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Freddy vs. Jason (2003) Slasher thrillers have a way of dismembering audience sympathies. Are we on the side of the horny young idiots who get sliced and diced? Or… 2003-08-15 R PT98M Action/Adventure Horror Robert Englund Ken Kirzinger Katharine Isabelle Monica Keena Jason Ritter Kelly Rowland New Line Cinema
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Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

MPAA Rating: R

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Ken Kirzinger, Robert Englund, ... | FIGHT TO THE FINISH Everyone's fair game in a meeting of psychopathic minds
Image credit: Freddy vs. Jason: James Dittiger
FIGHT TO THE FINISH Everyone's fair game in a meeting of psychopathic minds
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Aug 15, 2003; Rated: R; Length: 98 Minutes; Genres: Action/Adventure, Horror; With: Robert Englund and Ken Kirzinger; Distributor: New Line Cinema; More

Slasher thrillers have a way of dismembering audience sympathies. Are we on the side of the horny young idiots who get sliced and diced? Or is the masked/maimed killer the real hero -- a kind of homicidal rock star, all id and no face? In Freddy vs. Jason, we're rooting for Freddy Krueger, with his pervert's leer, to drag his fingertip razors through Jason Voorhees' hulking torso; for Jason to plunge his machete into Freddy's scarecrow sweater; for both of these psycho icons of the '80s to destroy as many kids as possible. In short, we're rooting for everyone to kill everyone else.

There are far less lively ways to spend a night at the movies. Robert Englund's performance as Freddy hasn't lost its delight; it remains a juicy bloodsploitation burlesque, that nuthouse cackle bubbling up from beneath his latex burn makeup. In hell, Freddy recruits Jason to visit Elm Street and scare up memories of Freddy's reign. Then Jason, naughty boy, insists on doing the killing himself. The two end up leaping, dreamlike, into each other's back stories -- which allows the film to layer the shocks like a trapdoor videogame. So can Freddy beat up Jason, or what? Let's just say that neither one would have stood a chance against Abbott and Costello.

Originally posted Aug 13, 2003 Published in issue #724-725 Aug 22, 2003 Order article reprints