Freddy vs. Jason
Freddy vs. Jason is a 2003 American slasher film directed by Ronny Yu and written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The film is a crossover between the A Nightmare on Elm Street and the Friday the 13th series. It is the last film in each series before their respective reboots, being the eighth in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise and the eleventh in the Friday the 13th franchise. The film was released in the United States on August 15, 2003.
Two horror icons face off in this supernatural movie. Disfigured serial killer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), who attacks his victims in their dreams, has lost much of his power since citizens of his town have become less afraid of him. Enlisting the help of fellow violent murderer Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger), Freddy orchestrates a new killing spree. However, when the hockey-mask-wearing psychopath won't stop chopping up Freddy's intended victims, the two ghouls start to battle each other.
- The title is somewhat misleading, as there was no fight between Freddy and Jason until in an hour into the movie, and it wasn't seen again for a full length time until the very final act of the film, and the film's plot mostly consists of Freddy taunting the main characters.
- The woman who plays Pamela Voorhees (Paula Shaw) looks nothing like the Pamela in the original Friday the 13th film (Betsy Palmer).
- The Pamela in this film is elderly, has shoulder-length white hair, a red sweater, and very wrinkly while the one in the original has short brown hair, a light-blue sweater, and is middle-aged.
- Also, Jason is shown drowning while fully-clothed in the movie, when in the original movie, he's shown to be drowning whilst wearing nothing but his swimming trunks.
- Many of the characters are extremely clichéd and movie stereotypes, especially the teenage characters.
- Some of the acting is mediocre, like when Blake gets "stabbed" by Freddy's shadow and he runs off unscathed saying "I'm okay, I'm alright." with a poor, almost nonchalant delivery.
- A few major plotholes that can be quite noticeable, such as how Springwood and Camp Crystal Lake are really close to each other when Springwood is in Ohio and Crystal Lake is in New Jersey. (An unfilmed deleted scene was gonna address this by revealing the main characters have been driving for hours to reach Camp Crystal Lake.)
- One of the characters, Trey, is a very unlikable and one-dimensional character who gets killed off early, making him completely pointless.
- A few continuity errors here and there, especially for the Friday the 13th franchise part of the story.
- Some of the acting is good, like Robert Englund reprising his role as Freddy Krueger and Ken Kirzinger's performance as Jason Voorhees.
- The death scenes are very memorable, like the scene where Jason kills a bunch of teenagers at a rave and Trey’s death, where he gets stabbed and squashed between a folding mattress.
- The 2 actual battles between Freddy and Jason are awesome.
- The final shot where Jason emerges from the lake, carrying Freddy's still-living decapitated head.
- The idea of making a crossover of two beloved iconic horror movie killers is actually pretty original.
- Great soundtrack.
- The line, "Welcome to my world, b*tch!", is pure gold.
Freddy vs. Jason received mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 41% based on 162 reviews and an average rating of 4.98/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Fans of the two horror franchises will enjoy this showdown. But for everyone else, it's the same old slice and dice.". On Metacritic the film has a weighted average score of 37 out of 100 based on 29 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave it an average grade of B+ on an A+-to-F scale.