Well, we have been waiting for this for some time now, and finally it is upon us. The showdown to end all showdowns, the boxing ring bell in hell, the thriller of the killers...yes, I mean Freddy Vs. Jason. Is it me, or did Jason get screwed in this deal? I mean, Freddy can't really die - he's a dream. And Jason...well, I think he's proven his mettle over the years. Why should he have to go slummin' and fight Robert Englund's only means of support?
I'm not saying I didn't like it. As fun horror films go, there is plenty to enjoy, including a few twists that will have a some purists smiling. The writers that got the eventual screen credit were mostly faithful to the back-story and the fight to end all fights was fairly well done, but still...I guess I was still disappointed. I'm not sure how I could have felt anything else. My favorite horror film is Halloween (slasher and just plain horror, thank you) but my favorite film franchise is most definitely the Friday the 13th series. I just felt kind of cheap watching Jason have to mix it up on Elm Street. Sure I liked the first few, especially the one with Patricia Arquette....mmmm, Patricia Arquette...sorry.
Nightmare had a decent run, but it's nothing compared to what Jason has accomplished over the years. I will admit, I laughed at a few of Freddy's one-liners, but there's all this "bitch" this and "bitch" that. After a while, it gets kind of tiring. I guess I prefer the Teddy Roosevelt type of maniacal killer - speak none at all and carry a really big stick, or machete, or whatever else happens to be handy. Point is - I had rather low hopes for this one and it didn't really do a hell of a lot to change my mind.
I will grant you, the script wasn't half bad. The acting was sufficient to hold my interest. There was the obligatory nudity, though not near enough - most notably the lack of at least a breast shot with Katharine Isabelle - Oh my God! Why? Why? She had one body double shot and then bit it half way through! Simply put - I was cheated! Woops, sorry about that...back to the review. As for the action and death scenes, they were fairly typical, surely nothing I have not seen before. I suppose one could include the fight scenes between Freddy and Jason themselves, but these aren’t really "kill" shots, are they? The director, Ronny Yu, wanted to bring in a kind of Rocky vs. Apollo thing - I guess it worked. But there's no Adrian!!!! Adrian!! to make it mean anything.
Overall, it was simply made as a cash cow. I don't even recall how much money it did at the box office, though I do recall it opened fairly well. Hey, I paid my money just like everyone else, so they got me, but I was still mildly disappointed with what I ended up getting. Just give me Jason, some nude campers and a really big knife. That's all I really need. And it wouldn't hurt to have Kane Hodder playing him instead of Ken Kirzinger, possibly the worst decision made for this film. Anyway, watch it if you enjoy either series. I think it's worth the rental price. But don't expect House of 1000 Corpses. Expect staleness. Unfortunately, it's Hollywood we are talking about here and there's not much more they know how to do these days. That is all.