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Synopsis: Where do you take Jason when he’s already been through the woods all the way to New York City? Why you take him to space, of course! In the distant future, Voorhees and his most recent victim are resurrected by advanced technology. Not one to care about details like the year or where the hell he is, Jason immediately begins dismembering people.
In what is perhaps my favorite scene in any installment of the venerable Friday the 13th franchise, Uber Jason Voorhees is momentarily delayed when he enters a virtual reality room. What could cause the unstoppable killer to stop? Why, a recreation of a lakeside cabin, complete with two sex starved teens willing to bear their boobs. Jason responds in the most logical way ever, zipping them up in sleeping bags and then beating them to death with one another.
Jason X just might have the highest body count of any slasher flick. Well, Freddy vs Jason has a pretty high one, but in this space based adventure, Voorhees cuts his way through a platoon of space marines, a group of students, some military brass, and a handful of guards. All told he inflicts pain on more than 20 people and a couple of virtual people as well, including writer Todd Farmer in a cameo.
In a movie that can otherwise be classified as excessive, we really don’t get the gratuitous nudity one expects. There are some fake robo-nipples, a sex scene, some hot chicks, and two briefly but simultaneously shared sets of breasts. Unfortunately, the hottest actress in the movie never shows her breasts, but she does bare her midriff throughout, before getting her face frozen and smashed into a sno-cone.
By this point, Jason had long since stopped being scary. Nothing here to rattle your bones but the occasional jump scare and Jason’s gross face.
This is a fun, goofy film. You might question its inclusion on the list – but to that I say this is my list and I’ll do whatever the hell I want. Jason X is fun because it’s absurdist. The people behind this movie recognized that Jason Voorhees had become a joke. He was an unstoppable killing machine just marching through people swinging a machete. What more could you do with him?
It’s telling of the state of the franchise that “send him to space” was not only logical, but executed. If you’re looking for anything more than dumb people getting brutalized, look elsewhere. But if you’re ready to rock a Halloween party, eat too many Milk Duds, drink too much Octoberfest beer, and generally just not give a shit for a night, then Jason X is the perfect complement to that. How can you not love this movie? It’s Jason Voorhees. In space.
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