Jason X (2001)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0

USA, 2001.  New Line Cinema, Crystal Lake Entertainment, Friday X Productions, Sean S. Cunningham Films.  Screenplay by , based on characters created by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Why shouldn’t we send a popular franchise into outer space? After all, look what it did for James Bond. In this embarrassing addition to the endless Friday The 13th films, Jason Voorhees is still alive after having been murdered about a million times, is frozen in a cryogenic chamber (along with a scientist who is accidentally frozen with him) and is later revived on a spaceship in the 25th century. The crew members on board the ship have no idea what they’re in for when he awakens from his deep thaw; in fact, they don’t even know what a hockey mask is! From there it’s a horrifically boring, stupidly contrived horror film, a mere murder-by-numbers exercise where cast members are picked off one by one in the most unimaginative ways possible. The whole idea of Jason was that he murdered oversexed teenagers, something that made him at least somewhat adventurous; here he just goes on a senseless rampage, but it’s the audience’s brain cells that suffer the worst violence of all. The acting is mostly terrible, with the exception of an adorable who gets all the best lines (lines that would make James Bond roll his eyes, mind you, but the best ones all the same).

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