In another one of the ever so growing "has it really been that long?" cases in my life, today marks 10 years ago that slasher icons Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees FINALLY met together on the big screen. It was an idea struck in the 80s that finally came to fruition in the summer of 2003. It also became the highest grossing film for either character. Both's previous few entries had shown a big decline, To reiterate Scott Mendelson's article from last week when referring to diminishing returns on sequels and mentioning Wes Craven's New Nightmare tanking...SHAME ON ALL OF YOU for not going to that one. But this one showed, they still got it!
Katharine Isabelle is in this movie. She gets her own space.
Like I said, I'm straying from having a full on discussion of the movie itself. This is a celebration of a film I really enjoyed turning 10. Maybe a lot of the film's detractors didn't wait as long as some of us for it. Maybe they take their stuff way too seriously or just are obsessive about repetition (Friday has 12 movies about paint by number stalk and slash, yet the ones that try something "fresh" or "different" are always met with hate BECAUSE they're not Camp/Woods-Teens-Jason-Kill). The movie does have some problems (Jason afraid of...water?), but some things they need to make it work and I'm having enough fun that I'll give it to them. And its super cool, not too complex and actually kind of smart the way they cross universes. Plus Robert England, almost 10 years removed from playing Freddy at this point jumps right back in to the top of his Dream Warriors A-Game. My hat is definitely off to Ronny Yu as well, you actually did something good with Chucky and your sensibilities to mish mash Freddy and Jason were a big success.
Here's to 10 years since a day I had to wait no longer for a Freddy Vs. Jason movie!