Freddy vs Jason (2003)

Thirty-one days of Horror.

For the whole month of October I’ll be watching and reviewing one horror film each day!

Ten years after being teased in the closing scenes of Jason Goes to Hell, Freddy vs Jason hit cinemas in summer 2003. A rare thing at the time, a horror event movie, a horror blockbuster, Freddy vs Jason even had non horror fans talking about it.

Directed by Ronny Yu, FvsJ is an absolute fucking blast. It sticks well to the continuity of both film series, it delivers big kills and most importantly, it’s fun.

I saw Freddy vs Jason back during it’s opening weekend in summer 2003 with a packed crowd who cheered the kills and loved every second. I get that people might have a problem with it, but for me it was the closest we had (at that time) to a kind of comic book event film. It was a huge deal for me, seeing these two titans of terror going at it.

FvsJ revels in what it is. Nudity, violence and gore scattered throughout a fast paced film. It also has that sort of post-Scream ironic sense of humour mixed with the broader comedy of later Elm Street movies. Very much of its time, along with that nu-metal soundtrack.

Having been forgotten about by the children of Springwood, the bastard son of a thousand maniacs, Freddy Krueger infects the dreams of Jason Voorhees. Freddy sends Jason to Elm Street to start killing kids and make them remember him. Simple. The kids remember Krueger, he comes back and then him and Jason go to war. Once in Freddy’s dream world and then in our world.

Robert Englund returns as Freddy and Ken Kirzinger debuts as Jason, inadvertently pissing off those of us who loved Kane Hodder in the role. For the record, Ken rocked as Jason and I totally understand the decision to make Jason huge, to tower over Krueger, adds an extra dynamic to their battles.

The rest of the cast is fine, with Lochlyn Munro (Riverdale and White Chicks) popping up as a Sheriff and Kelly Rowland as Kia amongst a ton of early 00’s hot 20 somethings who are basically just kill fodder.

If you’ve never seen this movie, where the hell have you been? It’s a must see horror romp, non stop action, great kills, great humour and Robert England puts in a great shift as Freddy.

I unashamedly loved it in 2003 and again in 2018.

While you’re here, here’s a plug for some of my related work!

If you’re into the Elm Street films, you can listen to my podcast with Danny Hassel and Ricky Dean Logan, live onstage at Birmingham Horror Con by clicking here.

If you’re a fan of Jason Voorhees you can watch me interview Ari Lehman (the first Jason) and CJ Graham (Friday 13th part 6) Live onstage at Liverpool Horror Con by clicking here!

For Fans Of:

A Nightmare on Elm Street series

Friday 13th series

Alien vs Predator

Scream

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