If you haven’t been keeping up with all the remake news of late, TheWrap has recently revealed they might have a new director for a new “reboot” of the franchise. The following is my response to what to me seems like a grossly unnecessary attempt to fix a mistake that never actually should have been greenlit.
When you think of classic movies within the genre of horror, a few names should come to mind:
Halloween, released in 1978 and directed by John Carpenter had a considerable amount of influence within the genre. Unlike the other three, the supernatural terror was replaced with a guy wearing a mask who just had some really serious mental issues. When you consider the mask he choose, which was apparently based off a bust of William Shatner, you can perfectly understand why he would be a tad crazy.
After the success of Halloween, Friday The 13th would follow just two years later. As with the former, the latter dealt with a masked killer. Instead of a quaint suburb, Friday The 13th dealt with a rancid-looking camp site where the masked killer died as a child in a drowning accident.
Michael Bay’s acquirement of the Friday The 13th franchise via his Platinum Dunes studio seemed like an easy win: annoying teenagers getting killed, Jason killing teenagers in very elaborate ways and plenty of opportunities for teenagers to watch teenagers (rather badly) make out.
Michael Bay, thou successful with other franchises, just couldn’t hit the mark in bringing Jason back to the sliver screen.
One of the coolest things about Michael Myers was that no matter how much he killed, his clothes always remained clean. Jason Voorhees continued that tradition. With the 2009 reboot, much like the Rob Zombie 2007 reboot of Halloween, Michael Bay decided this wouldn’t be realistic. In a way he is probably right, evil people aren’t supposed to care about taking their clothes (if they wear them) to the cleaners.
He’s just too damn dirty looking in this remake. It’s almost as if they couldn’t figure out how to make him scary by his actions and decided that teenagers would be scared if he somehow resembled a wino. This is not upping the ante at all.
And about Mrs. Voorhees…
The catalyst for the killing spree that Jason Voorhees’ mother got killed in the first movie after she went on a killing spree over her son’s “death”. Since nobody making the film thought it would be a mega-success, there was never really a need to do any kind of set-up for the sequel (although the ending of the original would lead you to believe such things). When the sequel was released, nothing was ever established about how exactly Jason came back from the dead. He just did.
(People who are serious fans of the franchise can leave a comment explaining this.)
Since a second attempt is in the cards to remake this franchise, the writers who get this job should work harder on fleshing out the origin story. One way to do it would to be show that Mrs. Voorhees was into black magic to explain how he managed to come back. Perhaps as a result of learning this black magic she can control Jason to do her bidding. Since he is no longer the child she once knew, Jason could possibly turn on her if he pleased if he felt someone didn’t deserve it.
Can we get some color in this remake?
Nothing upsets me more than the need to make everything resemble the inside of a closet. How can people figure out what’s going on when you can’t see anything? Give me light, give me color and make me wonder how much ketchup in place of real blood. You can pull that non-descriptive nonsense with Transformers. This is Jason Voorhees. Seeing a guy that menacing gives a film like that a certain power.
Michael Bay has no reason to listen to me. Seeing as how he didn’t immediately push for a sequel to this remake, or the Nightmare On Elm Street remake, he might have a reason to listen this time. That is until all the Transformers fans make Mark Whalberg popular again.