The 2009 Friday the 13th reboot isn’t he worst thing I’ve ever seen; it isn’t great, but it doesn’t like ruin my favorite horror franchise for me or anything. (I maintain they’re all good, or at least watchable, up to Jason Takes Manhattan.) It sounds like the next revisitation, however, just might accomplish that feat.
Produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes, the same company responsible for the last regeneration, according to THR, the currently-in-the-works David Bruckner (V/H/S) directed version will be both found footage and explain why Jason Voorhees can’t be killed. That’s like a one-two punch to my scrotum.
The found footage thing isn’t an automatic deal breaker, as the format can be used well, it just rarely is, and I’m not a fan of his V/H/S segment, so I don’t hold out much hope with Bruckner. This report does say Friday the 13th is “expected to be” found footage, and there’s been some debate about whether or not this is true, so we could dodge that particular bullet.
It’s the overt explanation of why the hockey-mask-wearing slaughterer of teens can’t be killed that I have the biggest issue with. Come on, people, we don’t always need to have every last thing spelled out for us, do we? I finally saw It Follows last weekend, and it’s as good as everyone says. Part of the reason why is because the leave things ambiguous and don’t give you a detailed account of exactly why these things are happening, making it that much scarier. When did we as moviegoers lose our taste for mystery and uncertainty, and our ability to enjoy things that may not be entirely explained?
The lone bright spot is that Nick Acosta (Hannibal, Believe) is writing the script, so maybe it won’t entirely suck. We’ll find out which way things fall on Friday, May 13, 2016.