Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 4

Podcast: Ross And Phil Talk… Films They Have Watched Vol. 4

Ross and Phil Talk Movies The Podcasts

 

On this episode of the podcast we talk about films they have watched recently. Yup it’s our fourth review round up show aka Phil finally caught up on all the films Ross saw last time out.

Hosted by Award winning filmmaker Ross Boyask and blogger/writer/failed filmmaker Phil Hobden.

Films Discussed: Mile 22, The Predator, Domino, The Happytime Murders, The Equalizer 2, Spectre, Gotti, Slice, Mandy, Truth Or Dare, Scream, Piranha 3DD, RedCon 1, The Apostle, Tales From The Hood, The Crow, Freddy Vs Jason, The Thing, Unfriended Dark Web, A Star Is Born, Searching, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald, Widows, Blindspotting, The Grinch, Overlord, The Spy Who Dumped Me, Bad Boys 2, Knocked Up

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Blog – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed

Blog – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed

Quick Review

To celebrate today being Friday The 13th 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 back in 2014 to rewatch EVERY Friday The 13th movie.  From the original 1980’s classic to the franchise killing remake, I re-watched ever kill, every slash and every Jason death. So here it is – a complete look at the Jason Vorhees back catalogue…

Phil Hobden

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (2013)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the documentary that started it all: Crystal Lake Memories is an exhaustive (and exhausting clocking it at a nearly 400 min run time) look at the history of the Friday The 13th films – from it’s humble beginnings right through Freddy Vs Jason and the studio remake and is a must see for fans of the films. Brough to you by the same team that delivered the equally essential Nightmare Of Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again no stone is left unturned.  Best of all far from a fluff piece this digs into what worked, what didn’t work and what happened behind the scenes.  Simply put this is both essential and fascinating. 

IMDB Rating: 

Any cast of note?   Almost everyone who has ever been in or involved with the films! 

 

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Friday The 13th (2009)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So in hindsight the remake of Friday 13th is actually pretty good.  Gone are the japery and silliness of the later Friday films, back comes the hardcore gore and nudity that was a hallmark of the series at it’s best.  Plenty of gruesome kills, a story which nicely remakes three Friday’s for the price of one and a cast that can actually act, it’s directed with a sense of respect to the better instalments whilst delivering a few nice new moments.  I liked it and, stood alongside the rest in the series, it comes across as very good indeed.  Recommended.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Sleeping bag then on fire.  Ouch. 

Any cast of note?   Danielle Panabaker, Nana Visitor

 

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Freddy Vs Jason (2003)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay that’s better.  Whilst most of the Friday films have aged badly, Freddy Vs Jason is still a prime cut in a butchers shop of (mostly)offal.   Bride Of Chucky director Ronny Yu once again delivers on a quirky premise and gives fans something they have been waiting for since it was first muted back in The Final Friday.  A knowing film with a strong idea its heart, the films full of crowd pleasing smackdowns, gross out blood and guts and nudity: everything you want from a Freddy or a Jason movie.  Best of all it leaves you wanting more which, sadly, hasn’t yet arrived.  So overall even though this isn’t strictly just a Friday The 13th movie it’s certainly one of the strongest in the series and for sure the one that delivers best all-round.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy’s hand kills… er… Freddy.

Any cast of note?   Robert England, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

 

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Jason X (2001)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup Jason X is terrible.  But it’s terrible in a knowing, fun and silly kind of way that the franchise has been seriously lacking up to this point.  Just the idea of taking Jason and putting him on a space ship is insane BUT even with terrible 90’s CGI, a near total lack of nudity and gore and acting that is at best dubious the film is just such damn fun. From VR deaths, 80’s Friday The 13th homages to a Cyborg Jason this film just knows what it is and delivers on that, never trying to be anymore or less.  And I kinda salute it for that… oh and did I mention CYBORG JASON??????

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Face, Liquid Nitrogen, Desk.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder. LexaDoig. David Cronenberg. Peter Mensah

 

[divider]

Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Look I totally understand that the Friday 13th movies were never grounded in reality.  But seriously Part 9 really does stretch credibility to levels even I couldn’t get on board with.  Supernatural nonsense, Jason’s heart being the key to his powers, transferring from one body to another… it just jumped the shark.  And for a franchise that had last ended with the pretty dire Jason takes Manhattan that’s saying something.  What’s worse is that the gore has been dialled down to almost PG13 levels means the film doesn’t even have that possible redeeming feature.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy comes for Jason (okay technically not a kill but buy far the best bit of the film)

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason an in a cameo as himself.  Steven Williams.  Erin Gray.

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhatten (1989)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This was one was a bit of a slog.  Which is a shame as I quite enjoyed Jason Takes Manhattan when I was a kid.  Reanimated via electrical cable(yes really!), this film borders on PG-13 at times with virtually zero nudity or gore (and when there are FX they are pretty poor).   Add to that a host of bad performances, an idea so totally dumb that you end up laughing at it more than being scared and you are left with one of the weaker Jason films.  That said it earns an extra star for having the infamous man boxing Jason sequence…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Head knocked clean off.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason. Also TV stalwart Peter Mark Richman. 

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood (1988)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sadly Jason returns once more (via telekinesis no less) and despite marking the first time behind the mask for the legendary Kane Hodder, Part 7 is a bit of a slog.  It doesn’t help that it take almost 20 minutes for the first kill to take place, and when they do most are pretty uninspired by this point.  Gone are the higher budget effects of Jason Lives as the franchise marks it’s decline into even cheaper produced tat.  It has a few moments – the sleeping bag kill is ace, but the ending is bad even for these movies.  All in all it’s one to miss.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Sleeping bag around tree!

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder makes his debut as Jason

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Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

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: 

Best Kill:  Head into a toilet wall.

Any cast of note?   Jennifer Cooke, Thom Mathews

 

 

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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: 

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: 

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

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

 

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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: 

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. 

 

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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: 

Best Kill: Machette + Head + Wheelchair

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

 

 

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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: 

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

Any cast of note? Kevin Bacon

 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

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Phil’s Top 5… Friday The 13th Films!

Phil’s Top 5… Friday The 13th Films!

Other Cr*p Top 5

Each week Phil, from Phil’s Quick Capsule Review, takes a look at a different movie or TV related Top Five.  This time out: to celebrate this weeks Friday The 13th, I give you my top 5 Friday The 13th films!

 

Close but no cigar: Friday The 13th Part 5Friday The 13th Part 2

5 – Jason X
Jason X is what happens when a screenwriter gets drunk, pitches a really silly idea to another equally drunk studio executive and they say yes.  It’s Friday The 13th in space.  What’s not to love????

 

4 – Friday The 13th Part 6 Jason Lives 
He’d been dead for years but Jason came back via the wonders of lightning (yes really) to stalk Tommy Jarvis and get revenge for the last time he killed him.  It makes no sense but returned the series to a high.

 

3 – Friday The 13th (2009)
One of the few remakes that easily stands alongside the originals (and in many cases transcends them), the remake delivered blood and gore in spectacular fashion!

 

2 – Friday The 13th (1980)
The original oddly holds up really well, despite the lack of Jason and the low budget.  Watch for Kevin Bacon getting hacked up. 

 

1 – Freddy Vs Jason
Years on Freddy Vs Jason remains a series high point.  It’s silly for sure but when it kicks off it does so spectacularly and delivers the thrills that fans have wanted to see for years.

 

 

Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Complete)

Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Complete)

Quick Review

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.

Phil Hobden
July 2014

 

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Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History Of Friday The 13th (2013)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So the documentary that started it all: Crystal Lake Memories is an exhaustive (and exhausting clocking it at a nearly 400 min run time) look at the history of the Friday The 13th films – from it’s humble beginnings right through Freddy Vs Jason and the studio remake and is a must see for fans of the films. Brough to you by the same team that delivered the equally essential Nightmare Of Elm Street documentary Never Sleep Again no stone is left unturned.  Best of all far from a fluff piece this digs into what worked, what didn’t work and what happened behind the scenes.  Simply put this is both essential and fascinating. 

IMDB Rating: 

Any cast of note?   Almost everyone who has ever been in or involved with the films! 

 

[divider]

Friday The 13th (2009)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
So in hindsight the remake of Friday 13th is actually pretty good.  Gone are the japery and silliness of the later Friday films, back comes the hardcore gore and nudity that was a hallmark of the series at it’s best.  Plenty of gruesome kills, a story which nicely remakes three Friday’s for the price of one and a cast that can actually act, it’s directed with a sense of respect to the better instalments whilst delivering a few nice new moments.  I liked it and, stood alongside the rest in the series, it comes across as very good indeed.  Recommended.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill: Sleeping bag then on fire.  Ouch. 

Any cast of note?   Danielle Panabaker, Nana Visitor

 

[divider]

Freddy Vs Jason (2003)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay that’s better.  Whilst most of the Friday films have aged badly, Freddy Vs Jason is still a prime cut in a butchers shop of (mostly)offal.   Bride Of Chucky director Ronny Yu once again delivers on a quirky premise and gives fans something they have been waiting for since it was first muted back in The Final Friday.  A knowing film with a strong idea its heart, the films full of crowd pleasing smackdowns, gross out blood and guts and nudity: everything you want from a Freddy or a Jason movie.  Best of all it leaves you wanting more which, sadly, hasn’t yet arrived.  So overall even though this isn’t strictly just a Friday The 13th movie it’s certainly one of the strongest in the series and for sure the one that delivers best all-round.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy’s hand kills… er… Freddy.

Any cast of note?   Robert England, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena

 

[divider]

Jason X (2001)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup Jason X is terrible.  But it’s terrible in a knowing, fun and silly kind of way that the franchise has been seriously lacking up to this point.  Just the idea of taking Jason and putting him on a space ship is insane BUT even with terrible 90’s CGI, a near total lack of nudity and gore and acting that is at best dubious the film is just such damn fun. From VR deaths, 80’s Friday The 13th homages to a Cyborg Jason this film just knows what it is and delivers on that, never trying to be anymore or less.  And I kinda salute it for that… oh and did I mention CYBORG JASON??????

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Face, Liquid Nitrogen, Desk.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder. LexaDoig. David Cronenberg. Peter Mensah

 

[divider]

Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Look I totally understand that the Friday 13th movies were never grounded in reality.  But seriously Part 9 really does stretch credibility to levels even I couldn’t get on board with.  Supernatural nonsense, Jason’s heart being the key to his powers, transferring from one body to another… it just jumped the shark.  And for a franchise that had last ended with the pretty dire Jason takes Manhattan that’s saying something.  What’s worse is that the gore has been dialled down to almost PG13 levels means the film doesn’t even have that possible redeeming feature.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy comes for Jason (okay technically not a kill but buy far the best bit of the film)

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason an in a cameo as himself.  Steven Williams.  Erin Gray.

 

 

[divider]

Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhatten (1989)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This was one was a bit of a slog.  Which is a shame as I quite enjoyed Jason Takes Manhattan when I was a kid.  Reanimated via electrical cable(yes really!), this film borders on PG-13 at times with virtually zero nudity or gore (and when there are FX they are pretty poor).   Add to that a host of bad performances, an idea so totally dumb that you end up laughing at it more than being scared and you are left with one of the weaker Jason films.  That said it earns an extra star for having the infamous man boxing Jason sequence…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Head knocked clean off.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason. Also TV stalwart Peter Mark Richman. 

 

 

[divider]

Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood (1988)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sadly Jason returns once more (via telekinesis no less) and despite marking the first time behind the mask for the legendary Kane Hodder, Part 7 is a bit of a slog.  It doesn’t help that it take almost 20 minutes for the first kill to take place, and when they do most are pretty uninspired by this point.  Gone are the higher budget effects of Jason Lives as the franchise marks it’s decline into even cheaper produced tat.  It has a few moments – the sleeping bag kill is ace, but the ending is bad even for these movies.  All in all it’s one to miss.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Sleeping bag around tree!

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder makes his debut as Jason

[divider]

 

Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

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: 

Best Kill:  Head into a toilet wall.

Any cast of note?   Jennifer Cooke, Thom Mathews

 

 

[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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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: 

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

Any cast of note? Kevin Bacon

 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Updated 24th March)

Blog: All Things Film – Friday The 13th’s… Reviewed (Updated 24th March)

Quick Review

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.

Phil Hobden
July 2014

 

[divider]

Freddy Vs Jason (2003)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Okay that’s better.  Whilst most of the Friday films have aged badly, Freddy Vs Jason is still a prime cut in a butchers shop of (mostly)offal.   Bride Of Chucky director Ronny Yu once again delivers on a quirky premise and gives fans something they have been waiting for since it was first muted back in The Final Friday.  A knowing film with a strong idea its heart, the films full of crowd pleasing smackdowns, gross out blood and guts and nudity: everything you want from a Freddy or a Jason movie.  Best of all it leaves you wanting more which, sadly, hasn’t yet arrived.  So overall even though this isn’t strictly just a Friday The 13th movie it’s certainly one of the strongest in the series and for sure the one that delivers best all-round.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy’s hand kills… er… Freddy.

Any cast of note?   Robert England, Kelly Rowland, Monica Keena



[divider]

Jason X (2001)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Yup Jason X is terrible.  But it’s terrible in a knowing, fun and silly kind of way that the franchise has been seriously lacking up to this point.  Just the idea of taking Jason and putting him on a space ship is insane BUT even with terrible 90’s CGI, a near total lack of nudity and gore and acting that is at best dubious the film is just such damn fun. From VR deaths, 80’s Friday The 13th homages to a Cyborg Jason this film just knows what it is and delivers on that, never trying to be anymore or less.  And I kinda salute it for that… oh and did I mention CYBORG JASON??????

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Face, Liquid Nitrogen, Desk.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder. LexaDoig. David Cronenberg. Peter Mensah

 

[divider]

Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Oh dear.  Look I totally understand that the Friday 13th movies were never grounded in reality.  But seriously Part 9 really does stretch credibility to levels even I couldn’t get on board with.  Supernatural nonsense, Jason’s heart being the key to his powers, transferring from one body to another… it just jumped the shark.  And for a franchise that had last ended with the pretty dire Jason takes Manhattan that’s saying something.  What’s worse is that the gore has been dialled down to almost PG13 levels means the film doesn’t even have that possible redeeming feature.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Freddy comes for Jason (okay technically not a kill but buy far the best bit of the film)

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason an in a cameo as himself.  Steven Williams.  Erin Gray.

 

 

[divider]

Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhatten (1989)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
This was one was a bit of a slog.  Which is a shame as I quite enjoyed Jason Takes Manhattan when I was a kid.  Reanimated via electrical cable(yes really!), this film borders on PG-13 at times with virtually zero nudity or gore (and when there are FX they are pretty poor).   Add to that a host of bad performances, an idea so totally dumb that you end up laughing at it more than being scared and you are left with one of the weaker Jason films.  That said it earns an extra star for having the infamous man boxing Jason sequence…

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Head knocked clean off.

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder returns as Jason. Also TV stalwart Peter Mark Richman. 

 

 

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Friday the 13th Part 7: New Blood (1988)

Phil’s Quick Capsule Review:
Sadly Jason returns once more (via telekinesis no less) and despite marking the first time behind the mask for the legendary Kane Hodder, Part 7 is a bit of a slog.  It doesn’t help that it take almost 20 minutes for the first kill to take place, and when they do most are pretty uninspired by this point.  Gone are the higher budget effects of Jason Lives as the franchise marks it’s decline into even cheaper produced tat.  It has a few moments – the sleeping bag kill is ace, but the ending is bad even for these movies.  All in all it’s one to miss.

IMDB Rating: 

Best Kill:  Sleeping bag around tree!

Any cast of note?   Kane Hodder makes his debut as Jason

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Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives (1986)

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: 

Best Kill:  Head into a toilet wall.

Any cast of note?   Jennifer Cooke, Thom Mathews

 

 

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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: 

Best Kill:  Belt around face, tightened.

Any cast of note?   Corey Feldman. Shaver Ross 

 

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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: 

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

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

 

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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: 

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. 

 

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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: 

Best Kill: Machette + Head + Wheelchair

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

 

 

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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: 

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

Any cast of note? Kevin Bacon

 

 

Author: Phil Hobden

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Top Ten Film Guilty Pleasures  Part 2

Blog: Grosse Point Geek – Top Ten Film Guilty Pleasures Part 2

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A few weeks ago I posted my top ten movie guilty pleasures  -those hitherto dismissed and mostly derided celluloid “masterpieces“ that only a select few (i.e. me) seem to have genuinely enjoyed.  Since then I have had further thoughts on the matter and decided (despite prior ridicule from Phil) to post another top ten “guilty” list for your perusal.

Once again  – this is shared with the readers of ALLTHINGFILM with out shame or regret…………despite the negative reaction it might receive!

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Star Wars Episode 3-Revenge Of The Sith (2005)

Director: George Lucas

Now everyone knows that George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy was a massive let down of biblical proportions. All three featured terrible dialogue, stilted acting, a horrible cheese coated  love story and Jar Jar bloody Binks.  However in my humble opinion, and despite numerous faults, Episode 3 was actually a pretty damn good movie rightly deserving a hellava more praise than it initially got.

To begin with the action scenes are all outstanding  -of note, the gigantic opening space battle, a final volcanic show down between Anakin and Obi Wan and an edge of your seat lightsabre duel between Yoda and Palpatine.

The film is also refreshingly dark (most of the Jedi buy the farm), at times very violent (heads, arms and legs lopped off with abandon) and oddly for a Star Wars film, more than a bit  shocking – one sequence near the end featuring Anakin about to mercilessly kill several Jedi children is both decidedly upsetting and incredibly emotional.

Its also the best written entry of the new trilogy, and  features some very good performances –in particular, Frank Oz as Yoda, and  Ian McDiarmid  as the thoroughly evil Palpatine, who completely  steals the show, especially in the standout scene where he tells a troubled  Anakin the chilling story of Darth Plaegeus the Wise.

Now I’m not suggesting that Revenge Of The Sith is anywhere near as good as Empire (what is?) or even a New Hope – the story is totally implausible (committing mass murder to save a loved one – give me a break!) Hayden Christensen is again absolutely god-awful as Anakin, and (despite improvements) the script is still very iffy indeed. But despite all this, id still say that it is worth another look – and at least there’s no Jar Jar!

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Out For Justice (1991)

Director: John Flynn

Back when Steven Seagal was appearing in half decent films, he made this rather splendid actioner about a hard as nails NYC cop who goes after the nutcase Mafioso (William Forsythe) who murdered his partner in cold blood.

Yes its extremely stupid and takes itself way too seriously -indeed Seagal’s various monologues about his long dead father and the ‘old neighbourhood’ wear very thin after a while, as does the highly implausible fact that every gangster in New York seems to quake in fear whenever he’s about.

Nevertheless it does feature a career best performance from Seagal, a deliciously nasty turn from Forsythe and enough fisticuffs, broken bones, blood and death to rival a Glasgow boozer at chucking out time.

A really entertaining film, surprisingly brutal in parts, well made and  best enjoyed with a few mates, a takeout  and a crate of lager.

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Freddy vs Jason (2003)

Director: Ronny Yu

Now I’ve never really been a fan of Nightmare on Elm St or Friday The 13th – both series of films  were never ending and  got more and more ridiculous with each crap sequel the studios churned out. Not only that most of them were of a very poor standard indeed – despite what the hard core geeks would have you believe.

So imagine my surprise when this mash up of two of the horror genre’s most revered icons turned  out to be not half bad at all.

At times very funny, action packed, well directed by Ronny Yu (The 51st State), with a decent plot that isn’t as derivative as you might think, and featuring a cast of virtual unknowns that actually serve the story rather than just show up to be killed in various gruesome ways. Not exactly cinemas finest hour  – but far better than most of the Freddy and Jason films put together.

Oddly, despite a good showing at the box office, a proposed sequel – Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash –never materialised  – now that I would have paid to see!

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The Expendables (2010)

Director: Sylvester Stallone

Riding a wave of renewed studio good will after the twin successes of Rocky 6 and Rambo 4  – Stallone got together a cast of past and current action stars and successfully produced this insanely enjoyable and very action packed fight fest.

Now I’ve had endless arguments with Phil about this one  – (basically he thought it was a right disappointment) and to be fair the promise of seeing Sly, Bruce Willis and big Arnie on screen for the first time is kinda let down by the fact that they only share one scene together. However, despite numerous faults (the script is woeful),  you cant deny that The Expendables is damn good fun.

Particular highlights include a breathtakingly exciting island escape sequence, a spectacular punch up between Jet Li and Dolph Lundgren, and an absolutely bullet riddled final 20 minutes that features blazing gunfights, massive explosions and  bone crunching displays of martial arts.

Top film – the sequel isn’t bad ether.

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Terminal Velocity (1994)

Director: Deran Sarafian

I have to say that it isn’t often that I put a Charlie Sheen film in a top ten of anything  – save for one featuring a list  of worst films ever made. However, there is one entry in his appalling CV (excluding Platoon) that proudly holds its head high above all the other dreck – and that is Terminal Velocity. Upon release it was a total flop and fared no better with the critics who universally panned it. Long forgotten, it occasionally shows up in some late night slot on the telly usually to be watched by chronic insomniacs and alcoholically refreshed returnees from the local hostelry. This is a situation that I have always found a tad unfair, because if you actually sit down and soberly give this film a chance,  you will find that Terminal Velocity is an absolute gem. For a start its very funny indeed, with some great one liners and sight gags. Sheen is also especially good  – his character Ditch Brody frequently given a right  kicking by various bad guys and spending most of the film in a state of perpetual tongue in cheek frustration and confusion. In addition Nastassia Kinski impresses in a well fleshed out role that gives her far more to do that just stand there and look pretty, plus the late great James Gandolfini (in a pre Sopranos role) is fantastic as the chief villain.

Where the film succeeds the most though is in its action and stunts  – especially the death defying airborne finale – a very clever combo of inventive camera trickery and wire work which has to be one of the most exciting sequences ever shot.

Daft to be sure – but well worth watching.

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The Thing (2011)

Director: Matthijs van Heijningen Jr.

Another box office disaster , this limped into theatres 3 years ago and  is generally considered inferior to John Carpenters 1982 original, but seeing as I’ve put it on this list you would be correct in thinking that I don’t totally agree.

No friends I am not suggesting that for one moment that The Thing 2011 is better or even as good as Carpenters masterpiece  – indeed anyone who would dare to suggest such a notion frankly doesn’t deserve to watch another film ever again. However – that doesn’t mean to say that it’s a bad movie – far from it.

Cleverly acting as a prequel rather than just a straight up sequel or remake , this interestingly delves into precisely what happened at the Norwegian science station that Kurt Russell’s McCready comes across  in the first film. Professionally made and managing to successfully build up a real sense of impending doom, there’s gore aplenty, great SFX and some very good performances from both Joel Edgerton and Mary Elizabeth Winstead. Also unlike Carpenters film we do get to see the inside of the crashed  Alien spacecraft which for me was a major plus.

I will again stress that it isn’t a patch on the 1982 original  – however you have to hand it to director Matthijs van Heijningen Jr – he gave it a damn good try. The Thing 2011 is still available on DVD and deserves to be seen again.

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Prometheus (2012)

Director: Ridley Scott

Very few films in the history of cinema have ever been as divisive as this one. Made as a prequel to the original  Alien quadrilogy, some people hailed it as one of the best sci fi’s ever made while others loudly declared it an almighty let down that infuriatingly posed far more questions than answers. As per usual myself and Phil disagreed massively in our opinions  – he labelled it “Prometheuzzzzzz”, whereas I actually found it very enjoyable  – if a little disappointing.

Plus points for me were the fascinating “Chariots of The Gods” inspired story, which tackled a subject matter rarely (if ever) seen in past sci fi  films – i.e. was the human race seeded by Aliens? In addition the performances are all universally superb  – Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron are especially impressive in their respective roles, as are the VFX which looked simply stunning on the big screen.

The drawback of this film though is that as good a director as Ridley Scott is, he didn’t seem to know how to finish the story, which results in a very rushed climax and as mentioned  – far too many questions frustratingly unanswered. Nevertheless – Prometheus is a good film and for all its faults is a far better effort than the disappointing Alien 3 and the dreadful Alien: Resurrection– I just hope  that the upcoming sequel in 2016 will right a few wrongs.

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The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Director: Terrence Fisher

In the 1960’s and early 70’s the Hammer film studio pretty much cornered the market in classic low budget but well made (sort of) horror films. The majority of which were directed by Terrence Fisher and mostly starred Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing playing everything from Dracula, The Mummy, Frankenstein  and Sherlock Holmes.

Pretty much all of Hammers output was good entertaining fun but ,but one of my personal favourites has always been their excellent adaptation of Dennis Wheatley’s The Devil Rides Out.

Featuring some very  good VFX (for Hammer that is), an exciting story, Christopher Lee in a rare good guy role and a deliciously evil Charles Gray as the Devil Worshiping Mocata.  Two sequences standout – one is  a fantastically creepy bit where the devil himself is summoned via Satanic ritual and then a very entertaining last 20 minutes where the coven throw everything at Christopher Lee from a giant spider to the Angel Of Death.

To be certain it’s very dated, and contains a lot of unintentionally bad acting, but in fairness as a film it really stands out as one of Hammer’s better productions –if your interested, it can usually  be found on The Horror Channel and is probably still available on dvd.




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Pompeii (2014)

Director: Paul WS Anderson

I know I reviewed this film last week but truthfully what guilty pleasure list is complete without a film from the master of hackery that is Paul WS Anderson??

Now as  Phil Hobden knows to his cost (and continued exasperation) – I am probably one of Andersons biggest supporters. Why? Well basically because he’s a damn good action director.

Yes we all know that his scripts are generally substandard and the plots of his films are nearly always inspired by other better directors….or video games. But if you choose to ignore these faults and have a proper look at the way he directs you will see that his editing, photography and camera work show a very talented eye for free flowing, exciting action sequences that wouldn’t look out of place in a James Cameron or  Steven Spielberg production.

Nowhere is this more evidenced than in his latest effort –the relentlessly mad Pompeii. Now I agree that it’s a pretty idiotic film, the script is terrible and it has overly lofty delusions of being Gladiator Part 2, but its so much damn good fun that it really doesn’t matter. Without exception all of the action scenes are brilliant – especially the last 40 minutes which is virtually non stop,  Anderson managing to squeeze in everything from a gigantic  gladiatorial dust up, to a heart stopping horse vs. chariot chase and all this with an erupting Mount Vesuvius  merrily laying waste to the entire city in glorious 3d molten glory.

Plus of course there is the utter unadulterated joy of witnessing Kiefer Sutherland as the thoroughly evil Senator Quintus Corvus – camp as Christmas, hamming it up for all his worth and so gloriously OTT that you just cant help but be swept up in the sheer lovable lunacy of his performance.

Pompeii is still playing at cinemas now – and if you can leave your brain at the door then you may just see the most entertaining film of the year so far.

 

 All of the above should be readily available on amazon and certainly deserve to a part of any proper film geeks dvd collection!

 

 
Author: Will Strong