Unkillable

Like its vicious main character, the Friday the 13th franchise is unkillable. After 12 movies (including a crossover with A Nightmare on Elm Street) and after a reboot in 2009 (and a pretty successful one, from the box-office point of view), Jason Voorhees will be back next year, in yet another film.

Next year will be quite a crowded one, since several major blockbusters will also be released. But, as far as horror/slasher films are concerned, things still look very thin: a Frankenstein reboot and the third part of the Insidious franchise.

So Friday the 13th has all the chances to prove yet again why Jason is the most likeable killer (if I may say so). And the rumor is that this new installment will adopt the found-footage style, like many movies in the recent years.

However, this should be taken with a pinch of salt, since a script hasn’t been delivered yet. As Brad Fuller (one of the producers) says, the story in itself is much more important than the visual style it is presented in.

But if we are to consider how the franchise has evolved through the years (from revenge story to supernatural one), I can say that maybe this is a good idea, that maybe this constant evolution could provide us with yet another successful film. The found footage approach, although it can be seen more like a trend than a visual style, can be rewarding. Of course, if the story asks for it.

It could be like stepping into a whole new territory, having a camera in your hand (as the viewer who becomes the character), watching Jason in the eye and then surviving – if such a thing is possible at all. And even if it isn’t, this comes to say yet again that we all end up in the same way.

As far as the unkillable killer is concerned, the same producer is adamant that he will appear in the movie. As he said, what would a Friday the 13th film be without the character that made the franchise famous? However, it isn’t known yet whether Derek Mears will reprise his role from the 2009 reboot since it isn’t sure what age will Jason Voorhees have in this film.

There is no news yet about a possible story, but a release date has been announced: the 13th of November 2015.

So there is still much to wait. But, at the same time, the writers have enough time to come up with a compelling story.

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