First of all, I had a chuckle on how they were able to squeeze the plot of the first Friday film in the opening credits. You see, the film is not exactly a remake of the original Friday the 13th, but rather an update that seems to smoosh the first three Friday films into one feature. Yes, we go from mad mommy to sack-on-the-head to hockey mask in under two hours.
To be fair, it did hold the flavor of the old Friday films of the 1980s, which I really enjoyed. Another thing that scores big points with me is that they humanized Jason a little. We got to see how he lives when he's not chasing teenagers through the woods. If you've been reading my reviews for a while, then you know that I love it when they show the villains as being something other than mindless chop-chop machines.
The death scenes were fun, and a bit more graphic than the originals to appease the new generation of horror movie fans who are long-accustomed to the likes of Saw and anything made by Eli Roth or Quintin Tarantino.
Mind you, this wasn't a torture porn flick. There was blood, but not buckets of it splashing all over the place. We did see a bit more of the damage than in the original films, but not excessively so. The horror elements of knowing someone is going to get it but not knowing when was very much in play here. Classic 80s horror style...gotta love it.
The story was a typical Friday film, or actually a combination of at least two Friday films which seemed to make it more complex. The characters weren't exactly likable, but played well as stereotypes so there's going to be at least one character that you're hoping gets the business end of a machete relatively early in the game.
Overall, I enjoyed it. It did surpass my expectations and kept me entertained.
Film info on IMDB: Friday the 13th