Short Review

Rated 3.0

This remake, from director Marcus Nispel and producer Michael Bay (the same guys who remade The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a few years back), isn’t as much a remake as it is a reimagining. The events do not mirror those of the 1980 film, rather they take them and use them as folklore, a campfire ghost story. In fact, the movie begins roughly where the original ended, with the beheading of Mrs. Voorhees, Jason’s mother. The action starts when a group of college kids take a weekend camping trip near the long-defunct Camp Crystal Lake. Naturally, Jason doesn’t like this and has his way with them. Shortly thereafter, the brother of one of the campers goes looking for his sister, meeting up with another group of rowdies who make for promising targets with all the booze and sex they consume. There’s nothing revolutionary about this reinvented story of Jason, as it follows the slasher-flick rules to a T. But there’s nothing wrong with that. Feather River Cinemas and Tinseltown. Rated R