Where’s that no swimming sign?
Just to give you an idea of what’s in there, here’ s producer Andrew Form on one difference between old and new.
“The way Jason moves is different. It’s not this slow, lumbering Jason for the entire film. There’s the classic POV in this movie, which is very Jason. A lot of watching. When he strikes he strikes hard in this movie. It’s not the type of movie where he’s behind somebody, they run for half a mile and he’s still walking but catches up to the them.” But to allay those purists who don’t want their Jason at full speed, Form assures us “he’s not sprinting around the whole movie.”
Oh good…it’s been a while, but don’t we never see Jason move around in the original? Except to drown? Oh, that’s right, the remake is Jason-centric with an almost completely different plot.
Here’s more from Form:
“It hasn’t been done in a long time. You look at all of the horror movies of the last five or six years, you really can’t count on your hands how many have been that fun, slasher-type horror film with sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll with kids having the time of their life and paying the price for it.”
Producer Brad Fuller adds:
“And it’s exciting to us because we haven’t done that either. We want to have some fun with these movies. We’ve spent a tremendous amount of time in the basement dismembering people. It was exciting for us, as producers, to get out to a place where there’s sun, water and fun.”
“Any time you add something on or bring something that wasn’t there before, you’re certainly opening yourself to invoke a greater wrath than you are making this type of film. We all did our homework – and when I say ‘we’ I mean Platinum Dunes as well as the writers. We watched all of the movies and figured out: Did we want to stay within the confines of what had already been established for what he does predominantly in the first three or four films? So, I think if you’re looking for him to do something you haven’t seen before, you might not see that. But the way he does it is definitely different.”
I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of this kind of remake, where a little, low-budget film that’s great because the producers had so little to work with gets a high-end, high gloss redo, with fancy effects and all. Plus with a new plot that doesn’t really resemble the original much except to focus on Jason, I can’t help but feel that they’re just cashing in on the iconic Jason-hockey mask image. But we’ll see. Maybe they’ll still manage to somehow recapture the charm of the original. Maybe.