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  • When Clay Miller's (Jared Padalecki) sister Whitney (Amanda Righetti) and her friends disappear into the thick forests surrounding Crystal Lake, Clay comes desperately looking for clues of what could have happened and where she could be. Despite advice from town police, Clay searches throughout the area and slowly begins to suspect that something just is not right about this town. With the assistance of teens Jenna (Danielle Panabaker) and Trent (Travis Van Winkle), who are spending the weekend at the lake with their thrill-seeking friends, Clay begins to learn the dark secrets of Crystal Lake, its infamous abandoned camp, and its most terrifying local legend... Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears). Edit

  • Friday the 13th is a reboot of the Friday the 13th film franchise. In particular, it contains elements from Friday the 13th (1980) (1980), Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981) (1981), and Friday the 13th: Part III (1982) (1982). The screenplay was written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. Edit

  • The fictional town of Crystal Lake is located in the northwestern corner of New Jersey, close to the border of Pennsylvania. Edit

  • Though the story takes place in the modern day, it aims for the feel of a 1980s teen-slasher movie. The drowning of Jason and Pamela's initial rampage is set in 1980. A license plate has the year 2008 on it. Edit

  • The girl in the picture is a young Pamela Voorhees. Edit

  • There is a scene in which a character rips off Jason's pillow case, and a scene in which his body is dumped into the lake shows his face briefly, although in a somewhat distorted way. Edit

  • Trent gets impaled on the back of a tow-truck. Jenna gets a machete through her back. Chewie (Aaron Yoo) is forcefully stabbed through the neck with a screwdriver. Bree (Julianna Guill) gets strangled and then impaled by antlers. Richie (Ben Feldman) gets a machete through his head. Lawrence (Arlen Escarpeta) gets an double-bit axe in his back. Nolan (Ryan Hansen) gets an arrow through his head. Chelsea (Willa Ford) gets a machete through her head. Mike (Nick Mennell) is repeatedly stabbed with a machete. Amanda (America Olivo) is burned when put over a fire in a sleeping bag. Officer Bracke (Richard Burgi) gets a fire poker through his eye, impaling him on a door. Wade (Jonathan Sadowski) and Donnie (Kyle Davis) both have their throats slit. Mrs. Voorhees (Nana Visitor) gets decapitated. Edit

  • Clay and Jenna sneak into Jason's house where they discover Whitney chained up in the tunnels underneath. After freeing Whitney, the three of them try to escape, but Jason catches up with them and impales Jenna through the back. Clay and Whitney make it outside and take refuge in the barn, but Jason leaps through a window and grabs Clay. They struggle, during which Clay manages to wrap some heavy chains around Jason's neck. Just as Jason is about to shove Clay's face into an electric wood chipper, Whitney gets an idea. She dangles the picture of Pamela Voorhees, Jason's mother (who looks a lot like Whitney), in front of his face and orders him to stop. Confused by the sudden likeness of his mother, Jason tosses Clay aside and takes steps toward Whitney. Clay grabs a heavy piece of metal and clobbers Jason in the back of the head. Whitney throws the chains into the wood chipper, which causes them to tighten around Jason's neck and pull him toward the ceiling, effectively hanging him. As the wood chipper pulls Jason toward the spinning blades, Whitney stabs him in the chest with his machete. In the final scene, Clay and Whitney dump Jason's body into the lake, tossing his mask and Pamela' photo with him. Clay then goes to Whitney's side just as Jason bursts through the dock and grabs her. Edit

  • Usually, he doesn't. However, it is stated in the movie that Whitney bears a passing resemblance to Jason's mother when she was young, and at the end of the movie Whitney uses this to manipulate him. Therefore, it could be argued that somewhere in his deranged, twisted mind, Jason actually believes that Whitney is his mother or, at the very least, keeps her around because it is sort of a comfort to him. Edit

  • This answer is undecided. It is possible that Clay saved her, but it is also possible that Jason pulled her down under with him and killed her. Another possibility is that, like in the original Friday the 13th and in Friday the 13th Part 3, it was a hallucination. Edit

  • Several major plot points from the first three films in the franchise are repeated in this film. As in the original movie, Mrs. Voorhees kills several campers (off camera) before herself being decapitated with a machete by the last girl, who is said to be the sole survivor of her rampage. From Part II: (1) Jason is revealed not to have drowned but is a witness to his mother's death, causing him to go on a killing spree under the belief that his mother wants him to kill; (2) Jason keeps this mother's severed head in a shrine surrounded by burned-out candles; (3) Jason initially appears wearing a pillow case/burlap sack tied over his head; (4) A girl pretends to be Jason's mother to subdue him. In Part III: (1) Jason discovers the hockey mask after having lost his burlap sack, and the person 'donating' his hockey mask gets his throat slit; (2) Jason's first kill after getting his hockey mask is with a bow-and-arrow. Also, from Part 4: A character comes to the camp looking for his missing sister. Edit

  • Friday The 13TH: At Camp's End (2018) is currently in early pre-production with a previously-thought possible release date of November 13th, 2015, but later some 2018 date. Producer Sean S. Cunningham stated in September 2013 that the sequel was coming but that it was not going to follow the story of the "remake".

    (This news-like FAQ entry was last updated on 7 July 2017.) Edit

  • Mears has stated that he wants to return to the classic, more intense versions of Jason shown in the early films of 1980 through 1985. Audiences can expect Jason to run and be a thinker, and he will be smart and not just an aimless zombie. thus, Jason resembles the speed and mystery of the Steve Dash and the balding hair and a deformed face of Warrington Gillette's portrayal in Part 2, the stalking habits and intelligence of Richard Brooker's portrayal in Part 3, and the intensity and menace of Ted White from The Final Chapter. Mears will most likely remind us of the brutal performance that White put on. When Jason (C.J. Graham) was resurrected in Jason Lives / Part VI, he became a slow-walking zombie sort of wraith that was almost a self-referencing parody of the slasher film villains. Horror icon Kane Hodder, who originally appeared in Part VII: The New Blood as Jason and then would return to the role for Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell, and Jason X. Hodder turned Jason into an antihero of the series rather than a villain, and played the character the most times. Hodder has become best known for his portrayal as Jason. In Freddy vs. Jason, the role went to Ken Kirzinger, who brought a more sympathetic view of the character to the screen. Caleb Guss, who plays the younger version of Jason, more closely resembles the character seen in the first Friday the 13th played by Ari Lehman and Freddy vs Jason's Spencer Stump. He does not resemble the "normal" looking kid Jason, played by Tim Mirkovich in Part VIII. Edit

  • Contrary to popular belief, the original films always had Jason running after his victims. The most notable chase scenes in the series come from chasing Ginny Field in Part II, Chris Higgins in Part III, and Trish Jarvis in The Final Chapter, which were the three earliest films to feature Jason as the killer. Jason did not start walking like a zombie—or like Michael Meyers, classic RoboCop or an injured Terminator—until he was officially a revenant/undead in Jason Lives. Roy Burns also walked and never ran, which could be where the "Jason Walk" cliché started. Because the 2009 film wanted to return to the roots of the series, it had Jason running like he originally did. Edit

  • None of the music from the original Friday the 13th/Jason films were used, only in the trailers. However, Jason's famous "Ki-ki-ki, Ma-ah-ah" theme appears over the opening logos and about midway through the film. Edit

  • In the lapse between 2003, when Freddy vs. Jason was released and summer 2007, there were several working ideas that were being thought of being used for the next Friday the 13th film. These include the following.

    The Homecoming - While past survivor Chris Higgins attempts to forget her dreadful memories by returning to Crystal Lake with her teenage children and doctor, Jason suddenly returns as well with a vengeance to slice through the high school's homecoming dance (being held at Camp Crystal Lake), as a man claiming to be his father holds the secrets to where he has been and how he was created. Request to read the script here. This story was going to be a sort of reboot, as it told the events of the 1980 original all the way through The Final Chapter, ignoring everything else in the series. This was rumored to be the 2009 film's plot from 2006 until early 2008. Some things did make it into the final script of the 2009 film (most notably Jason being mortal and running again).

    Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash - Set to be the sequel to Freddy vs. Jason in which the two iconic killers from the first film would be pitted against Ash from The Evil Dead (1981) series. As Freddy Krueger plans to use the Book of the Dead to carry out his deadliest scheme yet and possibly reenter the "real world" as a demonic force, Ash must battle him, while also saving kids in a cabin from the deadly wrath of Jason. The script was quickly dropped when Sam Raimi, creator and rights holder of Ash and The Evil Dead series, refused to participate with the idea and when Robert Englund announced he would no longer be playing Freddy. The script was adapted into a comic book series, which is now available in graphic novel form. A sequel, titled Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash 2: Nightmare Warriors, was released in 2007, from August to December.

    Jason vs. Leatherface - machete slicing Jason battles the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface as well as his family when the skin-mask-wearing freak sets his bloodthirsty sights on a group of teens that the hockey masked maniac has been chasing down all the way from Crystal Lake. But soon, the teens discover themselves in the middle of a battle of an icon vs. an icon—of chainsaw versus machete. Platinum Dunes, the production company behind both the "Chainsaw" remake and the "Friday" reboot was originally going to use this as a vehicle for bringing Jason back and continuing on Leatherface's story.

    Bloodbath - A prison bus passing through the abandoned town of Crystal Lake gets into a car accident with two college girls hoping to document footage on the famous Crystal Lake killer (Jason). With no means of transportation for escape, the girls find themselves being hunted by not only the prisoners, but by the famed hockey-masked killer himself. They must rely on a young, handsome prisoner attempting to redeem himself to survive. This script was rejected by Platinum Dunes as a "Friday" script but later sold, where the character of Jason was replaced with a new original killer and the setting was replaced as well. That script is currently in preproduction stages.

    The Beginning - Tagging off the success of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006) as well as some of the Halloween (2007) remake, this was going to show the events of Jason's life from his childhood until the very beginning of Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981). The idea was also going to explain Jason's supernatural tendencies. This story line was dropped due to the poor fan reaction from other prequels that "attempted to explain too much." While the 2009 film is not a prequel, it shares some similarities with "The Beginning" in making Jason a human and not a monster.

    Jason X2 - An obvious sequel to Jason X, this was going to have Jason still in the year 2455 on Earth 2. The story would pick up directly after its predecessor, and Jason would have landed in the area that used to be Crystal Lake. Not much else is known about this script, except that it would have "Uber-Jason" killing teens of the future. This script was nearly greenlit before the released of Jason X, but due to the poor box office returns, the idea was scrapped and the huge success of Freddy vs. Jason (2003) all thoughts of this script were put aside.

    Jason Takes Los Angeles - While being transported along a helicopter ride to a research facility in Los Angeles, a frozen Jason is resurrected by an electrical current and after slaughtering most of the helicopter crew the helicopter crashes before he can kill the one final young research intern, Ted. As Ted makes his way out of the mountains of the desert and into the city, he is followed by Jason, who leaves a trail of bloodshed and murders behind Ted. With the crooked police on his tail, a gang war heating up in his path, and a ring of adult filmmakers wanting him dead, Ted turns to a naive social worker to help save him from it all. This was originally going to be the ninth film in the series, hoping to pick up on the trend of Jason traveling to large cities, but when Paramount sold the rights to New Line the script was put in the vault and Freddy vs. Jason was made. However, the script resurfaced nearly 18 years after it was originally conceived.

    The Revenge of Tommy Jarvis - After his sister is brutally murdered by a machete wielding maniac, Tommy goes on a hunt for Jason. As his wife Megan falls into great danger when he attempts to find the man who scarred his childhood, Tommy must face his fears, wise up, and think of a way to protect those he loves while burying evil conclusively—as well as his deepest rooted fears. Tommy Jarvis was originally going to appear in the 2009 film but filmmakers thought that his character should be saved for the sequels (if there are any).

    Return to Crystal Lake - Jason has not been in Crystal Lake in years. His name is a legend of sorts, and the town has grown comfortable with its surroundings. But suddenly he reappears, ready to wreak havoc. After trapping a biker gang passing through, the hockey masked maniac quickly gets up to his old habits and does what he is known for in Crystal Lake: killing. The Biker gang from Part III were going to play a large role, as one of the Bikers in this script was the younger brother of Ali.

    Part XII - The idea was to have a sequel that would also not acknowledge the events of any film from Part VII through Freddy vs. Jason (excluding Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X). The idea was to put Jason back in Crystal Lake, have him chase teens, and give the series that nostalgic 1980s feeling of the original seven movies. Many aspects of this script made it into the final version of the 2009 Friday the 13th but unlike the 2009 film, this was to act as a sequel and not a reboot of the entire series. The entire first segment of the 2009 film will be very similar to this script in its entirety. This was the original script for the "reboot." Edit

  • Yes. In the United States (DVD Region 1), the entire series is available on DVD, however there is no definitive boxed set. They are all also available on Blu-ray disc which is not explored in detail in this FAQ answer and which likewise lacks a definitive set.

    There is currently only one box set that includes the first eight films (all released by Paramount Pictures) titled "From Crystal Lake to Manhattan". New Line/Warner Brothers released "The Jason Slasher Collection" which will include Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001), and Freddy vs. Jason (2003).

    The films are available in the following editions:

    Friday the 13th (1980) - Released 1999 (Widescreen, Includes Theatrical Trailer ) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes On Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 1, Secrets Galore Behind the Gore Part 1, Deleted and Alternate Scenes, & Theatrical Trailer **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**) Released 2009 (Widescreen, Uncut, Commentary with Director, Fresh Cuts: Tales from "Friday the 13th", Man Behind the Legacy: Sean S. Cunningham, Friday the 13th: Special Reunion, Lost Tales From Camp Blood Part 1, & Theatrical Trailer)

    Friday the 13th: Part 2 (1981) - Released 1999 (Widescreen, Includes Theatrical Trailer) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes On Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 2 & Theatrical Trailer **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**) Released 2009 (Widescreen, Includes Inside Crystal Lake Memories, Horror Convention, Lost Tales From Camp Blood Part 2, Slasher Films: Going for the Jugular, Jason Textual Trivia Track, Jason Forever, &Theatrical Trailer)

    Friday the 13th: Part III (1982) - Released 1999 (Widescreen, Includes Theatrical Trailer) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes Commentary Track with Cast and Crew and on Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 3 & Theatrical Trailer **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**) Released 2009 (Widescreen, In 3-D, 4 Pairs of 3-D Glasses, Extra Information on Special Features Coming Soon!)

    Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - Released 1999 (Widescreen, Includes Theatrical Trailer ) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes on Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 4, Secrets Galore Behind the Gore Part 2, Deleted Scenes, & Theatrical Trailer**ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**)

    Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) - Released 1999 (Widescreen, Includes Theatrical Trailer ) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes on Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 5 & Theatrical Trailer **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**)

    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) - Released 1999 (Widescreen, Includes Theatrical Trailer ) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes Commentary with Director and on the Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 6, Friday Artifacts and Collectables, Deleted Scenes, & Theatrical Trailer **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**)

    Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) - Released 1999 (Widescreen) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes Commentary with Director and Actor and on the Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 7, Friday Artifacts and Collectables, Secrets Galore Behind the Gore Part 3, Deleted Scenes, & Theatrical Trailer **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**)

    Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) - Released 1999 (Widescreen) Released 2006 (Widescreen, Includes Commentary with Director and on the Extras Disc Friday the 13th Chronicles Part 8, Friday Artifacts and Collectables, & Theatrical Trailer **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**)

    Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) - Released 2002 (Widescreen and Full Screen, Includes Commentary with Screenwriter and Director, Alternate Scenes, Jump to Death, & Theatrical Trailer) Released 2009 (Widescreen, Extra Information on Special Features Coming Soon!, **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**)

    Jason X (2001) - Released 2002, Widescreen and Full Screen, Includes Commentary with Director, Screenwriter, and Producer, The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees, Jump to Death, Trailer Vault, & Theatrical Trailer Released 2009 (Widescreen, Extra Information on Special Features Coming Soon!, **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**)

    Freddy vs. Jason (2003) - Released 2004, Widescreen and Full Screen, Includes Commentary with Director and Actors, Genesis: Development Hell, On Location: Springwood Revisited, Art Direction: Jason's Decorating Tips, Stunts: When Push Comes to Shove, Make-Up Effects: Freddy's Beauty Secrets, Visual Effects, Camp Hackenslash Promotion, Deleted Scenes, Trailer Vault, Theatrical Trailer Released 2009 (Widescreen, Extra Information on Special Features Coming Soon!, **ONLY AVAILABLE IN BOX SET**) Edit

  • The "Killer Cut" version available on DVD and Blu-ray disc runs approximately 10 minutes longer than the normal theatrical version of this movie and features extended violence and more sexuality and nudity. Edit



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