Jason X (2001) Review: Space Slasher

“Evil Gets An Upgrade”

Synopsis: Jason Voorhees returns with a new look, a new machete, and his same murderous attitude as he is awakened on a spaceship in the 25th century.

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Calamity Brains:

I don’t find the earlier Friday the 13th movies at all scary. I also love camp. I realize this will be an unpopular opinion among fans of the franchise… but for me, the campy, slasher-meets-Aliens ridiculousness that is Jason X is the best part of the series.

Jason X borrows just about nothing in tone from its predecessors. (Even the name no longer contains the phrase “Friday the 13th” due to dueling production companies.) Where the other movies tend towards quiet, backwoods settings and a semi-solemn attempt to terrify, Jason X is both a sci-fi movie and a blatantly silly slasher. Even the brief moments where Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) is taunted by images from his past only hold the correct tone for a few moments before going completely over-the-top.

Suffice to say, if you were the kind of person who loved the early movies or thought Leprechaun 4 was idiotic, this is not going to be the movie for you. But if you’re open to campiness with your slasher franchises, Jason X is pretty fun. It includes a number of nods to famous sci-fi movies and falls somewhere between Doom and Leprechaun 4 in terms of quality – it’s not a great movie or even particularly well done, but it’s bloody good fun.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: B-
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The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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