Tonight I was proud to take my son to see the new Friday the 13th. I am a fan, so I admit bias in reviewing the movie. Overall it was really pretty great, they made some changes that brought the legend up to date. Jason no longer lumbers around as if he’s half-drunk, in this new version he moves fast and does not toy with his victims. The body count was high, and the nudity was frequent.
I have been watching the Friday the 13th movies since I was about 12 years old, and it was great to be able to take my boy to see this new one. As cheesy as they were, these movies really represented my generation in the slasher genre. This movie closely followed the time-tested formula: A bunch of annoying teenagers trapped in the woods who get picked off one by one, how can you beat that?
I was most impressed by the fact that the movie theater was packed full of teenagers, it gives me hope that America might be on the right track after all. They left the ending wide open for a sequel, of course, and I’ll be the first in line when the next one comes out.