This film is only watchable because the cast and crew are fully aware of how silly it all is, and they go for a goofy B-movie vibe in the set design (think Alien on a budget), wink-wink acting and dialog, and effects that look like they were done on a home computer. But it somehow works. The characters are funny, the plot is relentless and energetic (although not remotely scary), and the gruesome killing is cruelly inventive, and often followed by a one-line groaner. The greedy professor (Potts) compromising their safety is more than a little unnecessary, as is the even more fiendish "Uber-Jason" that brutally bludgeons the film's final act. But there are decent performances throughout, some decent comic relief (Ryder's smart-talking robot is hilarious, as is a holodeck recreation of the lakeside camp from the early films, complete with topless coeds). As a thriller franchise film it's pretty terrible really. But as a comedy spoof, it's quite good fun.
dir Jim Isaac|
scr Todd Farmer
with Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder, Kane Hodder, Chuck Campbell, Jonathan Potts, Peter Mensah, Melyssa Ade, Melody Johnson, Phillip Williams, Derwin Jordan, Dov Tiefenbach, David Cronenberg
release US 26.Apr.02; UK 19.Jul.02
Hmmm, wonder what would happen if we thaw him out. A salvage team is intrigued by the frozen figure of Jason Voorhees.
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