Nobody was more excited than me when it was announced months ago that the madman from the Friday the 13th films, Jason Voorhees, would be facing the Winchester brothers on Supernatural. The hockey mask loving killer was supposed to show up in the recent episode “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” but due to some pesky rights issues it never happened. However, it looks like I’ll be getting the next best thing, because Supernatural star Jared Padalecki has just been cast as the lead in the new Friday the 13th remake. He’ll be playing a guy who investigates some grisly murders up at Crystal Lake, which is something Sam Winchester would surely be comfortable with.
The Friday the 13th remake is being produced by Platinum Dunes studios, which also brought us recent remakes of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Hitcher, and many others. Fans of the original Friday, or the original Scream, will surely remember that Jason’s mother was the killer in the first film. Jason didn’t show up until the sequel, and he didn’t obtain his hockey mask until the third. However, in this “remake” he’ll already have his mask and be busy offing teens, so it’s not exactly a copy of the source material.
The new Friday the 13th film is being directed by Marcus Nispel, who put together a lot of music videos before directing the Texas Chainsaw remake. If you liked the gritty, stylized look of that film, chances are you’ll enjoy this one as well.
I think the casting of Padalecki is an interesting move, and I’m certainly excited to see him on the big screen again. These slasher movies typically have a female heroine, so it’ll be a change of pace to see a male battling Jason. However, I’m sure at some point during the climax of the film I’m going to wonder why he doesn’t pull out the Colt and shoot Jason right in his hockey mask.
Because the studios love a little bit of marketing synergy, the Friday the 13th remake will be in theaters on Friday, February 13, 2009.
– Don Williams, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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