The 13th Friday
Released 10 January 2017
Directed and Written by Justin Price
Produced by Pikchure Zero Entertainment
Starring Lisa May, Khu, Melissa L. Vega, and Victoria Valdez
Reviewed by Alyssa Hunt

A spherical calendar holding the key to opening the gates of hell, allowing Satan with his demonic entourage earthly access, is opened by a group of thrill-seeking teenagers at a price. Each is cursed with a job to complete in 13 months, but can they keep their end of the bargain?

The 13th Friday begins with murder, biblical narration, and a group of the dumbest young adults a person could imagine! Everything told me it was going to be a dreadful view, but it tried to develop a workable plot. I waited for the story to improve, but was left wanting.

The acting confused me. There were scenes where people should have reacted to hearing their friend spotting a creepy, crispy girl with glowing eyes lurking about. Instead they were dismissive or completely blank. The fright scenes were fragile, predictable. Matters of fact, the best scenes were emulated from other films such as Lights Out, Hellraiser, and The Ring. There simply wasn’t enough of the movie that came from an original concept to hold me and I doubt any future viewers.

My final issue had to do with the lack of personality or depth of the characters. Nothing was shared of their backgrounds to allow the opportunity to develop a sense of caring for them. The movie cast me into a foolish situation with supposedly drunk teens, tossed in a weak purpose to set the story into motion, then left me in a useless limbo until the much-sought-after ending, that put me right back at the freaking beginning of the movie- I kid you not!

I would have liked to say the movie’s only redeeming quality was the fact that there is practically an all-female cast, but I can’t. In my honest opinion, The 13th Friday would best be viewed on a late, Saturday night, while inebriated with friends.

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