Meet ‘Friday the 13th’s’ new Jason and the kids he wants to kill

02.11.09 9 years ago

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I’m guessing that some of the cast of the new “Friday the 13th” wasn’t old enough to see the original when it opened.  Hell, I’m betting that a few of them weren’t even born when it came out.  That makes me very old and very sad.

But sitting down to talk to the cast last week at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills was fun, especially since we’d seen the film the night before.  It really works, and it’s an unironic return to the glory days of the ’80s slasher film.  It may be the best thing Platinum Dunes has made since kicking off this recent rash of remakes, and it bodes well for next year’s “A Nightmare On Elm Street” update.

When you go to a press day for a film, you always have to pick which way you’re going to do interviews.  You can either request a roundtable spot, a 1:1 print interview, or TV interviews.  For TV, you end up standing in a line, and one after another, people step into these rooms where the cameras and the sound equipment and everything else are already there and waiting, and all you do is shake hands, sit down, do your seven minutes, then get up and go.  It’s a blur as you do it, so these interviews are new to me as well as you.

I had three interviews scheduled that Saturday afternoon.  First up was Derek Mears, who plays Jason this time out.  I worked with Derek a few years ago when he played The Father in my “Masters Of Horror” episode called “Pro-Life.”  If you haven’t seen it, the character is a giant horned demon who erupts from the ground during the climax of the film, and Derek spent most of his time on-set completely covered in the beautiful latex suit designed by KNB.  In our talks in Vancouver, it was obvious even then that Derek is a real-deal monster movie fanatic, a guy who loves bringing these horrible creations to life, and he wasn’t just wearing the suit… he was acting.  He was determined to bring some character to the thing, even in his brief moments onscreen.

And now… well, let me share our reunion with you:

After Derek, they hustled me down the hall to where two of the girls from the film were seated together.  Danielle Panabaker and Amanda Righetti both have a number of credits to their name.  I recognized Panabaker primarily from “Mr. Brooks,” where she played the daughter to Kevin Costner’s cordial serial killer, and the end of that film sort of set up a franchise that she would have starred in.  Righetti is a regular on “The Mentalist,” but many people might recognize her from her time on “The O.C.”

As I sat down and got ready to talk to them, we chatted for a moment about how great it is to shoot in Austin, and then the cameras came on and, well… this happened…

Finally, I ended up in a room with Jared Padalecki, who I’m just now getting familiar with on “Supernatural.”  I just watched the third season on BluRay, and it’s a fun, solid horror series.  A big part of what works is the chemistry between Padalecki and his onscreen big brother, played by Jensen Ackles.  Considering Ackles just starred in “My Bloody Valentine 3D,” I had to ask Jared how he felt about the competition in our very short time together:

And then, just like that, we were done.  That’s how these press days are… they’re very quick, and you just get a moment with each person.  Hopefully, though, it gives you a sense of just how personable this young cast is and how much fun they’re having reinventing this iconic horror series that you’ll get a look at this Friday.

And don’t forget… that new “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” teaser will be attached to the front of it.

Should be a fun evening out.  Thanks to Warner for putting these interviews together for us, and keep your eyes open for the Motion/Captured review of the film, which should be up sometime tomorrow. In the meantime, here’s one last look at the trailer for you:

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