Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

Reviews and analysis of Friday the 13th: Killer Puzzle

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3.00/5.00 October 10, 2010

Can't believe that Voorhees gets younger every year!

Frankfurt born Marcus Nispel sure has had Carte Blanc in directing his films ever since his washed out style of cinematography was distinctively used in his 2003 remake of Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I'd have to say the script was much more interesting in that film than this one. Let's just get down to brass tacks about this film. This version of Friday the 13th was extremely predictable & quite overdone. The film seemed to be 2 films in 1. It's much harder to believe that this Jason guy could get more and more cruel in his killings. In his younger years, he just did such a good job being a mediocre killer, yet an extremely terrifying stalker. Now that Jason has the time to stroll through this picture to set up each individual stunt to give us the most shock value, the feeling of originality is totally lost forever. The time honored rights of passage about taking your girlfriend to her first rated R film is totally blown in this film. There would be no way that I could even beg someone to sit in a theater on a first date and watch all the fake blood & gore being delivered up to the audience so that they will go home & at least feel they didn't waste their 30 dollars on a dead dog. Let's just call this exactly what it is. A calculated formula to bring people back to the theaters at the exact time in order to get the reaction from the squeamish part of the audience. Guys, if you are like me, you will love watching your partner squirm more than you will like watching this film. You know, the Camp Crystal Lake thing is so corny, we are still supposed to believe that the cops their are so convinced that nothing has ever gone on in these woods, that they spend a whole scene trying to convince us that the whole party of missing people just got lost & drove to Mexico or something? Give me a break! Now if we actually count the times where the fear actually got extreme enough to keep our interest, then we are talking about why the film was actually made in the first place. The scariest scenes worth mentioning are the ones in which you least expect the victims to get away. The first of the scariest scenes was one in which Jason was sticking his machete up through the floor boards & slowly slicing up the young guy in front of his girlfriend. The most startling, scariest, & a bit funny to boot was the scene where the cocky Trent Demarco (Travis Van Winkle) was trying to get away in his truck when Jason tosses the body of his girlfriend Bree(Julianna Guill) out of the top window of the house and smashes the windshield of the vehicle he was hiding in. The character of Trent starting screaming like a baby, which I thought was extremely funny since was the one who was so tough and condescending to his friends about everything since we are introduced to his rich boy attitude which is extremely annoying. In my opinion, the sex scene between Bree and Trent was extremely distracting to the film. This typical pleasure/pain juxtaposition continues to be in slasher films, & too, actually enforces in peoples minds a sort of taboo thing for young lovers. It's almost like saying, if you have pre-marital sex, you more than likely going to get killed by a raging lunatic with a hockey mask. The thing that seems to be hilarious is that our Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) seems to be much more young, agile, & muscular. There seems to be no moral fiber in these people as well, thus we have to conclude that they must really deserve to die a horrible death.

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5.00/5.00 October 24, 2017

Way Better

I really enjoyed this movie. The characters were all good. Typical horror movie characters, but better. This is a continuation of the Friday the 13th franchise, and i have to say I liked this one way better. I will say the nudity scene went on, in my oinion, way too long. However what I thought would happen to the the character who bared all did not, somewhat disappointing. for me thats the down side to this one. I liked the characters , i liked that they fought back, Way Better.

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2.00/5.00 August 18, 2009

Friday the 13th Remake 2009 - Great and Awful

'sighs' I'm almost as sick of hearing people complain about remakes as I am watching them. A professional critique of this film can go both ways. If you are, as I am, a maniacal fanatic of the Friday the 13th films then there's about a 99% chance you will have a seemingly endless stream of problems with this movie, all of which I am more than happy to detail below. If you've never really cared about Jason Voorhees and you're just in for a decent slasher flick then chances are high that you will have a great time watching this. And now I must rant about all of my complaints: This film absolutely disregards everything you've ever loved about Jason, and all the Friday films. The first Friday the 13th doesn't even show Jason but for a brief second at the very end (and well played at that by Ari Lehman - now famous for that 2 second role)his mother was the killer and single handedly birthed one of the greatest horror films of all time! She's in the remake for about 4 seconds right at the start giving viewers absolutely no sense of the history behind her and her motives for killing. Secondly, it takes Jason several films/resurrections to become the unstoppable seemingly immortal brute force that he becomes. In perhaps part 6:Jason Lives does he possess such awesome strength and cunning visibility as he does from the very beginning of this awful remake. Jason was a "mongoloid". A deformed mentally retarded child who drowned in a lake. He later had a small beat up sorry excuse for a cabin out in the woods, like something a mentally retarded person on their own would build. And it's perfect!! Yet somehow in this 2009 film, he operates generators, builds cages, sets traps, hollows out caves underground, changes light bulbs, makes beds, and takes prisoners whom he brings food to to keep them alive and healthy. His childhood home still stands, neatly dusted and bed well kept with his camp trophies well in place next to his neat little bed with his name engraved on it. Absolute doodoo. His killings are very precise and well organized almost in comparison with Showtime's Dexter. No no no. Jason kills mercilessly and without any care as to where his blade will fall. He'll punch your head off your shoulders, rip your heart out with his bare hands, hack you into pieces with his machete. Nope, not in this film - he shoots a guy in the head from over a quarter mile away with a bow and arrow. No, that's just stupid. Throws an axe from about 50 yards out and hits a guy right in the middle of his back perfectly. Also very stupid. Jason wasn't the only thing wrong however. The actors were all the worst of the worst. Not funny stupid like all the original Friday's, just plain stupid stupid people that you can barely stand to watch. The boobies were all very large and extremely fake as well, no fun ones like in part 5. The dialogue was awful. What the writers thought was clever verbiage was just over the top hogwash - like in Scream 2. Final synopsis - I hate hate hate this movie, but for some strange reason I've watched it half a dozen times like I'm waiting for something I didn't catch to pop up. I'll watch it again too. Like there's some strange unexplainable addictive substance woven into the film. Put all your memories and love for the original Fridays aside and you actually have yourself a very decent slasher flick that's fun for all, unless of course you're a harsher critic than me. Then you can just abandon all hope all together.

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4.00/5.00 September 20, 2009

Better than Jason X

This review, especially the next comment is from a guy who grew up on Jason and has been in a fist fight because someone said "Jason movies suck." I loved this movie!! It is so old school it isn't even funny. Now all you people who badmouth the movie (much like you did for the remakes of Halloween & Texas Chainsaw) have either A: Never seen the other movies, or B: Have no idea what Jason is all about. Jason movies are about cheap scares, nudity, blood and gore. That's it, end of story. They're not meant to be classical, epic landmarks like "Lord of the Rings" or even the "X-Men" movies. It's meant to scare you, show you some naked people and gross you out with the gore. This movie does all of those things. Now, the story is very different in a lot of ways, than the previous Jason flicks. He's back at Camp Crystal Lake (thank God) but this movie is the first 4 originals through the magic of science able to make a new "Frankenstein" of sorts, throw him in a lake and then when he's P'd off, the fun starts. Simple. The new elements are 1: Jason can think, he's not a mindless killer anymore, 2: The explanation of how Jason can get from point A to point B without you seeing him do it, 3: Smarter teens and 4: A good, realistic story. Some parts I didn't like much at the beginning, but as the movie progressed I caught myself hating things for no reason other than the fact that they were new ideas. The only things I don't like about his one, and will not change my mind are how small Jason is compared to the previous films, and the fact that yet again, Kain Hodder isn't playing Jason. Other than that, it's fine!! There's lots of scares & shock, lots of blood & gore, and even some nakedness!! I guess all I have to say is that if you give this one a chance, it's good. But if you don't let yourself like it then you won't. I recommend it for fans of gore, Jason, nudity and Horror / Slasher movies. If this review was helpful, insightful or informative, please rate it accordingly to help other eBay members see it. Check out my other reviews. I regularly review Video Games, Manga, Anime, Horror & Pro Wrestling DVDs, so be sure to check!! Want me to review something? Let me know!!! Thanks everyone!!!

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4.00/5.00 June 18, 2009

Great remake!

My wife and I liked this movie! It wasn't as good as some of the other remakes, mostly because of the cast, but still good. I love all the remakes of old classic horror films. But, I know some people are old school and stuck in thier ways and think they should be left alone. Don't get me wrong, I still love the old ones. If it wasn't for them, we wouldn't have the new ones. The reason I like the recent horror remakes, (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Last House on the Left, etc.), is because we have better special effects now, better cinematography, better acting (except this one), and more money to put into the film. Plus, with some of them we've been able to elaborate the storyline a bit more, like with Halloween and this one. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is for the acting and the cast all around, other than Jason. The cast was very fake and unrealistic. They look like they picked them out of an Abercrombie and Fitch catalog. I know, they're all suppose to be a bunch of immature college kids out partying in the woods before they get killed. But, they went a little overboard in my opinion. I didn't recognize any of the cast members, then again, I don't watch teenie-bopper shows like the OC. I did, however, like the guy that played Jason, he was reminiscent of Kane Hodder. All around though, this film was fun to watch and a great remake. I recommend this to anyone who's a fan of classic slasher films!

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5.00/5.00 July 18, 2009

I absolutely love this movie!!!

I'm going to start off by saying that I'm a huge fan of the Friday the 13th series, even staying up all night one time watching the original 9 parts consequtively (took about 14 hours). I heard about this remake/reimagining around 6 months before it was set to release in theaters and I was psyched, especially when I found out that Marcus Nispel (Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake) was directing. The F13 remake did not disappoint me one bit. It had everything the original series had...and then some. The part I liked most about it was the new Jason...bigger, smarter, and of course, faster. Yes, he actually runs and shows him doing it, and it's frickin' awesome. This remake incorporates stuff from parts 1-3 of the original series. He starts off with the sack for a mask, and then shows him finding his infamous hockey mask. If you're a fan of the original series, I highly recommend it. If you're looking for a movie with babes & boobs, drugs, and a machete wielding killer slaughtering innocent people one by one, look no further. Non-fans of the original series and/or people looking for a smart and extremely well thought out horror movie, Friday the 13th will most likely leave you very disappointed. I'd rate it a solid 9/10.

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4.00/5.00 May 21, 2012

Really worth seeing

I think that Derek Mears did a Great job as Jason. He used parts of all the Jasons in his portayl of Jason Voorhees. He was a better Jason than the guy before him in Freddy Vs Jason IMHO. He was calculataing and cold not a dumb deformed mindless killer. The Jason in this movie is anything but mindless. The Killer cut allows you to see into Jasons mind a bit. From seeing his mother's beheading he is an angry killer that is sworn on revenge to all who enter his domain. The only reason I give it 4 stars instead of 5 is the fact that Kane Hodder wasn't Jason but I will again say Derek was 10 times better than the guy who played Jason in Freddy vs Jason.

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4.00/5.00 February 8, 2010

The characters are better in this remake.

I'm not crazy about remakes overall. I liked this one. I thought the camp characters were much better than the previous movies. Jason, was interesting in this movie and I liked what they did. I still like the originals and I recommend the original first two movies. What didn't make this movie excellent for me were two things: 1. Trying to do the origin flashback of Jason's mother. 2. The surprise ending. The flashback to Jason's mother in the beginning of the movie didn't work and doesn't replace the original. I felt like it was better off left out in the movie. The ending, where Jason emerges out of the water was too predictable and you saw it coming miles away. It was too obvious where the camera was aimed and it wasn't surprising and it didn't make me jump out of my seat. I think some people might not like the idea that Jason had an underground hideaway. I liked it. I would recommend people to rent before buying. I liked this movie and I would have to say it's my third favorite Friday the 13th movie. I wouldn't mind if they come out with a sequel.

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4.00/5.00 June 16, 2009

Friday The 13th (2009) Extended Cut

After ninteen years of Friday The 13th, the genre of slasher films gets a remake. For fans of the series, this is worth seeing. This is actually the original cut, being that most of the edits for the theaterical version had certain scenes running too long. That would make this the only other horror film besides the remake of John Carpenter's Halloween, done by Rob Zombie, to go beyond the traditional hour and a half cut. This version combines much of the material from the first four or five films and speeds up for the actual blood bath done by Jason himself. You also have to remember that the original Friday The 13th was completely different from the sequels and had Jason's mother stalking the counselors. The directors made sure this time to write out scene to bridge the gap between the first and the third film where the series really takes off. Essentially, it is Friday The 13th with a slight twist. Die hard fans would m ore than enjoy this.

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5.00/5.00 November 13, 2013


I thought this was a awesome recent version of FRIDAY THE 13TH. It had all the things one would expect from this type of movie and more! It was co-Produced with Sean Cunningham who was original producer of the Friday The 13th earlier films, and due to that I think it's a factor that made it well done. It was also great with Jared Padalecki from TV's "Supernatural" series playing in the lead role. I definelty think it's worth having if you like Horror and/or Friday The 13th movies!

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