Film / Friday the 13th (2009)

Welcome to Crystal Lake.

Like many other horror franchises, Friday the 13th got rebooted. This film carries no subtitle or numerical marker as a result, but — provided one accepts Freddy vs. Jason as a part of the franchise — this marks the twelfth film in the series.

While the film retains the same general origin as the original film, this film takes place in the 2000s and features a more intelligent Jason — one who lays traps and stalks his victims instead of reaching for the nearest blunt object — going up against a group of teens who've decided to spend their summer vacation at a lavish house situated near Crystal Lake.

A planned sequel to this film currently sits in Development Hell.

Friday the 13th (2009) contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Agony of the Feet: Jason stabs Mike's foot through the floor when they're checking his cabin. His palm soon follows.
  • An Axe to Grind: Lawrence gets one planted in his back.
  • Asshole Victim: Trent.
  • Bear Trap: Richie gets caught on bear trap set by Jason. Later on Whitney uses a bear trap against Jason during the final confrontation.
  • Blood Is Squicker in Water: Jason leaves Lawrence's body into a pool, which dyes it red.
  • Broad Strokes: The events of the original film happened, but Pamela Voorhees' killing spree happened shortly after Jason's "death", rather than twenty years later.
  • Buxom Is Better: Trent can't stop talking about how perfect Bree's breasts are during their sex scene.
    Trent: Your tits are stupendous.
  • Crazy Survivalist: This Jason being mortal (maybe), and thus more firmly rooted in reality, he's been living alone out in the woods near Camp Crystal Lake for well over two decades. It shows, as he is an expert with traps, a crack shot with a bow and arrow and in general acts more like a stalking predator than the classic Implacable Man he is in other films. He has also managed to create a well-stocked underground lair with a tunnel network that runs all throughout the area.
  • Cargo Envy: Chewey wishes he could "die and come back as one of the little buttons on the ass pocket" of Bree's jean shorts.
  • Clothes Make the Legend: Jason has got cloth wrapped around his face until he kills his first on screen victim (after the prologue) where he picks up the iconic hockey mask and looks at himself in the mirror.
  • Compressed Adaptation: Elements from the first four films are featured.
  • Dangerous Windows: Jason grabs Clay through a window.
  • A Date with Rosie Palms: Lawrence is about to have one when he is interrupted by Jenna and Clay.
  • Death by Pragmatism: Subverted with Clay.
  • Death by Sex: Exaggerated. Every character who has sex, or wants to have sex, or fantasizes about having sex, or is a creepy redneck who has sex with mannequins gets killed.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Fake Final Girl Jenna.
    • The film even tosses out a Decoy Cast — almost everyone in the first group of teens shown in the film ends up killed, and the real story picks up six weeks after Jason's attack.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: The prologue.
  • Ear Ache: Richie finds Wade's corpse after finding his severed ear.
  • Everything Is Racist: Lawrence — the lone black person of the film — invokes this twice. The first time was in order to get out of pumping gas, and the second time was for joking around. He talks about making a music label to Chelsea, who automatically think it'll be for rap. Lawrence takes offense to this and says Oh, because Im black, I cant listen to Green Day? Chelsea then apologizes and asks what kind of genre Lawrence is going to do, to which he smiles and says that he actually is going to do rap.
  • Final Girl: The girl in the opening, later Whitney, but at the end the only one left standing is apparently Clay.
  • Ghost Story: Wade relates the tale of Camp Crystal Lake around the campfire.
  • Give My Regards in the Next World: "Jason! Say hi to mommy - in hell!"
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Jason is defeated with the fact he loves his mother and by his own machete. Whitney knows this and uses it to defeat him.
  • Home Porn Movie: Bree lures Trent into the bedroom of the cabin they're staying at, strips both of them down, rides on top of him in a perfect cowgirl position, and video tapes him for much of their intercourse... all the way Jason begins his killing spree, and at one point, Jenna (Trent's girlfriend) bangs on the door to warn them, but Trent assumes she and the others are just messing with them.
  • Hypocrite: Trent accuses Jenna of being sympathetic to Clay because she wants to sleep with him, even though she does genuinely just want to help him look for his sister. Yet as soon as Jenna goes to help Clay search, Trent cheats on her with Bree.
  • Jerkass: Trent.
  • Impromptu Tracheotomy: Chewie gets a screwdriver into his throat.
  • Improvised Armour: When Lawrence goes out looking for Chewie, he picks up a pan to be his shield.
  • Intercontinuity Crossover: Apparently, Trent from this movie is the same one from the first Transformers movie- both movies were produced by Michael Bay. This means that Jason (and by extension Freddy Krueger) are a part of the massive Transformers multiverse.
  • Logo Joke: The logos at the start appear bathed in blood red.
  • Mythology Gag: Trent ends up being impaled on harvester equipment.
  • Nice Girl: Jenna. She's sympathetic to the disappearance of Clay's sister, stands up to Trent when he acts like a Jerkass, and genuinely worries about the others when Jason starts his killing spree.
  • Not Quite Dead: Jason in the ending, as usual.
  • Off with His Head!: Mrs. Voorhees gets decapitated in the opening, natch. And Donnie gets his head decapitated too in alternative scene of his death scene.
  • Police Are Useless: The only cop shows up, and gets killed under a minute flat.
  • Poor Man's Porn: The winter catalogue for Lawrence.
  • Prolonged Prologue: The prologue is over twenty minutes.
  • The Reveal: Whitney isn't dead, she's Jason's captive.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Slashed Throat: Donnie's death.
  • The Stoner: Lawrence and Chewie.
  • Taxidermy Terror: Lawrence tries to masturbate in the living room, but finds himself too creeped out by a big stuffed deer head with glass eyes staring right at him to go through with it.
  • Token Minority: Two. A black dude, Lawrence, and an Asian dude, Chewie.
  • Tunnel Network: One is under Camp Crystal Lake, acting as Jason's hideout.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: While running away from Jason, Trent comes across a truck, whose driver is willing to pick him up. Trent then starts doubting the driver's friendliness, which gives enough time for Jason to catch up to him.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Trent is seen cheating on Jenna with Bree. The later is somewhat subverted as Jenna doesn't seem to care about it, or at least has no time to process it when Jason starts killing people.