Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Updated 3rd Feb 2015)

Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Updated 3rd Feb 2015)

In what may be either a heroic or heroically dumb move, off the back of the rather excellent Crystal Lake Memories documentary, I have decided to rematch EVERY Friday The 13th movie.  From the original 1980’s classic to the franchise killing remake, I will re re-watching ever kill, every slash and every Jason death.  This blog will be updated as I work my way through each of the films, cumulating with a final list of the films in order of greatness (or not… yes Part 5 i’m looking at you!).  So here we go.

[divider]

Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1985)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Jason Lives picks up on the momentum of A New Beginning and runs with it – more kills, more violence but oddly less nudity.   The MPAA strike again.  It also starts the journey of the franchise being (relatively) grounded that ends with Jason being in Space.  Tommy Jarvis returns (with Thom Mathews taking over the role) and this time manages to bring back the unstoppable killer with a bolt of lightning.  Accidental of course, and from there its back to the usual routine of creative deaths.  Jason Lives feels a little more high budget than some of the other entries and a bit more polished. All in all another fun entry.

IMDB Rating: 6/10

Best Kill:  Head into a toilet wall.

Any cast of note?   Jennifer Cooke, Thom Mathews

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQUGwUmSq1M

[divider]

Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Well this was a surprise.  The legendarily bad Part 5 (the one where Jason isn’t actually Jason) is actually one of the stronger entries into the series so far.  So yes the plot is total hokum, but this is the last Jason film before things start to go really mental (physic powers, resurrection, Space) and you know what it’s brutal, bloody and well paced with out the “God is anything going to happen” tedium of Parts 3 and 4.  It also has a nice pay off at the end, a hint of where things could have gone, but sadly didn’t.  So far from being rubbish, part 5 is actually a pleasant surprise. Who’d have thought…

IMDB Rating: 6/10

Best Kill:  Belt around face, tightened.

Any cast of note?   Corey Feldman. Shaver Ross 

 

[divider]

Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Growing up this was always MY Friday The 13th film.  The one that grabbed me, the one I thought I remembered.  It had Tommy Jarvis, a young Feldman and a kick arse nail in the coffin for Jason.  And years on those things remain.  It’s just a shame that the rest of the film is so tepidly done. Yes much like the previous Friday The 13th sequels, it’s an hour and 10 mins of nothing happening (well some 15 rated nudity but little else) with a handful of kills interspersed.  Sadly it ended up being quite a slog.  So far from the 7/10 classic I remember, this has been the most disappointing Friday yet (at least in terms of expectation!).  Oh and the legendarily bad Part 5 is looming.

IMDB Rating: 4/10

Best Kill: Jason’s death at the hands of Tommy.  Brutal.

Any cast of note?   Corey Feldman, naturally. Crispin Glover (Marty McFly’s dad)

 

[divider]

Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Part 3?  In 3D?  Don’t mind if I do.  Problem is, when it’s all over, what you have is yet another retreat of the original movie, with little of new of note, zero nudity and some really toned down kills.  I know the MPAA was pretty tough back in the early 80’s but even so it takes the film almost 50 minutes to get into gear and when it does the screaming cast and modernly good FX do little to hop dour attention.  Okay so it’s fun looking at everything set up so that the 3D could be used to max effect and, back in it’s day, this was pretty innovative.  But now?  It’s just kinda funny. The weakest Friday yet…

IMDB Rating: 4/10

Best Kill: Eye pop into screen.  Ah… 80’s 3d!

Any cast of note?   Betsey Palmer briefly returns again with reused Part 2 footage. Dana Kimmell did a few bits after. 

 

[divider]

 

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So Part 2 delivers slightly less gore (thank the MPAA for that), a slower pace (mostly the murders don’t start until after 45 minutes in) and a sack-headed Jason.  But whilst it’s not as strong as the original, there’s still a  lot to enjoy here.  Jason get’s his machete for the first time, there’s a nice call back to the infamous part 1 jump scare ending and the film certainly starts to set the tone for what would follow in it’s relentless Jason as unstoppable killer trope. I also really liked the ending where Ginny pretends to be Mrs Voorhees, confusing Jason long enough for her to try and escape.  Miner is a workman like director so the film overall is proficient rather than spectacular but still enjoyable none the less.

IMDB Rating: 6/10

Best Kill: Machette + Head + Wheelchair

Any cast of note?  Amy Steel is something of a cult favourite.  Betsey Palmer briefly returns. 

 

 

[divider]

Friday the 13th (1980)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
The original, and one of the lesser regarded films in the franchise (it didn’t, after all, even feature the iconic Jason as the killer), I was surprised at just how well the film held up some 34 years later.  A nice quality HD transfer, some creative kills and some excellent early Tom Savini FX work, Friday The 13th plays more as a who done it that the slasher series it would later become.  Yup the acting is variable and the fashion dated, but overall it’s a much stronger film that I remember.

IMDB Rating: 7/10

Best Kill: Kevin Bacon of course! Arrow through the throat.  Excellent!

Any cast of note? Kevin Bacon

 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Quick Review
avatar
8 Comment threads
0 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
0 Comment authors
Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More here|Read More|Find More Infos here|Here you can find 64548 more Infos|Informations on that Topic: philhobden.co.uk/2015/02/blog-all-things-film-friday-the-13ths-reviewed-updated-5th-oct-2014/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More here|Find More|Read More Informations here|Here you can find 55035 more Informations|Infos on that Topic: philhobden.co.uk/2015/02/blog-all-things-film-friday-the-13ths-reviewed-updated-5th-oct-2014/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Read More here|Read More|Read More Infos here|Here you will find 11684 more Infos|Informations to that Topic: philhobden.co.uk/2015/02/blog-all-things-film-friday-the-13ths-reviewed-updated-5th-oct-2014/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More on|Find More|Find More Infos here|There you will find 58220 additional Infos|Informations on that Topic: philhobden.co.uk/2015/02/blog-all-things-film-friday-the-13ths-reviewed-updated-5th-oct-2014/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More on to that Topic: philhobden.co.uk/2015/02/blog-all-things-film-friday-the-13ths-reviewed-updated-5th-oct-2014/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More Info here on that Topic: philhobden.co.uk/2015/02/blog-all-things-film-friday-the-13ths-reviewed-updated-5th-oct-2014/ […]

trackback

… [Trackback]

[…] Find More here to that Topic: philhobden.co.uk/2015/02/blog-all-things-film-friday-the-13ths-reviewed-updated-5th-oct-2014/ […]

trackback

2018 new plus size women casual half sleeve formal cocktail solid swing dress summer amazing hot sale curve clothing

converse chuck 70 canvas brights low top mens sneakers crimsonauthentic cheap custom unisex bape custom print vans slip onvans oversized hoodie with back print in white exclusive to asos inconverse one star pro homegrown skateshop