Behold, what happens when you pit two of horror’s most iconic villains against each other in a fight to the death. Combining a decent enough story with some bland acting and okay effects this is a straight forward and entertaining gore fest that will likely satisfy fans of the two film series. For everyone else it is more of the same witless horror.
Picking up after the deaths of its two title characters the film begins with Freddy reviving Jason so that the masked killer will create enough havoc in Springwood for Krueger to return. It soon becomes apparent, though, that Jason will not stop and it is up to a group of survivors to stop the two supernatural killing machines. Because the film has some proper writers this time around the story beats anything that the Friday the 13th films cooked up and beats out a majority of the sequels from the Elm Street series. Everything comes together in one final climactic battle between Freddy and Jason which is every bit as awesome as you could hope for. It really is a very-well directed and superbly choreographed showdown.
The special effects are like the writing better than anything that the constipated Friday the 13th series could ever come up with. While the rather limited CGI looks a little fake it is better than the computer generated trash that Jason X regurgitated through its anus. The blood effects are just so overdone that it almost comes across as careless. Then again considering the source material of this film it is not really surprising that they amped the gore up. While it is disheartening that the people who made the film thought that a bucket full of blood was the way to go it is good to see that, much like the Elm Street films, they don’t rely purely on that for scare value.
The acting is something of a mix between the underwritten caricatures of the Friday the 13th series and the interesting protagonists from the Elm Street franchise. Monica Keena portrays Lori who is a credible character because she gets just that little bit more development than some of the other characters. Jason Ritter is sort of okay as Will Rollins since he gets a moderate level of character development so well done to him. Kelly Rowland is actually really good as Kia Waterson who could have been like really good if she was just a bit more developed. Brendan Fletcher is the same as Jason Ritter. His character, Mark Davis, gets just about the same level of character development so that’s all you can really say. Robert Englund restores some of Freddy’s menace which was lost in previous films because he has dispensed with the one liners and the surreal humour that destroyed his character.
While the quality of the story is a bit weak it is much better than anything from the Friday the 13th franchise. Even if the effects aren’t wonderful the acting is okay and the fighting between the two central antagonists is fun to see. For slasher fans this is well worth a look. As for non-fans, however, it is better to just leave this alone.