A Friday Full Of Fridays: Jason X

Welcome to a Friday Full Of Fridays! In celebration of Friday April 13th, 2012, here at DreadWorld we are going to take a look at each film from the franchises initial run (meaning we are going to ignore Freddy v. Jason and the Remake). I'll be posting a short review, a reviewette if you will, every hour on this momentous day. The posts will be in reverse order of awesomeness, meaning we will be counting backwards from, what I believe to be the worst film in the series, to the film I believe to be the best. Welcome and enjoy the ride!

Lets take a trip to space!

Jason X



...and here's where the controversy really begins. Jason X? Really, this high? Absolutely. This film is admittedly, a guilty pleasure for me, but I really don't think its that bad of a film. People seem to either love or hate it. The main argument against the film seems to be centered around the idea of putting Jason in space, not with the actual film itself. It's funny that people tend to overlook the myriad of logical inconsistencies that charmingly plague the series, but they can't accept Jason in the future. After the last entry in the series had Jason leaping from body to body as a worm, I wouldn't think Jason in space was that far of a leap. Why not try space? It was a hokey gimmick, but this is the series has been hanging on the hokey gimmicks since the third entry.

Jason is cryogenically frozen after a brief tussle with some near future folks, including the god-like David Cronenberg in an awesome extended cameo. 400 hundred years or so in the future, a group of students exploring what's left of earth find frozen Jason and the scientist who froze him, Rowan (the delectable Lexa Doig). Jason and Rowan are brought back to the ship to be defrosted and "researched." Rowan defrosts first and warns that defrosting Jason may not be the best idea. Because this is a film that needs a plot no one listens. Jason gets thaws out and, well you can fill in the rest.

Essentially, Jason X is Alien with Jason taking the place of the Alien monster. The character of Dallas (writer Todd Farmer) is so named in an homage to the original Alien film. Jason is hunted thought the ship, waits in dark places and reeks some pretty bloody havoc thought the crew. The film brings some unique futuristic elements that you might expect 400 years from now, or then, whatever. Jasons main nemesis is KM, and android who's pretty good at kicking the crap out of him. Jason seems to be done for at one point when he is rebuilt but the ships nanobots into Uber Jason - half man, half machine - all pissed off. For those missing the serenity of camp Crystal Lake, no need to be disappointed, there is a great scene on the holo-deck (stolen straight out of Star Trek) where Jason is fooled into thinking that he is back at the camp. he even reenacts the famous sleeping bag kill from Part VII. Jason is dispatched out into space and ridden back into the atmosphere, where we are meant to believe he burned up.

Filmed in 1999, but not released until 2001, Jason X was pushed back by New Line 4 times. It's unfortunate because one of the main criticisms of the film (other than the whole space thing) stems from the computer graphics of the film. Two years may not seem like a lot when it comes to that stuff but in 2001 cg art was light years ahead of where it had been in 1999. The CG is not "Twilight" bad, but its still something that stands out and does not do the film any favors.

Like I said earlier, I find this film to be a guilty pleasure of mine. It's not a good film by any means, but really none of the entries are to this point on the countdown, that will change soon, but of the films that constitute the bottom half of the countdown this film has the most going for it. The idea to take Jason into unfamiliar territory was nothing the series hadn't dealt with before. The producers had been itching to take Jason out of Crystal Lake for a while. It had been two films since he'd been there in earnest, and here is where most of the fans may have had an issue with the concept. For them Jason = Camp Crystal Lake. They were clamoring for a simple, just kill some kids at a camp film. Instead they got Jason in space.


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