Posted: 06/19/2009


Friday The 13th, The Killer Cut

by Del Harvey

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Be well, citizens, and fear not. For this is not one of the numerous re-boots or re-makes of the original, but a solid entry sequel in the long line of ongoing mayhem that is all things Jason.

While it is undoubtedly true that the series wouldn’t suffer from a remake of the original, Friday the 13th’s villainous slasher, Jason Voorhees, is an icon of the horror genre. In his previous 11 outings the filmmakers chose never to settle upon one specific identity for the character, instead choosing to redefine Jason differently each time; the end product tends to be something of an identity crisis.

Well, if Killer Cut does anything, it solidifies that little problem by reminding us all what causes his little heart to go pitter-patter: blood, and lots of it. In fact, this Jason is fast, efficient, strong, and vengeful young man whose enjoyment for a good old-fashioned killing is always at the forefront of his thoughts. If he has any… This bunch of filmmakers starts off by reminding us and re-enforcing the details of Jason’s origin, while successfully adding a few supernatural elements along the way. They also provide a sense of meaning to Jason’s blood-thirsty rampages, thus establishing firmer foundation for the character’s mythos while simultaneously making him into a much scarier beastie.

The filmmakers, this time out, are producers Andrew Form & Brad Fuller and director Marcus Nispel, who gave us the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. With that project, they showed us that they know just what is required to update a classic while accurately improving upon an iconic series’ key elements. With this addition to the Jason series they have done the same, retaining the darkly comedic spirit of the originals.

The result is a new classic version of an old favorite, sure to entertain newbies to the series as well as dyed-in-the-wool fans.

Friday The 13th, The Killer Cut will contain bonus materials and extra features, and the DVD will be available for the MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) of $28.98, while the Blu-ray will be available at the MSRP of $35.99.

The Friday the 13th (Killer Cut) releases will feature the following bonus materials:

Additional Slashed Scenes
The Rebirth of Jason Voorhees
Terror Trivia Track (Blu-ray only)
Hacking Back / Slashing Forward Featurette (Blu-ray only)
The 7 Best Kills (Blu-ray only)

Del Harvey is the founder of Film Monthly, a film teacher, a writer and a film critic in Chicago.

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