A Film Review By The Mike
|Rating:RATED R for all the good things horror movies should have
Starring: Robert Englund, Monica Keena, Kelly Rowland
Directed By: Ronny Yu
There are two types of filmgoers. There are the ones that get the willies waiting for the next historical epic by some award winning director, while some get psyched for films like Freddy vs. Jason. While I’d like to think I’m in the first group (unless that award winning epicmaker is Kevin Costner), I know deep in my heart that I’m in the latter. So, despite all the critics that are bending over backwards for Costner’s latest epic that opens today, I will bet that for most people like me out there, the most entertaining film opening this weekend is Freddy vs. Jason.
It’s an idea that’s been in the works for over fifteen years. The knife-fingered killer that’s been the cash cow for New Line Cinema since 1984, and the hockey masked killer that’s been at it since 1981 (Most will say 1980, but a true horror fanatic like myself will tell you that Jason didn’t show up until the sequel, hence the date should be 1981), face-to-face, one-on-one, mano-a-mano. Of course, it could never have happened, because Paramount Pictures owned Jason’s Friday the 13th Series. That all changed in the early 90’s, when New Line bought the rights to Jason after Paramount made 8 Friday the 13ths in 9 years throughout the 80’s. Jason went to hell in 1993, and Freddy was dead in 1991. Each then returned for one more sequel (Freddy in New Nightmare (1994) and Jason in Jason X (2001)). Finally, the idea became more than an idea, and New Line greenlit Freddy vs. Jason.
OK…now for a review…I like history a little too much. Freddy vs. Jason opens with Freddy narrating, telling of how he’s been forgotten due to lack of interest. He then finds Jason in a dark corner of hell, chasing a big-breasted naked chick. His plan: Disguised as Jason’s beloved mother, convince him to go to Elm Street and start killing. Jason does so, and a misinformed cop thinks that Freddy must be responsible. Of course, our heroine (Monica Keena) overhears the name of Freddy, and he starts gaining power. Soon he’s back, but the problem is that Jason is still going. This irks the dreammaster, and he begins trying to cause the demise of Jason as a stepping stone to the youth population. As the annoying chick from Destiny’s Child says, they’re “not safe awake or asleep”.
This film is stupid. The plot is ludicrous, the acting is bad, and the dialogue is worse. Freddy stopped being scary after the third of his films, and Jason really never was scary, although he’s a much more imposing force than most killers not named Michael Myers. Star Monica Keena is not pitiful, and Katharine Isabelle (from the remake of Insomnia and the wonderful Canadian horror film Ginger Snaps) is a well cast victim. The rest of the cast of teens is awful, especially former Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland. I’d always been a bigger Freddy fan than Jason, yet he looks so different than usual and is louder and more annoying than ever that I was quickly rooting for Jason when the battle came. There are too many things wrong with this film.
So what? It’s fun, it’s enjoyable, and the idea alone is worth the price of admission. The kills will please any horror fan, especially Jason’s – he really steals Freddy’s show. The last twenty minutes are a horror fan’s dream. And it didn’t completely sell out at the end like I’d expected. I liken the film to the experience American Wedding was. If you knew what you were going to each film for, and were a fan of their predecessors, it did everything that you’d want it to. Unlike that film, I am a fan of the predecessors of this one, and therefore had fun.
If you want to have a good time at the theater, go check out Freddy vs. Jason. If you’re the Costner type, then skip it and check that out. I’ll close by saying something that the horror fan will understand and the average filmgoer will take as they will. Freddy vs. Jason is a much less entertaining film than Jason X was, but it’s still worth every moment. Now I’ve said it. And I’ll say I liked this film too.