A reboot of the Friday the 13th series. A group of friends plan to spend a relaxing vacation at a cabin near Crystal Lake only to become the targets of a deranged killer living in the secluded wilderness near an abandoned campground.
Michael Bay actually walked out on the movie's premiere, disgusted at the amount of sex present in the film.
Friday the 13th is a reboot of the Friday the 13th film series. Ignoring the events of the earlier films, it retells the story of Jason Voorhees from the very beginning, taking elements of its story and presentation from earlier Friday the 13th films. Despite poor reviews, it made a healthy profit at the box office.
The film begins with a flashback to 1980, when Jason's deranged mother Pamela Voorhees has already killed most of the counselors under the belief that her son Jason drowned in the lake. The surviving counselor decapitates Jason's mom, and then flees.
The film then jumps forward to the present day, when a group of college students camp in the woods near the now abandoned Camp Crystal Lake. Jason, having survived his supposed drowning, grew up to become a hermit in the woods and disguises his face by covering it with a crude sack. He spares only Whitney Miller, a girl that had found a locket that belonged to Jason's mother, and keeps her captive in his lair underneath the old camp.
Later that summer, a second group arrives with plans to stay in a cabin by the lake. On the way, they encounter Whitney's brother Clay, who has been tirelessly searching for his sister. Jason begins picking off the newcomers and finds an old hockey mask in a shed filled with old junk. He replaces the sack with the hockey mask, regaining his iconic appearance.
The film ends with Whitney and Clay as the lone survivors of Jason's rampage. Whitney manages to trick Jason by pretending to be his mother and they manage to supposedly kill him. They then dump his body into the lake, only for Jason to emerge from the water and attack Whitney, at which point the credits roll.
References and Similarities
As mentioned above, Friday the 13th is not a direct remake of any specific film in the series. However, it does take a number of cues in terms of its plotting and structure from the earlier films. Here are some examples:
The 1980 prologue is based on the ending of the original film, in which the lone surviving girl is cornered by Jason's mother Pamela, and then decapitates her in self-defense.
The year 1980 is both the year in which the prologue is set and the year that the original Friday the 13th was released.
The main body of the film, in which a group of friends travel to a lakeside cabin owned by the parents of one of the characters in order to party, is similar in idea to the premise of Friday the 13th Part III.
Before Jason acquires his hockey mask, he hides his face by wearing a sack with eye holes cut out, much like his disguise in Friday the 13th Part 2.
Jason mistakes the character Whitney for his mother because he finds her with his mother's locket. A character in Friday the 13th Part 2 manages to fool Jason in a similar manner after putting on Pamela's sweater.
Jason keeps his mother's decapitated head in a shrine, as he did in his lair in Friday the 13th Part 2.