Sunday, November 21, 2010

Jason X (2001)

While New Line was still busy locking in a script for FREDDY VS JASON to follow up the ending proposed in JASON GOES TO HELL, they took the next logical step in this tenth installment, and shot the main character into outer space. Unable to kill him using any normal means, Earth's lead scientists decide to cryogenically freeze Jason Voorhees in order to end his violent killing spree. Nearly five-centuries later, when all other life on Earth has been destroyed, a student research vessel that is surveying the planet in search of lost artifacts uncovers the body, and brings it aboard their ship. Unfortunately for them, the smell of teenage lust and unsuspecting female victims re-animates him during the thawing process, and he returns to work aboard The Grendel! JASON X shares most in common with FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART VI in its light tone and silly humor. The audience is clearly intended to champion their Slasher "hero" in this film, and it pays off! Not only do the deaths come fast and furious, but it offers some of the most inventive kills in the series. Jason tops out at a staggering body count of twenty-eight people, excluding the thousands killed when The Grendel rams through a giant spaceport. After a near-defeat when battling the crew's android unit, Jason is rebuild using Nano-technology, making him bigger, badder, and stronger than before (but definitely no cooler). Unfortunately, the special effects and computer animation in JASON X are light-years behind the times, but what can one expect in a film with such a ridiculous premise? Stupid and cheesy, yes, but equally bloody and wildly entertaining! JASON X is a guilty pleasure at best, but far from the worst in the series.

Rating: 6/10.
Entertainment: 9/10.
Gore: 7/10.

9 comments:

  1. yes, it's stupid and yes, it's cheesy, but thankfully it's way better than Part 8 & 9. Enjoyed it about as much as you did

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  2. While I know that it's not a good movie, I do need to see it on DVD. I've caught part of it on Basic Cable and it's hardly worth nothing.

    It's all part of my plan to review the 'Friday the 13th' series in the oddest order possible. First 9, then 8 and next 10. Huzzah!

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  3. JASON X is a cheap novelty that I found amusing at first but it gets worse every time I watch it. Still, not as bad as JASON GOES TO HELL (nothing ever could be)... but far from "legit" in my mind.

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  4. Love Jason X! It is cheesy and odd, but fun all the same.

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  5. I love this picture. It's the only one in the series I like well enough to own the DVD of.

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  6. I have to admit, this was the first FRIDAY I ever owned on DVD, and I have seen it more times than any other. Sad, but true.

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  7. It's my favorite sequel of the series, bar none. I liked it enough to see it a second time in the theater. Would've seen it three times had it stayed in the theater long enough. It has pretty much everything to make for a great entertaining popcorn flick. The only real negative for me was some overly stupid dialog. Hell, I loved Uber Jason and wished there would have been a series of films with him in it. JASON X has a plethora of creativity that's almost non existent in the other entries. It was made for fans that wanted something different and fun and it succeeds in my book. JASON GOES TO HELL was a nice try in sort of the same direction, but I think the lack of an actual "Jason" hurt that one.

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  8. Although it isnt at the top, it is damn close on my guilty pleasures list. I wish I hadnt downloaded it in college and went to see it in theaters, it would have been a total blast laughing with everyone else. A total crowd pleaser V! Uber Jason was a little goofy for my taste, but I would be first in line for Jason X2 (second counting you).

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  9. If it had been more successful, I bet we wouldn't have seen the last of Uber Jason.

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