Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Elm Street vs. Camp Crystal Lake; Dreams vs. Cabins; Finger-Knives vs. Hockey Masks – FVJ pits the two most iconic horror-franchises against each other in a fandom-service battle that delivers the Nightmare On Friday The 13th its title promises.. but could’ve been 10x better. 6/10.

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Plot Synopsis: Two horror icons face off in this supernatural movie. Disfigured serial killer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), who attacks his victims in their dreams, has lost much of his power since citizens of his town have become less afraid of him. Enlisting the help of fellow violent murderer Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger), Freddy orchestrates a new killing spree. However, when the hockey-mask-wearing psychopath won’t stop chopping up Freddy’s intended victims, the two ghouls start to battle each other.

Pros: Great opening sequence montages of both titans from Elm Street and Crystal Lake that refreshingly and skillfully sum up the main takeaways for both series for newcomers, good cinematography and visuals overall with a blue tint and smoky motif to match the cover, sheer idea and scope bringing together the 2 biggest titans in horror – Jason Voorhees and Freddy Kruger, horror scenes chilling and pretty intricate (esp for two film series in their 8th and 10th movies, respectively) – DEFINITELY deliver on the crossover premise and scares like in the cornfield scene, good set pieces and surprisingly interesting plot and main character story, having Kane Hodder back and a good actress back for Mrs. Voorhees a good decision, Freddy vs. Jason fight phenomenal – delivers exactly what a fan of either (or both) series or even just horror fans in general could’ve expected or wanted and cashes the admittedly big check the name of the movie writes against huge pressure and weight, acting and characters surprisingly decent – not forgettable like most horror movies, good action too with big budget stunts s, great final plot twist and fake out crossovers like having Jason go to Elm St, Freddy to Crystal Lake, and use each other’s weapons for the final showdown,

Cons: Some pretty big plot holes as how could Jason be back after the events of Friday IX?, skewed more towards Freddy & Elm Street than Jason & Crystal Lake – aggravating if you’re, like me, a bigger Friday fan, acting spotty in parts but then again not the focus, ending could’ve been a little better, special FX a little video game-y/shoddy in parts

Overall Rating: 7.6/10

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