New On Demand from Uncork’d Entertainment!
Directed by Justin Price
Written by Justin Price
Starring Lisa May, Khu, Melissa L. Vega, Victoria Valdez, David E. Cazares, Deanna Grace Congo, Samantha Jo Aramburu, Joseph Daniel Ellis, Johnny R. Llanes, Viviana Ozuna, Antonio Villarreal, Jose Zuniga
Far be it from me to not post something Friday the 13th related on Friday the 13th. And while this film may deliver in a couple of jump scares and a few chilling sequences, it takes more than that to make a good horror movie.
A puzzle sphere (not a puzzle cube, mind you, that’d be too Hellraiser) is opened, awakening an ancient curse inflicted on a gaggle of people who look like runway models at a party who end up entering the wrong haunted house.
Justin Price is able to set up some decent scares. That’s the biggest compliment I can give this low budget cash grab of a film which is trying to benefit off of the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise. But you won’t see a hockey masked killer or a machete at all in this film. It’s simply GRUDGE-like imagery of a burned little blonde girl appearing in the background, creeping in the periphery, crawling down stairs, and appearing out of nowhere. Now, there is something to be said to construct a scene that causes a jolt. There takes some patience to build up some suspense and there takes a payoff with some kind of shocking imagery.
But in order for those things to pay off, you have to have a few other things. Things like story and character helps make those scares not only jolt you momentarily, but also resonate. THE 13TH FRIDAY simply doesn’t have that, unfortunately. The cast seem to have trouble even getting out their lines at times and while occasionally, it feels like they went to the Christopher Walken school of enunciation. On top of that, there really isn’t much of a story at all. Just a series of jump scares thread together loosely.
I appreciate that those behind THE 13TH FRIDAY had the balls to try to take one of horror’s largest franchises on by looking at the history of the superstition, but the results deliver hollow scares and little else.