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Freddy vs. Jason
Directed by Ronny Yu
Produced by Sean S. Cunningham
Written by Screenplay:
Damian Shannon
Mark Swift
Based on characters created by:
Wes Craven
Victor Miller
Starring Monica Keena
Kelly Rowland
Jason Ritter
Christopher Marquette
Lochlyn Munro
Katharine Isabelle
Brendan Fletcher
Zack Ward
Robert Englund
Ken Kirzinger
Music by Graeme Revell
Cinematography Fred Murphy
Editing by Mark Stevens
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) August 15, 2003
Running time 97 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $30 million
Gross revenue Worldwide:
$114,908,830
Preceded by New Nightmare
Jason X
Followed by Friday the 13th
A Nightmare on Elm Street

Freddy vs. Jason is a 2003 American slasher film directed by Ronny Yu. The film is a crossover between the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises, the eighth and eleven entries in their respective series, and puts their respective villains, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees, against each other. In the series continuity for both franchises, the film is set after Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, but before Jason X[1].

In the film's storyline, Freddy has grown weak, as the citizens of Springwood have suppressed their fear of him. In order to regain his power, Freddy resurrects Jason and manipulates him into traveling to Springwood to cause panic and fear. Though Jason accomplishes this, he continues to intrude on Freddy's territory and steal his potential victims, leading to a large-scale showdown between the two with no rules, no mercy, and countless terrified civilians caught in the crossfire.

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Plot

Freddy Krueger is trapped in Hell, and enraged as the children of Springwood have forgotten about him, making him powerless and unable to escape. Determined to make them remember and fear him, Freddy locates Jason Voorhees in Hell and disguises himself as Jason's mother, Pamela Voorhees, convincing him to rise again and go to Springwood to kill children; though Jason will kill, Freddy will be blamed, and thus be able to escape. Jason arrives in Elm Street, sneaking into the house where Nancy Thompson and Jesse Walsh used to live, now owned by Lori Campbell and her father. While Lori, her friends Kia, Gibb, Blake and Trey, are in the house, Trey is brutally murdered by Jason. The group is taken in for questioning. After overhearing several police officers, including Deputy Stubbs, discussing Freddy, Lori falls asleep and has a dream about Freddy, allowing him to gain some of his powers back. Freddy then tries to attack Blake. However, he is unable to harm him, so he decides to rest for now and "let Jason have some fun". Blake then awakens to find his father beheaded, sitting next to him, and is, a moment later, killed by Jason.

Lori has recurring dreams about Freddy and tells Kia and Gibb about it. She is reunited with her boyfriend, Will Rollins and his friend Mark, who were institutionalized in Westin Hills Asylum and escaped after hearing of the murders on Elm Street. At a rave party, Gibb falls asleep and has a dream where she is attacked by Freddy. Another raver attempts to rape her, but Jason appears and kills the two, angering Freddy, who realizes that Jason will not stop killing and that the public is becoming more afraid of Jason than him. Jason goes on a rampage around the rave, killing several others. Afterward, Will, Lori, Kia, and two fellow students Freeburg and Linderman escape and meet up with Stubbs. The group formulate a plan to defeat Freddy and Jason: they will take Jason back to Camp Crystal Lake, and Lori will pull Freddy into the real world to fight Jason; in the real world, Freddy will be vulnerable, and Jason, at home in Crystal Lake, will have the "home field advantage" and remain in his territory, and thus no longer terrorize Springwood. Freddy kills Mark, and possesses Freeburg's body to stop the group from taking Hypnocil, a drug that will prevent them from dreaming. Jason electrocutes Stubbs and then is confronted by Freddy in Freeburg's body, who injects Jason with two vials of tranquilizer. Jason bisects Freeburg before passing out.

Once inside Freddy's dream world, Jason realizes he was tricked and engages Freddy. At first Freddy thinks that Jason is afraid of nothing, which combined with his real-world invincibility makes him impossible to kill even in the dream-world. But then Freddy accidentally discovers Jason's fear of water, then exploits it to turn Jason back into a child, then brings him to a nightmare of his childhood, and starts to drown him.

But before Freddy can kill Jason, Lori enters the Dream World and interrupts the fight, causing Jason to wake up and attack the group, who are now at Crystal Lake. Freddy, enraged, attempts to kill Lori, but she awakens and drags him into a burning cabin in reality. Jason turns his attention to Freddy, who is somewhat paralyzed by his fear of fire and whom Jason beats up and throws through the burning cabin's roof. Lori, Will, Kia and Linderman try to escape, but Linderman is wounded and dies soon afterwards. Freddy and Jason fight, killing Kia in the process. Freddy and Jason continue their battle until they run into Will and Lori. Freddy reveals he murdered Lori's mother in the past, causing her to fight him too. Jason ultimately defeats Freddy despite appearing to die in the process, stabbing him with his own claws before falling into Crystal Lake. Lori picks up Jason's machete, while Freddy lies on the dock helplessly. She then uses the machete to behead Freddy. Lori and Will depart, but the next morning Jason rises from the water, carrying Freddy's severed head, which smirks and winks at the audience before laughing maniacally.

Cast

Actor Character
Robert Englund Freddy Krueger
Ken Kirzinger Jason Voorhees
Monica Keena Lori Campbell
Jason Ritter Will Rollins
Kelly Rowland Kia Waterson
Chris Marquette Charlie Linderman
Lochlyn Munro Deputy Scott Stubbs
Brendan Fletcher Mark Davis
Katharine Isabelle Gibb
Kyle Labine Bill Freeburg
Tom Butler Dr. Campbell
Gary Chalk Sheriff Williams
David Kopp Blake
Jesse Hutch Trey
Zack Ward Bobby Davis
Odessa Munroe Heather
Paula Shaw Pamela Voorhees
Sharon Peters Lori's Mother

Development

New Line and Paramount tried to make a Freddy vs. Jason movie in 1987. But the two studios failed to agree on a story or what to do with the two franchises. When Jason Takes Manhattan failed to perform successfully at the box office, Sean Cunningham decided that he wanted to reacquire the rights to Friday the 13th and start working with New Line Cinema on Freddy vs. Jason, as New Line owned the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise. The concept of a fight between Freddy and Jason was not new; Paramount had approached New Line about filming a crossover years before the latter had gained the licensing rights to Friday the 13th. At that time, both companies wanted the license to the other's character so that they could control the making of the film. Negotiations on the project were never finalized, which led Paramount to make The New Blood. After Jason Takes Manhattan was released in 1989 the rights reverted back to Scuderi, Minasian and Barsamianto, who sold them to New Line. Before Cunningham could start working on Freddy vs. Jason, Wes Craven returned to New Line to make New Nightmare. This effectively put Freddy vs. Jason on hold, but allowed Cunningham the chance to bring Jason back into the spotlight with Jason Goes to Hell.[2] The ninth installment "turned a healthy profit", though it was only intended to open the door for a crossover with Freddy Krueger, rather than start a new series for New Line.[3] Ultimately, the film series would go through another sequel before that would happen. Cunningham's "frustration" with the delayed development of the Freddy vs. Jason project forced him to create another sequel in an effort to keep the franchise in the minds of audiences. Based on Jason Takes Manhattan's concept of taking Jason away from Crystal Lake, the tenth film would put the titular character in space.[4] The film suffered from the loss of its biggest supporter, President of Production Michael De Luca, when he resigned from his position. Lack of support forced the finished film to sit for two years before finally being released on April 26, 2002; it would go on to become the lowest grossing film in the franchise at the domestic box office; it also held the distinction of having the largest budget of any of the previous films at that time.[5]

After more than fifteen years of off-and-on development, and approximately $6 million spent in eighteen unused scripts from more than a dozen screenwriters, New Line finally produced Freddy vs. Jason for 2003. One of the biggest hurdles for the film was developing a story that managed to bring the two horror icons together. Potential stories varied widely, from Freddy having molested and drowned Jason as a child, to a cult of Freddy worshipers called the "Fred Heads".

Kane Hodder controversy

New Line believed Freddy vs. Jason needed a fresh start, and chose a new actor for Jason. Cunningham disagreed with their decision, believing Hodder was the best choice for the role.[6] Hodder did receive the script for Freddy vs. Jason, and had a meeting with director Ronny Yu and New Line executives, but Matthew Barry and Yu felt the role should be recast to fit Yu's image of Jason.[6] According to Hodder, New Line failed to provide him with a reason for the recasting, but Yu has explained he wanted a slower, more deliberate Jason, and less of the aggressive movements that Hodder had used in the previous films.[7] Yu and development executive Jeff Katz recognized the outcry among fans over the replacement of Hodder as Jason, but stood by their choice in recasting.[6] The role eventually went to Ken Kirzinger, a Canadian stuntperson who worked on Jason Takes Manhattan. There are conflicting reports over the reason Kirzinger was cast. According to Yu, Kirzinger was hired because he was taller than Robert Englund, the actor who portrays Freddy Krueger. Kirzinger stands 6' 5", compared to the 6' 3" of Kane Hodder, and Yu wanted a much larger actor to tower over the 5' 10" Englund. Kirzinger believes his experience on Part VIII helped him land the part, as Kirzinger doubled for Hodder on two scenes for the film,[6] but also believes he was simply sized up and handed the job.[7] Although he was hired by the crew, New Line did not officially cast Kirzinger until first seeing him on film. Kirzinger's first scene was Jason walking down Elm Street. New Line wanted a specific movement in Jason's walk; Kirzinger met their expectations and signed a contract with the studio.[6] Even though Hodder expresses some resentment at not being chosen, he and Kirzinger are still good friends.[8]

Reception

Even though the movie received mixed to negative reviews, it was a box office success. Based on 143 reviews collected by Rotten Tomatoes, Freddy vs. Jason has an overall 41% approval rating from critics, with an average score of 4.8 out of 10.[9] Among Rotten Tomatoes' Top Critics, which consists of popular and notable critics from the top newspapers, websites, television and radio programs,[10] the film holds an overall approval rating of 27%.[11] By comparison, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film has received an average score of 37, based on 30 reviews.[12]

Award nominations

Doug Chapman and Melvin Martinez were nominated for the Best Fire Stunt in the Taurus World Stunt Awards 2004 for the double full body burn and wire stunt. Doug Chapman doubled for Robert Englund as Freddy and Glenn Ennis doubled for Jason in the stunt.[13]

References

  1. ^ IGN Interview with Todd Farmer and film promotion interview with Ken Kirzinger
  2. ^ Bracke, Peter, pp.218–219
  3. ^ Bracke, Peter, pg. 238
  4. ^ Bracke, Peter, pp.242–243
  5. ^ Bracke, Peter, pp.263–264
  6. ^ a b c d e Bracke, Peter, pp. 280–286
  7. ^ a b Grove, David, p. 217
  8. ^ His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th
  9. ^ "Freddy vs. Jason Movie Reviews". Rotten Tomatoes. IGN Entertainment. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freddy_vs_jason/. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  10. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes FAQ: What is Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/pages/faq#creamofthecrop. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  11. ^ "Freddy vs. Jason: Rotten Tomatoes' Cream of the Crop". Rotten Tomatoes. http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/freddy_vs_jason/?critic=creamcrop. Retrieved July 4, 2009]. 
  12. ^ vs. Jason "Freddy vs. Jason : Reviews". Metacritic. CNET Networks. http://www.metacritic.com/video/titles/freddyvsjason?q=Freddy vs. Jason. Retrieved July 4, 2009. 
  13. ^ Taurus Award Archive

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Freddy vs. Jason is a slasher film. Directed by Ronny Yu, the film, released in 2003, pits Jason Voorhees (of the Friday the 13th horror series) and Freddy Krueger (of the Nightmare on Elm Street horror series) against each other.

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Freddy Krueger

  • "Being dead wasn't a problem, but being forgotten?! Now that's a BITCH!! I can't come back if no one remembers me! I can't come back, IF NOBODY'S AFRAID!!"
  • "He may get the blood, but I'll get the glory."
  • "Make them remember me, Jason. Make them remember what fear tastes like!" - Freddy disguised as Jason's mother
  • "Got your nose!" [cuts off Kia's nose in her dream]
  • The only thing to fear is fear himself.
  • (After Jason kills Gibb before Freddy could) "Noooooo! She's mine! MINE! MINE!
  • (Referring to Jason after revealing himself) "Now, it's time to put this bad dog to sleep... FOR GOOD!"
  • "Penny for your thoughts, chief? [Jason grabs him and pushes his throat to the machete] Oh, scary."
  • "Tilt."
  • (Referring to Jason in a fight) Why won't you DIE?!
  • (After Jason won't attack due to his fear of water) "Aaaah... so you are afraid of something after all."
  • "It's not my fault this bitch is dead on her feet!"
  • "I should warn you, princess: The first time tends to get a little... messy."
  • "Welcome to my world bitch!"
  • "Mmmm, how sweet, dark meat."
  • "Man the torpedoes!"
  • (to Jason) Hey, asshole! up here!
  • "Welcome to MY nightmare..."
  • I've always had a thing for the whores that live in this house." [Refering to teens that lived in his old house in previous films]

Bill Freeburg

  • (referring to Jason and his habit of killing people) "Dude, that goalie was pissed about something."
  • (Possessed by Freddy) "Let me handle this, bitch!"
  • (Right before he tranquilizes Jason, while being possessed by Freddy) "These are MY children, Jason. Go back where you belong!"

Others

  • Doctor at the mental ward: Sleep tight, monkey boy.

Dialogue

Deputy Stubbs: I think we're dealing with a copycat here.
Charlie Linderman: No. No. No, no, no. He's not a copycat. I've seen what he can do. He's the real Jason.
Deputy Stubbs: That's impossible, Linderman. Jason is dead.
Bill Freeburg: Yeah, well, you better start thinking outside your little box, dude, 'cause somebody's definitely breaking the fucking reality rules, OK?

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