Released by New Line Cinema
Release Date: April 26th, 2002
Starring: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Jeff Geddis
Written by Todd Farmer
Directed by Jim Issac
tRated R (strong horror violence, language and some sexuality)
Released in August 1993, Jason Goes to Hell would prove that New Line did know what the Friday the 13th franchise was all about. Featuring Jason for only about fifteen minutes and being the most boring out of the series, Jason Goes to Hell would go down as being one of the worst movies in the Friday the 13th franchise. The only glimmer of hope for the series happened at the tale end of the movie. After Jason is dragged down to hell, his hockey mask is seen lying in the dirt. All of a sudden, Freddy's gloved hand bursts through the ground and takes the mask down into the ground.
Jason X is the closest fans would get to a real Jason movie. Jason is featured predominantly through the entire movie, but the setting is what put fans off. New Line decided that they would take Jason and put him in space. It was Alien meets Friday the 13th, only without any aliens.
The question that has to be asked is: why set a Jason movie in space? Well, because they can. Not only that, but the studio thought that it would stir up some scares. I mean, you have two different types of movies being put together, how could it go wrong?
That seems to be the problem with the movie. It's run of the mill. There are no scares in this movie, as if the filmmakers even tried. The acting is hammy and even the effects really aren't that exciting. This was one of the first feature length movies to be shot digitally and while it does look nice, the cheapness of the production shines through.
There are aspects of Jason X that I like, but those can't save the movie outright. There is a cheesy B-movie vibe here and enough Jason that almost takes the nasty taste of Jason Goes to Hell out of our mouths. Almost.