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Freddy vs Jason

Year: 2003
Director: Ronny Yu
Cast: Robert Englund, Kelly Rowland
A lot could have gone wrong with this movie, there were a lot of institutions that needed to be in place (group of sexy teens in trouble, backstory to the characters, respect for their trademarks, etc), and while it's not the most important piece of cinema to emerge in the modern era, it does it's job perfectly well and entertains in the bargain.

Freddy Krueger's still not dead. He needs the fear of the local kids of Elm St to come back to the waking world, so he recruits/tricks Jason Vorhees, currently burning in hell, to start a new reign of terror and smooth his path back.

The trouble is, amid the photogenic kids they're terrorising (complete with the pair of friends locked in an asylum because they know too much), Jason soon spirals out of control, and Freddy has to try to reach him and stop him before he has all the fun.

Lots of crash, bang and pizzazz. Rather than being outright scary, it's more about knowing winks at the audience, and if you've ever been a fan of either franchise (and who hasn't), you'll get a real kick out of it.

It must have been like a breath of fresh air for Englund, who hasn't been in regular or very high profile work since the Nightmare series fizzled out, and the first big break for Destiny's Child Rowland. Katharine Isabelle, the babe out of the Ginger Snaps movies, was barely recognisable.

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