Fangoria Mentions Freddy vs Jason In Top 10 of 2000's?
It's safe to say that fans of the Friday the 13th series felt scorned by Freddy vs Jason as the negative sentiment professed by filmgoers was that the Jason character was completely mishandled and not represented fairly in the film. There is a lot of hatred for Director Ronny Yu in this respect, but the harsh feelings did not hurt the box office numbers for the film. The U.S. domestic gross for the film was over $82 million dollars. Not bad for a couple of characters and film franchises started twenty or more years earlier. However, does the film stand the test of time and how does it stack up against other horror films of that decade?
Fangoria.com writer Raving Mad Mascerola offered up Part 1 of his Top Ten horror films of the first decade of the new Millenia, the 2000's. In a somewhat surprise decision, he included Freddy vs Jason in his Top 10 list at #9. Below is what he wrote to justify the film's position in his rankings.:
Some of you will probably roll your eyes at this pick, but I don’t care—FREDDY VS. JASON was an absolute blast. Sure, it’s far from highbrow and most people outside the horror community would look at the film and wonder what the big deal was, but to me (and to a lot of people) this was the jamboree I’d been waiting for. After a decade of failed scripts and productions, could the finished film actually be good, and bring these horror icons together for one last madcap movie?
Hell yes. FREDDY VS JASON grabbed me with it’s vicious opening, gleefully recapping each villain’s history while setting up the big brawl to come, and then dispensed with the carnage. The movie has a ludicrously high bodycount (something like 23 die in a runtime below 90 minutes), and that’s not including the vicious mano-a-mano fight that encompasses the last block of the movie. Unending mayhem, stellar directing by Ronny Yu (why has this man not gotten better scripts?), and the joy of seeing Robert Englund (the REAL Freddy) in top form again made this one of my favorite horror experiences of the decade.
What do our visitors think? Is his justifications correct in your opinion, or does Freddy vs Jason deserve higher or lower rankings compared to #9 in the list? To see his entire article showcasing his Top 10 list, visit www.fangoria.com/.