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“That goalie was pissed about something!”
FREDDY VS JASON was a great nostalgic tribute to Jason
Voorhees AND Freddy Krueger (see start of this discussion here).
The film transported me back to 1982, effortlessly and very enjoyably. Essentially
it was a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET film, with Jason as a special guest, but the
Sultan of Slaughter does get several very nice moments and we are given a look
at Jason’s dreams as manipulated by Fred Krueger. A nightmare sequence shows
Jason dragging bodies to an old dilapidated house, half submerged in a lake
(his family home?). Once inside, he tosses bodies in a closet, where they float
eerily in the murk. Careful eyes can spot the shrouded form of Michael Myers,
Halloween’s masked killer, floating among the bodies.
Finally, we see a nightmare sequence where Jason (as a
mongoloid boy) is taunted and ridiculed by the cruel kids at the camp. The kids
throw a sack over his head (shades of his appearance in FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2)
and call him names, “Freak show! Freak show! Freak show!” before pushing him
into the lake!!!
Is this how he drowned? Not by counselors who were having
sex and not paying attention, but by a cruel mob of fellow campers that fateful
day in 1957? Well, yes and no.
Obviously this is a Krueger manipulated dream Jason is having, and the most
traumatic moments in his life are all jumbled together. The counselors ARE
there and they ARE having sex instead of helping the drowning boy (of course,
it’s Krueger as counselor and dead topless corpse as his “partner”).
Truly the best part of the film was that this was Jason
Voorhees and Freddy Krueger as we remembered them. They were exactly the same. I
do not want my Freddy and Jason re-imagined and updated…I want (in the immortal
words of Joe Bob Briggs) the EXACT same thing every single time, and no plot to
get in the way of the story.
Blood flowed, heads rolled (literally) and the crowd I saw
it with were screaming and howling and laughing and having the time of their
lives. Bravo, Ronny Yu, for doing it the way it should have been done. Bravo
for giving us the fight of the century!!
Fred Kruger: the bastard son of a hundred maniacs, the Dream
Stalker, the Master of Nightmares, child killer and intradimensional being…
Jason Voorhees: The Sultan of Slaughter, the Crystal Lake
Killer, the only son of Pamela Voorhees and undead monster.
And so who wins?
I’m actually not going to tell you. If you’ve read the
entire UNLUCKY DAYS series, and have not seen FREDDY VS. JASON, I urge you to
check it out on DVD or Blu-ray.
My personal experience watching FREDDY VS. JASON was a horror
fan’s dream come true. It was a perfect drive-in film, but actually I didn’t
see it at a drive-in, at least not officially…not this time.
The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, Texas was hosting the
world premiere of FREDY VS. JASON at an outdoor campsite with a huge drive-in
style screen. My brother, James, was a manager at the Alamo Drafthouse (a
wonderful movie events center owned by Tim and Karrie League) and was on hand
for most of the creative suggestions and planning for the event. Robert
Englund, Ken Kirzinger, director Yu and producer Sean Cunningham were all
guests and yours truly (appearing as television horror host Professor Griffin)
made an appearance as well.
The cast of Austin’s Professor Griffin’s Midnight Shadow
Show gleefully staged a live presentation of A “FREDDY VS. JASON” PRIMER: KNOW
YOUR SLASHERS, a preshow examination of these two giants of the genre and some
fun giveaways and prizes for those who claim to be Fred-Heads or
The crowd (made up of over 1,000 horror fans) was thrilled
and delighted! My assistant Usher (Kim Shafer) did a marvelous fire dance for
Englund, Dan-Dan (Gilbert Austin) opened the show with dark musings of the film
inspired by THE BRADY BUNCH, and I sang a parody song to honor my favorite
modern horror character, Jason Voorhees. Shared in part below:
A LETTER FROM CAMP BLOOD
Hello Muddah…Hello Faddah
here I am at Camp Bloodah!
Camp is very…entertaining
But the lake is red from all the killing and maiming…
…and so forth
It was silly, fun stuff. And I loved every over the top
minute of it. We had ambiance music all picked out for the world premiere event
now called Camp Hacknslash (a name my brother James and I came up with!). In
addition to Dokken crooning “Dream Warriors,” we played The Fat Boys “Are You
Ready for Freddy?”; DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’s “A Nightmare on My
Street”; and, of course, Alice Cooper’s “He’s Back-The Man Behind the Mask.” You
can’t get much cheesier than that!
So the series came around 360 degrees with Mrs.
Voorhees (Paula Shaw this time and not Betsy Palmer) once more getting screen
time, even though it’s really the dream demon Fred Krueger, and Jason doing
what he does best.
The trailers for the film showed Freddy and Jason locked in
mortal combat, machete blade and finger knives flashing and flying and is
punctuated with Freddy asking the very logical question…”Why won’t you die!??”
Jason will never die. As long as fans of the series are
around, and there’s money to be made, Jason Voorhees will stalk us in the
darkest corners of our fears.
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