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Right on with the Jason goes to Hell Comment. It was more like The Hidden than a Friday the 13th movie, and up to that point, it was the only one that got and unrated version released on dvd.
Yeah, I still don’t know what they were thinking. I think they were trying to reboot the series after Paramount sold it to New Line. What a mess. It was the Hidden, with Jason. The unrated version was such an attempt at a cash grab since their was barely any differences between that and the rated version. The unrated VII is what we need!
Thankfully they didn’t continue down this road or the series would have most likely ended at 10. The best thing they could do right now is ignore the reboot (which wasn’t terrible, it was just…missing something), go back to their low budget roots and re-hire Kane Hodder to play Jason. Continue the series after 8 with Jason making his way back to Crystal Lake. What’s that? Toxic waste turned him into a child? I don’t seem to recall that. (whistles and walks out of room)
Was i the only one that noticed that the Necronomicon and skull dagger from the Evil Dead movies appear prominently in this?
In part 9? Yep, one of the prop masters threw that in there as a nod to the Evil Dead. Kind of like the Alien skull at the end of Predator 2. They explained this appearance in the Freddy vs Jason vs Ash comic.
The Necronomicon even popped up in the fighting game Way of the Warrior on the 3DO.
This one seemed to come out ten or so years after the ‘psychic’ trend in the late 70s (The Fury, Carrie, etc) and seems like such a departure from the rest of the series. I liken it to Nightmare on Elm Street 3 and 7 (New Nightmare) mainly because they decided to go in different directions and it kept the series alive, as it were, at least in the idea department.
Do they ever address why they went back to the more normal ‘slasher’ angle with Jason Takes Vancouver? The idea of supernatural teens fighting back kind of evens the field a little bit and thankfully goes against what Wes Craven said was wrong about Freddy: that the villain becomes the hero simply by interest.
I think they were trying just about anything at this point in the series. After this they took Jason out of Crystal Lake and considering how it ended, I think they were just trying to end the series. Paramount considered it their dirty little secret and had been trying to dump it for years despite how much money it made for them.
I liked the fact that Jason finally had a foe that could take him on. Every other time it was pretty much him steamrolling through a bunch of dopes until one of them outsmarted him or got lucky.
With Freddy, he was so much more interesting than what he was up against. It was hard to root for the kids, most of the time they had no personality. That’s another reason why the remake didn’t work. By taking away the interesting parts of Freddy (and I’m not talking the shtick, I’m talking just his presence) and putting him up against a bunch of kids that were incredibly unlikable, you were left with a movie where you didn’t care what happened to anyone.
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