Saturday, November 10, 2012

Freddy vs. Jason

Description from Netflix:
Fusing slasher franchises, this hybrid of horror pits nightmarish Freddy Krueger against serial killer Jason Voorhees in the ultimate showdown after Freddy - stuck in hell - revives Jason as part of a plan to revisit the dreams of Elm Street teens.  But Freddy's demonic scheme spins out of control when the maniacal Jason begins his own campaign of terror.

Notable actors: Robert Englund, Monica Keena, Katherine Isabelle, Lochlyn Munro, Zach Ward, Kelly Rowland, Chris Marquette, Brendan Fletcher
Also, apparently there was an uncredited appearance by a young Evangeline Lilly in this movie.  She played "School Student - Next to Locker".  Not sure how I missed her.

My thoughts:
It's quite a jolt going from New Nightmare to this.  Where New Nightmare was a fantastic, well-written addition to the series, Freddy vs. Jason is exactly what you think it will be: more action-horror than anything.  It was made as a fun movie, not necessarily to be a good one.
But there's nothing wrong with that.  It's not an amazing movie, but it's enjoyable.  I had fun watching it.

I enjoyed what they did with this.  They were able to successfully blend elements of the Nightmare on Elm Street series and the Friday the 13th series.  There were the creepy dream scenes from Nightmare, and the brutal slash-and-kill scenes from the Friday the 13th series.  This is especially obvious early in the movie, before Freddy is involved with the killing, and it feels like a Friday the 13th movie that just happens to be taking place on Elm Street.

Then Freddy shows up, gets mad when Jason keeps killing (taking the victims he worked so hard for), and it's on.  They fight in Freddy's dream world.  They fight at Camp Crystal Lake.  They fight, they fight, they fight.

Contrary to the title, there are more people involved than just Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.  A group of high school students (and a cop) are terrorized by Freddy and Jason (imagine that) and try to find a way to defeat them.  As central as that is to the plot, the real draw here is the final event: Freddy vs. Jason.  A battle of two heavyweights of 80s horror.  And it doesn't disappoint.

Of course, I had particular interest in a couple of the characters.  The main girl - Lori Campbell - was played by Monica Keena.  I have a soft spot in my heart for her from watching Undeclared.  Also, she apparently knows her way around a machete, which is tremendous.

The cop who ends up helping the teens - Officer Stubbs - was played by Lochlyn Munro.  He has been in quite a few things at this point, but, to me, he'll always be Cliff, brother of Joe.  He had him some crack.  He wants him some hoes.  Say yeah.

Again, this was not a great movie.  But it was an extremely fun movie.  I enjoyed it.  As with New Nightmare, you don't have to watch the entire Nightmare (or Friday the 13th) series to enjoy this, but I'm glad I did.

Rating: 4/5

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