Why A Friday The 13th Reboot Should Leave Out Jason Voorhees

The reason why a Friday 13 rebooting the movie centered around Jason killing off a slew of new teenage characters won’t work is simple. It was already done at the director Marcus Nispel (in fact rather well) Friday 13 remake in 2009. The critic derided Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022 is a lesson in what happens when a slasher franchise tries to add an unnecessary sequel to a series with a surprisingly solid 2000s reboot (Nispel even directed 2003 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, also). Consequently, little Friday 13 fans are likely to watch the critical hits received by returning Leatherface and decide that the same fate should befall Jason.

The Slasher Revival deserves a new movie Friday the 13th

Although Friday 13 definitely doesn’t need his Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022, the formative slasher series well deserves its share of the success the subgenre is currently enjoying. The critical and commercial success of Scream 2022 and Halloween 2018 and newcomers like street of fear proves there’s an appetite for slasher movies. the Nightmare on Elm Street the franchise is a little more complicated since Robert Englund is so committed to his appeal, but Friday 13 has no such issues and could theoretically return like any other classic slasher series, if the creators get it right.

Slasher Movies Get Weird (Again)

street of fear was a three-movie event that bounced between 90s meta slashers, 70s retro slashers, and period folk horror. Director Ti West’s X is a slasher film that takes place entirely on the set of another fictional film. Scream 2022 is more self-referential and meta than the rest of the franchise, while both Halloween 2018 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022 count on viewers recognizing the Final Girls from their franchise predecessors with varying degrees of success. As was the case in the 90s, the slasher subgenre is once again entering strange and trippy meta-territory. 2003 Freddy versus Jason proved that the Friday 13 The franchise might follow this trend, but the series hasn’t always been successful in its attempts to reinvent itself.

Friday the 13th is better to drop Jason than ‘reinvent’ him

While Freddy versus Jason was relatively well received, the campy, deeply silly and hopelessly unscary Jason X from 2001 proved that Jason’s simple “hack and slash” roots left the villain ill-suited for post-ironic, self-aware reinvention. This means that the trend towards weirder slasher movies may tend to leave masked murderers like Jason Voorhees, who have been parodied in hell and back, looking a little simplistic and outdated. Consequently, a Friday 13 The film’s revival that drops Jason will immediately fool viewers and leave critics unable to call the franchise’s release a freewheeling cash-in on its recognizable villain, giving the sequel a real chance to wow fans. and newcomers.

The original Friday the 13th was a whodunit without Jason

Fear Street, Malinand Scream 2022 all have proven that viewers want something familiar but new in their slashers, and taking Friday 13 a return to its “thriller” roots could provide that. Without counting on Jason, the Friday 13 The series could revisit the simple pleasures influenced by Giallo from the original film. Given the popularity of later Jason-centric sequels, it’s often forgotten that the 1980 original’s killer Friday 13 is kept a mystery until the end of the film. A new Friday 13 the sequel would need a new killer to replace Mrs. Voorhees, but there are plenty of meta twists available for the series. The killer could be Jason’s vengeful father or one of Jason’s possessed teenagers, or the people of Camp Crystal Lake who made an unholy bargain with Jason, offering sacrifices to keep the seemingly unkillable and canonically demonic villain sated. .

Jason Voorhees Can Still Set Up A Friday The 13th Sequel

A Jason-free Friday 13 that works more like a slasher thriller would prove that the show can adapt to modern audience expectations and deliver something more meta and subversive for 2022. Then an ending that brought Jason back to set up a sequel wouldn’t just reference to the original Friday 13 but also being the best of both worlds because it would prove that the franchise can bring him back without relying too much on him. the original Friday 13The unmasked ending to Jason’s attack is one of cinema’s most notoriously effective scares, precisely because viewers had no idea Jason was still alive, let alone that he would suddenly appear and attack Final. Girl from the movie. Along the same lines, making a successful addition to the Friday 13 franchise without relying on the show’s famous villain could lull viewers into a false sense of security, making Jason Voorhees’ last-minute appearance all the more terrifying and effective.


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The reason that a Friday the 13th reboot movie centering on Jason killing off a slew of new teen characters won’t work is simple. It was already done in director Marcus Nispel’s (actually pretty good) Friday the 13th remake back in 2009. The critically derided Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022 is a lesson in what happens when a slasher franchise tries to tack an unnecessary sequel onto a series with a surprisingly solid ’00s reboot (Nispel even directed Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2003, too). As a result of this, few Friday the 13th fans are likely to look at the critical lambasting received by Leatherface’s return and decide that the same fate should befall Jason.
The Slasher Revival Deserves A New Friday the 13th Movie

Although Friday the 13th definitively doesn’t need its own Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022, the formative slasher series does deserve its share of the success that the sub-genre is currently enjoying. The critical and commercial success of Scream 2022 and Halloween 2018 and newcomers like Fear Street proves there is an appetite for slasher movies. The Nightmare on Elm Street franchise is a little more complicated since Robert Englund is so tied up in its appeal, but Friday the 13th has no such problems and could theoretically come back like any other classic slasher series—if the creators take the right route.
Slasher Movies Are Getting Weird (Again)

Fear Street was a three-movie event that bounced between ’90s meta slashers, retro ’70s slashers, and period piece folk horror. Director Ti West’s X is a slasher movie set entirely on the set of another fictional movie. Scream 2022 is more self-referential and meta than the rest of the franchise, while both Halloween 2018 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022 rely on viewers recognizing the Final Girls of their franchise predecessors to varying degrees of success. As was the case in the ’90s, the slasher sub-genre is treading into weird, trippy, meta territory once again. 2003’s Freddy Vs Jason proved that the Friday the 13th franchise could keep up with this trend, but the series hasn’t always been successful in its attempts to reinvent itself.
Friday the 13th Is Better Off Dropping Jason Than “Reinventing” Him

While Freddy Vs Jason was comparatively well-received, the campy, deeply silly, and desperately un-scary Jason X from 2001 proved that Jason’s simple “hack and slash” roots left the villain ill-suited to post-ironic, self-aware reinvention. This means that the trend toward weirder slasher movies can tend to leave lumbering masked murderers like Jason Voorhees, who have been parodied to hell and back, looking a little simplistic and outdated. As a result, a Friday the 13th movie revival that drops Jason will immediately wrong foot viewers and leave critics unable to call the franchise outing a cash-in coasting on its recognizable villain, allowing the sequel a real chance to wow both fans and newcomers.
The Original Friday the 13th Was A Jason-Less Whodunit

Fear Street, Malignant, and Scream 2022 all proved that viewers want something familiar but new in their slashers, and taking Friday the 13th back to its “whodunit” roots could provide this. Without relying on Jason, the Friday the 13th series could revisit the simple Giallo-influenced pleasures of the original movie. Given the popularity of the later Jason-centric sequels, it is often forgotten that the killer of the 1980 original Friday the 13th is kept a mystery until the movie’s ending. A new Friday the 13th sequel would need a new killer to replace Mrs. Voorhees, but there are plenty of meta twists available to the series. The killer could be Jason’s vengeful father or one of the teens possessed by Jason, or the townspeople of Camp Crystal Lake who have struck an unholy bargain with Jason, providing sacrifices to keep the seemingly un-killable and canonically demonic villain sated.
Jason Voorhees Can Still Set Up A Friday the 13th Sequel

A Jason-free Friday the 13th that operates as more of a slasher whodunit would prove that the series can adapt to modern audience expectations and offer something more meta and subversive for 2022. Then, an ending that brought back Jason to set up a sequel would not only reference the original Friday the 13th but also be the best of both worlds as it would prove the franchise can bring him back without overly relying on him. The original Friday the 13th’s unmasked Jason attack ending is one of cinema’s most infamously effective jump scares precisely because viewers had no idea Jason was even alive, let alone that he would suddenly appear and attack the movie’s Final Girl. In the same vein, pulling off an entire successful addition to the Friday the 13th franchise without relying on the famous villain of the series could lull viewers into a false sense of security, making the last-minute appearance of Jason Voorhees all the more terrifying and effective.

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