I was incredibly hyped for Freddy vs Jason when it was first coming out. The only other movie like this that I had seen was the original Godzilla vs King Kong which I wasn’t the biggest fan of because I love Godzilla. I didn’t have that kind of loyalty coming into this movie, I was equally a fan of each of the film franchises. I didn’t know that there had been such a long struggle to get Freddy vs Jason made until well after it came out. The plans were in the works starting around Part 8, but things kept falling through which led to films in the franchise between it and FvJ.
Freddy vs Jason was directed by Ronny Yu. It was written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift, who would also write the reboot. It stars Monica Keena, Kelly Rowland, Jason Ritter, Chris Marquette, Lochlyn Munro, and Katharine Isabelle. Robert Englund is Freddy Krueger one last time before the Elm Street franchise was rebooted. Freddy is as lecherous as ever. Ken Kirzinger takes over as Jason Voorhees in the movie. It was expected that Kane Hodder would return, but there was and still is behind the scenes confusion about why he wasn’t brought back. Kirzinger isn’t a newby to the franchise, he was in Jason Takes Manhattan and was almost Jason in that movie. Monica Keena does a great job as the final girl.
Freddy vs Jason takes place after both Jason Goes to Hell and Freddy’s Dead. Freddy is weakened and forgotten and Jason is seemingly dead, both forgotten. Freddy has the great idea to awaken Jason to get him to have the people of Springwood to remember him so that he can regain his power. The main character Lori Campbell, you meet her and her friends at her house. Jason kills her friend’s boyfriend in her house, which is 1428 Elm. Freddy starts to gain power, but Jason keeps killing. Freddy is late to realize that Jason is a weapon that you point at something that you can’t stop once he starts. To steal something from pro-wrestling, while technically a heel vs heel match Jason functionally works as a face when the two actually fight. The ending is left up to interpretation as to who won. I feel like Freddy actually won, but that just because of how he works. He doesn’t really need a body to do his thing. The story continues in the Freddy vs Jason vs Ash comics, which I will cover shortly because I spent far too much money on them to not use them.
The practical effects look amazing. The designs of both Freddy and Jason are really good. Freddy’s demon version looks amazing and I wish it was used more in the movie. Jason’s design looks different than the previous, which is on brand for the series. The CG effects don’t really look great, but what’s really noticeable is that way because of the advances in CG software in the years since. Graeme Revell did the music for Freddy vs Jason. His score is okay, he did his own versions of the themes from both franchises. The soundtrack from that was released was pretty awesome, I had it when it came out.
Freddy vs Jason is a flawed but fun movie. If you’re a fan of just one of the franchises you’ll find at least one thing to enjoy in the movie. Its available on HBO Max or you can rent/buy on your preferred digital storefront.