In honor of my second favorite day of the year (the first being Halloween), I wanted to do a special movie review. It’s Friday the 13th and you know what that means; bad luck and teens succumbing to deranged killer at a camp! There are now
two versions of this film, the original (1980) and the reboot (2009.)
Let’s do a quick overview of the original film. It begins on Friday June 13th, 1958 at Camp Crystal Lake when two counselors sneak off for some alone time. Before they can get too far into the deed, an unseen killer assassinates them. Fast forward to present day, Friday June 13th (I assume the year is the 1980 or sometime in the late 70s since it wasn’t explicitly said), where we met a precocious young woman named Annie (Robbi Morgan) who is headed up to the camp to work in the kitchen for the summer. She stops in a small diner to ask for directions and ends up getting a ride from a truck driver. During the drive, he tells Annie about the horrible events that happened at the camp in previous years. In 1957, a young boy drowned in the lake while counselors were making love. The next year, the two counselors were murdered. Every time someone had tried to reopen the camp, something bad had happened. The driver warns her to just quit. Not being afraid of “ghosts”, Annie decides to go ahead and continue on her journey. Meanwhile, other counselors arrive at the camp to help set up for the new season. (You might recognize a little actor named Kevin Bacon.) What these kids don’t know is that they’re about to get in way over their heads.
In the reboot, a group of friends consisting of Whitney (Amanda Righetti), Mike (Nick Mennell), Richie (Ben Feldman), Amanda (America Olivio), and Wade (Jonathan Sadowski) gives into their curiosity and wanders into the site where all the murders had occurred years before. These teens eventually go missing. A little bit in the future and with another group of friends, Trent (Travis Van Winkle) invites friends Jenna (Danielle Panabaker), Bree (Julianna Guill), Chewie (Aaron Yoo), Chelsea (Willa Ford), Lawrence (Arlen Escarpta), and Nolan (Ryan Hansen) to stay at a cabin on the same lake for a long week of debauchery. A mysterious man named Clay (Jared Padalecki) arrives to ask them if they’ve seen his missing sister, Whitney. While they may not encounter bad weather, this group soon comes face to face with the masked killer, Jason Voorhees. The fun is definitely over.
These two slasher films may have the same concept, but they differ in a few ways. For instance, in the original film, Jason’s role is very minimal, while in the reboot his participation is much larger. The situations are different; the original campers were there for work while the characters in the remake are “camping.” There is also no missing person case in the original movie, just a quick overview of the camp’s bloody past. In the newer film, the characters are also aware of the dark deeds that occurred at Camp Crystal Lake. The storyline within a storyline doesn’t really work for the reboot, the plot is overdone, pretty flat and the actors don’t really help the case whatsoever.
There is also one defining difference between the two movies: the killers are not the same. Consider this a spoiler? OK, maybe a little, but I’m not even going to hint towards who started this epic killing spree that would make the name Jason Voorhees go down infamy and scare the s#*t out of teens for decades.