Saturday, January 14, 2017
Friday the 13th: the little things
At the beginning of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Zito made it a point to emphasize the crime scene cleanup and the sudden silence once the police and paramedics and all the activity left Higgins' place from Part III (1982). There's a brief pass once Jason's body is being wheeled to the morgue of grieving family members hugging. Rarely does that ever happen. Few, I figure, ever pay much attention to it but I saw it. I liked it for how it signifies loss. That characters killed by Jason had families, those that loved them. Yes, not long after this, it retreats mostly to formula.
I never noticed this but during the opening credits of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), the famous hockey mask facing us turns around and brings itself towards us for us to wear. Whether it was intentional or not, I found it creative considering the twist involving Roy, the paramedic, disguising himself as Jason and wearing the mask. Tommy, now grown and unsettled by his childhood experience with Jason, unable to escape the trauma, eventually also puts on the mask. So the credits clue us in (or now knowing that twist reminds us of masks worn by those not Jason. We also are often looking through the killer's eyes due to the POV camera work) and Jason takes a break with someone else contributing to the body count.
Regardless of erroneous plot holes and character illogic, sometimes the little things can be gleaned from a franchise deserved of its criticism. Watching a few of the films yesterday, here were some observations that came to my attention.
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** / **** I agree with others as it came to my mind as well, the fact that NEVER BACK DOWN is an obvious clone of THE KARATE KID about a...
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* * ½ / * * * * I won't lie, at the opening of BABYSITTER WANTED, I was thinking, "Oh no, not another torture movie." Trut...
Por(Intira Jaroenpura)is a bartender(who deals and abuses drugs)who narrowly escapes a drowning after being pummeled by Ord, her sadistic ...
***/**** The unruly group led by Peter Stegman(Timothy Van Patten) of Abraham Lincoln High are a severe nuisance to teachers and stude...
Dracula's Daughter ('36)
Blood of Dracula's Castle (1969)
Mad Love 1935
Doctor Gogol: Did you ever hear of Galatea?
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: Gala - who? Not wanting a statue of him, are you?
Doctor Gogol: I don't want a statue of Galatea. You see, she was a statue herself. Pygmalion formed her. Out of marble, not wax. And then she came to life in his arms.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [calling to his assistant] Start the motor, Henry. There's queer people on the streets of Montmartre at this time of night.
Doctor Gogol: [handing him his card] Here, a hundred francs if you deliver the statue to my house.
Lavin - Waxworks Proprietor: [reading card] It's a go, Dr. Go... gol. First thing in the morning.