REVIEW: The 13th Friday
– By LastBoneStands
Borrowing ideas is nothing new, especially in the horror genre. This genre we love so much is filled to overflowing with reboots, remakes, sequels and the like. Even in films that are “original” there is always an homage here or a reference there. Little sprinklings here and there can be fun, it’s when the entire film is filled with ideas that had been used before that we begin to see a problem.
Unfortunately, this is the case with The 13th Friday. What makes things even more unfortunate is that there are elements in the story that could have made for a great film. To begin, we are introduced to a group of young 20-somethings that are partying outside of a house locally known to be haunted and cursed. Legend has it that anyone entering the house will die. Can you guess what happens next???
One of the group enters the house and is promptly possessed by the spirit that haunts the place. As the rest of the group goes looking for their missing friend, they inevitably end up in the house just in time to witness their friend being possessed. They are subsequently cursed and told that they must make a sacrifice every Friday for 13 Fridays or they will all die.
So if we were to follow this through, it could make for an interesting film. Unfortunately the first 12 deaths happen off camera and we are only treated to a couple, briefly, in flashbacks. The remaining story focuses on the 13th Friday (as the name would imply) and is a mash up of things done better in other films. We get treated to creatures in a cave, very similar to the descent; A ghost that can only be seen when the lights are off, doing almost the same thing that the ghost does in Lights Out. I could go on, but rest assured that there are no horror clichés left untouched in this.
As far as the acting goes, it’s mostly as bad as this film is unoriginal. The characters all seem wooden, and it’s not clear why, when, or where the group stopped being friends and switched to backstabbing murderers. In the 2nd act we are treated to a couple new characters that are only there to provide exposition and fill in blanks in the story that were not seen on film.
All in all, The 13th Friday provides nothing fresh, or even entertaining. I suppose this could be used as a sleep aid, or maybe a how-not-to-make-a-movie tutorial. Other than that, don’t bother wasting any time on this one.