It’s hard to believe it’s been 15 years since the release of Freddy vs Jason. Not only was it a critical and box office success at the time of its release, fans of the Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th franchises have been begging for a rematch ever since. In a new video, the folks are Screen Rant explore what it took to bring Jason vs Freddy to fruition as well as the lasting impact of the crossover.
While most people are aware that getting Freddy vs Jason to big screens was a monumental task, many are unaware of the full extent of this nightmare (pun intended). Plans for the flick began way back in 1987; while New Line and Paramount wrangled over creative control of the project, the studios commissioned and rejected at least 7 scripts!
Though we may never get a sequel, the film’s impact can’t be overstated. Most immediately, it led to additional horror crossovers in the form of Alien vs Predator and Puppet Master vs Demonic Toys (among others). Now, over a decade and a half later, crossovers are commonly utilized in today’s cinematic landscape (the Marvel and DC multiverses being the most obvious example).
Give Screen Rant’s video a spin below, followed by the synopsis and trailer for Freddy vs Jason. The film was directed by Ronny Yu from a script penned by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift; it stars Robert Englund, Ken Kirzinger, and Kelly Rowland.
Two horror icons face off in this supernatural movie. Disfigured serial killer Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund), who attacks his victims in their dreams, has lost much of his power since citizens of his town have become less afraid of him. Enlisting the help of fellow violent murderer Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger), Freddy orchestrates a new killing spree. However, when the hockey-mask-wearing psychopath won’t stop chopping up Freddy’s intended victims, the two ghouls start to battle each other.