Monday, February 23, 2009

Friday the 13th: UNCUT BITCHES!!

Miss Stacie over at Le Final Girl gave the assignment via her Film Club for people to watch and review the newly released Friday the 13th and My Bloody Valentine UNCUT DVD's. Me being Jason, I went with Ft13.

I don't even remember the last time I saw the original Friday the 13th so going into this, I wasn't for sure what "newly restored" footage was added. If I had to guess I'd say it was the ax to the face but I could be 100% wrong about that. And I swear they added a different ending.

The ending I remember is Alice sitting on the boat, Jason comes out and grabs her, pulls her into the lake and go to black, cue end credits. But here, she wakes up in a hospital and rants about a boy in the lake and everyone looks at her as if she's got 3 heads. Then after a shot of the lake, it fades to black. If this is the original ending, then I guess I blocked that part out of my mind and thought it'd be better my way.

Anyway, you all know the story. Camp Crystal Lake is being re-opened after being shut down for some years cause a boy drowned, then some councilors got killed. After the guy running the place (who spends his first 10 minutes of the movie shirtless and wearing a bandana around his neck) leaves for a bit, all the present councilors hook up, have sex, play Strip Monopoly (I gotta try that sometime), and get high. One by one, they all get killed by a roving camera man. The only person left is Alice, who meets Mrs. Voorhees, the mother of Jason, the boy that drowned. It's revealed she's cookoo for Count Chocula (That is the saying, right?) and is the one that murdered everyone so now it's a fight to the death between Alice and Ma Voorhees.

Of course this movie is way different than the sequels that follow. It's more of a tense thriller than a typical slasher flick. The victims were (somewhat) smart and were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. It's not until later that Jason kills a bunch of dumbasses/douchebags.

This is probably the third or forth time ever in my life seeing this and I went from liking it to not liking it to liking it again. I guess I go through weird phases. But I like it cause it takes it time, which makes all the killings later seem worth it. Granted, I also get a thrill when Jason shoves a machete through some dork out of nowhere, so whatever.

And I really can't say for sure what was so different about this "uncut" version (save for the ending that I don't remember happening) so it probably was nothing major. If you are a die hard Friday the 13th fan and wanna see for yourself, go ahead and pick this up. Otherwise just stick with the un-uncut version and go "woo" all night long.
-Jason

3 comments:

Stacie Ponder said...

Ha, you must have slept through that ending the first time- the hospital bit has always been there!

And by the way, "Le" Final Girl makes me feel classy.

Corey said...

Stacie IS classy.

J, I like your brain-edited ending of the film better than the actual one. I need to get my brain trained up on Final Cut Pro so I can do similar things like edit out the last 10 minutes of A.I., the last 10 minutes of the House on Haunted Hill remake, and maybe make Friday the 13th Part V actually have Jason in it.

Wings said...

Good review. I have seen the film many times and the "uncut" bits are so miniscule. Whatever sells the package, I suppose.

And it is "Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs", man!