All I remember about Freddy Vs. Jason is Jay Mewes reprises his role as “Jay” from Clerks, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back, and other films; the final, brutal confrontation between Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger put the fight scenes in Alien V. Predator utterly to shame; and as Jason emerges from the water carrying Freddy’s severed head, the guy in the theater sitting next to whoever shot my old roommate’s bootleg VHS copy of the movie yells, “That’s gangsta!”
Truer words have never been spoken.
Freddy Vs. Jason panned out pretty well back in 2003, which is extra nice for Nightmare nerds ‘cos it’s probably gunna wind up the last time Robert Englund puts on the razor glove and ratty thrift store sweater for our collective morbid amusement. The 70-year-old tells EW that, even with a stunt double, he couldn’t make it through a fight scene anywhere close to the same scale as Freddy Vs. Jason’s conclusion these days.
“I’m too old to do another Freddy now,” says Englund. “If I do a fight scene now it’s got to be real minimal because I can’t snap my head for eight different takes and different angles. My spine gets sore. I can still be mean and scary, but I’m mostly relegated now to sort of Van Helsing roles, old doctors and shit. So it’s fun that [SPOILER] the last moment of me ever playing Freddy is a wink to the audience.”
Ooooh, I just remembered the other thing I remember about Freddy Vs. Jason. It’s one of Jason Ritter’s most notable movie roles, which is fucked up, ‘cos that dude went on to do makeout scenes with Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, which is very wrong.
Granted, the makeouts with Graham occur on Parenthood, the sessions with Bledel happen on a show that got cancelled before it saw any light of day, and Gilmore Girls wasn’t even still on the air at either juncture. Nevertheless, Jason Ritter creeps me out way more than Jackie Earle Haley ever could.