Friday the 13th

Before Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022, Halloween 2018, & Scream 2022, Friday the 13th 2009 unintentionally invented the slasher requel trend.

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2009’s Friday the 13th was marketed as a remake và a reboot, but there is an argument lớn be made that the movie was really the first example of a “requel” years before the term was created. The Friday the 13th franchise timeline doesn’t showroom up. Even before 2009’s remake/reboot, the series has always had a confusing, contradictory storyline whose events overlapped & failed khổng lồ make sense upon inspection.

However, the chronological issues of the Friday the 13th series were part of what made the 2009 remake such a success. Where most slasher reboots simply retold the original movie’s story with few significant changes, Friday the 13th 2009 took a different approach. Blending the most memorable scenes from the first four Friday the 13th movies with a new storyline, Friday the 13th 2009 ended up being much better than many detractors gave the reboot credit for. Not only that, but Friday the 13th 2009 may have even been the first requel over a decade before the trend was defined, as it better fits this definition as opposed lớn a regular remake.


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Friday the 13th 2009 Isn’t Really A Remake


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Nowadays, most slasher franchise reboots are requels. These hybrid sequels/reboots/remakes follow on from the original franchise’s story, but retcon anything inconvenient & often outright ignore any specific sequels that audiences disliked. Halloween 2018, Scream 2022, & Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022 all fit this setup, but so does Friday the 13th 2009. Although the movie wasn’t advertised as a requel (since the term wasn’t coined until over a decade after its release), Friday the 13th 2009 is certainly not a remake of 1980’s original Friday the 13th as Jason appears from the reboot's opening scene & he doesn’t show up until the last few seconds of the 1980 movie.


However, the Friday the 13th 2009 movie is also not a remake of any specific sequel, with the 2009 movie referencing a lot of famous Jason moments but telling an entirely new plot revolving around the killer kidnapping one of his victims. While 2010’s Nightmare On Elm Street remake was a straightforward retelling of the 1984 original with added digital effects, Friday the 13th 2009 was a strange marriage of original storytelling and iconic scenes borrowed from the franchise’s earlier movies. This blend of old và new elements fits the requel mold, even though Friday the 13th 2009 itself predates the trend.


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At first, Friday the 13th 2009 fits the slasher formula to lớn a tee as the movie introduces a handful of unlikable parting teens. However, the main characters are then killed off twenty minutes in, one survivor is taken hostage, & a new cast is introduced alongside the survivor’s brother who is searching for her. Friday the 13th’s reboot continues successfully bucking slasher trends as the movie kills off Danielle Panabaker’s seemingly bulletproof Final Girl in the last few minutes, further reaffirming that it is a playful subversion of slasher clichés rather than a more traditional remake in line with the rest of the 00s slasher re-dos.

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According lớn one of Scream 2022’s heroines, who explains the premise of a requel, “it’s got be new but not too new, part of an ongoing story even if the story shouldn’t have been ongoing in the first place.” This could not be a better mô tả tìm kiếm of Friday the 13th 2009, a movie that shows where Jason got his mask & offers a version of his backstory where he is still avenging his mother’s death—even though she was avenging his death in the first place. Not only that, but his presence implies he clearly never died in this reboot’s timeline of events.


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While the Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood movie depicted Jason as an explicitly supernatural revenant, Friday the 13th 2009 instead follows the original franchise storyline wherein he is a super-strong, wordless killer who somehow survived drowning but is still not explicitly more than human. This adherence lớn the original storyline of the series (even when that plot doesn’t really make sense) is a hallmark of requels, which have often been accused of ignoring plot holes in the franchise’s original installments và rendering the timeline of events more confusing as a result. Friday the 13th 2009 is guilty of this, proving that the movie contains both the good & bad elements that cosplay a classic requel.


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Friday the 13th 2009 rebooted the slasher franchise while pioneering many of the recognizable trademarks that marked out requels the proceeding decade. Unlike Halloween’s 2007 remake or the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise's reboot, Friday the 13th 2009 mixed elements of the first few movies, ignored some parts of the franchise canon and leaned into others, and reused classic scenes in new contexts. The only element of the requel formula that Friday the 13th 2009 was missing was the tendency that most requels have to bring back legacy characters, and that is arguably understandable since so few characters survived the original Friday the 13th movies.


Where most franchises could bring back characters like Sidney Prescott or Laurie Strode, Friday the 13th 2009 didn’t have this option, since the original Friday the 13th series had very few characters who survived numerous outings. Most Friday the 13th sequels opened with the death of the previous movie’s Final Girl/Final Guy khổng lồ avoid any loose ends, meaning that Friday the 13th 2009 had no character lượt thích the Chucky franchise’s anh hùng Andy Barclay khổng lồ bring back for one last showdown with Jason. However, outside this missing element, Friday the 13th 2009 hewed remarkably close to lớn the requel framework despite predating the term.


While it is impressive that Friday the 13th 2009 essentially predicted the requel trend, this isn’t necessarily good for the franchise’s future. Friday the 13th 2009 was a huge financial hit, but the movie didn’t spawn any sequels và the franchise has now been dormant for over a decade thanks to lớn a protracted legal battle between its producers. As a result, the Friday the 13th movies can’t replicate Halloween 2018’s successful reboot strategy any time soon, even if this legal quagmire is resolved. After all, since Friday the 13th 2009 unintentionally invented the requel, this means that any future Friday the 13th movies won’t be able to địa chỉ cửa hàng another requel lớn the series.