One would think that after movies like Scream skewered horror movies, old school horror franchises like Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Friday the 13th would go away. Yet, all are coming out with new movies. Jason X is the tenth installment in the Friday the 13th series. It does nothing new with the formula except transport it into the future. Apparently, dumb horny kids are still the norm. Overall, in a genre that will not die, this is another movie in a franchise that will not die, starring Jason Voorhees, the man who will not die. These movies are not about horror, they are about gore. All Friday the 13th movies build upon the prior ones only in that they look for increasingly gruesome ways to off people. The body count remains high, but it is all so boring.
Rowan (Lexa Doig, The Tracker, No Alibi) and Jason (Kane Hodder, Geppetto, T.N.T.) find themselves in the year 2455. They were cryogenically frozen after the government capture Jason and attempted to study him. Of course, he escaped, but not before Rowan temporarily stopped him, trapping herself in the process. They find themselves about a spaceship, populated by young, photogenic students and guards. The legend of Jason is alive and well, and Professor Lowe (Jonathan Potts, Cruel Intentions 2, Sex & Mrs. X), of course, wants to study him. He escapes, and soon goes on a rampage. Other random characters include Janessa (Melyssa Ade, Evidence of Blood), a wise-cracking medical student, Kay-Em 14 (Lisa Ryder, Blackheart, Stolen Heart), an android, and Sergeant Brodski (Peter Mensah, Harvard Man, Bless the Child), local badass.
Nobody except Rowan realizes that Jason is unstoppable. This means that a bunch of people throw themselves at Jason, only to find themselves dead. Apparently, the only original thought that director James Isaac (Horror Show) and writer Todd Farmer had was to move the story far into the future. Too bad other movies like Event Horizon and Supernova got there first. There is something morbidly fascinating about Jason X, but it has nothing to do with the movie. It is more about watching and thinking how anybody could think that a movie like this could appease even hardcore Jason fans. There are attempts to keep it relevant, but nothing works. An upgraded Jason looks more comical than scary. Farmer attempts some joking self-deprecation with the Janessa character, and there is a bizarre homage to the original. The end leaves the possibility for even more sequels, but why bother?
|Haro Rates It: Pretty Bad.|
|1 hour, 33 minutes, Rated R for strong horror violence, language, and some sexuality.|
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