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Better than Shakespeare... well, maybe
on 5 November 2013
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.