all know how that turned out, and the filmmakers didn't waste any time explaining it - thank you!]
The film then jumps to the present day, where we get to see Jason, in all of his glory, punish others for the death of his mother. . .
Here's the trailer:
The trailer promised us 13 deaths and 13 deaths we get to see! :-)
[my favorite probably being the scene right before Jason obtains his hockey mask ~ simplistic I know, but extremely realistic, I thought]
The most surprising death involved an arrow and the most-memorable death is probably the one that takes place in the water.
As for the story. . . It could have definitely been better!
[I am still perplexed as to why, exactly, there were mine shafts underneath Camp Crystal Lake?!? and as for the end ~ I did not like the end at all. . .]
But enough of that ~ like I stated at the beginning of this review, I am just thrilled that Jason is back on the big screen! Derek Mears played a great Jason! Very menacing, which I loved!
Also, Marcus Nispel set the tone and the atmosphere perfectly.
The acting was good, there were a lot of great kills, some good "jump" moments, and there was plenty of exposed female flesh ~ all of these things being why we love this franchise after all :-)
So, while Part VI: Jason Lives remains my personal favorite, I still enjoyed this one, and it is a worthy addition to the series!