Dave’s 3-Word Review:
I’m kinda confused.
Happy Friday the 13th, everyone, muahahaha. I thought it was an appropriate time as ever to review another prominent series in the horror universe. Obviously, that series is Friday the 13th. I’ve never seen the series before, personally, but I know of Jason. Jason joins Freddy in the most memorable horror villains ever faced. We start now with the 1980 film that started it all. One thing you might note is that Jason isn’t even in the first movie. This isn’t really a spoiler, considering you don’t even know who Jason is when watching…unless you know of the series as a whole. What does that mean for me, though?
So…Camp Crystal Lake. The site where a couple was killed years before, and is considered cursed – labeled with the name “Camp Blood”. Still, teenagers from all walks of life show up, ready to face that curse and start the camp anew. Like it’s a huge surprise, people start dying off, one grisly death after another, and for no apparent reason or way to stop it. By the end of the film we get some answers, but none that we’re happy with.
I’m struggling. I am having a really tough time trying to figure out what makes this film scary…how it is welcomed in the “most memorable” of horror film franchises…how it even obtained a sequel. I’ll be honest, because I just don’t get it. The villain in this film is not memorable, is not one that you love-to-hate, there were never any clues as to who it would be, so when they showed up out of the blue, we’re confused. People might hate me for saying this, but this film was really poorly put together. There is no suspense, there is no main character on either side, no character we like to watch, not even Kevin Bacon was interesting. The scariest element I will admit this film has is the real on-screen killing of a snake with a machete. That was not needed. I’m not an animal activist, but you don’t need an activist to know that’s horrible and wrong.
All the movie really has is its gore. There were respectfully some memorable death scenes in this. I can easily see people remembering some of the deaths in the first film far into the other sequels. However, anyone that watches a movie just to see the variation of how people die clearly don’t understand film. Even the best of slasher films have a plot you can be interested in. Also, the first-person perspective of the killer was never needed. The only reason films do that is to conceal the identity of the killer – typically because we probably know who it is. But we don’t in Friday the 13th, so it was pointless to conceal it. They could have easily shown us the killer, and it wouldn’t have made much more of a difference, I just don’t like the perspective of first person. It’s too…video-gamey.
I am sorely disappointed, gentle readers. I wish I could say why this fits into the most memorable horror films, but unfortunately I can’t. Friday the 13th is just a horror film’s excuse to kill off random people that you don’t even care about without as much as a plot that is interesting or makes sense. I guess what the film was missing in order to make it special was in fact Jason. I’ve never seen the series, but I know about Jason, which must mean that he is a memorable character, right? Only time can tell. See you next time.