When it first came out, I thought Freddy vs. Jason sounded absolutely ridiculous. It turns out that both horror franchises needed the breath of fresh air that this movie brings.
With Freddy rendered powerless due to the townsfolk suppressing his memory, he uses Jason as his pawn to bring the good people of Springwood back to fearing him and thus giving him strength. I know it’s a bit looney tunes, but it actually works. Even though it was directed by Ronny Yu, at times it felt like a Wes Craven Freddy movie and other times it felt like a Wes Craven Scream movie. It didn’t feel much like a Jason movie as there was minimal stalking.
The movie is fast paced and never gets bogged down. Once Freddy exits the dream world, it’s go time as the two iconic characters battle it out to the bitter end.
The production is top-notch. After watching so many 80s horror movies, it’s nice to have artistic shots, good lighting, realistic special FX, clean audio, appropriate casting, and better than average acting.
There is so much carnage. It’s pretty horrific for today’s standards. Each kill is a little bit more brutal than the last with buckets of blood everywhere.
It’s just too bad that they couldn’t have kept the momentum going beyond what was started here. In a way, this movie was kind of the last hurrah for these notorious bad dudes.