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!!