One of the most maligned and unintentionally funny installments of the Friday the 13th franchise was released on this day in 2002. Jason X (“The one where Jason goes to space”) directed by James Isaac and penned by Todd Farmer, has nonetheless amassed a sizable cult following in the years since its release. It was the last time Kane Hodder played the hockey mask-wearing, machete-wielding icon of horror.
If it’s been a while, or if you’ve never experienced the madcap mayhem of Jason X, revisit the trailer and synopsis below.
The year is 2455. The Place is Old Earth. Once the shimmering blue jewel of the galaxy, Old Earth is now a contaminated planet abandoned for centuries. Yet humans have returned to the deadly place that they once fled. Not to live, but to research the ancient rusting artifacts of the bygone civilizations that caused this environmental disaster. And little does the most recent landing party of intrepid young explorers realize the fate that awaits them.
Once again, just like with Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993), New Line Cinema was unable to legally include “Friday the 13th” in the film’s title as Paramount Pictures still owned the trademarked title. (Source)
While this film was a critical and financial failure in its initial release in theaters, it made more than triple the cost of production in DVD and post-theater sales. Statistically, It is one of the most successful Friday the 13th films. (Source)