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Friday the 13th


Ignoring the warnings of the locals, a group of teenage camp counselors takes on the job of reopening Camp Crystal Lake — on Friday the 13th no less, and raise the ire of Jason Voorhees, a masked, homicidal maniac.

Actors: Arlen Escarpeta , Ben Feldman , Julianna Guill , Jonathan Sadowski , Aaron Yoo , Travis Van Winkle , Amanda Righetti , Danielle Panabaker , Jared Padalecki , Derek Mears
Directors: Marcus Nispel
Country: USA
Release: 2009-02-13
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  • Clark Collis

    However, this film is (be)head and shoulders above the recently reanimated likes of "Prom Night" and "My Bloody Valentine."

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Lee

    There's an itch for this kind of material, and here it is scratched -- to the bone.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Travis Nichols

    The new new new Jason Vorhees, played by Derek Mears in this Michael Bay-produced homage/update of the '80s slasher franchise, is a bit of a fox.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    It's business as usual at Camp Crystal Lake, with very little in the way of fresh jolts or an innovative visual style that would have really revitalized the hokey franchise.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    About the best Friday the 13th movie you could hope for. Its technical credits are excellent. It has a lot of scary and gruesome killings. Not a whole lot of acting is required.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A surprisingly straightforward romp in slasher-flick cliches, Friday the 13th is replete with gee-whiz gore, gratuitous sex and nudity and party-loving teens with a penchant for ending up on the wrong end of a pick ax.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Nispel is no Rob Zombie - who achieved something akin to brilliance with his 2007 Halloween remake. What's more, as influential as it's been, Friday the 13th was never that great.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Cammila Albertson

    It's not an openly meta take on the genre like "Scream," but it's a slasher movie for people who love slasher movies, and if your heart will flutter when a woodchipper casually appears in the first act, it's probably worth watching.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Just because it’s less campy doesn't mean the acting isn't awful.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    Despite an evident appetite for mayhem, however, Bay is not the right guy to produce slasher movies. Horror requires intimacy.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    This Friday the 13th is glossy, good-looking garbage, acted out by a cast of big-chested androids (male and female alike) and with the original series' rough edges smooved over. It's reasonably entertaining. Full Review
  • Rob Nelson

    As in his "Chainsaw" remake, Nispel's scare tactics amount to little more than carefully timed cattle-prod shocks, aided by high-volume speaker blasts that were beyond the budgetary reach of the early '80s films.

    Variety Full Review
  • Cliff Doerksen

    It accomplishes what it sets out to do, and if slasher fare is your thing, you've seen far worse.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    What damage could Michael Bay inflict on Jason Voorhees that earlier producers hadn't already inflicted on everyone's favorite hockey-masked serial killer? Well, Bay could make Jason Voorhees ... boring.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    The question isn't whether Nispel's remake is better than the 1980 original (it isn't) but whether anything original is brought into the mix. And minus a mild plot twist you"ll probably see coming from the first five minutes, there isn't.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Kim Newman

    Unlucky for almost everyone. It's a sad day when a Friday the 13th remake is shown up by a My Bloody Valentine remake – couldn't they at least have sprung for 3-D?

    Empire Full Review
  • Christopher Borrelli

    This new Friday the 13th, unquestionably savvier and snappier than the original "Friday the 13th," though just as useless, is a needed return to simplicity.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Is the Crystal Lake PD really doing such a good job? You'd have to go back to Phnom Penh in 1975 to find a place with a higher per-capita rate of unprosecuted homicides.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    While it's billed as a "re-imagining" of the horror franchise, this Friday is more like a rehash, delivering just what you expect and nothing more.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    If all you're looking for is breasts, blood, and gore, this film hits pay dirt. None of the killings are terribly inventive, but they are plentiful, and why bother being devious when axes, machetes, knives, and pointed sticks will do the job just as well?

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Jim Ridley

    This means that for one ticket price, you get three shoddy Friday the 13th movies packed into one, which might constitute entertainment value if any one of them constituted entertainment.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dan Zak

    Michael Bay is destroying horror films by exhuming the genre's standard-bearers, stripping them of genuine terror, refusing to either re-create faithfully or reimagine boldly, and upping the irony until the original concept stands rigid like a taxidermied grizzly, its teeth bared but its presence, most of all, sad.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The reboot of the "Friday the 13th" series is a pretty big mess - not particularly scary or interesting or even gory by 21st century movie standards.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    The movie might have worked if it winked more - or if it played things completely straight.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    It's almost charming in its sheer lack of ambition, but the lack of creativity in its by-the-numbers shocks is harder to excuse.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Purists will be – happy? Relieved? – to know that the "ch-ch-chhh" music survived, and the body count still totals 13.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    You really have to screw it up to dishonor the memory of a movie as shitty as the original "Friday the 13th." Heads should roll.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Mark Olsen

    Not fun, louder than it is scary, not even all that gory, this new Friday the 13th has Jason, all right, but otherwise it's missing nearly everything that made the original films work.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    But bad, this film's so bad! To flub the fans' most beloved butcher boy.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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