Starring: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Jeff Geddis
As way to keep the franchise alive while Freddy vs Jason still wallowed around in Development Hell, writer Todd Farmer pitched this idea/gimmick of having Jason rampage outside of Camp Crystal Lake, which was already attempted back at 1989 with the commercial flop Jason Takes Manhattan. However, unlike Take Manhattan, Jason made it to his destination AND wreck havoc there the right way.
Where is this location, you ask? Why none other than space!
In 2008, undead mass murderer Jason Voorhees was finally captured by the US government and spent two years as a guinea pig for those who were fascinated by his regenerative ability and apparent immortality after surviving multiple execution attempts since the time he was caught.
Seeing that the best option now is to contain Jason until they can come up with a way to destroy him for good, Rowan LaFontaine was about to put him in frozen stasis via cryogenics when the military types (including one played by body horror aficionado David Cronenberg) arrive and try to take the killer away in hopes of further researching his unique non-dying trait.
Unfortunately for them, Jason escaped from his restraints and proceeds to nearly slaughter them all until Rowan who successfully lured him into one of the cryogenic pods and trapping him inside, only to have the juggernaut rupture it with his machete, in the process stabbing Rowan and freezing them both for 445 years.
First of, I get it. I understand why many horror junkies are not as fond of this entry as I and a few others out there are and I believe it had something to do with the execution of the concept.
The idea of putting a horror franchise villain in space is mostly referenced as a joke concerning movie series and the fact that they just kept going to the point of desperation; this being said, Jason X often look, sound, and felt like a bad B-grade movie and, for all honesty, it is close to being one (complete with a nonsensical and hole-filled plot, average acting, and a trace of bad cheese that is everywhere considering how hard the movie was trying to sound hardcore and futuristic) if it wasn't for the considerate budget and production. If anything, this movie is the Friday the 13th franchise's shark-jumping and many horror fans can sense that.
But, seeing that we are being treated with Jason being in friggin space, perhaps that was the point; the series was never the same by the time they decided to bring Jason back to life ala Frankenstein's monster back at Part 6 Jason Lives and the films following it since were getting cheesier by the moment. This being said, yes it is nonsensical, but it has this comic book feel to the plotting and flow that at some case its silliness can be entertaining and Jason X provided enough slasher theatrics and B-movie cheddar to keep a bodycounter happy.
We are also treated with some fight sequences, most memorable being that where Jason fights a grenade launching gynoid and momentarily lost to her after being blasted to bits. However, just like Jason Goes to Hell, losing a body wasn't a big deal for him since he later came back as a cyborg dubbed Uber- Jason after a rather convenient set-up. I have to say though that I'm not a big fan of his new mask, but the bulked-up yet futuristic sleek look, along with his piercing red eyes, apparently doubled strength and durability, did made him menacing enough to strike fear and awe in this upgrade.
The rest of the characters were an odd bunch as they are a mix of your standard teenage victims and scifi action tropes such as the pompous authority, the ignored scientist, the badass militant, and even a death squad. Sadly, since the film was modeled after a standard slasher flick, they're as single-dimensional as they can with only a few standing out, for better or worse, and their purpose were easily reduced to just futuristic lambs for the slaughter.
Paced with enough explosions, dodgy CG and a final shot that raises more fanboy questions, Jason X may fail as a horror film for the masses but it is what it is, and very underrated at that. A space age slasher that's silly and bloody, made for the hardcore fans of its franchise and for B-flick enthusiasts, the only thing I recommend when viewing this is just switch down the brains and let the mindless campy spacey carnage take over!
1 male murdered, method unknown
1 male beaten with a machine gun
1 male thrown into friendly fire
1 male had his neck broken with chains
1 male bludgeoned with a noose pole
1 male impaled through a thrown pole
1 male repeatedly beaten against a metal door
1 female had her head frozen with liquid nitrogen, face destroyed against counter
1 male ran through with a surgical knife
1 male had his back broken against a wall
1 male had his head bashed against a wall
1 male had his neck snapped
1 male falls and skewered through a giant drill
1 female found with a throat cut
1 male sliced in half with a surgical knife
1 female found impaled through a crane hook
1 male dismembered offcamera
60 soldiers die in an exploding space station
2 males die in an exploding space station
A number of people dies in an exploding space station
1 male dismembered offscreen with a machete, head later seen
1 male beaten against a control panel, electrocuted
1 female immolated in a crashed ship
1 male caught in an exploding ship haul
1 female sucked into space through a metal grate
1 virtual reality female beaten to death
1 virtual reality female bashed to a tree
1 male scorched through atmospheric re-entry