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Friday the 13th: Best to Worst!

by Joshua
Friday the 13th: Best to Worst! by Joshua
We begin the series quite strongly if you’re able to look past the plots of victim-by-victim elimination being repetitive. If you like slasher films, you’ll likely know that it takes more than some glossy murder sequences to craft a film so effectively. Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 gave us more of the same in the best kind of way. The atmosphere was consistent even if the jokes became more blatant and in your face. Before couples made it through the night, we had sole survivors like Alice, Ginny, Chris, the brother and sister Jarvis duo and the misfit clash of Pam, Reggie and Tommy. Their subtle humor in the world of psychopaths were welcome but… Read more

We begin the series quite strongly if you’re able to look past the plots of victim-by-victim elimination being repetitive. If you like slasher films, you’ll likely know that it takes more than some glossy murder sequences to craft a film so effectively.

Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 gave us more of the same in the best kind of way. The atmosphere was consistent even if the jokes became more blatant and in your face. Before couples made it through the night, we had sole survivors like Alice, Ginny, Chris, the brother and sister Jarvis duo and the misfit clash of Pam, Reggie and Tommy. Their subtle humor in the world of psychopaths were welcome but unable to shake the focus from how vicious the stalkers’ actions had become. Exploiting the death scenes as a moment of terror in its hopes, though perspective would lead a division to be disgusted or laughably amused, still pulls in the reality of the very real situation of untimely demise. Psychological repercussions of the first two and an evolution of the misguided killer twisted into a hulking legendary tale by part five, the series was going quite strong by sticking to its formula and tone in order to pass along qualities to the next.

With Part 6, the comedy and transforming of a raging behemoth into a Terminator clone satisfied the masses but lost pure appeal. Convoluted with the introduction of a zombie Jason, legend turns to self parody before the likes of Jason X drives it home to the dumpster. Just when you think that the producers have a clue, they spring the remake on us. It has the camp and the various tools but failed to bring in any personality to the cast with the exception of one person in particular. If anything, it serves as a reminder that you can place all of the right complementary ingredients into a pot, but if you do not stir or lower the temperature eventually your grand dish will be overcooked and only reminiscent of the past rather than at the very least a reproduction of it (the very most would be a continuation).

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