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Friday the 13th (2009)

Director Marcus Nispel seems to have a bit of thing for remakes, having remoulded The Texas Chain Saw Massacre in 2003, and Conan the Barbarian in 2011.

However, in this slasher horror, Nispel compresses elements of the first four films in the Friday the 13th franchise, which started way back in 1980, into one blood-sodden whole.

This retread gives some background as to why Jason Voorhees (Derek Mears) became such a relentlessly homicidal maniac, before getting on with the business of steel on flesh and bucketloads of gore: the movie's raison d'être.

Some weeks after his sister goes missing, Clay Miller's (Jared Padalecki) search for his sibling leads him to Crystal Lake, a remote, wooded campsite. Also arriving at the spot is a group of young revellers, intent on partying.

But it's not long before the man with the hockey mask and machete pays them a visit that any survivors are unlikely to forget.

Can any of them escape Voorhees' latest murderous rampage? Or will they all vanish like Clay's sister and her friends?

Friday the 13th synopsis

This remake of the slasher horror classic compresses the plots of the first four originals into one gore-drenched whole

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