The original film series was never known for it's intricate, tight and complex story lines so doing the first three films at once was not a strange move, but the best thing here is the cinematography. You know that you are in trouble when even Michael Bay, a director not known for films with good characterization, walks out on a movie. The horror score also lacks momentum. A truly bad remake.
It's a damn shame that this film didn't get a slew of sequels! After years of disappointing and outlandish Friday the 13th films this remake feels like its regenerating the whole franchise. They take the series back to it's basics. Gone are the cheap gimmicks and cash grabs. Instead they bring Jason back to his roots. At the same time they tweak and update his story just enough to make it feel fresh and exciting!
It feels like a conglomeration of plot points from the earlier films, and is more akin to the series' lesser sequels, as it only features the cheap thrills of horny kids getting the slice-and-dice. Despite having a slicker modern production and some very sharp photography, unlike the original, it lacks build up and suspense, being more about the gore shots than anticipation. However, it's fun in a dumb way.
A seriously under-appreciated remake, it took everything that made 80's slasher films memorable (sex, nudity, weed, crude humor, gore) and recaptured it's spirit in outstanding fashion. Better than the original in my opinion, with excellent cinematography too. Plus the numerous references to the first three original films are great as well.
The issue with this is that it tries too hard to be funny, being dull, and to please this generation because, once you cut out all the oversexualized content, all the cursing, and the weed conversation, you find a well-thought and passionate production. If so, it had the potential to be a dynamic re-imagination of this franchise with great jumpscares. It could've been a great memorial to the Voorhees' legacy.
Pretty fucking boring and generic in every way, then again I never cared much for the original series. You'd think a modern remake would improve or experiment with the formula but no - just more lazy horror to add to the shitpile, filled with bland teenagers getting slaughtered one by one in fairly unimaginative ways (at least there's tits this time). Kids, flush this turd and watch Bava's "Bay Of Blood" instead.