Set way in the future, Earth is no longer inhabitable, so humans have colonized in outer space. One colony receives two cryogenically frozen bodies, and when they defrost them, one of the bodies turns out to be.....who else? Jason Voorhees. No longer in the forest or Camp Crystal Lake, Jason stalks the colonists in a whole new environment. Written by
In the tenth Friday the 13th franchise film, all bets are off: Any remaining fright factor left in the series is eschewed in favor of outright horror camp, and anyone expecting otherwise will be almost completely disappointed. The days of Jason's formulaic killing sprees on Camp Crystal Lake are long over, replaced instead with a "Jason Goes To Space" gimmick that cries out with pure cheese.
But, if you're willing to accept this fact, and are properly prepared to take a dive into the "So bad it's good" movie genre, you may actually like what you get.
Regardless of the fan-base's opinion, the writing team of Victor Miller and Todd Farmer seem to have sensed the fact that Jason's schtick was getting old, especially with the two less than stellar films that came before it in the series, "Jason Takes New York" and "Jason Goes To Hell," both of which suffered from the fact that bargain-basement production value had finally begun to work against the series. In response, they have Jason take his third field trip, this time into outer space, as well as centuries into the future.
At face value this seems to be little more than just another desperate gimmick to keep the low-budget yet profitable series alive. But Jason X easily stakes its claim as the corniest of all the movies, and the only one able to laugh at itself, at least to any effective degree (disregarding the disastrously bad Jason Takes New York), allowing characters to utter Schwarzenegger-like one-liners for the first time in the series, while also adding in tongue-in-cheek subplots that make no pretense of being anything other than goofy. Be advised: Friday the 13th does not take itself seriously any more, though the script-writers may be the last people on earth that did to begin with.
Meanwhile, the movie continues deliver on the standard that its predecessors set--a porn movie plot with gruesome murders instead of gratuitous sex. It is, after all, the painstakingly crafted death scenes that keep audiences coming back. Jason continues to alternate between murderous acts of machine-like efficiency, intermixed with more inventive gorefests of impalement, dismemberment, and other terrible fates for the film's C-list actors. The violence remains top-notch, even if the formula has been subtly altered.
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