Friday the 13th (2009) Movie Review

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Friday the 13th (2009)

2009 | R | Horror
97 minutes / 1h 37min

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Friday the 13th Plot Synopsis:

A group of young adults set up tent near the abandoned summer camp where a series of gruesome murders are said to have taken place back in 1980. The perpetrator was a grieving mother, driven insane by the drowning of her child, Jason, whom she believed was neglected by the camp counselors. As legend has it, the last survivor of the attacks beheaded the woman. But then Jason came back, and now he is a vengeful and inexorable killer, wielding crossbows, swords, axes and other sharp instruments. The legend proves horribly true, as these campers quickly discover. Six months later, the brother of one of those campers distributes posters of his missing sister. The police believe she took off with her boyfriend; but he knows better. The brother crosses paths with an uptight young rich guy who is having his girlfriend and friends over at his parents' cabin. The brother ends up at the cabin himself just before his sister's attacker sets upon them all.

Friday the 13th (2009) Review

Friday the 13th (2009) is an American slasher horror movie that is the twelfth installment in the franchise and is a reboot of the Friday the 13th film series which began with Friday the 13th (1980). Friday the 13th (2009) was first supposed to be an origin story but later became a re-imagining of the first four Friday the 13th films. The character Jason Voorhees was changed and is now smarter, a leaner killer with a backstory so that viewers can feel a sympathy for him but his menacing side was kept, so his killer side is also shown. Our new Jason also sets traps for his victims now instead of stalking them and mindlessly killing them. Friday the 13th (2009) had an estimated budget of $19 million and grossed over $91.4 million in the box offices. Director Marcus Nispel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), Conan the Barbarian (2011), Pathfinder (2007)) did an incredible job executing a marvelous screenplay that did justice to the Friday the 13th franchise.

Friday the 13th opens with a similar scene to the ending of the first Friday the 13th (1980) where we see a camp counselor (Stephanie Rhodes) beheaded Pamela Vorhees (Nana Visitor) head with a machete. Young Jason (Caleb Guss) saw his mother being murdered on June 13, 1980, and runs away with the machete that was used to killed his mother. Thirty years later at Camp Crystal Lake, a group of friends is camping in while two of the five friends are secretly searching for the marijuana so that they can take it home and sell it for a lot of money. Jason (Derek Mears - Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013), Predators (2010), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)) began killing people from the group. He kidnaps Whitney (Amanda Righetti - The Mentalist (2008), Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), Role Models (2008)) untouched because she resembled his mother thirty years ago.

Whitney’s brother Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki - Supernatural (2005), House of Wax (2005), Gilmore Girls (2000)) arrives at the lake about six weeks later to search for Whitney. Clay met several people vacationing in a cabin who mainly just wants to get drunk and high off of weed, but two of those people agree to help Clay look for his sister. The two individuals Trent (Travis Van Winkle - Transformers (2007), Accepted (2006), Meet the Spartans (2008)) and Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) helped Clay as Jason kills two of their friends.

All of the actors gave a good performance except for Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki (Clay) and
Derek Mears (Jason) killing spree which was excellent. It felt as though I was in a trance as I was looking at Jason Vorhees beginning his reign of terror on the friends, killing off members of the group. The movie contains graphic sexual content, strong bloody violence, bad language, drug use, suspense, thrills and gory kills. I would recommend all Friday the 13th fans to give this film a try because it was an amazing watch for me. There were major goofs that will be noticed by most fans, but it is nothing that will ruin your movie experience.

  • Friday the 13th Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 4.94
  • IMDB: 5.6
  • MetaCritic: 3.4
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.5

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About Friday the 13th 2009

Title: Friday the 13th
Year: 2009
Runtime: 97 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.47/5 stars from 86,543 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 86,543
MPAA Rating: R
Friday the 13th Cast Starring: Derek Mears, Kyle Davis, America Olivo, Brittani Cox, Richard Burgi, Danielle Panabaker, Arlen Escarpeta, Julianna Guill, Ben Feldman, Aaron Yoo, Willa Ford, Nick Mennell, Nana Visitor, Travis Van Winkle, Jared Padalecki, Chris Coppola, Rosemary Knower, Bob King, Stephanie Rhodes, Caleb Guss, Travis Davis, Kathleen Garrett, Lawrence Dean, Jaime De La Rosa, Amanda Righetti, Jonathan Sadowski, Ryan Hansen
Friday the 13th Writers: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift
Friday the 13th Director: Marcus Nispel
Box Office: $64,959,486
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line/Paramount
Language: English, Ukrainian
Country: USA