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Jason X

Theatrical poster
Directed by James Isaac
Produced by Noel Cunningham
Sean S. Cunningham
Geoff Garrett
James Isaac
Marilyn Stonehouse
Written by Todd Farmer
Characters:
Victor Miller
Starring Kane Hodder
Lexa Doig
Music by Harry Manfredini
Cinematography Derick V. Underschultz
Editing by David Handman
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) April 26, 2002
Running time 93 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $14,000,000 (est.)
Gross revenue $16,951,798
Preceded by Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Followed by Freddy vs. Jason

Jason X is a 2002 science fiction/slasher film, and the tenth in the Friday the 13th film series, starring Kane Hodder as the undead mass murderer Jason Voorhees. The film made $16,951,798 worldwide with a budget of $14 million.[1] Thus far, it is the last appearance of Kane Hodder in the role of Jason Voorhees.

The film was conceived by Todd Farmer and was the only pitch he gave to the studio for the movie.[2] Jason X is set in the distant future to prevent conflict with the continuity of the series.

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Plot

In 2008, Jason Voorhees is captured by the U.S. government and is being held at the Crystal Lake Research Facility. Rowan LaFontaine, a government scientist, leads several unsuccessful attempts to execute him. In 2010, she decides to place him in cryogenic suspension until they can decide what to do with him. Rowan's superiors, on the other hand, hope to conduct further research into Jason's rapid cellular regeneration and instead try to take Jason. Before they can, Jason breaks free of his restraints and kills the team of soldiers meant to transport him. Rowan successfully lures him into a cryonic pod and activates it. However, Jason ruptures the pod with his machete and stabs Rowan in the abdomen, both critically wounding her and spilling cryonic fluid into the sealed room, freezing them both.

In the year 2455, Earth has become too polluted to support life and humanity has moved to a new planet, Earth Two. Three students, Tsunaron, Janessa, and Azrael are on a field trip accompanied by Kay-Em 14 (an android) and led by Professor Lowe. They enter the Crystal Lake facility and find the frozen bodies of Jason and Rowan, which they bring to their spaceship, the Grendel. Also on the ship are Lowe's remaining students, Kinsa, Waylander, and Stoney. Once there, they reanimate Rowan while Jason is pronounced dead and left in the morgue. Lowe's intern, Adrienne, is ordered to dissect Jason's body and report any discoveries. Lowe, who is in serious debt, calls his financial backer who notes that Jason's body could be worth a substantial amount to a collector.

In the morgue, the ice on Jason begins to thaw as Adrienne begins the dissection. As Stoney and Kinsa have sex, Jason comes back to life, killing Adrienne by sticking her head in a sink filled with liquid nitrogen and smashing it against a countertop. Jason takes a machete-shaped surgical tool and moves on. He then kills Stoney in front of Kinsa, who escapes. Lowe, Rowan, and the others are sent to one of the laboratories by the ship's contingent of soldiers, led by Sgt. Brodski, who intend to kill Jason on sight in spite of Lowe's insistence that he be taken alive. Shortly after, the soldiers are killed one-by-one by Jason who then kills the ship's pilot. With no pilot, the ship crashes through the nearby space station Solaris, damaging one of Grendel's pontoon sections. Jason breaks into the lab, reclaiming his machete and decapitating Lowe while the students and Rowan run away. With the ship badly damaged, Rowan and the remaining students head for Grendel's shuttle, while Tsunaron heads elsewhere with Kay-Em 14. As the shuttle is being prepped, Jason intercepts them. On board the shuttle, Kinsa has a panic attack and launches the shuttle without releasing the fuel line causing it to crash into the ship's hull. Suddenly, Sgt. Brodski attacks Jason by surprise, but Jason easily overpowers him. Tsunaron reappears with an upgraded Kay-Em 14, complete with an array of weapons and new combat skills. She easily fights Jason off and seemingly kills him, blasting off large portions of his body and head. The survivors send out a distress call and receive a reply from a nearby patrol shuttle.

Nearly an hour passes and the survivors begin setting explosive charges to separate the remaining pontoon from the main drive section. As they work, Jason, having been knocked into a nanite-equipped medical station during his battle with Kay-Em 14, is brought back to life by the damaged computer. Since much of his biological tissue was destroyed, the station rebuilds him as an even more powerful cyborg. Kay-Em 14 is now no match for Jason, who then punches her head off. As Tsunaron picks up her still functioning head, Jason attacks him. Before Jason can kill him, Rowan intervenes, and Jason begins to choke her. Waylander manages to stop Jason from killing Rowan and sacrifices himself by setting off the charges while Rowan and the others escape. Jason survives and is blown back onto the shuttle. He punches a hole through the hull, sucking out Janessa. As the patrol shuttle prepares to dock, a power failure with the docking door forces Brodski to go EVA to fix it. A hard light holographic simulation of Crystal Lake is created by Tsunaron and Kay-Em 14 to distract Jason as Brodski works. Jason sees through the deception just as the door is fixed. Brodski confronts Jason so Rowan and Tsunaron (along with Kay-Em 14's head) can escape. As they leave, the pontoon explodes, again propelling Jason at high-speed towards the survivors. Brodski intercepts Jason in mid-flight, using his jet pack to maneuver them both into the atmosphere of Earth Two, apparently killing them both by the heat of reentry. Tsunaron assures Kay-Em 14 that he will build a new body for her while Rowan breathes a sigh of relief. On the planet, two teens beside a forest lake set off to find where a "falling star" landed as Jason's mask sinks to the bottom of the lake.

Cast

Production

With Freddy vs Jason in development hell, Producers Sean S. Cunningham was so frustrated that he decided to make another Friday movie. Todd Farmer who was an aspiring writer in Hollywood met with Cunningham about writing a script for the proposed 10th film, which eventually became this project.

Filming

Filming began on March 6 2000 and ended in April 30th 2000 in Toronto Ontario. Filming took place in an abandoned military base in the outskirts of Toronto. The special effects were done by ToyBox Canada.

Reception

The film made $13,121,555 domestically, making it the lowest-grossing film in the series. It earned $3,830,243 foreign for a worldwide gross of $16,951,798.[3]

Roger Ebert wrote a scathing review of the film, quoting the film's line "This sucks on so many levels."[4]

Other media

In 2005, Black Flame, a subsidiary of Games Workshop, began publishing a series of paperback books based on Jason X and aimed towards young adults. While the first book adapts the film, the following books feature new storylines based on the character in the setting established by the Jason X film. The five books in the series are Jason X by Pat Cadigan, Jason X: The Experiment by Pat Cadigan, Jason X: Planet of the Beast by Nancy Kilpatrick, Jason X: Death Moon by Alex Johnson and Jason X: To the Third Power by Nancy Kilpatrick.

Avatar Press produced two comic book titles based on this film: Jason X, a one-shot by Brian Pulido that picks up as a sequel to the movie, and Friday the 13th: Jason vs. Jason X, a two-issue mini-series by Mike Wolfer that pits the two versions of Jason against each other.

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Score

The film score was composed and conducted by Harry Manfredini. It was released on Varèse Sarabande.

References

  1. ^ Bracke, Peter (October 11, 2006). Crystal Lake Memories. United Kingdom: Titan Books. p. 314. ISBN 1845763432. 
  2. ^ IGN: An Interview with Jason X Writer Todd Farmer
  3. ^ Box Office Mojo: Jason X
  4. ^ http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20020426/REVIEWS/204260302/1023

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