Freddy vs. Jason (2003) – A dream come true

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Freddy vs. Jason (2003) – A dream come true
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I think I had never felt like this before when I walked into the cinema. It was an absolute dream come true for me. I had prepared over a year for this film, this once in a lifetime-event. I had chased every picture, every piece of scoop I could find about this movie on the internet. It was very painful when “Freddy Vs. Jason” was finally released in June in the U.S. and I still had to wait until November until the film saw its theatrical release in Vienna where I live. Yesterday, the big day had come. Is there a way that a movie that’s been so hyped by myself can still live up to my expectations? Abso-friggin-lutely!

 Freddy vs. Jason (2003) - A dream come true
Freddy vs. Jason (2003) – A dream come true(SOURCE: imdb.com)

WOW! “Freddy vs. Jason” is unbelievable. What sounds like a loony’s idea (to be honest, die hard-Freddy & Jason-fans like myself are mostly loonies) was made into a kick-ass flick for a wide audience. Bring along your kids, bring along your grandparents and enjoy the roller coaster ride that is “Freddy vs. Jason”.

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When I heard that Ronny Yu was going to be the director for this project I checked out two of his previous movies (“51st State” & “Bride of Chucky”) and wasn’t exactly blown away. These movies were okay but nowhere near as good as I wanted “Freddy vs. Jason” to be. Well, I have to apologize to Mr. Yu. Not only did he revive both franchises like no one would have expected it to be possible, he also managed to COMBINE the two and not make it absolutely ridiculous.

 Freddy vs. Jason (2003) - A dream come true
Freddy vs. Jason (2003) – A dream come true(source: bleedingcool.com)

Of course, the horror that made the original “A Nightmare On Elm Street” so scary and the first “Friday The 13th” so, hmm… dark is gone by now, but it has been gone for more than ten years. Get over it, people! A movie called “Freddy vs. Jason” HAS TO BE campy. No wonder the dialog is incredibly bad at times (“Freddy is afraid of fire, Jason is afraid of water… how can we use that?”), no wonder the actors are no Academy Award winners. The right things are deliberately hammed up and self-ironic (like a boobie-goddess playing the main character, who is supposed to be a 14 year old virgin. Come on, nobody is really supposed to take that seriously!)

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Let’s get to the main attraction, Freddy & Jason. I have to admit I was rooting for Freddy. I adored this character since he first scared the crap out of me as a child. I had trouble falling asleep for days and although I don’t find Freddy scary anymore I still love his story, his attitude and his one-liners. “Freddy vs. Jason” did him justice and that’s also and mostly due to the great Robert Englund. I was down on the floor laughing my ass off as this man put up yet another great show with merciless jokes and dark comedy. Let’s hope he never retires. As for Jason, he’s better than ever. Sure, it would have been nice to have long time-Jason-actor Kane Hodder in this movie, but Ken Kirzinger did a very good job. Ronny Yu wasn’t afraid of showing gore and Jason got some pretty original kills. (Just why is he afraid of water all of a sudden?)

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Another plus for Ronny Yu is the use of colors. Preview pics of “Freddy vs. Jason” showed that this movie was going to be very colorful, which made me skeptic at first. Nightmare 4 & 5 had been red, green and blue all over and it looked very cheap and comic like. Not so with “Freddy vs. Jason”. The colors look atmospheric here. The rain looked a little fake but that’s probably just me.

The story is simple, which is good compared to the far fetched rejected drafts that are spread across the Internet. Maybe there were a little too many subplots in the final version, which made the movie slow in the middle. I could have done without the character that was like a copy of Kevin Smith’s Jay, too. Apart from these little flaws there’s no need to be nitpicky.

The box office success of “Freddy vs. Jason” was just as exciting as the film itself. It helped bring back classic 80’s horror. Studios considered and made sequels/remakes to movies such as “The Texas Chainsaw Massacres” & “Halloween” again. The commercial success of “Freddy vs. Jason” also proved that there’s still enough life in both of these characters to justify more sequels. Freddy was killed off way too soon anyway. Only 6 sequels? Come on, I want to see more of him, but make the movies original for Christ’s sake! I’d rather see Freddy die than going to straight-to-video-hell. That’s why I hope a “Nightmare”-prequel will never be made and why I beg producers not to make a “Freddy vs. Jason 2” or any other obscure vs.-movies. “Freddy vs. Jason” is the fulfillment of every fans dream and that is that.

Phew… have I said everything? Have I expressed my euphoria enough? Let me just say this at the end: A lot of people had eagerly waited for this project to be realized. Thanks Ronny Yu, Robert Englund and New Line for making it come true!

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