Freddy vs. Jason is the slasher movie event fans have been waiting a decade and a half to see. It brings together the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises in one big crossover. By pitting two of the 80’s biggest slashers Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees against each other. Freddy the fedora wearing striped shirt bladed glove wielding dream killer and Jason the hockey mask wearing giant machete wielding psychopath. The Friday the 13th series lasted from 1980 to 2001. The series was popular due to its unstoppable killer and high body count. As a killer, Jason has since avenged his mother’s death, died twice, came back as a zombie, fought a girl with telekinesis, took Manhattan, and gone to space.
The A Nightmare on Elm Street series lasted from 1984 to 1994. The series was popular due to its wise cracking killer and creativity. As a killer, Freddy has since stalked the dreams of all the children from Elm Street and figured out new ways to come back every time. The idea for a crossover is as old as 1987, but it always ended up in development Hell. With the main problem being the lack of a good storyline that logically pits the horror icons against each other. Both franchises began to follow each other closely to the point where they themselves ended up in Hell. But the idea for a crossover survived long enough for them to finally get it made in 2003…
Freddy vs. Jason has a very standard cliché storyline. A group of dumb attractive mostly naked teenagers who live on Elm Street end up dropping dead after doing things like smoking, drinking, and having premarital sex. After Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Freddy has been forgotten by the people of Elm Street. The only way he can return is by using Jason to do his killing for him. Thus tricking people into thinking Freddy has returned. Half of the movie goes by without any fighting. Until Freddy starts to get jealous of Jason and then they fight each other.
Freddy vs. Jason was marketed as a big pro wrestling style event. I know I remember when the movie came out. I recall seeing several TV spots and being very intrigued even though I didn’t know anything about either franchise. I just knew it was a big deal. That’s why I eventually watched every installment of both horror franchises. Just to get to Freddy vs. Jason. Despite the many usual flaws this movie has (underwritten characters, over-the-top violence, and gratuitous nudity), when they do face off it’s very satisfying. Seeing two psychopaths trying to kill each other for a change. Even if Freddy and Jason are a bit of an odd match up. Freddy being a thin talkative killer and Jason being a giant silent killer. Really the main thing they have in common is that they’re both supernatural in some way and both started out scary, but devolved into crappy cheesiness.
This movie actually portrays Freddy as the villain and Jason as some kind of evil pseudo anti-hero. Freddy vs. Jason is also notably Robert Englund’s last time portraying Freddy. While fan’s criticized the movie for not casting Kane Hodder as Jason. The guy who played Jason the most, but they wanted someone with a faster build. SPOILER ALERT! Lori is the final girl who, along with her friends, lures a dreaming Jason to Camp Crystal Lake (which is apparently right next to Elm Street). It’s there Freddy and Jason engage in a fight that seemingly ends with the two of them killing each other (or did they?). To we’ll never know since this ended the original timeline for both slashers. Freddy vs. Jason is a crossover that fans of both franchises will more than enjoy.