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“You lookin’ for this? ‘Cause it goes with your outfit.” Chewie (Aaron Yoo) said, handing over a hockey stick to Jason Voorhees. Jason showed no interest, quickly finding another means to kill the young man.

Platinum Dunes Productions on the other hand couldn’t say no when offered the opportunity to produce another “Friday the 13th” movie. Platinum Dunes Productions, established in 2001 with the partnership of Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller has made an excellent go of bringing several classic horror titles to life for a new generation. Productions such as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” remake in 2003 and the adaptation of “The Amityville Horror” in 2005 got the trio off to a good start. Each film grossing over $110 million worldwide, with “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” being nominated for a couple of MTV Movie Awards and receiving a Teen Choice Award. Now they’ve taken to remaking the Friday the 13th films, the first installment “Friday the 13th” released on Friday, February 13, 2009 is a good beginning.

The film follows Clay Miller (Jared Padalecki) as he searches for his missing sister, Whitney (Amanda Righetti) who disappeared six weeks earlier in the woods surrounding Crystal Lake. Along the way he enlists the aid of a beautiful young woman, Jenna (Danielle Panabaker), that he meets among a group of college kids out for a good time, having not a clue of the horrors that will soon unfold around them. The movie waste no time, approximately 10 minutes in, Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) being not too fond of guests quickly sets about ridding himself of the pesky visitors. It never ceases to amaze me the ways that screen writers (Damian Shannon and Mark Swift) are capable of envisioning Jason’s numerous slaughters, my personal favorite, a girl roasting over an open fire. The writers took a new take on Jason Voorhees, he was smarter and more calculated, setting traps for his victims. It was a change for the better, making him more human and frightening. Platinum Dunes Productions has created another hit, a must see for horror fans.

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