Saturday, November 20, 2010

Jason Goes to Hell (1993)

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.

Rating: 5/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.
Gore: 7/10.

6 comments:

  1. Ugh. Hate it! I even watched it again recently to make sure it really WAS that bad, and yup, it still sucked. The campy-ness is funny at times and there's lots of blood, which is good, but I still can't forgive the ridiculous storyline.

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  2. Ah, my first "F.t.13th" movie to review...

    Yeah, it's bad. That said, there are a couple funny things to note:

    1. The lead was also in 'F.t.13th: The Series' on television. Weird.

    2. The Necronomicon from "Evil Dead II" makes a cameo, due to a prop guy with a sense of humor.

    3. 'Jason's Dead- Hamburgers 50% Off.' 'Nuff said.

    I don't know who comes up with these ideas, but they need to get off 'the stuff'- if you catch my drift.

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  3. Weird and nonsensical and just plain off the mark.

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  4. There is one thing and one thing only that makes me piss my pants laughing every time, and that is when the news reports that "Jason was supposed to have drowned in the lake at the tender age of 11. Sadly, he did not."

    I swear to god, if that was intentional, that writer is the funniest man alive. If it was unintentional, that writer is the funniest man alive. Yeah, real sad, sorry more kids don't drown in lakes every year. Jerk.

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  5. I saw this one in the theater and also have the Fangoria JASON GOES TO HELL film magazine. I thought it was okay. I think, more than anything else, I appreciated the mere fact they were going for something completely different. Taking such a gamble as this is impressive in itself regardless of the outcome. I didn't mind that the "real" Jason was barely in it, I liked all the other attributes and the inherent silliness of it all. I didn't care for Williams, though. I guess he was chosen since he was on that 21 JUMPSTREET show which was big at the time. And Erin Gray! Wilma Deering from Buck Rogers! I had a huge (haha) crush on her back then when I was a kid.

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  6. Conceptually, this could have been one of the strongest films in the series, if it had only been carried out with as much skill and thoughtfulness that Craven instilled in NEW NIGHTMARE. They were on the right track here like you said V.

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