Jason talks Friday the 13thPosted by: PuppetMaster
We go toe to toe with JASON and talk murder and mayhem in Friday the 13th.. the remake! At Comic Con we had a chance to talk to Derek Mears aka Jason in the upcoming Friday the 13th movie. Now alot of you die hard horror fans are likely shaking your heads still asking .. why? Why do we need a remake of Friday the 13th? The quick answer is we dont but thats not to say we cant have a fun and bloody new take on one of our genre favorites. Take Halloween as case and point. Rob Zombies take was gruesome, exciting and entertaining. Although not the same studio we can hope for the same for the Friday the 13th remake. Derek is a huge fan of the franchise and to say he is excited to take on the role of the mask wearing killer is an understatement;
This movie the key component that they hit on which frankly everyone seems to do when they do a remake is the fact they are trying to pay hommage while still doing their own thing and trying not to offend fans. Derek is a fan and know the films but he needed to take himself away from that and approach the film as an actor and not a fan in order to be open to doing things a new way;
One thing that came out and did cause some concern is it seems they have made some changes to Jason. Although we can confirm he looks pretty much the same from a general appearance the writers of the remake wanted to make things a bit different and develop the character more. They likely once again took their cues from Rob Zombie and how he did Halloween; Derek says;
Derek is describing a movie that is not so much about jumping out of the bushes and going BOO but more about messing with the audience with more indepth and perhaps psychological kills. The less you show and the more you develop each scenario the more you end up with the JAWS effect and end up scaring the crap out of fans. The cliche jump out of the dark, or the girl in the dark hallway is over done. I take Dereks answer to this question to imply the writers are looking to do more then just the run of the mill Prom Night'esque scares.
Since the first films were about Jason the killer and not so much about any sort of character depth having a large and intimidating character was key to his legend and the fear factor. When Jason steps out with his machete his sheer size alone is enough to make his presense known and make clear to audiences... bad things are going to happen. In this take however its not so much about size and since they are doing a 'more fleshed out character' the filmmakers were not concerned with Derek's. size;
From the entire conversation we can take two things from it. First that Derek is very excited to be playing the role and is not just taking it as a body roll. He is much more then just a stunt man behind a mask. Hes an actor. The second thing to take from this is that this is not going to be the traditional Jason that we are used to and that may or may not be a good thing depending on how you look at things. Thanks to Derek for taking some time to talk to us and of course to Warner Brothers for allowing us time with him to talk about the film. The film will be hitting screens on February 13th, 2009. Thats Friday the 13th!