Sunday, November 21, 2010

Freddy Vs. Jason (2003)

The teens of Springwood have forgotten the name Freddy Kruger, thereby robbing him of his power over their dreams. But now, Freddy has a new plan for his beloved "children:" he has invaded the mind of the notorious serial killer Jason Voorhees to help him strike fear in the hearts of the Springwood teens once more in order to revive his evil legacy! After over a decade of delays and countless treatments, Sean S. Cunningham and New Line Cinema finally found a script that they felt confident enough in producing, but would it be the climactic battle that fans had clamored over for years? Aside from having the oldest looking cast of "teen" characters, FREDDY VS. JASON also has some of the worst dialog, most overstated performances, and most contrived plot points in either series. Lori and friends piece together their parents' plot to cover up Kruger's existence with unnatural speed and precision for a bunch of stupid teens that can hardly keep their pants on. Somewhere underneath the poor scripting there is a really interesting premise, and it is this shred of decency that drives the film forward between kills. Robert Englund arrives in top form after being away from the series for nearly ten years, and Ken Kirzinger steps in with a strong and surprisingly humanizing performance as the hulking Jason. For all of its downfalls, FREDDY VS. JASON does have many entertaining moments and a ton of excellent splatter that make it a huge fan pleaser and a welcome addition to both franchises.

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 8/10.
Gore: 7/10.

8 comments:

  1. Yeah, I like it, too. Despite all the what-the-hell moments (Jason has a fear of water?), it is a fun ride.

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  2. I always say that "Freddy vs. Jason" may not be the best film, but it's much better than the worst of the entries in either franchise. And to those who can't relax long enough to just have fun with it, if you think this script is bad, you should read the scripts they didn't produce!

    --J/Metro

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  3. By far, I can't turn away any time its on. A guiltiest of guilty pleasures along with JASON X! I can't even imagine what the other scripts looked like, but who can forget such memorable lines as "Freddy died by fire, Jason by water. How can we use that?" I love when Blake gets stabbed by shadow Freddy, then just says "I'm OK!" and runs off.

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  4. I reviewed four of the unused scripts on my blog a while back. Some bizarre shit in there, like a Freddy Vs. Jason boxing match! In Hell! With Ted Bundy as the announcer! And Lee Harvey Oswald and Adolf Hitler in attendance!

    That probably would have riled up a few people.
    --J/Metro

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  5. I'm still amazed that they managed to deliver after the years of development hell this film resided in. But they did. Sure, it's pretty silly, and the majority of the film is just exposition and liberal retooling of the continuity of both film series, but the final fight really delivers in a way that even made a jaded horror fan like me take interest.

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  6. You know what bothers me more than anything else about the film? The subtitles don't capitalize Hypnocil. Proper noun, no?

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  7. I thought this one was okay. I could have done without all the Krueger quips, but it was a nice comic book style slug fest.

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  8. Im on the fence on the quips, as stupid as they are it is kinda fun to have Freddy interact with the audience again. I got in for free when I dressed like Jason w00t!

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