To celebrate I am reviewing one of my childhood favorites: Freddy Vs. Jason.
This movie came out in 2003 and was directed by Ronny Yu (that's 10 years ago, can you believe it?!) and I remember wanting to go see it in theaters so badly but I couldn't because I was only 12. When it finally came out on DVD I begged my mom to go buy it for me and I watched the crap out of it. I watched it with the commentary almost to the point of having it memorized. Needless to say, this was one of my favorite movies as a kid because this was right when I was getting into horror movies and Friday the 13th was one of my favorites.
I know that there are a lot of people out there that hate this movie, but it will forever hold a special place in my heart.
One of the greatest disappointments in this movie is that Kane Hodder did not reprise his role as Jason Voorheese. He wanted to, he even offered to do it! But NOOOOO they thought that he was too short and bulky. Really? 6'2" is short? Instead they got Ken Kirzinger (6'5") and they ended up changing the look of Jason pretty drastically.
There are so many nods to the Nightmare on Elm Street series and Friday the 13th, so many in fact that you can read about them all under the trivia section at IMDB. For those of you playing along at home, this movie takes place after Freddy's Dead and Jason Goes to Hell, but before Jason X -- even though Jason X was released before Freddy vs. Jason; this is due in part to how long this movie was stuck in development hell.
Robert Englund reprises his role of Freddy Kruger for the last time during this film, and really that is what makes this movie so amazing.
Now I will mention that there was a sequel planned for this, but never made it to the silver screen. Instead it was released in a six part comic book series called Freddy vs Jason vs Ash and it is kick ass!
So in conclusion, forget all the plot holes and how choppy the script is. If you like Freddy and you like Jason, you will enjoy them in Freddy vs. Jason. IMDB rates this a 5.7 out of 10 stars. Rotten Tomatoes gives it a 41% with a 56% audience approval rating. I am giving it 4 out of 5 skulls -- mainly because they didn't go with Kane Hodder.
Sleep tight and don't let the zombies bite!