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Freddy vs. Jason (2003)



Average Rating: 4.8/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 63 | Rotten: 92

Fans of the two horror franchises will enjoy this showdown. But for everyone else, it's the same old slice and dice.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 26

Fans of the two horror franchises will enjoy this showdown. But for everyone else, it's the same old slice and dice.



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Rumored and anticipated for years, the two biggest icons of the slasher genre finally meet in Freddy Vs. Jason, the eighth entry in the Nightmare on Elm Street saga and the 11th film in the Friday the 13th series, though with Jason X taking place in the future, it should be noted that the events of this film take place after the ninth film Jason Goes to Hell. And it is hell where Freddy Kreuger (Robert Englund) and Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger, donning the hockey mask for the first time in a


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Mark Swift, Damian Shannon

Jan 13, 2004


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Director Ronny Yu loses energy when it shifts to the dumb teen protagonists, and the script faithfully wallows in cliches so ridiculous they border on Scary Movie territory.

April 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's pretty obvious where director Ronnie Yu's sympathies lie. Still, he can't find a satisfactory resolution to that old teaser about an implacable force vs the immovable object: how to kill off your cash cow and milk her too.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's bloody, it's loud, it's gratuitous, and it's ridiculous. Sweet.

August 22, 2003
Detroit News
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Will satisfy the hordes who've awaited this heavyweight matchup for a decade.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
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Though a stickler might ask what's at stake in a fight to the death between two guys who are already dead, the hard-core fans aren't likely to be disappointed.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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New Line's smartest move was letting Ronny Yu direct.

August 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press
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You'll shake your head in disbelief at the nonsensical plot machinations and idiotic character motivations required to bring the two terror titans together.

February 9, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Scary, gory, nightmare-inducing slasher.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A fun-filled, action packed, horror spectacular...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

it's safe to say the best work of these bad boys is decidedly behind them.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

[A] true return to form for the slasher genre ...

June 19, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter

It's a cleverly wrapped gift to me and every horror fan like me, and I feel nothing but affection for it.

February 13, 2008 Full Review Source:

A fine post-scream Freddy romp

February 7, 2008

With Jason and Freddy at war over the souls of children, this great send-up of the genre is extremely fun and is faithful to the characterizations long-established for these villains.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

Freddy vs. Jason is a pretty awful Nightmare film, but only a mediocre F13 film.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Dull blades. Saddles audiences with a buckets-of-blood mentality that deadens the spirit and drowns the film.

August 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Freddy and Jason could use some new blood.

July 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound
Big Picture Big Sound

The whole is greater than the sum of Freddy and Jason's crumbled limbs.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

There is enough hacking, slashing, blood, and guts for three more Jason movies in this battle.

June 20, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

L'utilisation presque exagérée de la violence rehausse la qualité du film et l'ensemble est tellement mauvais qu'il en devient bon.

December 16, 2004

Exists in a place beyond criticism. It hasn't got a plot to speak of, or characters; like the recent Rollerball remake, it in many ways verges on the experimental.

July 5, 2004 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS)
F5 (Wichita, KS)

The gory money shots and the big brawl are the only real entertainment - although the effective one-liner occasionally pops up to keep you laughing in between decapitations.

May 8, 2004 Full Review Source:

Let the great, dumb, pointless debate rage on.

February 28, 2004 Full Review | Comments (4)

the usual assortment of harried kids, hopeless cops, inadequate parents, creepy dream sequences and highly creative murders

October 28, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gazette

Audience Reviews for Freddy vs. Jason

Well it had to happen at some point and I was always game for it, finally the two supernatural death dealers clash. The only thing that instantly springs to mind when writing about this is when will I see 'Michael Myers' 'Pinhead' 'Ash' 'Leatherface' or 'Chucky' join in on this horror icon mash?.

You'd think the plot behind this would be silly but it actually kinda works in my opinion. Freddy seems unable to get it up anymore, he can't scare kids because everyone has forgotten about him. So he hatches a plan that involves raising Jason from the dead to bring terror back into kids lives hoping they will assume its him. Unfortunately for Freddy, Jason gets carried away and is killing way too many and spoiling Freddy's catch, thusly a fight ensues.

So yes just like 'AvP' this is merely an excuse to see two iconic characters fight, the only difference is this film sticks to its trusted formula and delivers plenty of carnage. Now I'm not saying this carnage is worthy of praise, lets be frank we've seen it all before, but at least you get what you expect with no beating around the bush.

Its all about the kills, Freddy does what he does best with his creepy dreamy imagery whilst Jason stomps around and hacks teenagers up. There isn't anything particularly ingenious or original going on here, the teen kills aren't exactly new and fresh and the adults running around trying to solve the issue do exactly the same thing they always do. I guess the fun part is seeing Jason upset Freddy by taking fresh kills away from him and causing tension between the two, inevitably this does result in small touches of dark humour which is cool.

Its definitely a much better looking flick than most of the previous incarnations, the productions values are clearly quite high as its all very glossy. My only concern was maybe a bit too glossy, could of done with a hint of grit or that classic low budget feel perhaps. For shame on the decision to use CGI blood spurts in a few places, that's not cool at all and a worrying modern trend. Also one or two moments in the heat of battle do become a bit too farcical for my liking, just loses its edge...not that it was overly scary in the first place of course.

End of the day if you're not a fan of gory slasher flicks or you don't follow them much then this isn't gonna change your mind. On the other hand if you're a fanboy or like me you simply like the two franchises then I think you'll like this a lot. Bottom line all this is really is fan service, but surprisingly its much better than you'd think.

Silly thing is both of these characters are basically invincible and can't be killed, you can do virtually anything to either of them and they will still come back. So in theory it can keep going forever which does make the whole premise kinda daft really, at no point was I ever thinking that one of them would actually win. We all know and accept this to a degree but it just makes the whole battle a bit pointless really, at least Jason didn't team up with the kids against Freddy, which it was slightly hinting towards near the end.

For lack of a better does exactly what it says on the tin, and that's deliver a tidal wave of stereotypical killings and setups but with the huge added bonus of seeing both Freddy and Jason slug it out. OK I admit it...its pretty much completely for the fanboys, but if you're a fanboy then get that handcream ready cos its geekgasm time!.
January 30, 2014

Super Reviewer

A generally horrible story with so much video game type of action and CGI that it's instantly annoying. Speaking of annoying, these teenagers got on my nerves. It was really quite surreal to watch Freddy and Jason fight, though. And they had such a stupid reason too. I only gave this movie the rating I did because of how scary I felt it was. Not a good movie, but it did creep me out.
August 30, 2013

Super Reviewer

A fantasy match-up that doesn't live up to the hype. Freddy vs. Jason pit two iconic slashers and it's bloody, disdain and overall, predictable. The ensemble (aside from the slashers themselves) are simplistic and do no good in even hyping up the confrontation. 2.5/5
July 29, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

The match up that many people had been waiting for!

It's not really that great of a movie if you don't treat it like a genre entry, but it is admittedly a fun little guilty pleasure. Plus, it's great seeing two major horror titans go at it, just like in the monster mash movies of old.

Freddy Kruger is no longer the menace he once was, so he goes through a hair-brained scheme to regain control on Elm Street. He uses Jason Vorhees, tricking poeple into thinking it's really Freddy. Problem is, Jason won't stop, so Freddy has to go in and handle things himself.

The film delivers with the gore, but a lot of the humor is very hit and miss, with plenty of obnoxious groaners and annoying moments. The effects are at least well done, and I liked how they did deliver a good showdown, and, as far as the ending goes, well, that's probably the best possible way they could have done it since it would have been impossible to please everyone.

Bottom line, if you like Freddy or Jason, then give it a watch.
December 11, 2012
Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

    1. Freddy Krueger: It's time to put this mad dog to sleep, FOR GOOD!
    – Submitted by ethan t (23 months ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: My children... from the very beginning, it was the children who gave me my power. The Springwood Slasher, that's what they called me. My reign of terror was legendary. Dozens of children would fall by my blades. Then the parents of Springwood came for me, taking justice into their own hands. When I was alive, I might have been a little naughty, but after they killed me, I became something much, much worse. The stuff nightmares are made of. The children still feared me, and their fear gave me the power to invade their dreams, and that's when the fun REALLY began. Until they figured out a way to forget about me. To erase me completely. Being dead wasn't a problem, but being forgotten, now that's a BITCH. I can't come back if nobody remembers me. I can't come back if nobody's afraid. I had to search the bowels of Hell, but I found someone, someone who'll make 'em remember. He may get the blood, but I'll get the glory, and that fear is my ticket home.
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Billy: Dude, that goalie was pissed ...
    – Submitted by Alex W (2 years ago)
    1. Gibb: You're the one that killed Trey!
    2. Freddy Krueger: Oh, don't worry about my little errand boy. The only thing to fear, is fear himself! [Gibb stumbles and falls over railing]
    3. Freddy Krueger: Oh.
    – Submitted by Joel L (2 years ago)
    1. Freddy Krueger: [to Jason] Hey, asshole! Up here!
    – Submitted by Tyler Tiberius M (2 years ago)
    1. Linderman: You know what, Kia? I used to think you hated me because you thought I wasn't good enough for Lori, but that's not it. You tear me down to make yourself feel better, because you really hate yourself, which is kind of pathetic when you actually stop and think about it. Assuming, of course you can think with all that makeup weighing down your head.
    – Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
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