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Freddy vs. Jason

Reviewed by: Mirko Parlevliet
Rating: 7 out of 10
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Cast:
Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger
Monica Keena as Lori Campbell
Ken Kirzinger as Jason Voorhees
Kelly Rowland as Kia
Jason Ritter as Will Rollins
James Callahan as Blake
Brendan Fletcher as Mark Davis
Lochlyn Munro as Deputy Scott Stubbs
Chris Marquette as Charlie Linderman
Odessa Munroe as Heather
Katharine Isabelle as Gibb
Kyle Labine as Freeburg
Jake Kaese as Blake
Jesse Hutch as Trey
Chris Gauthier as Shack
Paula Shaw as Mrs. Pamela Voorhees
Alistair Abell as Officer Goodman
Gary Chalk as Sheriff Williams
Robert Shaye as Principal Shaye

Summary:
Get ready to ruuuuuuummmble! "Freddy vs. Jason" is one hell of a match.

Story:
Freddy Krueger is in hell and its been almost ten years since he's invaded the dreams of a generation to exact his deadly form of revenge and murder. The people of Springwood have removed records of Freddy's legend and drugged potential dreamers who may accidentally fear him again in their dreams. Freddy has been forgotten and is powerless. That is, until Freddy decides to enter the dreams of the unstoppable Jason Voorhees and lure him back to Elm Street so that the killing can begin and the town can remember Freddy again. It's not long before he enters their dreams and gets stronger. Jason continues to kill, however, and is taking all the fun away from Freddy, who decides to fight back. The epic battle between the titans of horror is about to begin - and it's time to get a little bloody.

Critique:
Director Ronny Yu ("Bride of Chucky," "The 51st State") and first-time feature writers Damian Shannon and Mark Swift bring together the two legendary horror figures with a bang. Talk about this movie happening goes back many, many years and to finally see it on the big screen was a treat. Fans of the two characters will be happy to know that everything turned out well - Freddy and Jason are definitely back! Folks who aren't as familiar with the characters will also be happy to know that this new film explains a lot of the history of both horror icons very quickly so you are caught up to what's going on.

Let's get the cast out of the way first (just like Freddy & Jason did!). Surprisingly good. We're not talking "Darkness Falls" acting here - I cringe reminding myself - most of the acting was actually pretty good, considering how unbelievable the whole situation is of course. Brittany Murphy look-alike Monica Keen led well along with Jason Ritter. Kelly Rowland, of Destiny's Child fame, was okay at the beginning but got better as the movie progresses (she had one of the better scenes with Freddy). Paula Shaw, who plays Jason's mom, also left a lasting impression. Robert Englund was of course perfect as Krueger and Ken Kirzinger actually made Voorhees scary again.

"Freddy vs. Jason" is probably one of the bloodies movies I've seen in a while. It's the goriest film of the season, hands down. But what else would you expect when two killers are brought together in one flick? It worked - the slashing, dicing and slicing all will be great fun for the fans to see. Many of the kills were also inventive and come when you don't expect it. The battle between Freddy and Jason is complete eye candy, almost like two indestructible Terminators going at it.

Shannon and Swift added a nice combination of action, horror and comedy to the script. Ronny Yu brought the three together to make a movie that is very entertaining.

I'm not sure how New Line did it, but good for them for keeping the ending of "Freddy vs. Jason" quiet. The trailer and TV spots don't give away all the surprises which is a plus. Sans one or two cheesy lines, this is one fun film to watch.

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