Marathon: Freddy vs. Jason

“You’re doing a marathon of what?”

That’s right, I’m doing a marathon the two most popular and well-known horror franchises of the ’80s. I know I’ve got a bit of a stigma as more of a cinemaphile, drooling over films that have either subtitles or lots of lingering shots. So what possessed me to watch so many trashy films? I’ve got a sickness and the sickness is called “I’m sick of watching so many great films.” Like most things, excess is bad. I can only watch so many fantastic and cinematic films before I get burned. Usually, I just take a weekend off of film, or watch some lighthearted comedies.¬†

However, that’s not to say that I’m just watching these films because I think they will all be trash. In fact, both openings to both these series are fantastic films. It’s common knowledge that as the series goes on the films get worse and worse. I can’t see how any film that puts Jason is space could be good. But it could be fun. And if there’s one thing I’m in need of in my regular film viewing, it’s stupid, unadulterated fun. I won’t be expecting The Shining or Carrie by the time I get into some of the ’90s entries in this marathon.

“But,” you say, “some of these film’s are horrible. Why not just have fun with good films?” Hey, don’t judge me! Sometimes I love bad stuff. You know that one film called The Happening? Unintended comedic gold. One of my top five theater experiences of all time. Mark Whalberg’s face is still one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen. Plus, what’s more fun that watching people get killed because they do all the bad things that I would never do? Nothing. It gives me an air of self-righteousness. Yea, that’s right, you deserve an axe to the head for smoking pot and screwing women! (Note: I may or may not have undisclosed mental issues.)

I went back and forth about what order to watch these films. I thought about alternating between the two series, but there are a number more Friday the 13th films than A Nightmare on Elm Street films. In the end, I decided on going through by release. This means that things will be a bit uneven on the front end, but they were going to be uneven no matter what way I did it. (Plus, I’m having trouble getting a hold of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 right now.) Also, I’ve already reviewed 2009’s Friday the 13th. I may or may not revisit it, but at this point I’m sticking by my old review. I’ve written a review of 2010’s A Nightmare on Elm Street that I’ll hold onto now and post at the end. Since I’ve already seen these two films, the finale of this marathon will be Freddy vs. Jason.

Two horror icons enter, only one will leave alive (until the other one comes back to life for the inevitable sequel).

Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th: Part 2
Friday the 13th: Part 3
Friday the 13th: Part 4: The Final Chapter
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Friday the 13th: Part 5: A New Beginning
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
Friday the 13th: Part 6: Jason Lives
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Friday the 13th: Part 7: New Blood
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
A Nightmare on Elm Street 6: Freddy’s Dead
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Wes Craven’s New Nightmare
Jason X
Friday the 13th (2009)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
Freddy vs. Jason

Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy
His Name was Jason