Friday the 13th

February 13th 2009
  • Horror/Suspense,
  • R,
  • 97 min,
  • New Line Cinema
  • Cast: Jared Padalecki, Danielle Panabaker, Aaron Yoo, Amanda Righetti, Travis Van Winkle, Derek Mears, Arlen Escarpeta, Julianna Guill, Willa Ford, Ryan Hansen, Jonathan Sadowski, Ben Feldman, Nick Mennell, America Olivo, Nana Visitor, Richard Burgi, Chris Coppola, Kyle Davis, Travis Davis, Caleb Guss
  • Director: Marcus Nispel
  • Writers: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift
  • Producers: Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller
  • Co Producer: Alma Kuttruff
  • Executive Producers: Brian Witten, Sean S. Cunningham, Toby Emmerich
  • Art Direction: John Frick
  • Casting: Lisa Fields
  • Costume Design: Marian Ceo
  • D.O.P.: Daniel Pearl
  • Editor: Ken Blackwell
  • Music: Steve Jablonsky
  • Production Design: Jeremy Conway
  • Set Decoration: Randy Huke


From Platinum Dunes and director Marcus Nispel ("The Texas Chainsaw Massacre") comes a re-imagining of the classic horror film "Friday the 13th."

Searching for his missing sister, Clay heads up to the eerie woods of legendary Crystal Lake, where he stumbles on the creaky remains of rotting old cabins that lie in wait behind moss-covered trees.

And that's not the only thing hiding under the brush.

Against the advice of police and cautions from the locals, Clay pursues what few leads he has, with the help of a young woman he meets among a group of college kids up for an all-thrills weekend. But they are about to find much more than they bargained for.

Little do they know, they've entered the domain of one of the most terrifying specters in American film history—the infamous killer who haunts Crystal Lake, armed with a razor-sharp machete... Jason Voorhees.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Austin, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Strong bloody violence, some graphic sexual content, language and drug material
  • Production Budget: $16 million
  • Production Companies: Crystal Lake Entertainment, MTV Films, New Line Cinema, Paramount Pictures, Platinum Dunes
  • Production Schedule: 21 April 2008 - 13 June 2008

Featured Articles


- The first film in the franchise released by both New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures. Originally, Paramount owned the rights to the series after the original was released in 1980 but sold the rights to New Line Cinema in 1990 after poor box office returns of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989). New Line bought the rights to the characters of Jason Voorhees and Pamela Voorhees, the Crystal Lake name, and the trademark for the title "Friday the 13th". All footage from the first eight films and the remake rights for the first film remained the property of Paramount. New Line Cinema released Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003). When Platinum Dunes came aboard to develop the new film, they wanted the freedom to use scenarios and characters from the films still owned by Paramount. After a legal dispute, the companies decided to co-produce the 2009 film.

- Two actresses dropped out of the film due to nudity and sex scene concerns.

- Israeli actress Moran Atias was originally cast but had to be replaced early into filming.

- The character of Sheriff Bracke, played by Richard Burgi, is named after author Peter Bracke, who wrote the book ‘Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th’.

- Tommy Jarvis, a character that appeared in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), and Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) was at one point confirmed by producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form of Platinum Dunes to be returning as Jason's nemesis.

- Jonathan Liebesman, director of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning (2006), which was also produced by Platinum Dunes, was once in negotiations to direct the film. Rather, Dunes decided to bring back Marcus Nispel who directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003).

- John Moore was considered for the directing job at early stages of production.

- Scout Taylor-Compton auditioned for the role of 'Jenna' which eventually went to Danielle Panabaker.

- Aaron Yoo actually won the role of "Chewie" very close to shooting. Up until then, one of the top choices to play him was David Blue.

- Warner Bros. (through it's New Line Cinema label) is distributing this film in North America while Paramount will distribute the film in most all other territories. Ironically (and coincidentally), the 1980 original was distributed by Paramount in North America, with international distribution being handled by Warner Bros.

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 11 February 2009: Belgium, France
  • 12 February 2009: Argentina, Kazakhstan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia
  • 13 February 2009: Brazil, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK, Ukraine, Venezuela
  • 12 March 2009: Australia
  • 2 April 2009: Croatia
  • 23 April 2009: Czech Republic
  • 24 April 2009: Turkey