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Overall Rating
2.72

Awesome: 19.63%
Worth A Look: 15.34%
Average: 17.79%
Pretty Bad: 11.66%
Total Crap35.58%

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Jason X
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by DokBrowne

"Camp, Ocean Liner, Hell, Space. Next up: the Stone Age"
4 stars

With Michael Myers invading the hood, and the prospect of terrorizing Vegas too challenging (overly crowded, not enough cellars, etc.), Jason decides to steal the only remaining novelty setting from the wannabe-classic slasher series "Leprechaun". And hey, it sorta pays off. Comparable to his earlier adventures, anyway

Because interest and perspective are so divisive, discussing this movie is a challenge. There are non-horror fans, who hate Friday the 13th movies for being so formulaic, stupid, and morbidly fetishistic towards the brutal murder of teenagers, and are dumbfounded by the insane notion that someone, let alone over a hundred additional someones, would want to participate in the making of a Jason movie set in outer space. Then there are people who enjoy slasher movies, for some inscrutable reason that students of film have inconclusively tried numerous times to trace back to man’s psychological fixation with the exhilaration of fear, who are not only thrilled but lovingly amused by the begging-for-it ridiculousness of Jason wreaking havoc in outer space. The first group obviously has a valid point, but that isn't to say the second is just a pack of drooling morons. They know how retarded Jason Voorhies movies are, and anytime a serial killer is transplanted onto a space station late in a franchise (so far there are only 3 well-known examples that have established this standard, including Jason X, but Chuckie, Freddy, Michael Myers, the "Puppet Master" dolls, and other irrepressible '80s slashers are surely on their way to this desperate, end-of-the-line, we-know-this-series-sucks-so-maybe-if-we- take-it-to-sci-fi-territory-it-will-suddenly-be-interesting-and-meagerly-profitable-again point), you know it knows we all know that it's just a lame joke now. But that's a part of the allure. "Anyone who signed on to help make this movie must have laughed when they read the premise, and must have kept on laughing all the way through the production, right? Right?" It's so hard to believe. Jokes about Freddy and Jason and the whole stereotype of slasher movies have been around for over a decade and a half now – there was even a 3-part series playfully set on deconstructing this once-trendy brand of cinema. A move like Jason X, added to the fact that it’s so late in the game, can only compound the problem. Yet being so shamelessly far-fetched and silly enhances the appeal of Jason X. If this was part 4 and Jason was still just on the loose at camp, I'd be game for a fun time (that, afterwards, I would inevitably regret, hate, and fondly remember, all at the same time) but wouldn’t expect anything remotely different than what we've gotten so far. Of course, there's a strong argument to be made (that has been made, by critics rightfully, though perhaps misguidedly, reproachful of the Jason pseudo-phenomenon) for the essential truth that nothing has changed by this new space setting. One-by-one, obnoxious/promiscuous/morally ambivalent people young and slightly older are quickly overpowered by Jason and killed, usually in the manner of sharp instruments going in one side of their lower abdomens and out the other, until but a pair of survivors dispatch him in a way that one would logically assume is permanent (beheading, drowning, explosion, his body grounded by a mallet into a thin vapor a la the "Sorcerer's Apprentice" episode of "Itchy & Scratchy"), yet which never, ever has been, is, nor will be.

DESPITE THAT (I know, as usual, I'm giving far too much credit to the side I'm trying to oppose), there are many internal tweakings that make this ultimate installment one for the record books. For one thing, Jason has progressed from mere stabbings and eye gougings to using various (dangerous) futuristic technology to sever torsos in half, force an entire body to be sucked (and, therefore, completely dissembled) through a tiny vent, and, in one showstopping moment, dip someone's face into a sink filled with nitrogen, then smash the frozen face against a nearby surface, so it shatters everywhere into red, crystallized pieces. He also battles a cyborg (because no human can match his finally acknowledged invincibility), turns into Super Shredder (with the same burning question: why does his armor/hockey mask morph along with his organic matter?), and is engulfed by massive fireballs on at least two separate occasions. We learn that he can survive in the vacuum of space, and that he can be just as deadly during cryogenic stasis (of the many surprisingly funny displays of violence, one of the most fantastically asinine: Jason is thawed out, but then someone accidentally bumps into his frozen body, causing it to fall over. Since his hand, bearing the machete, was raised over his head, and a student is standing nearby, when Jason falls the machete randomly slices off the kid's arm). I thought the story could've utilized the cell regeneration machine more often, maybe even play it off against Jason's own invulnerability (like by having one character repeatedly killed then revived then killed again then revived again, etc.), but it's wasted. The sexuality is gratuitous, but not even in a "duh, we know the rules to a horror movie" style typical of Jason outings. I mean it comes utterly out of nowhere – two students arrive in Jason's lab to begin tests on him, and as they stand by the computers, they just start making out and talking dirty, like they can't even concentrate on completing basic, non-sexual functions. The greedy bastard who foolishly insists that Jason be kept alive is so deliberately annoying and evil that his comeuppance is a wrongful letdown, taking place off screen and in a perfunctory technique unsatisfying of our thirst for revenge. The filmmakers should know how to feed our urges and expectations; there's no excuse. It's easy to predict who will die, in what order (except for the requisite male who makes it out alive; I don't see how the nerd deserved it much more than the others), and the moment at which it will happen (tip: walking backwards, expressing relief, insisting that everything's okay, and finding a dead body are all precursors to instant fatality). Acting all around is either over-the-top, unpleasant, miserably incompetent, or all three, which really complements the nasty characteristics imposed on everyone by the script. You hate 95% of the cast (only the rational woman who was trying to catch him back in the 20th century and the die-hard sergeant are fully sympathetic). There's the tired (and in this case poorly-established, like it was just thrown in arbitrarily to get rid of one more character) Aliens/Deep Star Six development involving the panicking weasel (Paul Reiser in Aliens, Miguel Ferrer in Deep Star Six) who finds refuge/escape but refuses to share with the others, then pays dearly for his cowardice (wow, this time it’s a hysterical woman instead of a selfish man, so of course she’s portrayed far less spitefully than her precursors). But wait, there’s good news! Production value has sky-rocketed from the early days of soft focus, poor lighting, and amateur camera work. Now we have polished imagery and audience-friendly cinematography (that is, you never start to think that the crew has gone home with the cameras still rolling, leaving shots to linger on or mysteriously stray from the focal point of a scene). Thought it may lack the salient sheen of those late-‘90s slasher flicks-by-way-of-WB-starlets-and-Scream-ripoffs (particularly Halloween: H20, Bride of Chucky, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and the underrated king of them all, Urban Legend), the visual work in Jason X is a noticeable step-up from the others. In all, it's a mystical journey that'll keep you light-heartedly commenting to your friends. This is a great MST3K feature, as there's no end to the absurdity, intentional and, inevitably, not so much.

Lest you remain dubious, let me point out the top four terms of endearment at work here, each a dignified excuse unto itself to sneak yourself into Jason X.

1) Jason’s roster of victims is hotter than ever before (well, at least the main one with the weird name and the sarcastic S+M ho)

2) Jason returns to Camp Crystal Lake via a holodeck-like simulation, inducing in horror fans a surge of nostalgia as we glimpse the sunlit forest, glistening lake, and rusted old cabins from the golden days of final chapters, new beginnings, and throat-speared Kevin Bacons. There was a dismissed potential to be more inventive and elaborate here, but revisiting the past and reflecting on how “far” we’ve come (it’s not just Jason roaming the woods in this artificial scene, it’s Robo-Jason from the 25th century!) is a rewarding mini-experience all the same

3) the two survivors are peering out a window from a spaceship they used to escape from another ship containing Jason that's currently exploding, when suddenly one says "he's heading for us!" and then we see Jason hurling through space (rather than having been blown to pieces) right directly towards their exact window miles away from his original location (never challenge Jason to a game of hide ‘n’ seek, not even in the limitless expanse of outer space), wielding his machete, his velocity (and terror!) boosted by the force of the explosion. I believe the glory of this moment speaks for itself, and then some

4) this seriously had me and my friend laughing for several minutes after it was over; it's the coolest thing that has ever happened in all the Friday the 13th films: during the Crystal Lake scene, Jason is approached by two simulated female campers who remove their tops while saying some self-referential lines about wanting to have premarital sex. Then they get into their sleeping bags on the ground right in front of Jason, who just peers down at them for a moment, before cutting to the business of the others trying to escape while Jason is distracted. When it cuts back to Jason, he's holding one of the closed sleeping bags (with the girl inside) and beating the other (who's also closed up inside hers) with it. Description does no justice. No one can be told what Matrix is; you have to see it for yourself. It sounds absolutely awful - afterwards I cringed at the atrocious excess of it all - but the girls don't scream, and there's not any pounding music to cue our horror. It's just this offbeat moment that I think director Jim Isaac (beware the curse of disappearing horror movie sequel directors – this guy’s a goner) and the staff actually wanted us to find comical. Jason finds these two people that he's never seen before, against whom he couldn't possibly hold a grudge, and who are actually being nice to him, yet he can't help but brutally murder them. By beating them to death in sleeping bags! If you can conceivably enjoy a movie scene like that (consider the context, people, before writing me off as terribly disturbed), then you're the right person to see Jason X. And you need help.

P.S. This is probably the only Friday the 13th movie I can honestly say I like. The others that I've seen (parts 1, 2, 3, 5, and parts of 8 and 9) aren't too entertaining, and I'm a sucker for modern movies. Just on appearances, they look so much better than older ones (an opinion that’s sure not to take me very far in this profession). Unless it serves a certain purpose, I prefer my screen crisp, and to whatever end, that's an important factor in the viewing of horror movies. I see this movie for what it is. Bad bad bad. Shit on a stick. Pathetic pandering to a demographic that hardly exists anymore, therefore also a testament to the stupidity of studio marketing strategists. A perfectly accurate demonstration of why that certain breed of shallow, unscrupulous, money-driven Hollywood executives should be buried alive. A joke innately unaware of itself (the humor is just padding, easy targets to satisfy the audience and absolve the makers of their shame). An idea forged by Lucifer himself, doomed to failure, ripe for contempt, a blemish on movie history at which the future will shake its head (if anyone even remembers), to movies what Clinton’s personal life was to the nobility of our ever-shrinking executive branch (sure, Jason X peaked beneath the radar, making no impression on anyone or anything, but you know it’ll be used years from now as evidence of why turn-of-the-century cinema was garbage, however untrue that may be – hey, observe how the typical elitist intellectual responds to any reference to the 1980s – c’mon, Alan Moore’s Watchmen came out in the ‘80s! What more proof do you need? Back to the Future!!!!! It was as great a decade as any other. The music sucked? 3 words: “Come.” “On”. “Eileen.” Fuck you!)

But that doesn't mean Jason X’s completely lacking in charm. Especially (or only, I might guess) if you're attracted to this genre. As, alas, I very much am. So to that, all I can say is bring on Halloween 8: This Time Michael Myers is Really Fucking Pissed Off, But He’s Gonna Get an Ass-Stomping from Busta Rhymes Anyway, in the Hizzouse! At least that’s what I wish it was called, instead of that lame Alien 4 subtitle. Expect me back in time by summer’s end to review that awesome slice of fuck

Jason X = B-
“Come on Eileen” = A+

Good one: "It's okay, guys! He just wanted his machete back!" Bad one: "You think this is bad? You shoulda been around during the Microsoft conflict – people were literally beating each other with their severed limbs."

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originally posted: 05/24/02 08:24:17
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User Comments

10/26/17 Langano Possibly the worst movie ever made. 1 stars
9/14/17 morris campbell jason in space pretty cool 3 stars
9/02/14 Doug Alien if it were written by a moron 1 stars
11/28/12 Ricky Where is the fucking blood? 1 stars
1/22/10 art BY RIGHTS THEY SHOULD HAVE STOPPED AT PART TWO! 1 stars
11/30/09 art the first FRIDAY and THE SECOND WERE THE BEST,THE REST HOWEVER SUCKED! 1 stars
11/26/08 PAUL SHORTT NEVER MANAGES TO GENERATE A SINGLE THREAT OF SUSPENSE 1 stars
11/05/08 stevieg actually quite fun 4 stars
8/15/08 Shaun Wallner This movie has some great scenes in it. 5 stars
8/05/08 Bnorm It was funny at first then it just got retarded. Skip it 1 stars
8/03/08 Shaun Wallner Great Horror film!! Kept me on the edge of my seat 5 stars
6/12/08 Eric "Whats going on?" "Jason FUCKING VORHEES is what's going on!" 4 stars
4/16/08 art PUT AN X ON THIS MOVIE 1 stars
9/15/07 dude bad beyond belief 1 stars
4/29/07 Austin Wertman Lame.Stupid.Pointless 1 stars
3/21/07 man bad movie 1 stars
2/09/07 MP Bartley Slick. Not scary. Kinda pointless 3 stars
1/28/07 mets1986 Best Friday in awhile..... 5 stars
11/24/06 David Pollastrini good gore. 5 stars
11/02/06 JM Synth Why are people complaining? It's a FT13 movie did they expect it to be smart? 3 stars
9/29/06 Jayson S The Android Terminatrix was awesome!! 4 stars
8/09/06 Doreen I definitely think the Producers were on drugs when making this film. NOT GOOD! 2 stars
7/24/06 Quazar best movie ever made 5 stars
1/17/06 Anthony Feor Jason in space, whats next another sequel 1 stars
11/24/05 cr visual effects good and few cool scenes other than that it stunk 1 stars
10/26/05 tony No Fucking Good! 1 stars
10/14/05 Darren O The Crystal Lake sequence is merely a reminder of how the series has declined. 1 stars
8/31/05 ES Hilarious, no where near scary but pretty cool 4 stars
8/30/05 Tom Burns An entertaining and very funny entry into the "Friday the 13th" series. Loved it! 5 stars
8/23/05 Sugarfoot Who knew the producers saw Leprecaun 4...Hilariously inept 1 stars
7/14/05 Brandy Harrington Awful. 1 stars
5/27/05 tony did they want people to hate these movies or are the producers on drugs??? 1 stars
5/15/05 Indrid Cold Given the ludicrous premise, it's a major acheivement that it doesn't completely suck. 3 stars
3/30/05 Mr. Majestyk Fuck you. I like it. 5 stars
2/24/05 ELI they only impale people. Need more interesting deaths... Oh yeah! the rest is shit. 1 stars
12/04/04 K. Sear It's really time to let it go. 1 stars
11/14/04 X $ % & ! Truly terrible. 1 stars
7/23/04 American Slasher Goddess The highlight was the robot fighting Jason, other then that, it's total and complete crap. 1 stars
7/21/04 magaafi the sleeping bag scene was its saviour...but it just couldn't b saved 1 stars
7/06/04 Littlepurch Wow this was really funny! That sleeping bag stuff had me in hysterics.Too many deaths tho! 4 stars
7/03/04 Peter Smit this one just plain sucks... it really does 1 stars
6/19/04 J Wow this is CRAP! 1 stars
6/08/04 paul bee awesome 5 stars
6/04/04 Stab Wounds Holy hell, what were the filmmakers thinking??? 1 stars
5/10/04 Croweater yes the sleeping bag scene is very funny...the films highlight. 2 stars
3/30/04 American Slasher Goddess Total and utter crap. 1 stars
3/29/04 true review - correct review everytime terrible movie, worst of the series, worst than jason goes to hell if thats possible 1 stars
3/20/04 Jack-pyschO-Lantern The worst one out of the entire FRIDAY THE 13TH series!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
2/09/04 Whatevr The rating says it all. 1 stars
2/06/04 c.r It had pretty cool death scenes, not enough fear! 2 stars
2/01/04 mushroom Fuck you Jason Rules! 4 stars
1/24/04 Vinnie The sleeping bag death scene was Hilarious!!! 2 stars
1/06/04 George CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP CRAP 1 stars
12/31/03 Versin.1 wow 5 stars
12/09/03 Samuel I can tolerate to watch it, but its not scary or suspensful..sort of stupid! 3 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess The worst of the series. Ultra-lame. 1 stars
10/20/03 Josh Standlee I first saw this movie at 2:00 in the morning, and it kept me wide awake and entertained! 5 stars
10/16/03 Erik Van Sant A refreshing improvement over the last one. Miss the camp atmosphere, but it was funny. 4 stars
10/08/03 Double G Ya I can rate twice! 1 stars
9/03/03 Charles Tatum Really original, if you've never seen "Aliens" 2 stars
9/02/03 Gray would have taken effort for it to have been any worse 1 stars
8/30/03 Double G not scary, totally funny but I hated it!!!!! 1 stars
8/29/03 DARREN THE SERIES HAS GONE FROM GREAT HEIGHTS TO THIS LOW POINT OF DRIVEL. 2 stars
8/27/03 cosme terrazas i thought that this movie really sucks cock. 1 stars
8/23/03 Bob Dope it suck dog biscits the first jason movie were over 100 times better the this piece of carp 1 stars
8/21/03 chris martinez it was a good movie better than the other ones 4 stars
8/19/03 Jeremy Schultz It was TIGHT 5 stars
8/19/03 Patherat This film was one of the worst I have ever had the misfortune to pay money to watch 1 stars
8/19/03 demon882 tha movie was f**king gay it sucked 1 stars
8/18/03 stephanie scary as hell 5 stars
8/18/03 demon882 I think tha movie sucked it was f***ing gay 1 stars
8/17/03 Ross Mcalpin It was cool 5 stars
8/14/03 victor the movie is the best ever 5 stars
8/12/03 Troy Humphrey kick ass 5 stars
8/11/03 humail4u this is the best and horror movie of my life 5 stars
8/10/03 kayla i love jason he is cute and da bomb and i love horror movies with jason in it 5 stars
8/09/03 paulcorrell it was good and scary 4 stars
8/06/03 REIN I KINDA SUCKED COMPARED 2 THE OTHER MOVIES 2 stars
8/06/03 skydiver20032004 it was good...and the ones who thinks jason is ded...no jason never fu***** dies 5 stars
8/06/03 Erica The movie was somewhat good and dumb. 4 stars
7/29/03 Brian Moudry Best movie ever!!! 5 stars
7/29/03 Brian Moudry The movie kept me on the edge of my seat!!! 5 stars
7/24/03 M R D It was good but the ending sucked hope freedyvsjason is better 5 stars
7/22/03 Double G He finally died, he finally died, HE FINALLY DIED!!! Party at Crystal Lake!!! 1 stars
6/14/03 Jerry ***** 5 stars
6/14/03 Alice Jason X sucked big time 1 stars
6/04/03 Mike This and Jason Goes to Hell are the only good friday movies. 5 stars
5/22/03 Andrew Carden OK Effects, Hodder Is Great...but Overblown and Stupid Overall. 2 stars
5/19/03 Billy In space, no can here you scream 5 stars
5/12/03 Jareth It rips off a scene from what used to be the shittest film in the series. Fuck! That's bad! 1 stars
5/04/03 leon %%0qwe PLEASE MAKE IT STOP! I HOP FREEDY KRUGER ANNIALATES HIM IN JASON V FREEDY 1 stars
4/15/03 Jack Bourbon Who in the hell ever called it a "film?" Pretty amusing film. ** 3 stars
4/06/03 Dave The most pathetic of all slasher franchises reaches new lows. 1 stars
3/11/03 Tommy Linds Jason X is a piss poor effort. And to call it a film?? 1 stars
1/02/03 Chowie pppfffttt 2 stars
11/25/02 Jake Let's go in this dark room alone brain dead fools deserve to die 1 stars
11/01/02 klowns This movie ruins the friday the 13th movies. : ( lets pretend Jason X was never evented. 1 stars
10/18/02 Nevz Heeey wanna beeer? 3 stars
10/02/02 Jiz "Where is he?" Check the cameras. "Where'd he go?" Turn on the lights. Fucking retards. 1 stars
8/23/02 Nick If you are stupid, watch this movie. 2 stars
8/16/02 Shaun they must have had too much fun making it 3 stars
8/09/02 Tyner this fucking series has reached an all-time low 1 stars
7/14/02 HA AH this was so stupid, i mean jason in space? 1 stars
6/24/02 Joe This movie was great! I dont care what anyone else says!!! 5 stars
6/18/02 Brandon What a come back!! Jason Lives!! 5 stars
6/13/02 The Vegetarian Cannibal Futuristic vision of male-female relationships is as scary as Jason. What a snotfest! 1 stars
5/11/02 Veronica Foxx (The Raven-Haired Temptress) I'm a fan of horror/slasher flicks, but I was infinitely disappointed they put him in space 2 stars
5/10/02 Film Guy I was cursing myself for even paying money for this shit. I would rather watch Halloween 6 1 stars
4/30/02 Banky Edwards Heh, the sleeping bag murder scene was worth my 8 bucks!! Plus I called half of the lines!! 4 stars
4/30/02 Janx Who said this was good? It sucks! More of the same shit, but what I expected 2 stars
4/29/02 Foggy B Not Campy Enough, Not Scary Enough 2 stars
4/29/02 Nick2k stupid/funny ass movie. but i'm buying the dvd when its out just for the 'sleeping bags'... 3 stars
4/29/02 Rampage Don't waste your money on this crap-fest. Jason in space? WTH?!? 1 stars
4/29/02 strider3700 It's a slasher flick people. Go to mock it not be scared and you'll love it 3 stars
4/28/02 Chris This film was absolute crap. They need to hire some writers with talent! 1 stars
4/28/02 Spyguy2 In the mood for a big dumb horror movie that's funny, cheesy, and over-the-top? This is it 4 stars
4/28/02 TimmyTomorrow Fun was had by all!!! 5 stars
4/27/02 esfse Fuck this crap! This shit sucks! 1 stars
4/27/02 Farty Being sodomized by a truck driver would be better than this film 1 stars
4/26/02 James Kick ass! Big improvement over Jason Goes To Hell. 5 stars
4/26/02 Julian Awesome! 5 stars
4/24/02 Roy Smith Remarkably well written/acted - did I say that? Who expected it to be this good?!? 5 stars
4/24/02 masin wolliams hot diggity damn! Jason is back! who needs a plot?!?! 5 stars
4/24/02 Wade Awesome movie!! Great kills and just plain fun. 5 stars
4/23/02 wintermute Holy Shit this movie was bad - I can easily see why it has been on the shelf for 2 years! 1 stars
4/22/02 NeuroManson Found it online a week early, some funny stuff, but don't expect MacBeth either... 3 stars
4/02/02 lauren mccreight the best of the bunch!! 4 stars
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USA
  26-Apr-2002 (R)

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Australia
  15-Aug-2002


Directed by
  James Isaac

Written by
  Todd Farmer

Cast
  Kane Hodder
  Lexa Doig
  Lisa Ryder
  Jonathon Potts
  Melyssa Ade
  David Cronenberg



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