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JASON x-United States-2001
Directed by Jim Isaac
Written by Todd Farmer and Victor Miller (characters)
Jason X is the best film in the series after Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter. It is a kick-ass joy ride of a film that, unlike Friday the 13th Part XIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, takes Jason out of the element of Crystal Lake and plants him in the year 2455 on board a spaceship loaded with a group of students on a training mission. Oddly enough, teenagers are just as horny in 2455 as they are in 2001, which is when this film was released. So, even though he’s been cryogenically frozen for 454 years and then thawed out on board the ship by the unsuspecting crew Jason is never bored or at a lack of things to do. It’s sort of like when you take a kid to the bank and give them a coloring book and crayons to keep them occupied. Jason nearly meets his match in this film at the hands of Kay-Em 14, a fairly hot cyborg whose nipples tend to fall off at inopportune times. You have to see it to believe it, trust me. But, just when you think Mrs. Voorhees baby boy has bitten the dust for the umpteenth time, he returns as (cue Superman theme music) UBER-JASON!!! Faster than a speeding victim! More powerful than a horny teenager!! Able to slash through bodies with a single swipe!! Look out behind you! It’s not Michael, not Freddy! It’s Uber-Jason!! Just as soon as our boy gets his upgrade he is back in the business of killing. He even pays homage to one of his earlier kills in this one. When you see it you’ll know the one I’m talking about.
The biggest complaint I have against this film is the acting. The main cast is good, but the supporting cast leaves a bit to be desired. Kane Hodder is in excellent form as both Jason and Uber-Jason. After four films he’s got this part down to a science. It’s no wonder the guy has such a large following at conventions.
Jason X is the final film in the Friday the 13th series. I don’t count Freddy vs Jason as the last because the events in it would have taken place before the year 2455, regardless of whether it was released at a later date than Jason X. It’s like the Beatles with Abbey Road and Let It Be. The latter was the last album released, but the former was the last album recorded.
This film allows the series to go out with a bang. Not a big bang, but a bang none the less.
The space debris floating in space has “Cunningham Reality” written on the side. This is a reference to the name of producer Noel Cunningham, the son of executive producer and maker of the original Friday the 13th (1980/I), Sean S. Cunningham.
Jason Voorhees’ eyes never blink when they are shown.
The name of the primary ship in the film is the “Grendel” which is the name of a monster in the Old English poem “Beowulf”. Grendel was a direct descendant of Cain from the Book of Genesis, a monster described as half-troll, half-ogre. Like Jason, Grendel rose from a lake in search of victims and seemingly could not be killed. Also, in their fight, Beowulf rips Grendel’s arm off, and in the movie, when Kay-Em shoots up Jason, the first thing he loses is his arm.
JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY-United States-1993
Directed by Adam Marcus
Story by Jay Huguely and Adam Marcus
Screenplay by Dean Lorey and Jay Huguely
I guess Jason going to Manhattan in the last film prepared him for going to hell in this one. That was a joke, New Yorkers. Anyways, he doesn’t actually go to hell in this one until the very end. The rest of the film deals with the FBI finally stepping in and blowing Mrs. Voorhees favorite son to smithereens and kingdom come. Yes, the world’s most prolific mass murderer/serial killer is dead. If you believe that, I’ve got a story about a man named Jed to tell you. Jason has found a way for his soul to inhabit whoever he touches, sorta like that demon in Fallen with Denzel Washington. So now, it’s up to John D. Lemay and Steven Williams to stop him once and for all once again. The story goes that the last surviving member of the Voorhees family has to be the one to do the dirty deed dirt cheap.
I don’t know if you can tell or not, but I am seriously running out of shit to say about these movies. I love the hell out of them, even the bad ones, but how many times can you kill this guy and not really kill him? I mean, come on, the boy must have eaten a serious bowl of Wheaties before he went off to camp all those years ago. One thing I wish I could say is that this was one of the better films in the series. Unfortunately, I can’t do that. The storyline is the weak point in this one. You could tell by watching that the writers were running out of ideas (or had run out a long time ago). The acting is decent; John LeMay comes over from Friday the 13th: The Series and does a good job in his role. Erin Gray is very good in her role, as is Steven Williams. I can’t say much about Kane Hodder in this one because he’s really not in it as Jason all that much. Most of the kills are performed by the characters whose soul Jason has inhabited at that particular time.
This one is fair. It’s no Part IV, that’s for sure. But it’s also definitely not a Part V redux, either.
It’s also not the last we see of one Mr. Jason Voorhees. Now why did I know that?
In addition to his roles as Jason and the Security Guard, Kane Hodder also played Freddy Krueger’s arm in the final scene.
Jason’s heart was used in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) as Monkey Man’s heart.
There was a comic book that bridged the gap between Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) and this film. It followed Jason after he was dipped in toxic waste in a New York City sewer, and his killing spree all the way back to Camp Crystal Lake. It also explains why the FBI has a task force specifically for Jason.