August 13, 2010

It's Friday the 13th: Enjoy It!

I've stated several times that I thoroughly dislike the slasher genre. I mean, how stupid do these movies get? Not only do they work with a blueprint that got old by the mid-1970s (as the Italian giallo peaked with Deep Red), they also bend all movie logic to produce the prerequisite number of kills while disregarding any kind of message even at the most basic level. One can understand why kids fly to this kind of crap given the sheen of antiheroes such as Michael Myers and Jason Voorhees but for anyone past high school a large chunk of the subgenre should be idiotic and, more importantly, boring. That said, the original films of the Halloween and Friday the 13th franchises are rather good for what they are, particularly the former. Since today is Friday the 13th, however, the treat that we got here is a trailer for the first of many films that scared the shit out of audiences throughout the 1980s starring the unlikely tug with a hockey mask. Bonus: a clip of Jason appearing as a guest at the Arsenio Hall show. Enjoy!

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