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Awfully Good: Jason X

10.26.2016

From one Jason to another, Happy Halloween from Awfully Good!

Jason X (2001)

Director: Jim Isaac
Stars: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder

Jason Voorhees' machete still works just fine in space. In case you were wondering.

You know a franchise has run out of steam when it decides to inexplicably send its characters in to outer space. I mean, nothing says quality like a track record that includes LEPRECHAUN 4: IN SPACE, CRITTERS 4, HELLRAISER IV and DRACULA 3000. However, against all odds, and despite not having history or common sense in its favor, JASON X manages to be one of the series' better sequels, chock full of fun kills, a tongue-in-cheek vibe, deviant sex, and robots with and without nipples!


After taking Manhattan, Jason was finally ready to take DAT ASS.

JASON X was allegedly made just to keep the FRIDAY THE 13TH series afloat while FREDDY VS JASON was lingering in development hell. Thankfully writer Todd Farmer is clearly a fan of the franchise and understands the movies and what people like about them. What could've been a lazy, studio hack job ends up as a fairly clever script, an ALIENS homage that switches out the Xenomorph for Jason Voorhees. It's maximum cheesy, but Farmer keeps it entertaining with a quick pace, lots of familiar references for fans, and some truly great lines. (My favorite: the crew discovers a man impaled and spinning on a drill bit: "We found him. He's screwed.") And somehow they even manage to make the deep space setting work, despite having a clearly limited budget.


Jerry really should've quit while he was a head.

The idea is this: After nine movies, everyone finally figures out that no matter what they do and no matter how many horror protagonists they throw his way, Jason Voorhees cannot be killed. Their brilliant solution? Cryogenically freeze the serial killer so he can no longer hurt anyone. Of course, this being 'Murica, the government decides they first want to exploit his Wolverine-like regenerative powers, so they send in scientist David Cronenberg to turn him in to a weapon. (Yes, that David Cronenberg.) Jason of course manages to escape and kill everyone for old time's sake (THE FLY director included) before they manage to flip the frozen switch. Cut to four hundred years later and a group of scientists scavenging the now-abandoned Earth stumble upon Popsicle Jason and take him on board their spaceship for further study. (How good is the psycho killer at his job? He manages to maim a guy while still frozen.) As one might predict, Jason of course wakes up in space and immediately starts doing what he does best—killing young people who just had sex.


Todd knew his girlfriend was a fan of Marilyn Manson, but this was ridiculous.

Those young people are made up of a relatively unknown cast, but everyone gives surprisingly solid performances for this kind of movie. The film doesn’t really follow one main protagonist, so pretty much everyone is fair game for Jason and it's fun seeing who survives and who becomes machete meat without too much predictability. And amazingly enough, JASON X also boasts some of the best deaths of the franchise. There's plenty of expected kills—stabbings, impalements, electrocutions—but there's definitely some enjoyably inspired murdering, such as the liquid nitrogen face smash or the double homicide by sleeping bag. The movie boasts Jason's highest kill count at 28 people; however, at one point he also manages to somehow blow up an entire space station, so you can probably add a few thousand to that total on a technicality.


"Let it go! Let it go! I can't hold it back anymore!

As with most films that take place in space in the future, you can expect lots of high-tech weaponry, holodecks, and of course robots. In the case of JASON X, you get Kay-Em 14, a female leather-clad, kung fu cyborg who fights Jason in one of the most gloriously goofy scenes in the series. It's like something out of a late 80s Hong Kong action movie and it ends with the android literally blowing Jason to pieces and killing him once and for all. That's right; they kill Jason Voorhees midway through the movie.


Why was the robot so angry?

And if it ended there, JASON X would be a solid entry in the franchise, but the film truly goes for the gold in the final act. When Kay-Em kills Jason he just so happens to land near a smashed medical pod. The healing nanobots not only repair Jason, but they turn him in to a souped-up cyborg version of himself dubbed "Uber Jason." With his chrome hockey mask and hulking size, it's essentially Jason on cybernetic steroids. It's both one of the stupidest and one of the greatest things I've ever seen and it turns the ending in to something truly special. (I don't want to spoil it for those who haven't seen it, but it involves a delightful return to Camp Crystal Lake.)


BECAUSE SOMEONE KEPT PUSHING HIS BUTTONS!

Some solid zingers and one-liners. (NSFW)

Jason's best kills, as well as his fight scene with kickass cyborg Kay-Em 14. (NSFW)

Lucky you; you topless female humans and robots. Huzzah!


Sorry, Robert Rodriguez. There's already been a machete in space. Buy this movie here!

Take a shot or drink every time:
  • Jason kills someone
Double shot if:
  • There's a reference to a previous movie in the franchise

Thanks to Mikael and Brandon for suggesting this week's movie!

Seen a movie that should be featured on this column? Shoot Jason an email or follow him on Twitter and give him an excuse to drink.

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Extra Tidbit: The show Mythbusters actually tested the frozen face smash kill from this movie. It didn't work in real life.
Source: JoBlo.com

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2:42PM on 10/28/2016
I get a kick out of this movie. Some people feel this is the worst of the franchise but I feel that title belongs to Jason Goes To Hell.
I get a kick out of this movie. Some people feel this is the worst of the franchise but I feel that title belongs to Jason Goes To Hell.
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8:23AM on 10/27/2016
Brilliantly silly film. They could've kept it going as a separate franchise but I'm pretty sure they used up all their good ideas in this one movie - this movie and Freddy vs Jason ended up being way better than they could have been.
Brilliantly silly film. They could've kept it going as a separate franchise but I'm pretty sure they used up all their good ideas in this one movie - this movie and Freddy vs Jason ended up being way better than they could have been.
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7:35PM on 10/26/2016
I always got the feeling that this was intended to be a full-on parody, and the producers chickened out and threw a ton of gore in because the audience was expecting it.
I always got the feeling that this was intended to be a full-on parody, and the producers chickened out and threw a ton of gore in because the audience was expecting it.
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4:26PM on 10/26/2016
The only saving grace in this movie was Peter Mensah's character going toe-to-toe with Jason otherwise this was pure unintended comedy gold.

btw you might want to check your spelling of 'Hong Kong'
The only saving grace in this movie was Peter Mensah's character going toe-to-toe with Jason otherwise this was pure unintended comedy gold.

btw you might want to check your spelling of 'Hong Kong'
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10:29AM on 10/27/2016
Thanks. Although now I want to know what a place called Honk Kong would be like.
Thanks. Although now I want to know what a place called Honk Kong would be like.
2:59PM on 10/26/2016
Probably the only Jason movie that I laughed all the way while watching Lol.
Probably the only Jason movie that I laughed all the way while watching Lol.
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2:29PM on 10/26/2016
Yeah, nice pick. This was really fun. Cool kills, nice gags and solid effects. Coulnīt expect anymore by this time from the Franchise.
Yeah, nice pick. This was really fun. Cool kills, nice gags and solid effects. Coulnīt expect anymore by this time from the Franchise.
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12:44PM on 10/26/2016
I love Jason X. I know the acting is terrible and incredibly cheesy but it's really fun to see Jason in the future.
I love Jason X. I know the acting is terrible and incredibly cheesy but it's really fun to see Jason in the future.
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10:33PM on 10/26/2016
It does have a very creative approach to it.
It does have a very creative approach to it.
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11:07AM on 10/26/2016

0/10.

You refer to JASON X as the ďThe one where heís in space in the futureĒ, right? Iím sure thatís how the idea was pitched. Just like FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN, the new setting feels like a gimmick. I mean, the plot is the same as in the rest of the franchise. That kind of change reeks of desperation, as well as giving the title character a metallic body. While the design of UBER JASON is cool enough to have worked in a different character in a stand-alone movie, itís
You refer to JASON X as the ďThe one where heís in space in the futureĒ, right? Iím sure thatís how the idea was pitched. Just like FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN, the new setting feels like a gimmick. I mean, the plot is the same as in the rest of the franchise. That kind of change reeks of desperation, as well as giving the title character a metallic body. While the design of UBER JASON is cool enough to have worked in a different character in a stand-alone movie, itís completely unnecessary for this franchise. JASON is already immortal and super strong. I can suspend my disbelief, so I wonít question why the machine turned him into that, but why is the mask so different?
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5:53PM on 10/26/2016
Why is the mask so different? Because of the nanobots! DUH.
Why is the mask so different? Because of the nanobots! DUH.
6:32PM on 10/26/2016
The nanobots made the mask metal, but it should have the same shape.
The nanobots made the mask metal, but it should have the same shape.
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