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Week 42

by on Aug.14, 2010, under 365 Schedule

I was gonna end the Holiday season last week and start afresh here,but there are a few more odd films left i just need to take a look at, which then blends us into Exorcist homage season. (or should i say, creative European theft?)

  • The Summer of the Massacre
  • Trip With The Teacher
  • Vacation in Hell
  • Summer Scars
  • Within the Woods
  • House of Exorcism
  • Nero Veneziano  The Beast Within
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Jason X

by on Aug.14, 2010, under Daily Review

After the previous mess that New Line produced in the Friday 13th series, I wasn’t expecting much from this. Jason in space? Really? But, I’ve got to hand it to them, they have certainly changed the direction of this whole franchise, for better or worse, it’s got a new home here. I doubt they’ll be knocking out any more along these lines, but this one is quite a novelty and certainly has the heart in the right place.

Jason (Kane Hodder) is being held in a high security prison, only to break free causing a minor massacre. One of the guards, Rowan (Lexa Doig) does battle with our man, but ends up locked in a deep freeze unit. Both frozen, they are later (much later) found by a team of students. It’s the 25th century and Jason can hack up those teens just like the old days. Aboard a space craft heading for their new planet, Jason goes on a rampage.

This is not exactly in fitting with the Friday 13th series but it’s not far off. So he’s dropped into space, it doesn’t really matter as all we have is Jason killing teens. The space stuff all looks like Next Gen with a higher budget. The acting is good, with a fresh young cast and it’s very easy to watch if you like this kinda thing. I’m still concerned though as to the grave which this film is treading on as this is galaxies away from where it all started. It’s a different film, very different but as I say, Jason will hack ‘em up wherever he is.

Interesting stuff. I like it quite a bit, but what made it even better for me was the small bonus of David Cronenberg taking on a little acting role; he always brings a little extra to a film when he has a walk on.

A final note on the whole series. I was expecting more from Jason. I always had this idea that he could take Mike Myers down on a one to one, but after watching the last 10 films, Myers is the man for me, especially the reimagined Myers. The Friday 13th series doesn’t take itself too serious which is good in some ways, but realistically, when a viewer wants some good gore from a stalk n slash, the first stop should be Friday 13th; or so i thought. Wrong and this is a big error on my account. That’s not to say it’s all bad. Some of the films i’ve enjoyed a lot and Jason with his mask truly is a horror legend.

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