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Set Visit Preview: The New Friday the 13th

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June 11, 2008

Friday the 13th

Last weekend I was invited down to Austin, Texas to visit the set of the new reboot of Friday the 13th. It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I couldn't pass up and it ended up being one of the best set visits I've ever been on. I joined up with a few other websites and spent one hell of entertaining evening down near an over-turned bus watching the new Jason swing his machete and chase two "kids" around for hours. We've been a bit harsh previously on the cast of this film, but all of those bad memories went away when I arrived at the new and improved Camp Crystal Lake. While I'm not the biggest Friday the 13th fan out there, being able to actually step in to the action and experience it all first hand really made me realize that this new Friday the 13th is going to kick some serious ass.

Due to requirements set forth by Warner Brothers, I'll save the real meat of my set visit for a future date. But let me tell you, this isn't a horror reboot to simply forget about. While we often see mediocre horror flicks like Shutter and Prom Night, this Friday the 13th is going to be one of the most entertaining and horrific experiences you'll see next year. The feeling on the set was not that it was just another throwaway horror film, but rather that this was a franchise that has a legacy and that they're honoring everything before it while attacking it in a new and fun way. They're bringing Jason Voorhees back to life in a way that we've probably never seen and that is really what will make this Friday the 13th stand out.

Platinum Dunes producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller brought back director Marcus Nispel, who made their 2003 reboot of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, to direct this. They felt he did such a great job breathing new life into that franchise that they wanted him to do it again with Friday the 13th. As a refresher, although the Friday the 13th franchise has spanned 11 films, this new one is a reboot that is starting from scratch. However, unlike the first Friday the 13th from 1980, Jason is already a full-fledged grown up and his history will be told via flashbacks. The last time Jason was on the big screen was in Freddy vs Jason in 2003 and Jason X in 2001 before that. And now 6 years later, his machete is still as sharp.

There is something very fascinating about spending eight hours in 80 degree weather in the forest at night, watching the bustle of the countless crew members preparing for each shot, joking with an unmasked Derek Mears about Jason as they finish applying makeup to his chest, and listening to each cast and crew member tell their own Friday the 13th stories. As remarkable as it may seem, Derek Mears, who plays the new and improved Jason, is probably the biggest fan of Friday the 13th out of anyone else working on the movie. And it's that kind of passion and enthusiasm that really shined through down in Austin. As much as I'd love to tell you more and give you the complete details on this great set visit, it'll have to wait. However, the full report will definitely be worth it, especially for Friday the 13th fans! Stay tuned soon enough for our full Friday the 13th set visit report.

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  • http://decentcommunity.org Tubesteak
    No way! Not another Friday the 13th! I just want to forget about that blasted movie!
  • REAL6
    Damn come on, why remake this movie. YOU ONLY GOT 3 MORE MOVIES TO GO TILL FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 13 AND LET IT DIE AT #13!!!!!!!!!!
  • http://movieguyreviews4u.blogspot.com Ryan
    Sounds cool Alex. I'll take your word on it.
  • http://handfulofwires.blogspot.com DCompose
    I hope they go to space in this one.
  • http://blog.myspace.com/shero_rauf shero
    I am not going to watch this movie ... again and again the same story ... it become so idiotic ... The truth I didn't like any of the movies with Friday 13 ....or I know what you did last summer or even Hallween .... I like to hear more about Nightmare on elm street and Evil Dead than this ...
  • CJD
    Another horror remake, or "re-imagining"? Where's the originality these days?
  • http://johnkuehlonline.blogspot.com John
    So let me get this straight, you had serious reservations about the film until the studio flew you and some other websites down to Texas to have a look around? Come on. How about a little integrity here man, they are remaking a movie that was terrible.
  • Barry
    Sounds great. The reports that have been coming in have been fantastic and very, very encouraging. No matter how good the movie will be, or how right your excitement is for the film, there will always be those that will disagree or hate it because it's a re-make/re-imagining/re-start, whatever you want to call it. See the rest of the posts here for that!. This is the only classic horror franchise that I am not upset about starting over with. It's going back to classic Friday The 13th and classic Jason, and that's what we need. That's a good thing. If people wonder why new, original ideas aren't coming forward, it's because most of the new horror stuff is awful and unmemorable. Keep up the good work. I can't wait to hear what you have to say about the rest of your visit.
  • CJD
    Original "Halloween" - great film, one of my faves of the genre. Spooky track, surprises, gore, but it left you feeling unsettled. Re-make of "Halloween" -- Sherry Moon-Zombie shouldn't even be an actress. But are we supposed to believe that kid grew up to be 7ft 7 inches tall and 500 pounds of muscle? lol New horror movies are usually awful, but they don't have to be. Please develop new ideas and stop re-hashing classics that should be left alone. Jason X was a great movie, ha.
  • Curtis
    Ill take your word on this project Alex, lets hope all turns out well. Looking forward to the full report.
  • avoidz
    Never let it be said press junkets are a waste of time :| I still laugh thinking of Jason Takes Manhattan...
  • jeff
    I think this movie is a good idea. Its taking all the best parts from the first 3 films and combining them into one story. All the best eliminates that made the first 3 so errie, and disturbing. the rest of the films ,other than the final chapter (good reason for that tittle), don't apply as Friday the 13th stories as far as I'm concerned.
  • tabby
    I think this movie is gonna b bad ass.....who ever doesn't think so are idiots...just kiddin but it was like the greatest horror movie of its time... a classic never dies :)

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