Friday the 13th – Return to Crystal Lake
And that’s the problem: I want to know what I’m in for when watching a Friday the 13th movie.
A big problem with the reboot, for me, was the reimagining stuff. It all just felt half-assed and the original mythology was so much better and richer. Why redo it if you’re just going to skim over it? So now all that stuff is gone and we are left with Part 12 and a Jason that doesn’t run, doesn’t take prisoners and/or use people as bait.
There are also two new (or should I say different) death scenes and I used the classic score by Harry Manfredini in many scenes to amp up the tension. Left is a movie that is only 56min long but which I hope will satisfy the bloodlust in every fan of the Friday the 13th series.
Freddy vs. Jason
Toolbox Murders (2003)
Score by Harry Manfredini
The Beach Boys – I get around
Ram Jam – Black Betty
- for providing valuable feedback
Derek Mears – for an awesome Jason
Neglify – for creating the cover art (and also for feedback)
-Classic score by Harry Manfredini
-2 new kills
-Friday the 13 Part 12
-Jason taking a prisoner
-Jason using people as bait
-The reimagining stuff
-Over the top nudity
-Annoying redneck guy
CUT: First group of teenagers
INSERTED: A new beginning
INSERTED: A new credit sequence
INSERTED: Classic Friday the 13th score by Harry Manfredini throughout the movie
CUT: The locket is deleted from the movie
CUT: Music sequence when they leave the gas station
CUT: The redneck guy that smokes dope and gets killed by Jason
CHANGED: New song when Nolan and Chelsea borrows Trent’s car (Ram Jam – Black Betty)
CHANGED: New song during the waterskiing-scene (The Beach Boys – I get around)
CUT: Jason throwing the connotes around
CUT: Whitney as Jason’s prisoner
CUT: Most of the sex scene
CHANGED: A new death scene for Chewie
CUT: Jason running
CUT: Jason using Lawrence as bait
CHANGED: Brea is now killed faster
CUT: Mr. Garretson and his truck. Now Trent’s death scene is different
CHANGED: Clay and Jenny finding Whitney is different
CHANGED: The ending plays a little different
INSERTED: Custom end credits
(also some other minor cuts here and there and some scenes plays in different order)
This edit is a strange case for me. I dig the trimming you did to a lot of things and the visual cuts are nice. BUT the audio editing was sub-par due to the music changes and the muting that results from the music changes. Also some of the scene changes were awkward to watch and hear. I also wish you would have included the slaughter of the first group. I do hope you make a v2.
My problem with this is that I actually am one who found the reboot an improvement in some aspects. The reboot overall wasn't that good of a movie but it was entertaining and not as cheezy or over the top as the sequels after "The Final Chapter". I think doing what you did with "The Myers Family" edit would have been a much better direction. Pretty much going all out and making it as brutal and different from the original series as possible.
I love the first 4 Friday The 13th's and if you've seen them you'd know Jason does run and he has an attachment to his mother, and is still remotely human. It wasn't until Part. VI that he became a zombie, and then from there it just kept getting more and more ridiculous.
Overall it was good for what you were going for, but if I could make a suggestion. I think doing the opposite of what you did, and like I said going more in the "The Myers Family" direction could be an interesting edit. I think the brutal more cunning, setting traps, running Jason was more scary and intimidating. Going all out with that and cutting back on the cheezy dialogue and unnecessary characters and strengthening the more important ones would be a great direction. You could easily make this more of a sequel to "The Final Chapter" while still going in a more original and progressive direction with the character and source material. All of this tho Is just a suggestion, If you ever decide to do something like this, just let me know. Thanks
TM Productions apr 9 2012
I just got down watching this a couple of seconds ago, and let me say that it was a HUGE improvement!
There are spoilers in this review:
I love the new opening with Jason sharpening his machete and I like the bullying flashback put there. Much better than the Mrs. Voorhees flashback in the original film. The new credits sequence is beautiful too.
Now, the entire first group of kids are removed, which I don’t miss, and it really makes the film’s pace faster, which I really like. We now open on the kids entering camp and turn in to an “old school” Friday the 13th movie. From here, the movie really gets interesting as Clay’s back story unfolds with Whitney missing. I really enjoy the way Whitney’s character is introduced by Clay instead of her friends in the removed intro.
From now, comes the scenes with Clay looking for Whitney and Trent and his group enjoying themselves. Then when Clay and Jenna go off to look for Whitney things get interesting. I am so glad that Jason throwing the canoes around was removed. It’s now a much more tense scene.
Now, the shortened sex scene was a nice touch because the original one was just SO OVER DRAMATIC! I mean “stupendous” really?
I really enjoyed Chewie’s new death scene with the saw. Amazingly edited and is much more brutal which is what you expect from a 21st Century Jason.
Also, Jenna’s new death scene is MUCH BETTER shortened to the way it is. The original one was just to long and unnecessary.
I especially enjoyed Trent’s new death scene! I absolutely hated the original because it was very unrealistic and was again unnecessary. Plus, it shortens down Trent’s screen time which is always good because I just flat out hated the character, lol.
The new ending is really good as well! I don’t know if it was a deleted scene that you used or you just edited it a lot. I can’t really remember the original ending because I haven’t seen the movie since I first got the blu-ray.
All I know is that this is the SUPERIOR version of Friday The 13th. And I really liked it better as the idea of a sequel instead of a remake, because that’s what I thought it was more of when I first saw it.
For me, “Friday The 13th: Return To Crystal Lake” gets a 10/10!!
neglify apr 3 2012
This is a tough edit to rate. On the one hand, the majority of steFANedit’s cuts and additions were perfect. There were a couple audio transitions that sounded off, but the added score was excellent. And the new death scenes for a couple characters really made me smile. It felt way more like the old school Friday the 13th movies.
Except… It still sucks as a movie in it’s own right. It is much much improved now but still something I don’t have much fondness for.
Summary: A very well put together edit but still a bad movie.
I just finished watching this. I see what you meant about it feeling too short, but that's alright because it works better this way. The opening scene in the theatrical cut was good, but it was pointless because they all get killed in the first 5-10 minutes of the movie. What was the point of it, besides showing some tits and kills? By getting rid of it you cut straight to the point and I like that.
The video editing was perfect, but a couple of scenes did stand out when it came to the audio editing. The first one is when Chewie pulls out "Lucille" and has a conversation with Lawrence, pretending to be "Lucille". When the scene ends it sounds like some music or something was about to start just before you transitioned to the next scene. The other scene is when Clay gets pulled over by Officer Bracke. Just as the scene is ending it looks like the audio was cut for a second or two. These aren't a problem, they just stood out a bit is all.
Now regarding Jason. Unfortunately it's impossible to turn him into the undead killer we all love, what with the shot of him carrying around the dead body and Clay and Jenna mentioning that there's a guy out there carrying a dead body, but you did a great job of trimming as much of it as possible. If you don't mind my saying though I think you should have cut, or at least trimmed if possible, the scene with Clay asking the old woman if she had seen his sister because she mentions that "he only wants to be left alone". If this was anybody else it wouldn't be a problem, but this is Jason we're talking about. Saying that "he only wants to be left alone" humanizes him, and that would infer that he's human. The other thing I think should have been cut is the shot of the bell going off when Clay trips in the woods. This also suggests that Jason is human because he was able to set a trap. Aside from that I think you did a great job with this edit and I give it a 5/5.