ByBrian Salisbury, writer at
Brian Salisbury

There was a time when Platinum Dunes was churning out horror remake after horror remake and, as a result, was the powerhouse company in the genre. The sundown of that era was mockingly captured on a hand-held camera. Paranormal Activity exploded on the scene and gave dizzying resurgence to the found footage gimmick largely unseen since 1999's The Blair Witch Project.

It therefore seems sadly ironic that the Friday the 13th franchise, which just saw a Platinum Dunes remake in 2009, is hoping that its next saving grace will be a found footage sequel. Apparently, Paramount is so glued to found footage that they'd rather keep the gimmick than hire the right director.

On a recent episode of & 's podcast The Movie Crypt, as reported by JoBlo, Green admitted that he was not so recently approached about directing the Friday the 13th. From his comments it seems as if the gimmick itself was the deal-breaker of that negotiation, but asserted that if the studio is amenable to crafting a straightforward narrative (or "movie movie" as he puts it), he would reconsider.

To me, this seals it. Found footage is the one desperate device not utilized by any of the neo-Unviersal monsters (Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, etc). Between that group there have been trips to space, multiple 3D forays, and several attempts at forced rebirth through an innocent host. Funny enough, found footage is itself being used to force a rebirth for Jason, and that is precisely why it will not work. As much as many horror fans despise remakes, 2009's Friday the 13th rebooted Jason's origin, streamlined three-films-worth of mythology, and made the masked murderer scary again. There's now room to continue that rejuvenated Jason without resorting to the same far-fetched theatrics that marked the low points of the original franchise.

My advice to Paramount? Ditch the gimmick, and go with Green. Adam Green is a true-blue horror fanatic who already proved his devotion to 80s era slashers with his throwback Hatchet (and the subsequent Hatchet 2). So solid is his understanding of the genre that he even cast (Jason Voorhees in four films of the original series) as his own boogeyman Victor Crowley. Continuing a new narrative under the direction of someone who (like the writers of the remake) knows what makes Jason iconic is far more important than forcing a trend on audiences that is already on its way out.

Take the cameras out of your characters' hands and let Adam Green get behind them.


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