As one teen sets off to locate his missing sister, seven others pull up to a secluded house in the woods for a weekend of fun at Crystal Lake, but what none of them realize is that there is a crazed killer in a hockey mask picking off anyone that trespasses into his forest... The Platinum Dunes re-imagining of the Slasher classic FRIDAY THE 13TH returns the series to its frightening roots by removing the 80's camp in place of hard scares and raw, gritty gore. After a lengthy false start, the film finally gets underway with a moderate pace and frequent kills. Its average teen characters are no more complex than in any of the earlier entries, but the acting is slightly better than usual. Derek Mears brings a power and ferocity that makes him a formidable choice as the new Jason Voorhees. Although the violent murder sequences are darker and more realistic than ever before, many fans responded with far less enthusiasm since this also reduced much of the fun and entertainment. This new version is also unable to strike the delicate balance between laughs and scares that has typically defined the FRIDAY THE 13TH films. Where Marcus Nispel succeeds most is in creating a variety of striking visual moments where Jason looms over his victims in nightmarish poses. FRIDAY THE 13TH is given far less credit than it deserves, when it should be considered amongst some of the better sequels.