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The tenth film in the 'Friday the 13th' sci-fi horror series. The year is 2455. Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonised outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be Jason Vorhees. No longer in the forest of Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment.
The review title says it all. This film makes up for a lot of the previous entries in this particular franchise. Behind only the original, and Pt 6 (Jason Lives), this is by far and away the best film to be linked to Jason. The character development eclipses that which you would expect to see in your average stalk and slash film and the makers must have had their tongues so firmly in their cheeks that anyone looking on must have thought the cast and crew were all lopsided. Now that can go drastically wrong if done badly (See Freddy's Dead) but when executed well (no pun intended), it takes the genre in the only direction which will keep it alive and killing. The big budget shows through the sets, the music, and the SFX. Had this been a low budget affair, none of this would have worked. The plot is fairly simple, and along the same lines as all other films of this type - group of kids and a relentless killing machine. But transfer that into the future, with shameless borrows from the sci-fi genre and what you have is the same situation, with countless new ways to die. Add to that the best script of any of this series, the usual money mad scientist, the survivor of a previous encounter, who no-one beleives and the horny teenagers and what you have is an all out killfest with a sense of humour. For the purists who want their horror without comedy, I can only say that when you get that type of film, you still get comedy, but unintentional as opposed to carefully constructed. Jason has got to be the meanest looking killer, in size and the way he carries himself. It used to be Michael Myers from the Halloween series, but with H20, and the short dude playing Michael, that mantle was wrenched away by Kane Hodder in the role he has imposingly made his own. The other 'Jasons', in films 2 - 6 were all a little on the thin size. That just made Jason look gangly, like a basketball player who found a hockey mask. Pt 6 got around that by having a great script, music and a sense of humour. But imagine how much better it could have been with Hodder in the drivers seat. The teenagers are a suitable mix of cute kids and geeks, and KMU14 has some of the best lines I've heard in a horror film. This film also has some hilarious references to a future that possibly awaits us, spoken of in a past tense by the grizzled old veteran. Finally, without putting a spoiler in this review, all I can say is if you thought Jason was unstoppable before, wait till about three quarters of the way through this. Roll on Friday the 13th 11, and by that I don't mean Freddy Vs Jason, which shamefully has someone else playing Jason but at least has Robert Englund as Krueger. It will be interesting to see how they manage to bring number 11 out of the end of this, and all I can say is, they're never going to beat this film but if they do, we could be talking film of the genre (with respect to The Exorcist, Halloween and American Werewolf In London). Watch this film with a beer, some freinds (male and female) and with the volume tturned up full blast, and I challenge you to be disappointed!! Jason Rules!Read more ›
First off, I have to say I personally really enjoyed this movie. I'd seen a few of the early Friday the 13th films prior to this, and had a fairly good idea of the overall quality of the series. Which is where this particular episode is interesting, as it departs completely from what has gone before. Jason X is more or less the Friday the 13th series' "Army of Darkness". It has intermittent scares, and the odd sequence that'll make you jump, but largely it plays like a violent slapstick comedy. This is a complete polar opposite to the straight as you go, scare you silly and gross you out approach that the rest of the series adopts. Which is where people who watch this start to divide up into two separate camps. Most of the people who hate this film say something along the lines of either 'this isn't a horror film, and I paid for a horror film' or 'this horror film sucks, why isn't it more scary'. They'd be right. It isn't all that scary (though people who've never watched anything horror-tinged wouldn't necessarily be advised to start here), and it isn't a straightforward horror film. But, there's the other side of the argument which is that this is a respectful and knowing spoof of the slasher genre, made by slasher fans for slasher fans (unlike Scary Movie, which is a pointless, rude string of direct insults to the horror genre) and it's a good, fun way to spend an hour and a half. I fall on the 'this movie is good fun' side of that argument, because although I do like my horror, and I like it pretty scary and intense, I was entertained throughout this movie. The trouble with this film is that in order to totally enjoy it, you have to get the jokes (many of which are direct references to earlier Friday titles, like the recurring machete or the sequence where two girls get smashed against a tree in sleeping bags) and be on board with the horror bits which aren't gonna phase a horror fan but will probably put off the more squeamish among you (though it didn't scare me, I recently watched it with a friend who watched a lot of it with their eyes shut making vague 'arrggh...' sounds in the corner). At the end of the day, this is a good movie that stops itself being a great one by not making a firm decision about what it wants to be. It's too horror for teen-comedy kids, and it's too teen-comedy for the more pretensious of the horror hardcore. If you don't have a definite kind of movie you want to see, you'll probably love this, like me, but if you have a definite idea of what you want to see, I wouldn't bother because you'll probably be disappointed. On a final note, this movie is a very violent 15, and I have a firm suspicion that it just slid under the 18 bar. The one thing Friday fans are unlikely to be disappointed at is some of the more gory kills (the corkscrew kill in the middle of the film is pretty cool). For once, the UK release is more or less intact and uncut, including the infamous 'half a bloke crawling across the floor' sequence that got cut out of most other countries edit of the film. There are some pretty inventive SFX shots here, so that side is pretty cool. On DVD this has good special features too.Read more ›
Positive. 1)Kane Hodder as Jason, How ironic he's in this tripe yet was re-cast for Freddy vs Jason. 2)End credits.
Negative. 1)Utter stupid 9th sequel. 2)VERY badly acted. 3)UberJason looks awful. 4)Did i mention it's stupid beyond belief. 5)Jason in space WTF was producer Sean Cunningham thinking?, Oh he wasn't. 6)They haven't even bothered getting Jason's hockey mask right!
Dvd Info. Running time 92 minutes of pure nonsense, Trailer, Behind the scenes.
Trivia. 1)This was Kane Hodders fourth & final film as Jason only part VII & part VIII of his films i view as canon but it was a shame that New Line Cinema re-cast him in Freddy vs Jason as if Kane Hodder had played Jason in that movie it would've been so much better. 2)Peter Mensah (Brodski) appeared in Spartacus Blood & Sand & it's 2 follow up series as Oenomaus. 3)David Cronenberg cameos in this at the begining at Crystal Lake Research Facility as a Doctor Wimmer.
Review. Awful, Incoherent nonsense!.
I thought Jason Goes To Hell was a bad film but that's a masterpiece compared to this drivel.
Jason Voorhees has been captured presiding at Crystal Lake research facility that is now were Camp Crystal Lake once was built & scientists are experimenting on Jason Voorhees as he appears to be able to regenerate his DNA cells.
But Jason escapes his shackles & chains & kills everyone in the facility leaving he & DR,Rowan LaFontaine the only survivor were after locking Jason in a cryo tube is stabbed setting off a lockdown protocol were they are then frozen in suspended animation sealed inside the research centre.
445 years later in the year 2455 they are rescued by the crew of spaceship Apache as earth is uninhabitable & another planet earth 2 is the new earth & that is the Apaches destination
Upon decontamination DR LaFontaine informs the crew the other survivor is Jason Voorhees Crystal Lake's infamous serial killer.
Jason is thought dead & left to have an autopsy conducted on him but of course Jason isn't dead & he revives going on his killing spree around the spaceship doing what he does best slaughtering everybody he comes into contact with in brutal ways.
Eventually Jason is killed blown to bits by Android KM14 but what they forget is the namobite technology is activated near Jason transforming him into an uber Jason half man/half cyborg who proceeds to kill the remaining crew members unless someone or some thing can stop this now upgraded Jason Voorhees somehow?
This film is awful, Why do a stupid sequel & start to make fun of the film series?
I'm a huge fan of Friday the 13th Parts 1-8,Freddy vs Jason & the Friday the 13th remake but Jason Goes To Hell & Jason X jumped the shark for me.
To put Jason in space is utterly absured in the first place & responsibility lies with producer Sean Cunningham who in fact made the original movie, So how could he allow this tripe to be greenlighted in the first place is a mystery.
The kills are decent in parts but it's just so awfully acted & so so stupid it beggars belief.
This & it's predecessor will never see the light of day in my dvd collection so i advise you to give this movie a wide birth, It is truly an awful entry in the Friday series of movie's & like Jason Goes To Hell best avoided.Read more ›