Reviewed Jul 13, 2012
John Carpenter’s review:
After being burned reentering the earth’s atmosphere in the year 2455, Jason is resurrected by a lack of continuity to continue his murderous ways. Call it a guilty pleasure if you wish, but I love ‘Freddy vs. Jason’. Both series have been on a downward spiral for some time, and the thought of merging the two seemed like a huge gamble. Fortunately for me, the gamble paid off. Ronny Yu, the same man who resurrected the ‘Child’s Play’ franchise with the sleeper hit ‘Bride of Chucky’, has a knack for knowing what fans want from 80′s horror icons. Fans of Freddy and Jason will both be pleased with the attention given to each disfigured villain in a battle reminiscent of a pay-per-view wrestling match. The two maniacs will take horror fans down memory lane by giving a brief recap of both franchises before moving into the action. Capturing the spirit that made both franchises successful, screenwriters Damian Shannon and Mark Swift manage to blend the diverse histories of Freddy and Jason into a plot that makes total sense for a horror movie. Though it spawned a few ‘Versus’ inspired imitators (‘Alien vs. Predator’ and ‘Boa vs. Python’), Ronny Yu’s direction and obvious love for the genre gives ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ an edge that slices and dices the competition.