They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge (unless you count that time Robert Fure was challenged to a game of F*ck/Marry/Kill), so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy!
Director Ronny Yu got saddled with something fans both dreamed of and feared – a merging, a meeting, a battle between classic 80’s villains Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees. At a time when both franchises were deader in the water than their stars, the two icons clashed when a forgotten Freddy Krueger uses his mojo to trick Jason Voorhees into slaughtering the residents on the sleepy Elm Street, resurrecting their fears of an unknown killer and bringing Krueger back to power. What follows is an enjoyable battle of blades, a couple of boobs, and a damn fine time.
Without a doubt my absolute favorite moment of the film is when Jason Voorhees stumbles across a corn field rave, where he does what he does best and what we all want him to do: slaughters teenagers. It’s quite possibly the most action oriented sequence in any Friday the 13th film where the unstoppable killing machine cuts his way through around a dozen people, slashing them left and right, twisting necks, and generally wreaking havoc all over the place. He kills an attempted rapist (and his intended victim) and also machete strikes a keg of beer before slicing and dicing a couple more jocks.
While Freddy vs Jason isn’t the most naked of the franchises, it does start off on the right foot, immediately rewarding the viewer with a naked woman. Later, we get a couple more pairs of breasts, a few sex scenes, and the ladies get an unsexy glimpse of a dudes butt. The long and short of it though, a couple of beautiful women bare their breasts and the rest of them aren’t bad to look at fully clothed.
Both franchises are well known for their kills, with Jason being the clear murder champion, and when the two wreak havoc in the same place at the same time, a completely satisfying amount of blood is spilled. Somewhere around 24 people die in a variety of awesome ways, including Destiny’s Child singer Kelly Rowland getting her ass kicked and killed. Toss in a ton of machete kills and a knock down, drag out fight between two of horror’s greatest killers and you’ve got one hell of an affair.
Neither Freddy nor Jason really counts “scary” among their repertoire at this point in the careers, giving up on the jump scares for bloody bodies and a more self-referential approach. Their combination film throws a few quick things at the screen, but mostly aims to please just by showing Jason killing people and having Freddy quip wise before the throw down. Scary it ain’t.
Freddy vs Jason could have easily been a terrible flick as it faced plenty of challenges, from the legal issues of bringing the two characters together to finding some at least somewhat logical way to pit the two baddies against each other. It’s not a film that is going to win over non-horror fans to our camp, but it is a great flick for those that hold each franchise close to their hearts. Freddy is treated well with Robert Englund back in the role with plenty of jokes but little else to do, yet he still manages to be a cool character. The speechless Jason is, for me, the highlight and the winner of the battle. If you’re looking for scary films this October, look elsewhere, but if you’re looking to celebrate the slasher genres, few films do it so conspicuously well.