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February 16, 2009

Friday the 13th

Hr_Friday_the_13th_new_poster Death by a surfeit of sharp objects comes to two groups of ill-fated young campers whose brief vacations to the Crystal Lake stamping ground of the infamous hockey-mask-wearing Jason Voorhees (played by Derek Mears) incites prickly gasps and roller coaster laughs. Marcus Mispel (director of the "The Texas Chainsaw" remake) gets big budget assistance from producer Michael Bay for this enjoyable update of the classic horror flick that set off cinema's longest running slasher-movie franchise. Our modern batch of victims are just as obsessed with sex, drugs and music as the murder fodder of the 1980 original, even if the barebones revenge story (if you can call it that) is closer to the series second installment. Aaron Yoo delivers an especially fun performance as Chewie, a stoner with a bottomless stomach for booze.

(Warner Bros.) Rated R. 97 mins. (B) (Three Stars)


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