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Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Platinum Series)
Freddy vs Jason
New Line Platinum Series
Actors: Ken Kirzinger, Robert Englund, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2004     1hr 37min

It's the battle everyone's been DYING to see! Teenagers find themselves caught in the middle of a battle between two legendary boogeymen: Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger. Who will win in the bloodiest and goriest showdow...  more »

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Actors: Ken Kirzinger, Robert Englund, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: New Line Home Video
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 01/13/2004
Original Release Date: 08/15/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 08/15/2003
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 37min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 20
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Member Movie Reviews

Reviewed on 9/20/2011...
Liked it. Thought alot of Robert Englunds lines were dubbed, though. All that yelling throughout the year HAS to be hard on the pipes. Was it scary? Erm. No. But then again, I haven't found horror movies to be scary since I was ten and saw four horror movies at once... some large spider movie, a bear attacks people movie, some other movie I kept my eyes closed through (WAS TEN, PEOPLE!) and followed up by watching the movie with some girl who gets a zuni fetish doll in the mail and takes the gold chain off. THAT was scary for a ten year old.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/26/2011...
Horror Film Geek Fest

This film is a horror geek's wet dream come true. Freddy and Jason r the icons of modern horror. Making a movie where these two characters battle obne another shouldn't have been something too hard to do. Turns out it was. The end product does not live up to expectations. The director and the screenwriters r to blame for this mess.

Freddy might be afraid of fire, but Jason wouldn't be scared of water. He may have drowned, but he's been a zombie longer than a human. By making Jason scared of water the film missed the point. Jason isn't scared of anything. He's a mindless unstoppable killing machine.
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Movie Reviews

Make them remember me
Matt | NJ | 01/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I've been a bigger Friday the 13th fan than a Nightmare on Elm Street fan. The woods simply seem more inherently frightening and dangerous than a suburban street for horny teens. In any event, I feel that both of these series, especially Friday the 13th, have lost their lure in recent years. Trying to find ways to bring back our favorite slashers and attempting to do it in contemporary fashion have fallen short, in my opinion. I've remained a fan through it all, yet when they took Jason out of Camp Crystal Lake and brought him to New York City, he somehow became less imposing and some of the mystery was lost.

Freddy vs. Jason was an idea borne years before this film began pre-production. The premise of the film (Freddy calling on Jason to strike fear back into the children of Elm Street) is decent, but it seemed to me that something was missing...

I enjoyed the movie, especially the dream sequences, but I couldn't put my finger on what was wrong with the film. It just didn't feel like Friday the 13th to me. It felt more like a Nightmare on Elm Street film, but even those movies were scarier. This movie bordered on absurd at times and much of what we had come to know about Freddy and Jason was betrayed in this film by way of contradiction (i.e. Jason suddenly having a phobia of water after he had, on many occassions in the past, pursued people into the water to kill them).

I am glad that this movie was made and I will always remain a fan, but I feel that with all of the time and writing that went into this idea, it could have been a hell of a lot better. The story was not bad, but the movie was simply not scary or suspenseful at all. It's a must see for any fan of either series, if for no other reason than to see what your favorite classic slasher is up to - but don't expect to get that good old feeling you used to get when watching a Friday the 13th or a Nightmare on Elm Street film back in the 80s and 90s.

The bonus material is extensive and quite exhaustive. They cover every aspect of the film, including pre-production, direction, stunts, visual effects, make-up, audio commentary, deleted scenes, storyboards and galleries, etc.... The bonus disc amounts to a few hours of extra viewing, which is actually pretty informative and insightful. With cool, animated menus, this is a great DVD edition for something of a letdown film."
Oh yeah!
Jeffrey Leach | Omaha, NE USA | 12/07/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Freddy Krueger. Jason Voorhees. Two characters in the American horror film canon that simply refuse to go away. Literally, since both are impervious to lasting physical injury. You can set these guys on fire, stab them, dissect them, blow them up, do just about anything you want to them and they keep coming back for more. How many films have both of them made at this point? Twenty? It feels like a hundred. The combined box office and home rental take of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Friday the 13th" franchises must be close to a billion dollars by now, so when New Line Cinema acquired the rights to make future Jason films they knew they were on to something big. Finally, they thought, they could put together a film containing both Freddy and Jason. New Line spent years developing just the right script for the showdown every horror fan wanted to see. Hence "Freddy vs. Jason" cleaned up big time at the box office last year, making so much money that plans for a sequel should be a foregone conclusion. Until New Line figures out how to make lightening strike twice, content yourself with the DVD version of the film.

"Freddy vs. Jason" reintroduces us to good old Springwood, the home of the late but definitely unlamented Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund). Things have changed in the old neighborhood since Freddy went on his dreamscape rampages back in the 1980s and early 1990s. The adults in the area figured out an excellent way to get rid of the man with the frayed sweater and razorblade gloves forever, or so they hope. They simply removed every reference they could find in newspapers and magazines about Freddy Krueger. Go to the library to do some research on the man, as one of the characters does in the film, and you won't find a darn thing. Why go to all the trouble of a news blackout? Easy. The kids can't dream about Freddy if they don't know he exists. And if they can't dream about him, they can't perish horribly. There are a few kids that know the ghastly secret, like Will Rollins (Jason Ritter), but the authorities have him and the others tucked away in a high security mental hospital under the influence of the powerful anti-dream drug Hypnocil. Before Rollins unceremoniously went to the hospital, he spent a lot of time with his gorgeous girlfriend Lori Campbell (Monica Keena) and her friend Kia Waterson (Kelly Rowland). Lori doesn't learn what happened to him until Freddy decides to come out of retirement.

Krueger, you see, despises the fact that the Elm Street kiddies don't know about him. In order to once again torment the descendants of his oppressors, he resurrects the dreaded Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger) to stir things up in his old neighborhood. Jason does an excellent job of instilling the appropriate amount of doom and gloom in the kids, partly through his beastly appearance and partly through his penchant for imaginative killings. In one case, he folds a kid up in a bed. Hardly disturbing, right? Well, it is when the poor chap's heels are touching the back of his head! Voorhees's antics soon know no bounds. He shows up at a rave in a cornfield just in time to massacre scores of kids in particularly heinous ways. Jason kills so many people, and keeps on killing more, that it puts a serious crimp in Freddy's plans when he shows arrives on the scene. He wants all the children to himself, which means Jason has to go back to hell posthaste. Problem is, the masked maniac isn't going to do it without a little help. The result is the fight, a slam bang, take no prisoners tete a tete that is breathtaking to behold. Neo and Agent Smith can't compare to these two. Freddy and Jason squaring off translates into a lot of blood and a lot of broken bones. Any humans who happen to get in the way are hamburger.

"Freddy vs. Jason" is a massively entertaining film. It's not a traditional slasher film although there are slasher elements in it. It's not a character driven film, either, except for the two killing machines. The entire film exists solely as background for the final showdown. Sure, some of the effects up to this point, including the shadow Freddy and Kelly Rowland's nose flying off, garner a chuckle or two. But the fight scene stands center stage. The best part has to be when Freddy dumps dozens of long pieces of rebar down on an unsuspecting Jason, several pieces of which turn the hockey masked maniac into a giant shish kebob. Or maybe the best scenes include the battle at the lake where Freddy and Jason exchange blows resulting in huge gouts of black gore. Whichever part you like the most, the conclusion to the film won't disappoint. Given the emphasis on the fight, it's sort of disappointing we don't get to spend more time with the always beautiful Monica Keena. She's the sort of young lady I never tire of seeing in a film. I would tune in to watch her sit around in sweat pants and a grungy T-shirt eating breakfast. In "Freddy vs. Jason," though, she's one step above cannon fodder. Pity.

The amount of supplements included with the film stagger the imagination. A commentary track with director Ronny Yu, Robert Englund, and Ken Kirzinger heads the list. You've also got a "jump to a death" option, trailers, an intriguing documentary on the special effects, interviews about the difficulty in bringing the film to fruition, and a lengthy text article from Fangoria magazine about the myriad scripts penned by many writers over the years. I highly recommend this film for those viewers looking for a great way to whittle away a few hours. I'll be watching it again soon.
An entertaining thrill ride
csmith400 | Jacksonville, FL | 08/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm going to say right out that I was really, really happy with the treatment Jason Vorhees received in the film. His motivations and personality are depicted faithfully. While it's a shame that Kane Hodder wasn't able to play him in this film, Ken Kirzinger did a decent job of stepping into the maniac's gigantic shoes. At this point both series have changed into self-referential, postmodern laughfests. There certainly is a touch of that in the ending of the film, but for the most part, the director has done a good job at making both characters vicious and bloodthirsty. I was particularly pleased with some of Jason's especially gory slayings, as I was unhappy with the way that Paramount and New Line toned them down a touch in the previous Fridays. Do we care about the teens? Not really. They're there so that Jason and Freddy will have someone to go after, and most of them are unsympathetic [people] who deserve what they get. If you want to be entertained and like either or both franchises, you'll probably like this movie. If you don't like Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street, you probably won't like this film either. I was happy with the film because it delivered exactly what I thought I was going to get."