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Freddy vs. Jason

Robert Englund  Actor Ken Kirzinger  Actor Monica Keena  Actor Jason Ritter  Actor Kelly Rowland  Actor

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MPAA Rating: R
Contains:Graphic Violence,Adult Situations,Drug Content,Gore

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Freddy vs. Jason

Theatrical Release Date: 2003 08 15 (USA)

UPC: 794043683121

Studio: New Line Home Video

MPAA Rating: R   Contains:[Graphic Violence, Adult Situations, Drug Content, Gore]

Summary: Rumored and anticipated for years, the two biggest icons of the slasher genre finally meet in Freddy Vs. Jason, the eighth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street saga and the 11th film in the Friday the 13th series, though with Jason X taking place in the future, it should be noted that the events of this film take place after the ninth film Jason Goes to Hell. And it is hell where Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) and Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger, donning the hockey mask for the first time in a controversial snub against series veteran Kane Hodder) finally become acquainted. Banished there for eternity, Freddy devises a plan to manipulate Jason into continuing his work, hacking up the teenagers of Elm Street. All goes well at first until Jason realizes he's been duped by "the dream master" and is none too pleased. Coaxed by surviving teenagers Will (Jason Ritter), Lori (Monica Keena), and Kia (Destiny's Child's Kelly Rowland), Jason and Freddy descend upon Crystal Lake for a mano a mano battle royal. Helmed by Hong Kong director Ronny Yu (Bride of Chucky, The Bride With the White Hair), Freddy Vs. Jason features the director of the first Friday film, Sean S. Cunningham serving as producer. ~ Matthew Tobey, Rovi

Category: Horror

Features: cc Widescreen and full-screen versions of the film
Commentary by director Ronny Yu, Robert Englund, and Ken Kirzinger
Jump to a Death menu option
Deleted/alternate scenes including the original opening and ending with filmmaker commentary
Behind-the-scenes coverage of the film's development, including screenwriting, set design, makeup, stunts, and principle photography
Visual effects exploration
Storyboards and galleries
Original theatrical trailer and TV spots
Music video by Ill Niño "How Can I Live"
DVD-ROM content: Script-to-screen, enhanced playback mode, The Cutting Room Floor edit activity, and more

Freddy vs. Jason

Format: DVD

Release Date: 01/13/2004

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Cinemascope, 1.33:1 Pre-1954 Standard

Audio: DD-EX Dolby Digital Surround EX (simulated 6.1), DDS Dolby Digital Surround

Runtime: 98 Minutes

Sides: 2

Number of Discs: 2

Language(s) English

Subtitles: English,Spanish

Region: USA & territories, Canada

Chapters: Side #1 -- Disc 1
1. Freddy's Children
2. Late Night Swim
3. Welcome to Elm Street
4. "Freddy's Coming Back!"
5. Institutionalized
6. Back to School
7. Life and Death of the Party
8. Sins of the Father
9. Brother's Keeper
10. Two Killers
11. Back to Westin Hills
12. "Welcome to My Nightmare!"
13. Return to Crystal Lake
14. Home Field Advantage
15. One one One
16. Final Blows
17. End Credits

Jeremy Wheeler

After a long ten-year wait, fans were finally given the team-up they'd been asking for in Freddy Vs. Jason, a heavily blood-soaked popcorn flick sure to please the masses no matter its D-level cheese factor. Back once again is Robert Englund as number one child-killer Freddy Krueger, this time echoing the sinister and dark sarcastic edge long-lost in most of the latter Nightmare on Elm Street films (not counting the under-appreciated New Nightmare). Needless to say, the glove slips back on perfectly, with Freddy chewing scenery with a maniacal glee sadly missed in his series' nine-year absence. The same can be said about everyone's favorite hockey-mask killer, returning here with a fresh new iconic look, thanks to six-foot-five, 240 lbs. ex-stuntman (and stunt coordinator on Jason Takes Manhattan) Ken Kirzinger -- a controversial bit of casting which caused overt fan uproar when veteran Kane Hodder ended up getting the boot, even though he was one of the driving forces behind keeping fans interest high throughout the years. Gripes aside, Kirzinger's one mammoth of a maniac who not only swings the machete right, but effortlessly makes a dynamic impact each time he hits the screen.

To be sure, when these two finally do go at it during their all-out brawl, thunder claps and so will the audience. Limbs are chopped off, blood sprays excessively, and countless bodies are thrown around (literally) in both the nightmare face-off and the real world duke-out that ends the flick. There's no denying the grisly mayhem that the filmmakers eventually deliver, it's just the first two-thirds of it that might reek upon closer inspection. With more time dedicated to inflating the script and blatant stereotypical characters than there ever needed to be, the fun and ingenuity of each series tends to bleed away to nothing. While some will unabashedly crave the ridiculous story arcs and dialogue that spews from the worthless teen fodder, others will sit back and just get annoyed at the misuse (and as far as Jason goes, disappearance) of the title characters. Making things worse is the truly dreadful casting, headed by teary-eyed push-up bra wonder, Monica Keena - yet another no-talent TV actress doomed to flunk out on the big screen. With acclaimed Hong Kong veteran Ronny Yu at the helm, Freddy Vs. Jason looks great, but is missing the visceral punch that his name is usually synonymous with. In the end, Yu's film is simply a midnight movie splatter romp whose blemishes will either be praised or vehemently hated for years to come - which, just like the eventual gore-filled match, you'll be placing your bets on 'till the very end. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi

Cast and Crew: Sean S. Cunningham  Producer 
Douglas Curtis  Executive Producer 
David S. Goyer  Screenwriter 
Graeme Revell  Composer (Music Score) 
Robert Shaye  Executive Producer 
Ronny Yu  Director 
Stokely Chaffin  Executive Producer 
Mark Swift  Screenwriter 
Damian Shannon  Screenwriter 
Renee Witt  Executive Producer 
Robert Englund  Actor 
Ken Kirzinger  Actor 
Monica Keena  Actor 
Jason Ritter  Actor 
Kelly Rowland  Actor 
Katharine Isabelle  Actor 
Christopher Marquette  Actor 
Brendan Fletcher  Actor 
Tom Butler  Actor 
James Callahan  Actor 
Lochlyn Munro  Actor 
Kyle Labine  Actor 
Gary Chalk  Actor 
Brian Thompson  Actor 
Kenneth Tsang  Actor 
Lisa Wilcox  Actor 
Chris Gauthier  Actor 
Jesse Hutch  Actor 
Jake Kaese  Actor 
Odessa Munroe  Actor 
Joshua Mihal  Actor 
Paula Shaw  Actor 

Country: USA