I watched this for the first time last night. Now granted, I fast forwarded through most of the horrible acting, skipping to each Jason kill scene. Upon viewing it that way, it's not bad. It's both a SEQUEL to the original 1st one and a remake of the original 3 combined, with several small homages & nods to the fans.
The dialogue is bad and the writer should be banned & forced to repeat high school. And the acting from the cast of cliches isn't great either (hence the fast forwarding). While I could not wait for each annoying character to die, I did find myself actually caring about the few last ones and wishing they would survive. But I also wish for World Peace...
The new JASON is fantastic; he's a HUGE, FAST, POWERFUL BRUTE who attacks with the ferociousness of a wild animal, rather than a slow moving zombie. The death scenes happen immediately and are quite brutal. It has a running time of about an hour and 1/2, so the movie is quick and to the point - dumb, horny teenagers being killed. The "water skiier death scene" sums up the entire movie brilliantly in 2 quick beats - I laughed.Besides the dialogue/acting, my two main complaints are 1) its just a steady flow of killing with no arc of tension or pacing, and 2) there's a tad too much Texas Chainsaw in the film... keep that in Leatherface's corner. Leatherface is the psycho mountain man, who plots his kills, and takes pride in his gory work, while Jason is no more than a primievel force who opposes anyone who treads in his path.
While not the "perfect Jason film" I was hoping for, overall its a fun ride and worth a viewing..... just keep that thumb resting on the fast forward button.