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Freddy vs Jason (2003)
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The kids of
Elm street don’t dream anymore and that keeps the Big K (Englund) out of
the slashing game. He needs them to be afraid, to dream and to remember
him to get back in there. So he comes up with the idea of manipulating
Hockey Puss (Kirzinger), sending him to Elm street as a sturdy wake-up
call. All is fine and dandy until Jason starts getting greedy on
Freddy’s teen playground. Finger-knives king puts his glove down and
attempts to reclaim his turf. LET THE BATTLE BEGIN!
"Time to put this bad dog to sleep!" — Freddy Krueger
here it is little piggies, the film that’s been in the making for over
ten years is now finally making its way to the big screen. Was it worth
the NEVER ENDING wait and all the awful unused screenplay drafts that we
had to read till now? Well, for this fanboy the answer is...OH YEAH! HELL
YEAH! and FUCK YEAH!
strongly feel that hardcore fans of both respective series will get more
of a well put SLASH out of this movie than the random, uninitiated
viewers. Purposely or not, this flick was made for the fans with key
elements/plot conventions lifted off both franchises and slapped in the
horror soup...and in heavy doses at that! For anybody who knows his
Friday/Nightmare movies, a lot of stuff will feel heart warningly familiar. Who
didn’t go nuts when the little girls did the “One, two, Freddy’s
coming for you” thang? Who didn’t snap their neighbor’s neck in joy
when the “Camp Crystal Lake” sign appeared for the first time? I know
I sure did! Who will get a kick out of seeing Jason walking down Elm Street and
vice versa? I PERSONALLY TOTALLY LOST IT! What will the average viewer
get out of all this? Not much, I’m sure.
zany trip came across like fan-pleasing rollercoaster ride. It moved at a
lightning pace, slapped all kinds of crazy action and wild scenarios my
way, “boo scared” my ass left and right while giving me EXACTLY what I
crave from both series. Freddy had his precious moments with an awesome
re-interpretation of his back-story (I loved that he was going to kill a
little girl), stellar dream sequences that never went too over the top (a
la Part 6 Freddy’s Dead) and a charming overuse of the word “Bitch” Nobody
says “Bitch” like Uncle Freddy! Music to my ears! As for
, he had his day too! He had awesome flashbacks to his youth (loved
the pillowcase nod) and fervently put the main tool (his machete) to use
like he never did before! The man was on an ambitious slaughter spree with
the cornfield rave scene being one of the highlights (although I did feel
like they cut it too short). Basically we get what we wanted: a heavy cup
and a handful of Friday the 13th rolled up in one fruit-roll of horror
fun. Imagine how you’d feel if you’d bang Betty and Veronica from the
Archie comics at the same time? Well, that’s how I felt while watching
this film. Freakin' content!
for the boys themselves, well, they were back in town and in top form!
Freddy (Englund) displayed just the right mix of scary and funny. He
treaded that line firmly through the whole movie. Although I did laugh at
some of his antics and one-liners, the mean and perverted dirty old man
side of Freddy always shined through. Thank you! As for Jason (Kirzinger),
well, being the Kane Hodder fan that I am (read
my convo with the man here), I had to purposely remind myself
to keep an open mind and leave the “New Line dissing Hodder thang” out
of the theatre. Yes, I liked Ken’s show as Jason. He actually felt a lot
like Michael Myers to me in his slow, economic and still mannerisms.
Although I adored Ken’s “surprise” swiftness when it came to
preferred Kane Hodder’s more "raging bull" rendition of Jason
more and felt like he would’ve worked here as well. What can I say, the heaving chest
thing is the shite! Oh and ”expressive eyes” MY ASS!!
of the killers’ looks also did it for me in a big way. Make-up wise,
Freddy had the right blend of Part 1 and Part 3 while sporting some really
freaky teeth. Brrrrrr! As for Jason, he looked a bit more backwoods than he
did in the last couple of entries and it worked! On the visual effects
front, I was a happy camper. Although at times a bit too CGI, the
visual shenanigans still came through in the creativity and off-the-wall
department. And then there was...THE fight. Without giving anything away, I
will say this: the WWF-HORROR Rumble went ALL OUT with the last 25 minutes
or so of the film being an outrageous, no-holds barred and relentlessly
violent bout between the two Titans of Horror. I was basically jumping in
my seat like a grasshopper on steroids. Shite, I think witnessing this
fight to end all fights was the highlight of my summer, beating out those
Vegas hookers by a landslide. Who wins the match, you may ask? I won’t
the downside, although I dug the premise and the plot, it all went by too
fast for me to be truly affected. But I guess that’s the price you pay for a
speedy pace. The “blah” characterizations and bad acting also didn’t help in making me care about the situation at
hand. Kelly Rowland actually pulled a “Busta Rhymes” (from "Halloween
8") on Freddy here! But fear not, she's "rewarded"
adequately (HeHeHe). I also want to point this out: I don’t know if this was done in a
“wink-wink” way or not, but I hated how our teen heroes figured out
what was going on so easily. Were they reading the film's synopsis out loud or something? Lastly, I had one fanboy gripe: the
whole “Jason is afraid of water” thing. Any fan of the Friday series
knows that in the past entries, Jason was the first dude in the lake the
second a naked, dumbass babe plunged in there for a midnight swim. Jason
isn’t afraid of water.
"Freddy Vs Jason" was quite the crowd-pleaser and definitely lived up to its
hype for me, while not disrespecting us…the TRUE fans. You can bet your
“Hypnocil” that I’ll see this one again! WELCOME TO PRIME TIME,
(Freddy) was in tip-top shape as our favorite crispy critter. Although he
cracked jokes, Freddy’s mean streak and evil soul was always felt. Ken
Kirzinger (Jason) was tall, imposing and got the job done. Monica Keena
(Lori) was akin to a Brittany Murphy knockoff, but with bigger breasts and
less acting skills. She plays a virgin in the film…YEAH, RIGHT! And I can
pull pink elephants out of my ass!!! Jason Ritter (Will) was on and off.
Lochlyn Munro (Deputy Stubbs) is a fine actor and deserved better than
this “blah” written part. He did what he could. Kelly Rowland (Kia)
actually came out of this looking okay and didn’t say “ya'll” too many
times. I still wonder what the reasoning behind her casting was though. I
mean, is her name really that marketable? Not to me. Katharine Isabelle (Gibb)
cashes in a check. Kyle
Labine (Freeburg) had me on the floor as the “Jason Mewes light” dude.
Gotta love stoners!
of red slush in this cup...YIPPEE! I’m talking all kinds of impalings, a
body bent backwards, a snapped 180-degree head, a multitude of machete
slicing and dicing, a cut off
torso, cut off arm, more stabbings, beheadings, more impalings…you get
my drift? It’s a blood fest!
Now this is
how it should be (take notes Salva, you’ll be quizzed on this later). We
get a glorious nude gal, ample tits in tow early on and we get Katharine
Isabelle’s body double showing it all off in a shower scene. NICE!! The
ladies get a dude’s butt and another dude shirtless.
Ronny Yu does
everything he can to ensure that we’re taken for a pleasurable ride. The
pace is swift, the angles stylish, the filters (loved the red and blue)
well used and the slow motion ample. Kinetic Bon-Bon! He worked for
Chucky, worked for Freddy AND Jason…hhhmmmm…maybe he should tackle
Halloween 9 next!
delivered an adequate score, but it was really the classic “Ki Ki Ki Ha
Ha Ha” and “Nightmare theme” that had me grinning. They should’ve
used both ditties more! We also get some "whatever" rock tunes.
New Line Cinema
January 13th, 2004
get a stellar 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen image. We can also view
the film in full screen.
SOUND: We get an impeccable
English Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound and a English Dolby 2.0 Surround
Sound option. English and Spanish subtitles are available for the English
and Spanish deaf people that use them.
(The first disc sports the
feature film and a couple of EXTRAS including...)
Feature Length Commentary: Director Ronny Yu and actors Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger come in to partake in this feature length commentary. Yu and Englund
particularly very animated giving us loads of insight about the many
facets of making the film. From the experiences on location, to commenting on the actors
in the film,
to the hardships of some of the scenes to Freddy's "raison d'etre", this
commentary made for a groovy listen and should please the fans.
Why was Kirzinger so quiet though? I wanted more from the guy that
bumped Hodder off. Oh well...
Jump to a Death:
This nifty feature will appeal to the impatient gore-hound who wants to see plasma flow like
freakin' right now! Yup, with this option
we can jump to any death in the film and witness it "pronto" in all of its gory glory.
(When I slapped
the second disc into my player, I quickly realized that this was
where the party was at, in terms of EXTRAS. Let the fun begin!)
Deleted/Alternate Scenes: Here we're
treated to 19 deleted scenes with optional commentary by director
Ronny Yu and executive producer Douglas Curtis. To be honest, nothing
really stood out here apart form the "alternate opening" which heavily
nodded the Friday the 13th series and the "original ending"
pretty tacky, was kind of fun to watch from a fan point of view ("Nightmare
on Elm Street: Part 2" came to mind, for some reason). The commentary
basically explained why the scenes were cut out (usually because of test
screening feedback or pacing reasons). This was a decent feature. I
expected more slick deleted scenes than the ones offered, but it still
quenched my thirst.
Production Featurettes: These 5 featurettes acted as a video diary of the
"Making" of the film. We have Ronny Yu, Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger and
various producers and crew members coming in to talk shop. Interviews, on-set footage (love those) and
actual takes being shot
were also abound here. I found this behind-the-look at "Freddy vs Jason"
mucho engaging, especially from an aspiring filmmaker point of view.
The features went a little something like this:
Genesis: Development Hell (10 minutes):
The lengthy struggle the film went through to
finally come to life is dissected here.
On Location- Springwood Revisited (14 minutes):
This featurette takes us on set to witness Yu
Art Direction- Jason's Decorating Tips (11 minutes):
The look of the dream world vs the look of the
reality world. What they went for.
Stunts- When Push Comes to Shove (21 minutes):
We get an in-depth look at the stunts in the film
and how they were accomplished.
Make-Up - Effects- Freddy's Beauty Secrets (6 minutes):
The Freddy makeup process gets the royal treatment
in this feature.
Visual Effects Featurettes (25 minutes): Here we get
Visual Effects Featurettes
that we can either watch individually or all at once. This feature had visual effects supervisors Ariel Velasco Shaw and Kevin Elam come in to
talk about the many visual effects found in the film from the CGI
shots, the green screen effects, to the blood and guts. Although I
enjoyed this feature and appreciated its weighty insight into the world of
special effects, it did feel a tad too long. I said a tad, so don't
go call your lawyers just yet.
We also get a Galleries
section where a slew of Storyboards and Production stills
are at hand for our viewing pleasure and a 2-part transcript of the badass
Fangoria Article: Freddy & Jason go to development hell
which chronicled the film's long and
arduous trek to the screen.
PUBLICITY AND PROMOTIONAL
Pre-Fight Press Conference (4 minutes): This
feature covers the
cute promo event that took place in Vegas where Jason (Ken) and Freddy (Bobby)
came up on stage in front of a crowd to go through a mock
boxing press conference.
Robert Englund really ran with it, having an obvious hoot with it all. A silly-willie yet
very entertaining watch.
My Summer Vacation- My Visit to Camp
Hack 'n Slash (4
minutes): This feature chronicled the time that
some fans spent at a Camp that was put together to push the film. So
we see fans drink beer, draw pictures of Fred and Jase, play sports,
participate in eating contests and do arts and crafts (mmm...ok). If it
wouldn't be for the wet T-Shirt contest and the screening of the film, I
would've said this weekend looked pretty lame-ass to me, but then again, I
wasn't there so what the fuck do I know. An interesting feature in a
"Animal Discovery Channel" type of way.
We also get the Original
Theatrical Trailer, various TV spots
(8 of them), a Music Video for the
song "How Can I Live?" by Ill Nino (good tune), DVD ROM/Online
Features and Trailers
for "The Butterfly Effect" (the flick looks freaking good!), the
TCM remake, Jason Goes To Hell and Freddy's Dead.
Minor peeves aside, this was an
overall very satisfying
2-disc set. Being that I loved the film to fanboy death, I got a lot out of it.
The EXTRAS were substantial and insightful while the audio/video were top
notch. What else could you want? "Freddy vs Jason" fans should murder their loved ones to acquire this
baby! Yeah, you heard me. MURDER I SAY! MURDER!!!!!!!!!!!
When I was a
kid, I went to see "Friday the 13th: Part 6" and
"Nightmare on Elm
Street 4" on the big screen. I
remember how excited and giggly I felt sitting there, watching those films.
"Freddy Vs Jason" brought back the nostalgia and that fuzzy
feeling in the pit of my stomach. It won’t win awards in the Best Acting
and Screenplay departments, but I could easily let that go. Let’s face it, what
I cared about was seeing my two favorite baddies do some mucho damage
amidst a trippy, exciting, trashy and gory flick and that’s exactly
what I got! "Freddy Vs Jason" owned!
Renfro was initially cast as Will, but bailed out (or was kicked off the
set-- the man loves his booze)
stuntman Ken Kirzinger played a New York cook in "Friday the 13th:
Part 8- Jason Takes Manhattan" and donned the hockey mask there too
in doubling for Kane a few times.
film was shot in Vancouver BC for a budget of 25 Million clams.
I the only one bummed that we didn’t get any cameos? Appearances by
either John Saxon or Thom Matthews would’ve made my day.
my FRIDAY THE 13TH reviews here:
13th, Friday the 13: Part
2, Friday the 13: Part
3, Friday the 13: Part
4, Friday the 13: Part
the 13: Part 6, Friday
the 13: Part 7, Friday the 13: Part
8, Jason Goes to Hell, Jason
my NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET reviews here: Nightmare on
Elm Street, A, Nightmare on Elm
Street 2, Nightmare on Elm
Street 3, Nightmare on Elm Street
4, Nightmare on Elm Street 5, Nightmare on Elm Street
6, Nightmare on Elm Street 7.
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