Friday The 13th
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Terror and suspense abound in this 24-hour nightmare of blood. Camp Crystal Lake has been shuttered for over 20 years due to several vicious and unsolved murders. The camp's new owner and several young counselors are readying the property for re-opening despite warnings of a "death curse" by local residents. The curse proves true on Friday the 13th as one by one each of the counselors is stalked by a violent killer. This film is widely acclaimed for its horrifying and creative murder sequences.
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First, this feels like part III because of the rehash of part II at the beginning, then moves through the prologue very quickly. The "main" story feels like VI with a few twists thrown in.
This is definitely a new Jason, although subtly different than the predecessors. This Jason chases people, not just doing the patented "Michael Myers" zombie walk, where you question how someone can flee at a dead run in the woods for quite some time, and then Jason, lumbering along, is somehow right behind them. This Jason also has an explanation for how he moves from place to place so quickly (no spoilers). This Jason is also quite clever, not just a zombified killer, but a hunter.
There are 2 sex scenes (rather explicit) and several extended female topless scenes. Based on the reviews I had read, I expected much worse, but the sex scenes are only slightly more explicit than those of the original series, especially the later sequels.
There are multiple bloody deaths, and a couple of gory ones, but based on reviews I had read, I expected much more explicit gore. Most of the deaths are of people being stabbed or otherwise impaled, with lots of blood but almost no guts. There is one burn victim, and body parts here and there (no spoilers).
There is a lot of drug use depicted (marijuana), and that is my greatest concern. The movie almost reinforces that drugs are bad, as all the drug users end up getting killed -- drug use seems to be one of Jason's "triggers".
I screened this yesterday, in the context of a parent of a teenage son, and I now have almost no concerns as long as I watch it with him. He's already seen ALL of the original series, plus Jason vs. Freddy. As a parent, based on the reading I had done, I told him there was NO WAY he was going to watch it until I watched it first, but my concerns have been alleviated. If your kids are allowed to watch the other "13th" movies, there is ALMOST no difference -- the sex scenes are definitely SLIGHTLY more explicit, but the gore is more tame than some of the "extreme" deaths from the original series. The biggest concern for me, and the main reason I'm watching it WITH my son, was the amount of drug use depicted in the film.
As a parent, I found almost no guidance among these comments, so I hope this helps.
So the framing is correct. How 'bout the picture quality?
Excellent. Filmic. Appropriate grain, untouched and untampered with. My assumption is this is exactly how the film looked upon its initial release in theaters. It's low-budget, it's cheap stock and lighting, it's not the most detailed film around, but this Blu-ray Disc represents it accurately.
Highly recommended for fans of this slasher classic.
The Blu-rays for movies 2 and 3 look excellent and filmic as well, bearing in mind that "Part 3" was filmed in such a way to achieve the 3D effect; it looks a bit blurry, especially to the sides, but this is intrinsic of its original photography. All three films have never looked better on home video. I recommend all three to high definition enthusiasts and fans of the film series. Looking forward to "The Final Chapter" looking as good and accurate.
It lived up to the franchise's tendency for nudity and horny teen victims. Jason's ruthlessness and sadistic tendency to toy with some of his victims was preserved. A great ending as well.
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