Review Date: August 11, 2003
Director: Ronny Yu
Writer: Mark Swift, Damian Shannon
Producers: Sean S. Cunningham
I assume that those familiar with these two worlds will appreciate the efforts made by the filmmakers to make it all connect, but the whole Freddy "working through" Jason concept just didn't "do it" for me, especially since it took up most of the film's runtime. The movie's final minutes gave me a great boost with plenty of ass-kicking though, but even that re-emphasized how cool the rest of the film could have been had they written something a little more exciting. Some characters also seemed strangely concentrated on like the rookie cop and the nerd boy from school, while others were just obviously phony (like that "supposed" stoner kid) or included solely for marketing purposes (Destiny's Child, anyone??) The lead girl with the huge cans, Monica Keena, was decent in her part though, and despite crying in every other scene, sold me on being scared. The raver chick with the big-titted body double also did a decent job, and oh yeah, before I forget...thanks to the filmmakers for finally putting some actual T&A back into horror movies...phew, I thought we'd lost them forever. I was, however, expecting a lot more style from director Yu, who I thought did a brilliant job with BRIDE OF CHUCKY, but seemed to rely a little too much on one specific "strobe" camera effect here and didn't generate the greatest of energy. In the end, I guess I just expected more from this film after such a long gestation period (it's been talked about for over 12 years). I also expected more humor, more fun, more action and ultimately, more scares and terror between the two big guys. I don't mind you building up the connection between the duo and developing it somewhat, but remember the title of the movie and don't make us wait until the final act to see them dueling, man!! Boo scares and silicone-implanted chicks can only sustain our interest for so long. Loved the final shot though...definitely one of the best ones of the year so far.