Paramount is looking to launch the 13th installment of the 'Friday the 13th' franchise, but will it live up to the previous 12 films?
There has been a lot of talk about the new film being a 'Blair Witch' style found footage film. Most of the films I have seen in this format have been complete train wrecks. I would hate to see one of my favorite franchises be disgraced by a found footage film and from what I have seen on social media outlets, I am not alone.
This will be the 4th film in the 'Friday the 13th' since the turn of the century being proceeded by 'Jason X', 'Freddy vs Jason' and the 2009 'Friday the 13th' reboot. All of which were great additions to the franchise. I am all for a new addition, but I'm not sure what Paramount is offering is going to be good enough to stand with the previous 12 films.
The biggest question from fans, who will be behind the mask? Has yet to be determined. There have been no casting announcements made for the film. I personally would love to see the return of the most intimidating Jason in franchise history, Kane Hodder make his return as the machete wielding slasher. Kane has not dawned the mask since 'Jason X' and has since moved on to play a new villain, Victor Crowley, in Adam Green's 'Hatchet' series. If not Kane, I would not mind seeing Derek Mears from the 2009 reboot come back. Unfortunately, if changes aren't made with the direction they are planning to take the film, a big name in horror will not be enough to save the film.
Nothing has been slated in stone for the 13th installment just yet. The only thing I have been hearing consistently is the March 13th, 2015 release date. Let's keep our fingers crossed that the proper changes are made and fans get a film they can be proud of and this amazing franchise will live on with the dignity it has had since 1980.