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Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

  Tags: action, blood, freddy krueger, Freddy vs Jason, gore, horror icon, Jason Ritter, jason voorhees, Katharine Isabelle, Kelly Rowland, Ken Kirzinger, Lochlyn Munro, Monica Keena, Robert Englund, Ronny Yu, slasher, versus

Your rating: None Average: 7.7 (28 votes)
Reviewer Rating: 
7

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Rating #: 
7/10
Director: 
Ronny Yu
Runtime: 
97 minutes
Cast: 
Robert Englund, Monica Keena, Ken Kirzinger, Kelly Rowland, Jason Ritter, Katharine Isabelle, Lochlyn Munro


Well it’s been over 10 years since first news broke out on a possible team-up of the to horror baddies. I remember posting about the film years ago on the site, and who knew that 2003 would be the year that the film finally gets released. I remember the first official news that the film was actually going to get made. Horror fans were split in half - some thought it was damned cool, while others thought it was a bad idea. When it was posted that Bride of Chucky director Ronny Yu was going behind the cameras many fans thought it would suck. A lot of people didn't like Bride, but I found it very entertaining, so when I heard Ronny was directing FvsJ I knew it had a chance of being a watchable flick.

After viewing the first trailer for the movie many fans opinions on the film changed and those who bashed the film actually started looking forward to its release. So does it live up to the high expectations? I believe so. I personally didn't expect much from the film, because I knew there would be a chance that I could leave the theater disappointed. In the end I left the theatre with mixed emotions, but I'll get into that later.

So how do they find a way to get the two horror icons together? Easy, Freddy no longer exists in the minds of the Elm St. kids, because the townspeople have swept Freddy's legend under the rug. Freddy decides to get help from another notorious killer named Jason Voorhees to help kill in his name and hope that he would be remembered and exist in their minds and dreams again. It works out at first until Jason just doesn't stop the killing and begins to get all the glory. Freddy doesn't take too kindly to that, so he tries to put a stop to Jason's rampage and that's when the fun begins. Excellent. It's a pretty silly plot, but it was obvious that the plot was gonna be pretty bad considering they're trying to get the two icons together anyway. But who really sees horror flicks for the plot?

The movie had stuff for Freddy fans and stuff for Jason fans. It was mostly split in the middle, but it was more of a Nightmare flick that Friday flick, but that's mainly because Freddy was pulling the strings and it was mostly taken place on Elm St. I'm not much of a Freddy fan and since it was more a Freddy movie, I wasn't too into it as much as I wanted to be. Jason stole the show when it was his turn to shine in the spotlight, by killing as many youngin's as he could. This movie with Ken Kirzinger behind the mask, really showed the strength of Jason. I personally think Jason was most badass in this movie than any of his previous movies. After seeing this flick, it was obvious why they didn't want Kane to play as Jason this time 'round.

They didn't shy away from the blood and gore. You gotta wonder how they managed to get some of this stuff passed the MPAA. All of the deaths are pretty damn bloody and that's just how we horror fans like it. The acting is pretty typical for a horror film and there was some good nudity-action goin' on in the beginning of the flick and we finally get to see Ginger from Ginger Snaps AKA Katherine Isabelle naked *drools*, although it is clearly a body double.

Sadly enough, there really aren't any cameos in the film. So what didn't I like about the movie? Well, like I said earlier, I'm not much of a Nightmare fan and most of the movie was a Nightmare flick with Jason thrown into the mix until towards the end when it finally goes more towards Jason, but because of that I couldn't get into it as much as I wanted. I still liked the movie and I'm pretty sure that if I saw it a second time that I'd like it more, but as of right now I'm goin' with an 8-rating, which is still a pretty damn good rating.

Other than that, I liked pretty much everything else. The fight scenes between Freddy and Jason were sweet and I believe that they were well worth the incredibly long wait; Jason would get the upper-hand at times, while Freddy would just kick the crap outta Jason. Good stuff. It was very cool to finally see the two fight, because they could do so much more to each other than with the usual foes, because of the fact that they cannot die. Yup, this movie has it all, tits, blood, gore, Jason, Freddy, silly one-liners and the occasional comical moments. You'll even get to see Freddy say "Bitch!" a countless number of times throughout the movie. If you're a Nightmare of Friday fan, or even a horror fan in general, you'll dig this flick.

Originally there was gonna be up to three endings. I believe one would have Jason win, while the other would have Freddy win, while the 3rd would have neither win or both win, I forget. It was rumored that they the dif endings would go to dif theatres. That obviously never fell through. Also, interesting enough there has already been rumors on a sequel or a prequel for the movie. There have been talks about throwing Ash from Evil Dead or Michael Myers in the mix. Nothing is official though, but I wouldn't be surprised if there was another team up.

A silly plot, but who cares? It has a lot of good blood and gore and the fights between the two horror icons are pretty damn fun! Personally I would have liked it more, but I'm not much of a Freddy fan, so I couldn't get into it as much as I wanted, but as a horror fan, sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride!

Posted on June 5, 2010 - 9:59pm | FrighT MasteR

 

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