Sunday, February 8, 2009

"Friday the 13th": Breathing new life into the horror genre.

Someone posted this on the Friday The 13th-Community and I found it interesting:

LOS ANGELES: When the filmmakers behind the new "Friday the 13th" began plotting their resurrection of the gore-besotted horror franchise, they understood they were riding the knife edge of a series (and genre) with its own sets of rules. Campers die. People who have sex die. No matter how fast they move, the victims can never get away. And Jason Voorhees, the hockey-mask-wearing killer, never runs. He walks. But the producers knew they could not go wrong with sliding a topless waterskiing scene between the episodes of carnage and mayhem. Because in movies like "Friday the 13th" less is never more, particularly when it comes to showcasing comely teenagers (aka the victims).
While very little about "Friday the 13th" can be called delicate, there's a fine line between reinventing such an institution and alienating the people who make up its meat and potatoes. The genre demands those good-looking, feckless young men and beautiful, courageous women; the geysers of blood erupting from the imperiled campers; and Jason in a hockey mask, a machete in hand, slaughtering human livestock until someone drowns him, or feeds him into a wood chipper.
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