Friday the 13th Deserves A Sequel

While I was not a huge fan of restarting the Friday the 13th franchise at first, I believe it is important that Hollywood continues the famous horror series by making a Friday the 13th sequel. It is disservice to leave Jason Voorhees fans hanging...or drowning in the lake.
The original Friday the 13th series focused on the story of Jason Voorhees, an undead serial killer who stalked camp counselors and other people living near Camp Crystal Lake. Like many other classic horror films (Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street) after 11 Friday the 13th movies, the series was essentially restarted with a new Friday the 13th in 2009. This time, Jason was a little more human and we finally got to see him put on his famous hockey mask for the first time. That is something that was not shown on screen in the original Friday the 13th series. However, it appears a sequel has been held up in production limbo and it is time Platinum Dunes -- the company that produced the remake -- gets the ball rolling.
Why is it important Friday the 13th gets a sequel and does not die on the vine? Many fans of the older films were not thrilled with yet another classic horror movie being remade. I was one of those fans who would have been happy with a new Friday the 13th movie that fit into the old continuity. But, now that the cat is out of the bag (or body is out of the bag), there is no point in turning back. Let us explore this new Jason franchise and build on it. Let fans see teenage heroes and heroines fight off Jason. Let us show new movie goers that Jason is every bit as entertaining as the other horror franchises, such as Saw or Paranormal Activity.
Besides pleasing fans, a new Friday the 13th movie with Jason Voorhees should be made because it could make money. Let's be honest. The reason studios make movies is because they are profitable. Actors, directors, producers.... they earn big bucks from films. The Friday the 13th remake was reported to have made over $91 million. It was made on a $19 million budget, according to my research. I can see why it made money. I was pleasantly surprised the Friday the 13th remake was good.
Being a fan of the older Friday the 13th movies (especially parts 1-4), I was not sure what to expect. The writers did a good job of writing a movie that pulled the best elements from the early Friday the 13th movies while elaborating on Jason's obsession with his mother. The new Friday the 13th movie also gave us a good cast of characters, some we loved and some we hated. I thought Jared Padalecki played his lead role very well. You could feel the love and concern he had for his sister. Yes, the new movie was a good remake - much better than the Nightmare On Elm Street remake. That is something many horror movie fans I have talked with agree on.
So, if you are a fan of Friday the 13th, make your voice heard. Call or e-mail Platinum Dunes. Fans deserve to see Jason continue appearing and scaring people out of the woods. Also, a well-written, well-acted Friday the 13th movie could be a big money maker -- especially if it is released near Halloween. (I understand the desire to release the Friday the 13th movies on a Friday the 13th, but releasing a new Jason film at Halloween is better. What could make the Halloween season better than going to a haunted house, trick-or-treating, and watching a new Friday the 13th with Jason Voorhees on the prowl? Nothing at all!

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