Yoo Talks New Jason in Friday the 13th

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Let the slow/fast Jason debate begin

Actor Aaron Yoo is no stranger to the horror genre having starred in DreamWorks’ 2007 hit thriller Disturbia with Shia LaBeouf, but next year, he’s one of the young stars going back to basics when he stars in Platinum Dunes’ relaunch of the classic slasher franchise Friday the 13th.

In Toronto for the premiere of his new movie Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, Yoo told ShockTillYouDrop.com a few things about the upcoming remake.

“I think the biggest difference is that Jason is fast, and he’s realistic,” he began. “It’s not the kind of horror movie where stalk slowly, run fast and somebody catches up, there’s none of the teleportation thing (from past movies)…the basic storyline idea of Jason is the same, and he’s got this 2 and a half foot machete.”

Along with John Carpenter’s Halloween, the original Friday the 13th, released 28 years ago, created some of the horror cliches that have been diligently followed in so many other teen horror movies, including most of the previous Jason Voorhees movies where we know exactly who’s going to die. We wondered if the same was going to be true for Yoo’s character, who presumably plays the funny guy who never survives a slasher flick. (And there’s a fairly big SPOILER WARNING in his response.)

“There are horror conventions that are there because they work. Like when my characters goes to this toolshed by himself, you know what’s going to happen, that’s partially the point. I spent 14 hours covered, covered, covered in fake blood and that is the worst situation you could ever be in…it’s the grossest. But yeah, from what I’m hearing and what we were trying to do, is that it might be one of the most well-made horror movies that you’ll see. I’m hearing really, really good things about it. We’re calling it ‘F13’ and I don’t know if that will actually wind up being a tagline for it, but I know our Platinum Dunes guys, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form, they did Texas Chainsaw Massacre, they told me this is the best movie they’ve made.”

Considering the raging debates that have surrounded movies like Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead in terms of “slow zombies” vs. “fast zombies”, we wondered whether the same sort of debat…es might surround the new movie. “I don’t know what kind of stuff it’s going to start. I’ve always loved horror movies and they took a piece to Comic Con, and it just struck me how crazy and rabidpeople who love horror movies, it’s a really big obsession,” Yoo said.

Friday the 13th will open Friday, February 13, 2009.

Source: Edward Douglas