Monthly Archives: June 2012

Friday the 13th, The (d)evolution of Jason Voorhees!

Many a nightmares in my younger years came from this franchise. My parents told me “No, you’re to little, you’ll get nightmares..” and so on, so every time I wanted to watch what was most commonly known as a Jason-movie, I had to do it “sneaky ninja-style” or use headphones so they couldn’t hear what I was watching (had a tv in my room). And what’ya know… say, 6-7 hours later I would wake up screaming from the nightmares! But am I sorry? No! If I had the choice to do it all over again, I wouldn’t change a thing! It’s just a fact, Jason Voorhees is the #2 slasher Badass EVER, beaten only by Freddy Kreuger from Nightmare on Elm Street.

Funny thing about Jason Voorhees is, that people always talk about him as if he always were a zombie, ghoul or something in the same manner, but they forget that it wasn’t until The Final Chapter when he got his head sliced apart by Corey Feldman, that he actually died. In the beginning he was just as alive as Ghostface or Leatherface or any other masked slasher out there.

And the fact that, even after Scream, some people still walk around thinking that he was the killer in the first one aswell, it  astounds me. WAKE THE F*CK UP PEOPLE!!!! The same thing about the remake  from -09. It’s not a remake of the first movie, it’s a remake of the SECOND movie. Why do you think he walks around with that bag on his head? Come to think of it, it’s kinda like an amalgamation of the second with the bag and the third where he finds the now notorious hockeymask, both of wich is featured in the remake. And the so called “New and improved” Jason, played by Derek Mears, is actually just as badass as the original, played by (most commonly referred to) Kane Hodder. Yeah, I know that he was portrayed by a lot of actors and that Hodder only did four of them, but in my book, Kane Hodder IS and will always be Jason!!

Richard Brooker, the first actor to play a grown-up Jason, reprised his role in the third movie aswell, establishing himself as somewhat of a legend in the fan cult-following. But thankfully, he did not do it a third time. Instead, he passed the torch to Ted White, wich I think was a pretty huge improvement. And then came C.J. Graham and turned it back with one of the lousiest performance ever made behind the mask. But then came the movie that would forever change the way we saw Jason. Part VII – The New Blood, featuring the meanest and baddest stuntman to ever walk the streets of Hollywood, Kane Hodder! BAM… A legend was born!!

Watching Hodder play Jason was like watching the Michaelangelo sculpt David. It was as if Hodder was born for one thing and one thing only.. to play Jason Voorhees. The two combined was a work of art, and personally, I’m a little bit sad that he wasn’t brought back for Freddy vs. Jason. Instead, they used Ken Kirzinger who, in almost everyone I’ve talked to about its oppinions, think was one of the worst Jason’s ever. Pretty funny fact though about Kirzinger, he was actually killed by Jason in Jason Takes Manhattan, so there’s always that.

And finally, we have arrived in the year 2009. A year that, for me, will always be praised for the remake of Friday the 13th, starring Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti and Derek Mears as Jason Voorhees! As far as the movie goes, it’s pretty straight forward about what it wants to be. It’s a scary slasher-movie, simple as that. But the twist and turns they made on Jason was awesome. Having watched his mother be beheaded and forced to live in the wild, he has become a survival-expert. Combined with the anger against he has towards pretty much everyone else, he sets traps, gathers loot and…. takes prisoners? That’s new. What’s that about? My first guess was that, hey, he’s a dude, he has needs. And I’m pretty sure that a mass-murderer like he is doesn’t have any problems with raping some young woman in a dungeon-like basement. Whatever the thoughts behind it were, I liked it. It sets the whole story, with the brother looking for his sister and so on. And Derek Mears does a fantastic job. He’s not as good as Jason as Hodder, but it’s pretty darn close. For the type of Jason that they wanted, he is perfect!

So there you have it, some of my thoughts on Jason Voorhees. But just like with Pathfinder, I have a lot to say about this subject aswell but I shortened it in order to “complete” it with a video-based review later on.

So until next time…. Peace out hombrés!

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Pathfinder.. Two worlds. One war. The ultimate battle begins.

This is a historic movie where the actual historical fact is left out. But who’s to say that the norse vikings never landed on what today is referred to as U.S soil? They just never told anyone about it. But that’s something for the scholars who actually gives a damn to discuss, not me! I just find the idea behind this story amazing and awesome!

Karl Urban is Ghost, a white man amongst the native Americans,  a viking-boy left behind many years ago when his clan battles the native Americans, and then raised as one of them. Many years later, the Norsemen returns and he is left with a choice, either help the ones that raised him and fight against this new-old threat, or turn against them, leaving them in despair. The story itself is pretty basic with clichés everywhere, but that’s a given at this point. You can’t write a good movie without them. The reason they are called clichés is because they work. At least in my book.

When I was going to see this movie for the first time (saw it three times in the theatre), the name Karl Urban didn’t ring any bells AT ALL. A friend of mine said that he’s that blonde dude on the horse in Lord of The Rings and another one said that he’s the bad guy in Bourne Supremacy, but when I saw him, the only face I could see before me was Vaako from The Chronicles of Riddick. And that made me REALLY excited!!
 Now a days, he’s put himself somewhere on my Top-20 Action/Adventure-actors of all time. Almost anything he touches turns to gold, at least in my oppinion. And yes, even Doom! But fact of the matter is, that, even if he can play almost anything, he will always be praised if he’s wearing some sort of armor or flailing about with a sword. That’s just what he’s made for.

And then we have the main villain (if you can call him that) Gunnar, played by Clancy Brown. This is an actor that is hand-sculpted by God to perfection for these types of characters. He has the size and built like that of a giant and his voice is dark, gritty and viscious. The same characteristics that made him perfect for The Kurgan in Highlander (https://tangosthoughts.wordpress.com/2012/06/08/hello-world/). He brings a special kind of evil to this persona that I actually never seen since The Kurgan and I am 100% sure that no one else could’ve done it with the perfection that Brown did. The mere presence of this man (Gunnar) is enough to shatter whatever hope his opponents have left!

I’m not going to deep into the outline of the story, naming any specific scenes or delving into any more of the movie itself, for if I did, I would be sitting here writing for about 5-6 hours more. Yeah, I have a lot to say about this one, but I’m saving myself!  I just wanna leave you with one more thing about the two worlds colliding and then it’s beddy-bye!

The way they depict the norsemen as a brutal and viscious people is astonishing. I can’t recall ever seeing such brutality on screen, but it gives the movie a somewhat darker and more twisted feel to it as a whole, so I accept it as it is. And the beauty and grace of the native Americans is just as expected, the natural beauty that was within theese people are amazingly depicted here, and the combination of the two worlds in one movie is what makes this one great!

So until next time, shout out what you wanna read about, and I’ll take it under advisement!

Peace out hombrés!


Movie-tip #2

If you are looking for an easy-watch, wether it be with friends, Boy-/girlfriend or alone, this is an easy choice for you.
A Good Old Fashioned Orgy (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1231586/)

It is written and directed by Alex Gregory and Peter Huyck and revolves around a group of friends in their early 30s, who in their various lifestyles, come together for every major holiday, celebrating in the most innovative ways you can possibly imagine, with the Octoberfest in July, White Trash Bash and so on.

When struck with the news of their “party-mansion” being put on the market, they start planning one last blow-out. The final plan… as the title says, A Good Old Fashioned Orgy!

The movie is filled with hysterical lines, great acting and the directors made an amazing job with the arrangements and the various situations the cast is put in. It has love, laughter, some crying (it’s mandatory after all) and some of the most beautiful women I’ve seen on TV for atleast 10 years.

The main characters (as I saw it), is Eric,  played by Jason Sudeikis (SNL, Horrible Bosses), Kelly, played by Leslie Bibb (Zookeper, Law Abiding Citizen) and Mike, played by Tyler Labine (Tucker & Dale vs Evil), and they are accompanied by talents like Lake Bell (No Strings Attached, What Happens In Vegas), Michelle Borth (Tell Me You Love Me, The Forgotten) and many more!

It’s a comedy that delivers on all accounts!!
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYlr_aDlkvo

Enjoy it!

Peace out hombrés!