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Freddy vs Jason (2003)

Posted in Horror Review, Nightmare on Elm Street week with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 7, 2010 by Pass the Popcorn!

Director: Ronny Yu

Writers: Wes Craven

Victor Miller

Damian Shannon

Mark Swift

Tagline: The “Slicer”…The “Dicer”…And This Time, They’re Not Any “Nicer”!

Plot: Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees return to terrorize the teenage population. Except this time, they’re out to get each other, too.

Cast: Robert Englund – Freddy Krueger

Ken Kirzinger – Jason Voorhees

Monica Keena – Lori Campbell

Jason Ritter – Will Rollins

Kelly Rowland – Kia Waterson

Review:

A movie like Freddy vs Jason doesn’t really need a special introduction. By combining those 2 popular horror icons,  it quickly managed to achieve a cult status among the followers of both franchises.  Although I’m not a big fan of Jason or “vs” films, I decided to give it a watch. The results were horrible, Freddy vs Jason, despite all its potential, was a complete disaster. I think most of you are familiar with the movie’s plot but I’ll tell it anyways. The townsfolk of Springwood don’t fear Freddy anymore, they managed to erase all evidence about his existence so he can’t haunt the dreams of their children. However, even that can’t stop Freddy and he somehow finds/sends Jason to pay Springwood a visit so people could remember Krueger once more. But, after some time, they start to fight each other over few kills.

It is remarkable how almost every aspect of Freddy vs Jason is awful. First of all, Ronny Yu didn’t show any directing skills. As a result the movie is full of strange, unwatchable camera angles and weird luminance, which I didn’t particulary like (that neon blue lighting was really over the top). Secondly, the acting was horrible, I want to know who hired those actors due to the fact that even their appearance killed every decent moment the movie could have offered. The acting in Freddy vs Jason was even more terrible than the acting in later Nightmare on Elm Street sequels (and that is hard to top). Furthermore, the scriptwriting was possibly the worst I’ve seen in my entire life. Besides the plot summary, which does sound stupid by itself, Freddy vs Jason offers plenty more stupid things: funny and predictable dialogues full of cliche (I giggled during most of them), standard characters found in slasher movies (the lead female character who is still a virgin despite being smart and cute, her dream boy, her promiscuouse best friend, the geek, the stoner..), unexplained fears/motives/goals, random characters that suddenly appear/disappear, unimportant scenes… the list goes on and on. Moreover, the lead female character cries/whines/screams in most of the scenes where she appears. That was very…irritating. Actually, the whole concept of the movie seemed somehow wrong, Freddy vs Jason could have really been better. Even Freddy’s character couldn’t have saved the movie from a complete failure that it is now. His persona and sense of humor changed a bit, he wasn’t so likeable/funny as he used to be in NoES movies.

It isn’t hard to conclude that Freddy vs Jason is a mindless film that focuses mainly on action sequences and kills done by our “heroes”. This aspect of the movie satisfies me a lot since the number of kills is a great one and both Freddy and Jason don”t spare each other in their fights. It was nice to see both of them in a single movie, despite how bad that movie actually was. I would recommend Freddy vs Jason only to people who are fans of either franchise and even then they might not like it.

Btw, Freddy > Jason

My Rating: 3/10… Everything sucks except the action sequences. It’s not worth your time.

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Friday the 13th (1980)

Posted in Horror Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2009 by Pass the Popcorn!

friday1Director: Sean S. Cunningham

Writer: Victor Miller

Tagline: On Friday The 13th, They Began To Die Horribly, One……By One

Plot: Camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to re-open a summer camp that was the site of a child’s drowning.

Cast: Betsy Palmer – Mrs. Voorhees

Adrienne King – Alice

Jeannine Taylor – Marcie

Robbi Morgan – Annie

Kevin Bacon – Jack

Review (spoilers):

I’m going to review another legendary movie which created a famous mass murdering icon named Jason. It starts with deaths of 2 people who are trying to have some sex, horrorfying isn’t it, pre marriage sex? It’s a good lesson for all you horny kids. Now back to the plot…after that a bunch of tree hugging hippies come to a summer camp, which is near the pond where some kid died long ago, and they are acting all gay & stuff. Suddenly they are (according to the tagline) beginning to die horribly one by one.

First minus I’ll give to it are the stupid camera angles. They are uncommon because you mustn’t see the murderer’s face so you can’t realize that it’s actually a woman, what an overturn! Yes, I didn’t knew anything about his/hers identity but I also didn’t knew shit about what’s going on. That also killed any kind of real nice atmosphere.

Next minus is about the plot, actually, there is no plot at all. It goes like this: kill-wait some time-kill-wait some time- repeat . Original and innovative, I must say! Boring as shit, if you are watching the movie just because of the death scenes, watch the official trailer, some retard put them all in there. Only difference is in how will the person die, will it be killed by an axe, knife, something else? We don’t know, and guess what, we don’t care. All in all it’s an above average slasher which doesn’t have any depth. I found it to be worthless.

Also, the movie is breaking the number 1 horror movie rule I said in my first review: “NO IRRITATING GRANDMAS WITH BLATANT VOICES IN HORROR MOVIES!” Yes, the all mysterious killer is actually the old mother which child drowned in the pond, I didn’t see that one coming, did I? After that shocking reveal it comes a Tom & Jerry scene with that grandma and the main actress which ends bloody.

The only scene which keeps this movie from total fail is the last one where Jason hops from the lagoon and attacks the main female character, that really was scary and non expecting.

All in all, an another horribly overrated movie which had big potential. I haven’t watched the sequels and I won’t. I mean, there are like 12 movies or something like that!! What can we expect in 50-60 years, Friday the 13th part 29392834932928332?

My Rating: 3/10… It would have been lower if it wasn’t for the last scene.