With the October movie being cancelled, and the plot points being put out on the internet, I wondered what it would be like if we were put in charge. If your vision for the reboot was to be filmed, how would you go about it?
For me, It’s a fine line to walk between what is expected for the franchise and doing stuff just a bit differently. Go too far off the beaten path and we get Jason goes to Hell or Jason X. Stick too close to the originals and have a by-the-numbers film lacking enthusiasm.
One of the biggest issues for me is the final girl. When you know who she is a third of the way into the movie, a lot of drama and suspense is taken out of the film. So one of the things I would do is try to make the cast work in such a way that nobody knows who will live or die. That alone should ramp up the suspense even if the plot is simplistic.
Jason in this series is already an older teen. We would pick up with Camp Crystal Lake’s owner talking Mrs. Voorhees into working at the camp with him noting Jason could make friends and act like a normal kid for once. Jason would show up a few times but the camera would never have him in frame. Shots from behind, out of focus, far off shots and the like obscure his face. At some point one of the counselors would comment on his ugly appearance and another (our jock sort) would forcibly strap a hockey mask on Jason, who would go along with it because he is trying to fit in. Only now can Jason be seen clearly on film.
Soon Jason is talked into taking a canoe ride and here is where things begin to go south. In an subverted homage to the original film a counselor jumps up out of the water, yanking on Jason and tipping him into the water. However as we all know, Jason can’t swim. As a matter of fact he sinks like a stone.
The rest of the film would pick up some time after, in the winter, with the teens all dying horribly to an unseen killer. This would play with fan perceptions because they may think it’s Mrs. Voorhees, but also maybe Jason. I mean, we can’t have an F13 film without Jason, right? Also fans have wanted snow for how long now?
Our final girl would hopefully be the one you didn’t expect. I’m leaning with the goth chick myself. And we would end with the Mrs. Voorhees vs counselor battle on the frozen lake at the campsite. As expected Pam gets decapitated.
The final scene is the girl standing over Pam’s dead body on the lake. then, we get the true homage to the original film. Jason bursts up through the ice, hockey mask and all to drag our final girl under the water with him.
Fade to black. Cue sharp Manfredini score.