Saturday, January 8, 2011

My review of Freddy vs Jason

Well, I know that I kinda swore off of the slashers for a while since they really don't interest me anymore. I just watched too many in a row and almost all of them were bad. But, this was the last Freddy movie that I had to watch so this is my last hurrah with the slashers until next Halloween or something. So yeah, Freddy vs Jason.

Acting/Characters: Let's face it: Robert Englund is the only person who can play Freddy. Period. Anyone can play Jason they just have to be 6'5 and weigh 300 pounds or something. And I, like every single person who has ever seen this, watched it just to see Freddy and Jason hack each other to pieces. I didn't care about the rest of the characters at all. Who did? No one. They were all stereotypes taken form all of the other Nightmare/Friday movies: Good intentioned parents, gruff police chief, good cop on the side of the kids, final girl, final girl's boyfriend, final girl's best friend, stoner, other guy, lone black girl etc. From minute one you could tell who was going to live and die. It was stupid. One thing I like was how Freddy has drastically eased up on the "pun kills" as I like to call them. he is still a little more silly than he was in the original or even the second one. But at least I don't have to hear "I'll get you my pretty and your little soul too!" with a Wizard of Oz soundtrack in the background. Jason is of course Jason. Silent. I like that because if Jason talked the Friday the 13th movies would be even worse than they already are. 4.5/10

Plot: When you strip the plot of everything else and you only have Freddy and Jason fighting it is an excellent plot. Two horror icons going at it? HECK YEAH! THAT'S AWESOME! The only problem is is that it isn't the only plot element. They have to find a way to bring back Freddy and Jason AGAIN. I feel that this movie should have only been a 30 minute fight scene between the two. no other characters, just them. I would have given the film a 100% if that was the case but you only get that in the last 15-20 minutes of the film. The rest of the film is annoying teens and Jason and Freddy killing them (or trying to in some cases) SEPARATELY. If I wanted to see Jason hacking through a crowd I would watch Friday the 13th part VIII Jason Takes Manhattan. If I wanted to see Freddy stalking teens in his boiler room I would just pick a random Elm street film. The title is Freddy vs Jason and there simply isn't enough of that. 5/10

Screenplay: Like I said before, Freddy isn't killing teens and driving audience members out of the theaters by being in his "pun kill phase" as I like to call it. He still has some dumb lines but they are toned down quite a bit. Jason of course, never talks. I wish the same could be said for the teenagers in the film, they didn't have the worst lines I've ever heard. Just typical slasher stuff. Could have been worse I suppose. 4.5/10

Likableness: I was entertained by this one. More so by the last 15 minutes than any other part of the film. great fight scene. One thing that surprised me was that I found myself laughing at parts that were meant to be funny. Only a couple though but that is still better than most slashers I have seen. It had its entertaining moments and was an overall fun film to watch for the most part. It wasn't too bad. 6/10

I must pick a side and say that I was pulling for Freddy just because Freddy had 2 good films while Jason had 0.

1-0 Freddy.

Jason is just like all of the other stupidly indestructible killers while Freddy usually has a good reason to be invulnerable. mostly in the earlier ones but I still give him the points.

2-0 Freddy.

Freddy has a bit more personality and in the earlier films, he was more fun to watch. Jason never changes at all. unless you count switching from a sack to a Hockey Mask chainging your character.

3-0 Freddy.
They kinda tie in creativity of kills though.

3-0-1 Tie.

Both have cool weapons although Freddy's is much more creative. He had to build it himself. Jason's is kinda just a big knife.

4-0-1 Freddy.

The Freddy franchise wasn't dragged out nearly as long and it even had a good one at the end of it too.

5-0-1 Freddy.

Freddy has a more reasonable motive. Jason just kills for no reason which gets boring.

6-0-1 Freddy.

Jason X or Freddy's Dead?

7-0-1 Freddy.

You see what I'm getting at? I like Freddy more.

Final Score: 20/40 50% (M)

TRIVIA TIME: 1. Cameos
a. Evangeline Lilly: a girl in the crowd at school (look for a green long-sleeved shirt).
b. Robert Shaye the producer of all the "Nightmare" movies (including this one) appears as "Principal Shaye" (credited as L.E. Moko)
c. Oscar GutiƩrrez: as person who jumps.

2. This was the first Freddy movie not filmed in the United States, and the filmmakers had to search for a new house that would resemble the famous Freddy Krueger/Elm Street house from the first seven "Nightmare" films.

3. The two stunt performers who doubled for Monica Keena and Jason Ritter melted their wigs because of high heat of fire on the set.

4. According to Robert Englund his Freddy makeup was so thick that he didn't really know how hot it was from the fires during the filming. When he got in to have his makeup removed, it had literally bonded itself to the side of his face. Freddy's boiler room in the movie was not a built set; it was actually an old boiler room redressed by the crew.

5. Betsy Palmer, who played Jason's mother in previous Friday The 13th movies, was asked to reprise her role of Mrs. Pamela Voorhees, but turned it down because she felt the role was too small of a part for her.

6. Westin Hills (the asylum in the movie) is Freddy's birthplace and was featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors.

7. Ronny Yu originally turned down the directing job because the script didn't indicate who won. He agreed to take the job when Robert Shaye told him he could make that decision himself.

8. Actor Kyle Labine who played Freedburg in the movie, was a teenage partygoer in Halloween: Resurrection, making him the first person to appear in a Freddy, a Jason *and* a Michael Myers film.

9. When Jason is impaled on his own machete, Freddy uses some iron plates to push the machete in deeper. The last three plates that fly through the air form the New Line Cinema logo.

10. While filming the scene in the fiery cabin where Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees confront each other, actor Ken Kirzinger (Jason) actually caught on fire. A stuntman for over twenty years, Kirzinger remained calm while stage hands rushed in with fire extinguishers to put him out. This incident is discussed in the DVD commentary for the film.

11. During an interview before the movie's release Ronny Yu made a confusing comment stating that the film had a "triple ending". Initially, most believed that film had three different, separate endings and people would be able to see three different endings in theaters. Most likely one where Freddy wins, one where Jason wins, and a third where neither wins (aka "a draw"). Unfortunately this turned out not to be the case.

12. Ken Kirzinger had to undergo some dental work during filming, but it would have taken too much time to remove his makeup and costume and reapply them. When he arrived at the dentist's office still dressed as Jason (without the hockey mask), people were afraid he was an escaped psychopath and almost called the police.

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