Freddy Vs. Jason

Freddy Vs. Jason

3.6 35
Director: Ronny Yu

Cast: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Monica Keena


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Rumored and anticipated for years, the two biggest icons of the slasher genre finally meet in Freddy Vs. Jason, the eighth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street saga and the 11th film in the Friday the 13th series, though with Jason X taking place in the future, it should be noted that the events of this film take place after the ninth film See more details below


Rumored and anticipated for years, the two biggest icons of the slasher genre finally meet in Freddy Vs. Jason, the eighth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street saga and the 11th film in the Friday the 13th series, though with Jason X taking place in the future, it should be noted that the events of this film take place after the ninth film Jason Goes to Hell. And it is hell where Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) and Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger, donning the hockey mask for the first time in a controversial snub against series veteran Kane Hodder) finally become acquainted. Banished there for eternity, Freddy devises a plan to manipulate Jason into continuing his work, hacking up the teenagers of Elm Street. All goes well at first until Jason realizes he's been duped by "the dream master" and is none too pleased. Coaxed by surviving teenagers Will (Jason Ritter), Lori (Monica Keena), and Kia (Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland), Jason and Freddy descend upon Crystal Lake for a mano a mano battle royal. Helmed by Hong Kong director Ronny Yu (Bride of Chucky, The Bride With the White Hair), Freddy Vs. Jason features the director of the first Friday film, Sean S. Cunningham serving as producer.

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Barnes & Noble - Tony Nigro
Ten years after ground was broken by Freddy's razor glove at the end of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, heavyweight slasher icons Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees finally duke it out in Freddy vs. Jason. Equal parts spoof and homage, this throwback revives everything that made its titular killers famous: blood, sex, one-liners, and more blood. The story serves as an excuse for the transgression, but this has become old hat for the slasher genre. Desperately trying to get out of Hell, former child killer and dream demon Freddy (Robert Englund) devises a way to reenter the nightmares of Elm Street teens by resurrecting and controlling Jason (Ken Kirzinger) so the hockey-masked killing machine can wreak bloody havoc and put the fear of Freddy back in the locals. If this sounds convoluted or contrived, it is, with good reason: That is, to resurrect two series that were smothered in cheese by their respective ends. Watching the campy murders, the rat-a-tat references to both the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises, and the inevitable final battle affords one the pleasure of that first juicy cheeseburger after a decade of vegan piety. It is a roller coaster of a movie, one that proves fun for diehard fans as well as those just nostalgic for the genre. The supporting teen targets -- which include Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child -- are as much window dressing as the plot. In fact, second to Freddy and Jason, director Ronny Yu is the star here. Known for the Hong Kong classic The Bride with White Hair as well as the U.S. Child's Play sequel Bride of Chucky, Yu lends a kinetic kung fu style to the proceedings that climaxes with the high-flying finale. Freddy vs. Jason ends with a wink, literally and perfectly.
All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
After a long ten-year wait, fans were finally given the team-up they'd been asking for in Freddy Vs. Jason, a heavily blood-soaked popcorn flick sure to please the masses no matter its D-level cheese factor. Back once again is Robert Englund as number one child-killer Freddy Krueger, this time echoing the sinister and dark sarcastic edge long-lost in most of the latter Nightmare on Elm Street films (not counting the under-appreciated New Nightmare). Needless to say, the glove slips back on perfectly, with Freddy chewing scenery with a maniacal glee sadly missed in his series' nine-year absence. The same can be said about everyone's favorite hockey-mask killer, returning here with a fresh new iconic look, thanks to six-foot-five, 240 lbs. ex-stuntman (and stunt coordinator on Jason Takes Manhattan) Ken Kirzinger -- a controversial bit of casting which caused overt fan uproar when veteran Kane Hodder ended up getting the boot, even though he was one of the driving forces behind keeping fans interest high throughout the years. Gripes aside, Kirzinger's one mammoth of a maniac who not only swings the machete right, but effortlessly makes a dynamic impact each time he hits the screen. To be sure, when these two finally do go at it during their all-out brawl, thunder claps and so will the audience. Limbs are chopped off, blood sprays excessively, and countless bodies are thrown around (literally) in both the nightmare face-off and the real world duke-out that ends the flick. There's no denying the grisly mayhem that the filmmakers eventually deliver, it's just the first two-thirds of it that might reek upon closer inspection. With more time dedicated to inflating the script and blatant stereotypical characters than there ever needed to be, the fun and ingenuity of each series tends to bleed away to nothing. While some will unabashedly crave the ridiculous story arcs and dialogue that spews from the worthless teen fodder, others will sit back and just get annoyed at the misuse (and as far as Jason goes, disappearance) of the title characters. Making things worse is the truly dreadful casting, headed by teary-eyed push-up bra wonder, Monica Keena - yet another no-talent TV actress doomed to flunk out on the big screen. With acclaimed Hong Kong veteran Ronny Yu at the helm, Freddy Vs. Jason looks great, but is missing the visceral punch that his name is usually synonymous with. In the end, Yu's film is simply a midnight movie splatter romp whose blemishes will either be praised or vehemently hated for years to come - which, just like the eventual gore-filled match, you'll be placing your bets on 'till the very end.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Englund Freddy Krueger
Ken Kirzinger Jason Vorhees
Monica Keena Lori
Jason Ritter Will
Kelly Rowland Kia
Katharine Isabelle Gibb
Christopher Marquette Linderman
Brendan Fletcher Marquette Mark
Tom Butler Dr. Campbell
James Callahan Tim
Lochlyn Munro Deputy Stubbs
Kyle Labine Freeburg
Gary Chalk J.D.
Brian Thompson Actor
Kenneth Tsang Actor
Lisa Wilcox Lisa Johnson
Chris Gauthier Shack
Jesse Hutch Trey
Jake Kaese Billy
Odessa Munroe Heather
Joshua Mihal Carlos
Paula Shaw Pamela Voorhees

Technical Credits
Ronny Yu Director
Matthew Barry Casting
Stokely Chaffin Executive Producer
Sean S. Cunningham Producer
Douglas Curtis Executive Producer
Ross Dempster Art Director
David S. Goyer Screenwriter
Nancy Green-Keyes Casting
Gregory Mah Costumes/Costume Designer
Rose Marie McSherry Set Decoration/Design
Fred Murphy Cinematographer
Graeme Revell Score Composer
Damian Shannon Screenwriter
Robert Shaye Associate Producer,Executive Producer
Mark Stevens Editor
Mark Swift Screenwriter
Bill Terezakis Makeup Special Effects
John Willett Production Designer
Renee Witt Associate Producer,Executive Producer

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