Friday, October 16, 2009

October 15, 2009

Friday the 13th (1980)
Thought A Nightmare on Elm Street is my favorite of the original three 80s slasher movies, this one is also fun and appropriately gory. It features Kevin Bacon in one of his very first film roles, though none of the rest of the cast ever seemed to do anything afterward (similar to Johnny Depp's success following Nightmare or Jamie Lee Curtis after Halloween), and nearly all of the characters meet horrifically interesting and elaborate deaths, from the grisly death of the first character at the hands of a psychotic Jeep driver (and that, children, is why we never hitchhike) to the final bloody showdown. The biggest problem this movie has is that there is no clear main character to root for - no one girl who you know is going to survive through the end - and the nameless jumble of teenagers are all so irritating that you don't even mind when they get ax-murdered. They're also exceedingly stupid, though they are all sporting pretty spectacular 70s styles. The use of the POV shots is interesting to heighten suspense and scare factor, but the acting is so bad that it only occasionally works.
My Netflix rating: 3 stars

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