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15 February 2009 @ 09:39 pm
Friday the 13th (review)  
So I finally got the opportunity to see this movie tonight.  Wish it was in a better atmosphere (I'll get to that *sigh*), but I enjoyed the movie.  Here are some of my thoughts ...

I saw it with my mom since lovely guy wouldn't dare see it... *grumble*  My mom doesn't really go for the very bloody stuff; she admitted she only went to see it for Jared. *g* I agree to a point. I've never been a HUGE fan of the Friday the 13th movies.  But I don't dislike them as much as my mom does.  I have one of my old friends to thank for that... I was about 19 or so when she made me watch a F13 marathon that she taped off TV.  I'm not really into really gory stuff so I probably wouldn't have seen this movie if it weren't for Jared.  *sigh* Jared, the things I'll do for you...  LOL

Anyway, wow, this movie was filled with young stupid kids. Heh.  Kids in search of pot and sex and having a grand old time.  Is it sad that I could pretty much predict almost every kids' death in this one? That first guy, Wade, who was in pursuit of pot and was listening to Sister Christian on his Ipod ... I knew he'd be the first to go. 

Then the poor girl who watched the other guy get his legs mangled and ended up being burned to death... ouch, what a way to go. :P

I gotta say, though, great job setting up all those kids as a bunch of morons to contrast them with the nice, well-meaning guy who ISN'T a moron... I'm talking about Jared's character, Clay, of course.  As soon as he appeared on screen I had to stifle a squee.  *g* He really was lovely... and hot... and all that in between.  Poor guy is looking everywhere for his missing sister (who was with the first group of young stupids).  And of course that next group of kids, being complete jerks, are complete jerks to Clay (but he gets his revenge by sticking one of the "missing" posters on the back of their truck. Hee!).

Turns out Clay's sister Whitney is being held alive by Jason because she resembles his mother.  I knew that had to be the case in the beginning when she roams around one of the camp cabins with Michael, the way he picks up the locket with the pics in it and says the woman looks like her.  Since it was supposed to be where Jason stayed, I assumed that was his mother and the instant she said that I figured he would be going after her. 

That one guy in the machine shop or woodworking shop or whatever it was that Clay talked to was such a perv, LOL. A pot-smoking perv.  Colorful character who didn't really add too much to the story. I had a feeling he'd meet his end.

I'm really not going to go into each of the bloody deaths.  They were all pretty bloody, but I think the worst ones for me were of Chewie and the cop (anything having to do with the eyes always makes me squeamish... *remembers a particular scene from Bladerunner and shudders*). 

At times I thought Clay had a bit of nice chemistry with Danielle Panabaker's character, Jenna.  I wasn't quite expecting her to be killed off, though ... at least not as much as with the other kids.

That uptight rich kid Trent had me laughing when he was in the truck and screamed like a girl.

A couple of times I got a little worried that Jason had actually killed Clay, but that was short-lived 'cause I just KNEW he had to be there at the end.  I also jumped a few times, one of them being the first time we see Jason at the beginning (before Wade dies).

Whitney used Jason's mommy issues against him to get one over on him.  Nice.  And at the very end... I knew it wasn't going to just end that way.  Jason coming out of the water like that and grabbing Whitney...  eeek.  So he got her, but did it look like he got Clay? I didn't really think so, but it ended so quickly.  It's almost as if they're leaving it open-ended for a sequel.  

I guess Jason just never dies, does he.  And he really wanted his mommy back.

I thought Jared did a great job as Clay; again, this nice, well-meaning guy in such contrast to the stupid, rude, moronic douchebag kids who quite coincidentally get themselves killed off.  Derek Mears did a great job as Jason, too.  Nice performances also by Amanda Rigetti (as Whitney) and Danielle Panabaker (Jenna).  The others I didn't really have much of an opinion of.

Now, getting to what I was talking about in wishing for a better atmosphere...  We were surrounded by people in the theater who would just NOT.SHUT.UP.  I could understand talking during the stupid ads or even some of the coming attractions, but, um, some people like to watch a movie with actual SILENCE. Or at least relative silence.  There was this young couple sitting behind us and they kept commenting pretty loudly throughout most of the movie.  Then there were 3 young men in front of us who, while they didn't talk too much throughout the whole thing, were still pretty loud whenever they did.  Then to our right slightly behind us was another couple who had to talk, and it turned out the woman was talking on her cell phone.  At one point my mom turned and gave them the evil eye, and asked if they could please be quiet.  That shut them up finally for most of the movie.  THEN there was a woman with her son to our left who started talking on her cell phone.  And loudly.  I hear her saying "OK, OK........ YEAH, OK."  I think her son said something to her, and the two of them got up and left the theater. But we were still stuck with that couple behind us who had to comment out loud on EVERY line and EVERY move of virtually EVERY character in the movie.


Are people just getting ruder and ruder at theaters nowadays? Maybe I should learn to be more tolerant, but I don't think it's too much to ask to have some quiet during a movie so you can hear what the characters on screen are saying.  I'm all for talking during a movie when you're watching it in the privacy of your own home, especially if it's a movie you've seen before. But not when you're in a theater with other people seeing it for the first time. 

Okay, rant over now. I promise. ;)  It was good seeing the movie, though.  I'd go see it again if I could.

I also have an icon question related to this movie.  I've seen people using this icon over at dean_sam and I have a question... I don't think there's any spoilers here, but I'll stick it behind a cut just in case...

I've been seeing this icon of Jared from the movie with "Clay" next to it.  Where did this icon come from, and does anyone know where the original pic that it's made from is from? I'm really curious and I really like the icon, so I just have to know :D

Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
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jessm78: Jared Padalecki: TV Guide Photoshootjessm78 on February 16th, 2009 01:34 pm (UTC)
Same here. He really was edible! *g*

Ha! That's what I was saying when I saw that ... Look, there's the WOODCHIPPER!! Use it!
bodgei: pinkbodgei on February 16th, 2009 02:16 am (UTC)
the talking back (I'm assuming that they were talking back to the chericters and what not) is sort of a Horror thing (or it was in the 80's) we used to hoot and holler and yell at everyone while watching, say an F13 or a Nightmare on ElmStreet movie.
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Scream Awards 2008jessm78 on February 16th, 2009 01:32 pm (UTC)
It wasn't so much talking back as it was just commenting to each other what each of the characters was doing. And the gals on their cell phone, it sounded like they weren't even talking about the movie.

Didn't really seem like a typical horror movie fan crowd there, and there weren't very many people there either which surprised me a little.
bodgeibodgei on February 16th, 2009 01:48 pm (UTC)
so sort of hlaf and half. The place we saw it was actuly pulling people out for useing the cell phone. I'm not kidding. The manager came done and said it before the movie and then when someone flipped open their phone they were escorted from the room. Never seen anything like it.

The crowd we saw it with wasn't a normal horror fan crowd either. It was 3/4 20 somthing woman - there were squeels when Jared came on screen.

Mind you the area I was sitting was all 30 and 40 somethings. A few couples and people on their own - and we were about 3/4 men. And we were all up frount - odd to have the older group up frount.
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: Scream Awards 2008jessm78 on February 16th, 2009 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yeah, pretty much. Wow... that's the first I've ever heard of that happening anywhere. They used to flash on the screen before the movies started to silence your cell phones, but I haven't seen it lately. Not that it'd probably make much difference...

Sadly, no squeals here when Jared came on screen. There really weren't many people in the theater with us. I'd say the couple behind us were probably 20 somethings, but the rest were probably around 30 something too.
bodgeibodgei on February 16th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)
Oh they put it up on the screen *twice* then the manager came down to 'talk to us'. They must have had a real problem on opening night.

Our theater was *Packed* so that was cool. I have to say there was some grumbling about the recap in the begining (from those of us who were older fans) My husband was even like 'why the heck do they need to show that? Dosn't everyone know that?' it was kind of funny.
discodiva76: Oy! Jack Mk 2discodiva76 on February 16th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC)
I hate horror movies....can't watch gore of any kind....but if I was in a cinema watching one I certainly would NOT talk through it....I know EXACTLY how you feel Jess.....people who talk constantly through film and theatre performances should be thrown out imho!!...I'm exactly the same with gigs too....I've grown tired of the number of times a support artist has been treated very rudely by fans of the "big" name star by having had their set interrupted by talk, laughter and sometimes, god forbid, heckling!....no excuse for bad manners I'm afraid and this is why I tend to wait till a film comes out at home on Cable TV before I watch it....

Deeds xx
jessm78: jack/danieljessm78 on February 16th, 2009 08:24 pm (UTC)
Don't you just hate that, Deeds? I've heard that people who see horror movies like to talk back to the screen...some sort of tradition I think... but that's not really what was going on here. It's just rude to be on your cell phone like that and just talking loudly to whomever you're with at the time. I agree as far as gigs like concerts and conventions are concerned... just can't deal with the rudeness. It's sad that people have to be that way.
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jessm78: Jared Padalecki: NYCC 2009jessm78 on February 16th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
Yay, I'm glad you had fun, Fabi! I also jumped at times... Jared was just wonderful... loved the t-shirt and tight jeans! *drools* ;D
lovetheguyslovetheguys on February 16th, 2009 10:36 am (UTC)
I was fortunate enough to have a pretty considerate audience when I saw F13, but I've heard people tend to get pretty noisy during these flicks. It's almost expected. But people talking on cell phones is expressly forbidden during movies, and bringing young kids to a movie like this? Parents should be hung for doing that!

I'll see the movie with you again, Jess, but it will have to be when I return from my little vacation, which begins Wednesday and ends when I return Feb. 23rd. If your guy still won't take you, maybe we can go together?

Love, Robin
jessm78: Jared Padalecki: NYCC 2009jessm78 on February 16th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that you didn't have anyone acting out like that when you went to see it! I've heard that people can get noisy and talk back to the screen at these types of movies too, and I almost expected it here. But it was mostly just people talking on their cell phones, and the one couple in back of us just chatting with each other back and forth. Ridiculous!

That would be great. I can wait until after then. I think it's pretty much guaranteed that he won't be taking me... he keeps insisting he doesn't like that type of movie.
deej1957: awwwww too cute Samdeej1957 on February 16th, 2009 02:02 pm (UTC)
People are simply rude these days and don't think about other people anymore. It's a sad thing.

There was a line a billion miles long for Friday night's show. I went to the 2pm Sunday matinee and there was hardly anyone there so it was a good experience. Mom went with me much to my surprise.

The ending was rather ambiguis, wasn't it? All I saw was Jason shooting through the dock and his arms starting to go around Whitney. I choose to look at it as Clay saved Whitney again, and they got away from Jason. I refuse to believe they both died after all that.
jessm78: Supernatural: jessm78 on February 16th, 2009 08:29 pm (UTC)
It really is sad.

Wow, I bet it was like that here on Friday too. The multiplex that I usually go to had it showing on two screens (possibly 3).

Yeah, it was pretty ambiguous. That's a good point... I'd like to think of it that way too. I don't want to believe either of them died. And I guess it does leave things somewhat open for a sequel, if they choose to do one.