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Freddy Vs Jason [DVD] [2003]
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Freddy vs Jason - arguably the two biggest villains in the teen-slasher genre, at last get to square off against each other. The plot... oh, who really cares about the plot - oversexed, annoying teenagers get killed - that's all you need to know - admit it... you're not watching this for the story, right?

And there isn't much of one: Freddy brings Jason back to life to kill people so that, in turn, he too can come back and kill people. And he succeeds. The body count starts to rise, but can the two of them be stopped? I hoped not.

Perhaps the biggest problem with this film is that the most `appealing' characters are both homicidal baddies. We know that we're supposed to be rooting for the teens (well, the virginal blonde one anyway), but they're just so bland compared to the villains. Freddy rocks! He's creepy, nasty, deliciously over-the-top and evil. Jason is dark, brooding and emits seethingness at all times. The kids... well, they're mainly there to die, so who cares about them?

If you like slasher movies, this one should appeal to you, but don't watch it for the story or the characters, just watch it for the baddies - they're a million times better than anyone else in the film. Although, if you read reviews online, you'll see the majority of people felt the film favours Jason over Freddy. I didn't see it that way - I thought they both shone (for what they were). I'd love to see a sequel (possibly with `Pin-head' from the Hellraiser saga), but, seeing as both Nightmare and Friday franchises have been rebooted, it doesn't look like that's about to happen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 April 2015
Freddy vs. Jason is a film that's title was around long before its script (well, scripts, many drafts were written, one I believe had the two of them in a boxing ring) and that does show a little, the film is essentially an excuse for a bloodbath of carnage and for two horror icons to get into a punch out.
It delivers just that. The fights between Freddy and Jason are spectacularly done. The filmmakers manage to make them gory, brutal and up close and personal looking which greatly benefits the film. However for some strange reason everything is lit like a laser tag game. Freddy is constantly lit with the colour red and Jason lit with the colour blue and in one scene in which Freddy and Jason are on screen the lighting goes green for no apparent reason. It doesn't massively hinder the film, but the fact the Freddy does some out of character stuff does.
Freddy has always been a killer first and foremost so why is he suddenly attracted to the leading lady? He never did anything like this before why now? It's out of character and brings the film down. Fortunately Jason is well done if a bit too heroically portrayed for my liking. He is a mass murderer after all.
As well as Freddy and Jason, you also get a cast of supporting characters who are various clichés from both franchises. Sadly a good portion of the film is spent with these characters instead of Freddy and Jason and they begin to grind on you after a while. The rip off of Jay from Clerks springs to mind in particular but to be fair the lines these characters receive are basically just exposition. Badly written exposition (David S. Goyer wrote some of it so expect some poor and clunky lines)
"Vs." movies are usually terrible and this here's no exception, but if you're a fan of ether Jason or Freddy (or both) than you'll probably enjoy it. It's also worth it if you're a fan of blood soaked carnage and mayhem. Or laser tag lighting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Robert Englund plays Freddy Krueger, a vile, sadistic, hideously disfigured, serial killer of children. A gang of parents of the child victims burn Freddy alive, but he lives on in the dreams of other children. If Freddy kills you in your sleep, you die for real. Freddy is the monster from the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise of movies, of which the first and final chapters are very good, whilst the several sequels in between are a very average much of a muchness.
Here, Freddy teams up with Jason Vorhees, another ultra-violent, horribly disfigured, relentless serial killer. Jason is the monster from the Friday The 13th franchise of horror flicks. Freddy wants Jason to play doubles with him on another teen killing rampage of Elm Street. The group of teens are the usual, formulaic serial killer fodder, and the viewer learns little if anything about their individual personalities, which means it's very hard to feel anything as and when each youth is senselessly massacred. The local cops are the usual bunch of blundering Keystone Kops with double digit I.Q.s. The female cast look like enhanced Playboy models and clearly had the no nudity clauses deleted from their contracts.
This flick makes the same mistake as all the Elm Street sequels (excluding the final one) - it relies far too heavily on CGI and make up special F/X, at the expense of a decent story, or interesting characters, or any real horror, or anything original or thought provoking. It's full of action and pacy, and so it's certainly watchable, but it's entirely derivative of so many other slasher movies which have gone before it.
Do yourself a favour and watch or buy a brilliant horror film instead, something like American Mary, Bedevilled, The Chaser, Grabbers, Venom (not the one with the snakes), or Wolf Creek 2 - American Mary [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region Free], Bedevilled [Blu-ray], The Chaser (2008) [DVD], Grabbers [Blu-ray] [2012], Venom [DVD], Wolf Creek 2 [Blu-ray].
Thanks for taking the time to read this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Freddy vs. Jason is directed by Ronny Yu (Bride Of Chucky) and stars Monica Keena, Kelly Rowland, Jason Ritter, Chris Marquette & Robert Englund. The film pitches against each other the two villains of the A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises. It is set after Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare & Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. The plot sees the terror of Elm Street, Freddy Krueger, suffering in nowhere land on account that the kids of Elm Street have forgotten all about him. Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare & Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday. The plot sees the terror of Elm Street, Freddy Krueger, suffering in nowhere land on account that the kids of Elm Street have forgotten all about him. However, he hatches a plan to bring the unkillable Jason Vorhees into the lives of the Springwood children and get the nightmares started again to bring him back into play. What he didn't bargain for was that Jason is a force all by himself and quickly steals Freddy's territorial thunder.....and he doesn't like it.

It was a project first mooted back in 1987, the idea of pairing two of modern horror's most fondly thought of icons was never far away. After a considerably troubled path thru the years (it's believed that up to 18 scripts had been written for the idea) the bogeyman smack down finally arrived in 2003. Tho receiving the expected mixed reviews from professional critics, the film was embraced by the horror faithful and was a box office success (made for $30 million it grossed almost $112 million Worldwide). The film does exactly what the title suggest it will, namely loads of blood and horror fisticuffs. The plot of course is as daft as it gets and the dialogue often cheesy, but the action and humour more than make up for the pitfalls of both franchises. While some of the stunt work and fight set pieces are of such a high standard; they wouldn't be out of place in a bigger budgeted summer popcorner.

Great for fans of the two titular icons, not so for those looking for Val Lewton atmospherics or a Corman like Poe adaptation. The clue is in the title folks. 7/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Dream demon Freddy Krueger is desperate to terrorise the teenagers of Elm St. once again, but he can't since the parents of Springwood have found a way to make the kids forget about him while doping them up with dream suppressant Hypnocil.

In order to inspire terror, Freddy manipulates hulking, hockey-masked serial killer Jason Voorhees, through visions of his mother, to go to Elm Street and dispatch the kids so the town will think that Freddy has returned.

But his plans are scuppered when Jason starts to kill all of his "children," which really angers Freddy.

So, it's up to teens Will, Lori, and Kia, along with a few other survivors, to get Jason back to Camp Crystal Lake and Freddy out of the dream world for both of them to kill each other once and for all...

The main reason why I like this film is because i'm amazed at how god the actual story is for the film. Of course, a film like this was always going to disappoint someone, as the title is easily the best thing about it, but you have to love it.

If you are a fan of the titular characters, you will find many references to previous movies, and funnily enough, you may find yourself cheering for Jason during the last act, he appears to be the sympathetic one of the two.

All in all it's fun, forgettable, and if you watch it now, one cannot help but think that this was intended for a 3D release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 28 March 2012
I've been a fan of the Freddy movies for a while.

Most of them are good, some of the latest ones have been poor and cheap, like some of the Jason movies, so I was a bit put off this film and I thought It was gonna be just a cheap pile of teen actors and some terrible acting and recycled death scenes.

Well I got a big shock. It's not one of the best films I've seen recently, but it was good. Some of the lines were cheesy as hell, but I'm ok with that, I don't take films like this seriously anyway.

The acting was actually pretty good, the fight scenes and the plot were also quite solid.

Definitely the best Freddy or Jason film to be released in ages.

Plot - 7.5/10
Acting - 7/10
Death/Fight scenes - 7/10

Overall 7/10
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on 11 July 2015
Two of cinemas most prolific and well known horror icons lock horns for the showdown everyone waited years to see. Freddy Krueger, the claw handed, badly burned dream invader locks horns with the machete wielding, hockey masked murderer Jason Voorhees in a showdown for the ages.
The film takes place in Freddy Krueger's hometown of Springwood where the residents have just about forgotten about him and his evil antics, so he resurrects Jason Voorhees in an attempt to make them remember. But Jason being Jason he cannot stop killing and ends up getting into a very bloody conflict with the man that brought him back to life. Soon Freddy is out of the dream world and into the real world where a group of young youths try to put an end to him and his legacy once and for all whilst also trying to stop Jason and his killing spree at the same time.
This is a brilliant film especially if you grew up watching these two maniacs before they both fought on the big screen in the same film. It does not disappoint and leaves you wondering who will win the fight between two of the cinemas most notorious killers.
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on 7 July 2015
I don't think this is the greatest film out of either the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" or the "Friday the 13th" series but who cares I love both and seeing them together in a film is a hell of a lot of fun - there were a lot of parts that I did find genuinely funny and there was plenty of gore, besides I wanted to complete my "Friday the 13th" and "A Nightmare on Elm Street" DVD collection by having them all.

Over all, I knew what I was buying having already seen this film and I don't think I paid too much for this DVD at all so I'd say I am happy with this purchase, I just wish it had been Kane Hodder behind the hockey mask this time too.

I have nothing bad to say about the delivery or the packaging, it was all perfect.
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on 16 December 2011
This film is no more than a marketers dream. Two horror heroes finally meeting up. The problem is that it feels like two former great heavyweight boxers meeting up about 15 years too late.

The direction the acting is wooden. And how the hell and why the hell did they replace Kane Hodder as Jason? Ken Kirzinger looks crap as Jason. You get the feeling that they had 57 writers on this movie and they didn't know quite what to do with Jason and Freddy once the pair of them were on screen.

This is really worth one star but I have always been a fan of both franchises, thus I am a sucker and sticking on an extra star. The movie just feels tired. Much like you will be when you have finsihed watching... zzzzz
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 June 2012
I was'nt sure if this freddy v jason dvd would be any good but having watched it its a good addiction to ur dvd collection if ur a fan of freddy or jason franchises.
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