Freddy vs. Jason / Jason X Double Feature – DVD Review

Freddy VS Jason / Jason X Double Feature DVDI’m a big fan of double, triple and quad packaged DVD and Blu-ray discs. Although there is often a noticable loss of quality, the modestly priced releases offer a great opportunity to collect several titles. The combo packs are usually better when the films are related in a series. With the Freddy vs. Jason and Jason X Double Feature, the films work extremely well together.

Obviously taking a stance on the Jason (Friday the 13th) end of things, we get to see the last two appearances of the classic Jason series on this disc, basically Jason ending up in outer space and finally Jason teaming and turning against his horror nemesis Freddy (Nightmare on Elm Street).

In Freddy vs. Jason, Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees join forces in this combination sequel to the the two horror franchises. The film begins with a quick recap of both Freddy and Jason's "lives," underscoring their respective motivations to kill and their distinct weaknesses. Freddy (Robert Englund) explains that the present children of Elm St. (including Monica Keena, Jason Ritter, Katherine Isabelle, and Kelly Rowland of Destiny's Child) have no memory of him, and if they don't know he exists, he can't enter their dreams to kill them. Ingeniously, he reaches out to Jason (Ken Kirzinger), the brutish death machine from Camp Crystal Lake, to go on an Elm Street killing spree, hoping a lot of gory murder will jog the town's memory.

In Jason X, a dispute between scientists over cryogenically freezing or researching Jason’s (Kane Hodder) regenerative tissue is literally cut short when the horror monster reemerges and hacks up the research staff. Trapping herself in the cryogenic chamber with him, Rowan (Lexa Doig) freezes Jason, halting his rampage. Four hundred years later the two are discovered by the student research craft Grendel. Both scientist and her subject are revived in space in the year 2455 when Earth has been destroyed. Jason does meet his equal in a feminine android (Lisa Ryder) only to receive an upgrade making him an even more unstoppable force.

Great value piece for horror fans, but leans more on the Jason side than Freddy side.