Friday the 13th: Uncut
Uncut Blu-ray Edition
Directed by Sean S. Cunningham
Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Kevin Bacon, Robbi Morgan
Paramount Home Entertainment
Release Date: February 3, 2009
Iâ€™ll lay my cards on the table now; this is the first time Iâ€™ve seen the original Friday the 13th from beginning to end. Call it a sheltered childhood, call it a lack of interest, call it laziness after a certain point, but even when I could see it, I never bothered until now. I mean, its Friday the 13th. Every genre movie fan has to see this at some point in their life, right? So I jumped at the chance to see this new uncut version of the film. Is it the modern horror classic that Iâ€™ve always been told it is? Did it live up to the hype built in my own mind? I canâ€™t say that it did, but Iâ€™ll say that this may still be a worth-while purchase for fans of the film, due to the documentaries and other special features included.
Do I really need to explain the plot for Friday the 13th? Honestly, at this point the story is as well known as any fairy tale or bible story. A bunch of kids go to open a summer camp at Camp Crystal Lake, they get up to some sexual shenanigans, they get killed in a series of gruesome ways, and in the end one lone girl confronts the killer. Itâ€™s the standard horror film plot that was set down by Halloween, and I canâ€™t help but see the similarities between this film and John Carpenterâ€™s original masterpiece. This is where my distance from the film takes away from my personal enjoyment of it. While I may have never seen this particular film before, Iâ€™ve seen the same things a bunch of times before in other films, so it all seems like itâ€™s been done before. But I only get that feeling because Iâ€™ve seen the imitators, not the original, so I canâ€™t hold it against this film.
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