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Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Back To The Oldschool...
It's been a long time coming, but FvJ is worth the wait. I turned up to the film expecting to be disappointed, but am glad to report that it delivers almost everything a fan of these 2 icons could want. Right from the opening notes of the Elm Street theme blending into Friday 13th's "Ch-ch-ch Kill-kill-kill" sound effects, I felt like a kid again. My one fear for this movie was that it would suffer too much from post-modern irony and be too self-deprecating, but it treats the history of these characters with respect whilst having some fun at their expense. ("That goalie was p****d about something.."- a classic line.)
Overall a nice mix of new ideas, but plenty of old school touches - boobs, drugs and buckets of blood. Probably the most blood I've seen outside an early Peter Jackson flick. (The opening credits set the tone, with a ton of blood splattering on a wall to reveal the title)
I also liked the slight re-invention of the characters - Freddy still funny, but scarier than he's been in the past, and Jason given a more Mountain man look. Although I was initially wary of Kane Hodder not playing Jason again, the new Jason works well - the height advantage making him look cooler whilst maintaining the same movement style as Kane.
Overall, if you're a fan of either franchise, you were probably at the front of the queue and will get a lot out of it. The real proof will be to see how it goes down with the not-so-hardcore fans..