Freddy Vs. Jason: A Decade Later

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From reading another post online I was reminded that its been ten years since the release of horror blockbuster Freddy Vs. Jason.

The film had been talked about since the mid eighties when both the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street were hot property in Hollywood and churning out sequels like there was no tomorrow.

For the release of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood in 1988, the idea was first discussed with Director John Carl Buechler, but ultimately came to nothing.

In 1992 New Line Cinema bought the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise and it seemed more than ever that the film made logical financial sense, given the now ailing fortunes of both series’.

The confrontation was first teased at the end of Jason Goes to Hell where Freddy’s knifed fingers dragged the infamous hockey mask to hell.

After hundreds of script ideas and submissions the film was finally released in 2003 under the guidance of Director Ronny Yu, who had previously re-invigorated the Child’s Play series with the very fun Bride of Chucky.

Kane Hodder was infamously ousted as Jason, and replaced by stuntman Ken Kirzinger, with Robert Englund returning for what would be his final appearance as Freddy Krueger alongside cannon fodder and generally poor ‘actress’ Kelly Rowland.

The film certainly does have its moments, and lest we forget it topped the US Box Office and grossed over $100 million worldwide, firmly putting horror back on the map.

Freddy and Jason shootout to the death is certainly a sight to be hold too, with the always amusing ‘man the torpedoes’ line from Englund as well as the slaughter in the cornfields from Voorhees.

Considering the poor effort that was made with the potentially money spinning Aliens Vs Predator franchise, I always look back on Freddy Vs. Jason as a job well done.

I can still recall purchasing the 2 disc special edition DVD, and it was also the first film from either franchise that I was old enough to see at the prime age of 19 at the cinema so it will always hold special memories.

Talk of a sequel that never materialised still persists to this day, but given how long the first film took to get to the screen I won’t be holding my breath on Freddy Vs. Jason 2 coming our way in the next decade…..

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