"Friday the 13th", Please Don't Ruin Me
There's obviously been a lot of conversation on the upcoming release of the Friday the 13th reboot. I don't want to beat a dead horse here but I also think that I have a somewhat different view and hope for this movie. For most of us, the "Friday the 13th" series is something we all hold pretty close. For me personally along with "Nightmare on Elm Street" it's the Horror brand I grew up with. But to me by Nightmare 3 Freddy had turned into more of a comedic character where Jason has always stayed a big mean ass killing machine. Even with his trip into space his look changed a bit but for the most part it was still the same character.
For that reason and others most horror fans including myself are holding their breath and waiting for the February 13th release of the "Friday the 13th" reboot. If the movie is an abomination it will not only be taking our hard earned money but it will also be stomping on a big piece of our bitter horror fan hearts. For me it will also mean I have a giant tattoo of a slasher in a movie I don't really like. Stakes are high my friends. You see a few years back I decided my first tattoo would be something I held close to me. The Jason mask is not only a symbol of a movie franchise that I love but also a reminder of some of the best times of my childhood. I don't know how many nights I spent as a kid scared out of my mind and having to be reminded over and over that "it's only ketchup". So I sat down for three hours of being jabbed with a giant needle and walked out thinking nothing could ever taint my love for Jason Voorhees. But now my fate and ability to wear shorts in the summer is in the hands of the writers and one Mr. Marcus Nispel, the director of the new "Friday the 13th". With such credits as "Bone Thugs n Harmony: The Collection Volume 2" and "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael" I have to say I am a little worried. To his credit though he did also direct the 2003 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" and at the very least that movie didn't make me want to give up horror.
So I beg you Mr. Nispel, Paramount Pictures and New Line Cinema if you're going to ruin my favorite slasher of all time please just don't turn him into a kiddie toucher or anything. Honestly I can work with telling people that the tattoo is of the original Jason but if you have some scene where he is making hair dolls or something I'm going to get strange looks from the mothers at my local grocery store.