Jason X

on April 26, 2002 by Dwayne E. Leslie
   Forget what you have seen or understood about the ending of 1993's final chapter of the “Friday the 13th series.” Although the mass murderer Jason Voorhees was pulled underground by demonic arms and his trademark hockey facemask was snatched by the bladed glove of crossover baddie Freddy Krueger, it turns out he was only taken to the underground Camp Crystal Lake Research facility for extermination. But a chain of events leads to Jason (Kane Hodder) being cryogenically frozen instead of executed. Flashing forward some 450 years later, Earth has turned into an environmental disaster area unfit for habitation. On a routine visit to the toxic wasteland, an archaeological class stumbles upon two perfectly preserved frozen subjects, which are, of course, taken immediately to their ship for transport to Earth II. Once the peoplesicles are thawed, the crew quickly finds out that even with the marines and a tech-droid (Lisa Ryder of TV's “Andromeda”) on board for protection, most of them will not make it off the ship alive.

   This film is a nostalgic romp through horror mythology as the film pulls from vintage Jason films and combines it with new technology. Centuries may have passed, but Jason is still feeding off the delicate blend of lust and fear that emits from the pores of rebellious teenagers. Although he still uses his signature machete to do damage, Jason veers a couple of times from the norm and improvises--with extreme graphic results. And thanks to a malfunctioning regeneration table, a near-dead Jason, with giant chunks of his body blown off by the tech-droid, is put back together with upgrades, and Uber-Jason is born. Now even more indestructible, the cyborg serial killer shows off his newfound strength as he smashes though metal doors to get to the remaining survivors.

   With the ending leaning heavily toward another sequel, a new generation of followers will be there when Jason emerges once again. Starring Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Peter Mensah and Lisa Ryder. Directed by James Isaac. Written by Todd Farmer. Produced by Noel J. Cunningham. A New Line release. Horror. Rated R for strong horror violence, language and some sexuality. Running time: 93 min

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