Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

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5.0 Overall Score
Story: 5/10
Acting: 4/10
Visuals: 6/10

The fight everyone asked for

Boring until the end royal rumble

 
Movie Info

Movie Name:  Jason vs. Freddy

Studio:  New Line Cinema

Genre(s):  Horror

Release Date(s):  August 15, 2003

MPAA Rating:  R

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Let’s get this party on!

Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund) discovers that the people of Springwood have managed to block children from even knowing his name and therefore locking him out of their dreams. Freddy recruits Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger) to attack the children of Elm Street and instill fear in them but finds Jason out of control in his killing spree. Now Freddy must take down Jason for the opportunity to hunt the kids of Elm Street and the only hope for the kids is the set the two after each other in a battle royale.

Directed by Ronny Yu, Freddy vs. Jason was tossed around for years and considered as a possibility in Jason and Freddy’s ’80s heyday. It was met by average reviews but was a big money maker.

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I could care less if any of you die

The movie is a big throwback to classic monster-mashes like Frankenstein vs. the Wolfman, House of Dracula, and House of Frankenstein. Ownership and other legality (along with a lack of a story) kept it from happening, but here it finally occurs much to the delight of horror fans. It isn’t very clear however if Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare or Jason Goes to Hell (or Jason X) really occurred.

Unfortunately, much like early monster match-up movies, it really only is interesting at the end. The actual set-up for the movie is kind of smart at least in their way of getting the two together and having a reason for them to fight. The story meanders, and Jason does most of the killing until the final fight at the end. The smack-down is kind of fun, but it seems like a lot to go through to get to it.

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Jason Vorhees in a remake of The Burning

The acting isn’t very good, nor is there much reason for it to be good. I don’t really care about the kids or their angst. With seventeen movies between both characters, the kids they kill really don’t matter and one more virginal girl getting killed isn’t a big deal. I do have to laugh when Kelly Rowland attempts to tell off Freddy (poorly) then gets chopped in half by Jason.

Freddy vs. Jason is a so-so movie but a must if you’ve watched either of the series. If you are a Freddy fan you might want more killing by Freddy, and if you are a Jason fan you might feel that it is too Freddy heavy. It won’t make all of the fans happy, but it has been the battle that many have dreamt about…there was some talk about adding Pinhead to the end, but an appearance by Michael Myers really would have sealed the deal.  If this movie had come out in 1989 or 1990, it would have “killed”!

Related Links:

A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2:  Freddy’s Revenge (1985)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3:  Dream Warriors (1987)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 4:  The Dream Master (1988)

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5:  The Dream Child (1989)

Freddy’s Dead:  The Final Nightmare (1991)

Wes Craven’s New Nightmare (1994)

A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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