While staying inside due to what I’ve determined to be a case of severe allergies, I got comfy on the couch for a weekend of binging (both in screen and snack form). Around 10pm Saturday night, Keegan and I were jonesin’ for a horror movie, and decided on the original Friday the 13th. After it was over, we immediately went into Part II. From there, I showed Keegan the mini autographed poster I received from writing Betsy Palmer (Mrs. Voorhees) a letter in high school, and then we continued into Part III. We stopped around 2:30am and called it a night.
The next day, we deterred a bit and watched A Nightmare on Elm Street, as I had never seen it. Once it was dark again, we tuned into Part IV of Friday. Now, it is not brazen or original of me to say that all of these films are incredibly formulaic, but they work. They do the job of building tension and suspense and keeping your eyes glued to the screen.
While I was adding my own commentary throughout each film regarding the stupidity of most of the characters (why are you swimming in a lake alone at night?), it didn’t take away from the fact that I enjoyed all of the films – regardless of how “good” they were from a critics stand point.
These are the movies we grew up watching at sleepovers and creating inside jokes about. These are the movies that help us bond with friends and show our abilities (or inabilities) to handle fear.
Why don’t they make these movies anymore? Even though it’s been done a million times, it works. Now, I’m talking about the simple concept of a group of friends hanging out and then being terrorized by a killer with an interesting backstory. I’m by no means referring to the chapter of Friday where Jason goes to space.
It’s been so long since there has been such a simple horror movie like this, that now is the time to bring those back. And it’s something that multiple generations can enjoy. While I’m always game for something different, there’s something to be said for simplicity.
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