|Freddy vs. Jason|
Without being a comedy or a spoof, the film has enough knowing humour in it to keep fans chuckling even as they grip their seats in fear. Although it's not that terrifying; Yu leans more toward tense action set pieces, rather than just making things jump out at us. Although he does that as well. And there are bucketloads of gore to keep us flinching in horror, plus a conspiratorial plotline that is actually much scarier than all the bloodletting. The screenwriters cleverly draw on the elements of each characters' original demise (Freddy by fire, Jason by water) to create some intriguing possibilities. And the young cast is solid; Keena and Ritter are an intriguing variation on the usual heroic teen couple, and first-time actress Rowland (of Destiny's Child) is an amazingly talented bundle of on-screen personality. All in all, there's a witty and strong teen slasher movie vibe here that makes it great fun for horror movie fans, toying with the cliches and plot exposition, and including subtle nods to films from Psycho to Children of the Corn. Profoundly silly, yes, but also jumpy and nervy and entertaining. If you like this kind of thing..
dir Ronny Yu|
dir Damian Shannon, Mark Swift
with Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Kelly Rowland, Katharine Isabelle, Brendan Fletcher, Lochlyn Munro, Christopher George Marquette, Kyle Labine, Tom Butler, Jesse Hutch
release US/UK 15.Aug.03
Teens in jeopardy: Keena and Rowland (above), Ritter (below).
|"This movie was a dream come true. I loved it so much. I cant wait to see it again." --Leroy Patterson, Springwood CA 4.Aug.03|