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PCR # 179  (Vol. 4, No. 35)  This edition is for the week of August 25--31, 2003.

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Movie Review
"Freddy vs Jason"

Movie review by:
Michael A. Smith

One and a half stars

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New Line Cinema     
Starring: Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger and Monica Keenan
Directed by: Ronny Yu
Rated: R
Running Time: 1 hour 47 mins

You would think that after 20 plus years and a combined 17 films that when the time came to finally pair up two of the most popular characters in modern horror that the results would be spectacular. Or at least entertaining. Maybe even good. Sadly, in the case of Freddy vs Jason you would be wrong.

What made the early films in the respective Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th film series so good was that they contained a good amount of suspense and humor along with the blood. Sadly, director Yu has decided that bloodier is better. If this film really cost $30 million, then $29 million must have been spent on Karo syrup.

Our story begins with a very dejected Freddy Krueger. Freddy is feeling sorry for himself because nobody is dreaming of him anymore, which makes it hard for him to go on a murderous rampage. Freddy decides to call his old pal Jason Voorhees and persuade him to leave the familiar stomping grounds of Camp Crystal Lake and visit some friends on Elm Street. Never one to say no to a chance to hack up some promiscuous teenagers, Jason gladly accepts the offer. Unfortunately for Freddy, he is not given credit for the murders. In fact, when a police officer begins to suggest the crimes may be the work of the man with the razor fingers, the police chief stops him by invoking Harry Potter "We do not say his name out loud!" Not only is Freddy even more upset, but Jason, with a whole new town to explore, is like a kid in a candy store. Eventually, a couple kids (as is always the case) discover an evil adult plot and, unwittingly, finally bring Freddy back. Freddy then decides that there is only room for one serial murderer on Elm Street, so, after 90 mins, we finally get to the title battle, which is sadly as suspenseless as the film itself.

Since this film made $34 million opening weekend, I'm sure that we will be treated to more match ups (Michael Myers vs Leatherface, anyone?) Hopefully the powers that be will remember what made these films so good in the beginning and hire someone who cares. I'm sure Wes Craven has some free time coming up.

On a scale of zero to four stars I give Freddy vs Jason  One and a half stars

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