After taking a staggering hit with JASON TAKES MANHATTAN, the FRIDAY THE 13TH franchise burst forward with new life after New Line Cinema took over with JASON GOES TO HELL, but an increased budget and enthusiastic new production company weren't enough to save it from becoming the most ludicrous entry in the series! It is incomprehensible how anyone in the cast or crew managed to take the project seriously considering the absurd script and illogical storyline. In the opening scene, Jason Voorhees is eviscerated by a tactical police force, leaving only body parts and his cold, black heart. When the coroners go to perform an autopsy, Jason's evil spirit overcomes one of the men, causing him to devour the heart and become possessed by the unstoppable killer. Jason manipulates his way through a series of hosts as he attempts to become reborn through his last remaining relative, but not before slicing his way through half of Crystal Lake! Were it not for the hilarious over-acting and the outrageously over-the-top murder sequences, JASON GOES TO HELL would have been an abysmal failure. Steven Williams can never be taken seriously in his attempts to play the macho bounty hunter Creighton Duke, as entertaining as he may be. The existentialist approach to Jason as a form of evil incarnate falls flat on its face, especially when compared to Wes Craven's brilliant NEW NIGHTMARE. Adam Marcus and his fellow writers only manage to ask more questions than they answer: Where did the demonic "Jason" originate from? Why is Jason only able to be reborn through a Voorhees woman? Why is it that when he is reborn, he is wearing the same ragged costume and hockey mask? And why is Jason so fond of mood lighting? JASON GOES TO HELL should be considered as more of a cheat than A NEW BEGINNING ever was, since Jason does not appear in his "true form" for more than a few minutes. There are only two things that Marcus got right in the entire production, and those are all the naked hotties and gruesome deaths that had been missing from the past several films. In the end, JASON GOES TO HELL is a mixed bag. It constantly confuses the line between camp and cheese, but it delivers in the gore department.