Freddy vs Jason (2003) Movie Review
Written by: ML
Edited by: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Ronny Yu
Producers: Sean S. Cunningham
Writers: Damian Shannon, Mark Swift
Date Released: August 15, 2003
Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger
Ken Kirzinger as Jason Voorhees
Monica Keena as Lori Campbell
Jason Ritter as Will Rollins
Kelly Rowland as Kia Waterson
Chris Marquette as Charlie Linderman
Lochlyn Munro as Deputy Scott Stubbs
Katharine Isabelle as Gibb Smith
Brendan Fletcher as Mark Davis
Kyle Labine as Bill Freeburg
Rating = 3.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The story is about Freddy Krueger being forgotten. In order to get back to his former glory, he wakes Jason Voorhees from his slumber and uses him to scare the teens at Elm Street. Once their fear returns, Freddy will feed in their dreams and get stronger. The problem began when Freddy already got back to his feet but Jason won’t seem to stop stealing and killing his victims. That’s when their battle began.
Expect fountains of blood when two of the most notorious killers in the slasher film industry join forces in one movie. From start to finish, this crossover did not disappoint. The most memorable scene in this movie is the one where the victim gets stabbed multiple times on the bed and the bed folds bending the body backwards. The entire movie of stabbing and slashing calls for a bloody mess, but the most blood spill happened when Freddy and Jason were battling it out at Camp Crystal Lake. Both their bodies can spurt so much blood, it’s almost as if they are just made out of this red hot liquid.
The Grave Review
If you are a fan of Friday The 13th and A Nightmare On Elm Street, you would enjoy this bloody crossover of the early 2000s. The idea of Freddy Krueger being forgotten is a good premise. Showing the back story of his killings on Elm Street and what happened to him created a storyline that audiences can follow. It’s not just a chance meeting of the two killers.
The turn of events is also great when Freddy already achieved his purpose but Jason became unstoppable. The part when Freddy was able to infiltrate Jason’s dreams and try to defeat him with water is so good, it seemed dramatic and emotional.
For the characters, they have no choice but to choose the lesser evil in order to defeat Freddy. Their decision to help the tranquilized Jason and take him away from Elm Street and bring him to Camp Crystal Lake is a good idea. These teens have the most brilliant ideas especially when Lori sacrificed to go to dreamland to take Freddy back into the real world where he is vulnerable. That is fair play for both the killers but home court advantage for Jason.
The only problem is that since this is about the two killers on a killing spree, the actors had not much screen time to showcase their acting skills. All they did was scream, run, and then die. There are also some predictable scenes where you already know something bad is going to happen to the characters.
In any case, the ending is so great in a way that just when you think Jason has won, Freddy’s severed head winks at the camera.
Overall, this movie is well-done and fun if you enjoy slasher films and if you want to see your favorite killers trying to kill each other on an endless loop of immortality.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Freddy vs Jason (2003) three and one-half graves out of five graves.
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