The next “Friday the 13th” movie will be the lucky number 13 for the franchise. However, things might not be as lucky because the next movie in the series will be another offering in the found footage genre, something that has been overdone, and seems cheap if not done right. The director for this next chapter has been found, as Paramount and Platinum Dunes hired “V/H/S” contributor David Bruckner to helm the “Friday the 13th” found footage movie.
While a “Friday the 13th” found footage movie might be seen as jumping the shark for the iconic horror franchise, this really isn’t anything new since the studios making these movies have been trying to find ways to invigorate the tired idea for years. Here is a look at three things the studio has already tried to make “Friday the 13th” fresh again.
Jason Takes Manhattan
After seven movies that all surrounded Camp Crystal Lake, the producers of “Friday the 13th” decided to shake things up and get Jason out of the woods. In “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan,” the franchise had Jason sent to the Big Apple. In the movie, Jason is stalking some high school graduates and ends up on a ship headed towards New York City. Most of the film takes place on a cruise ship before it reaches New York City and fans didn’t seem to appreciate the change. It was the final “Friday the 13th” movie that Paramount made.
The 10th movie in the “Friday the 13th” series tried to change locations again, and in the high spirit of cult horror franchises, the idea here was to send Jason Voorhees into outer space. The movie opens with Jason captured by the U.S. government and held at a research facility. He escapes but is soon stopped and frozen into a block of ice. In the future (2455), some explorers head to Earth to find parts of its history and find Jason, who is unfrozen and ends up back on their spacecraft. “Jason X” is a ton of fun and features the only time Jason battles a robot.
Freddy vs. Jason
The last time that the producers tried something new was when they had Freddy Krueger enter the dreams of Jason Voorhees and lead him to Elm Street to scare the kids there again. Freddy’s entire plan was to awaken the fear once again, which was the only way he could return. “Freddy vs. Jason” all led to a giant battle between two of the biggest horror icons of the 80s slasher movie craze. A “Friday the 13th” found footage movie might seem strange, but the franchise has done stranger.