Friday the 13th is a reboot/sequel. It has the same title as the original, however, serves more as a follow up to Mrs. Voorhees’ killing spree. It shows a brief recreation of the events that happen in the original Friday the 13th to introduce Jason’s mother to a new generation. This is origin of our new Jason. This is the genesis of the hockey mask. We are supposed to forget that he ever went hell, or into space, or fought Freddy Krueger. This is a clean slate for the stalker of Crystal Lake.
Friday the 13th is a pretty predictable slasher horror movie. It doesn’t give us anything new, just updated. Instead of killing young adults of the 80’s, we are now killing millennials (which might appeal to some). It is good to see Jason run after his victims. No more silent walks through the woods. It is much more difficult to escape a fast, ax-throwing Jason. I appreciate the reboot sticking to what makes Jason “Jason”, although I had hoped for more of a reimagining of the character and the plot. For someone who has never seen a Friday the 13th movie before, this is a good introduction to the franchise. For those of us who have seen the other 11 movies, this feels a bit of a retread.