Winner kills all
By Jay Hunter – On this day thirteen years ago, two horror titans clashed as Freddy vs Jason was released in cinemas in the UK. Set ten years since Freddy Krueger terrorised people in the dreams, the town of Springwood want to keep him erased from their memory. However, Freddy still has one more plan on getting back to Elm Street. He resurrects Jason Voorhees and sends him off to kill. The more bodies which fall to the ground, the stronger in which Freddy becomes. This is until, Freddy realises that Jason isn’t going to step aside easily, and must be taken down himself.
To celebrate the thirteen years since it’s release, here’s 25 things you never knew about Freddy vs Jason:
25. Ken Kirzinger had to undergo some dental work during filming, but it would have taken too much time to remove his makeup and costume and reapply them. When he arrived at the dentist’s office still dressed as Jason (without the hockey mask), people were afraid he was an escaped psychopath and almost called the police.
It’s not Halloween, yet!
24. Standing six feet, five inches (1.96 meters) tall, Ken Kirzinger is the tallest actor to date to play Jason Voorhees.
23. Betsy Palmer, who played Jason’s mother in the original Friday the 13th (1980), was asked to reprise her role of Mrs. Voorhees, but turned it down because she felt the role was too small of a part for her.
22. The final film in which Robert Englund plays the role of Freddy Krueger.
21. According to Robert Englund his Freddy makeup was so thick that he didn’t really know how hot it was from the fires during the filming. When he got in to have his makeup removed, it had literally bonded itself to the side of his face.
20. (at around 1h 19 mins) Freddy’s “how sweet, dark meat” line is a variation on the line “how sweet, fresh meat” in A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master (1988).
19. Veteran Friday the 13th actor Kane Hodder, who played the part of Jason Voorhees in the last four Friday the 13th movies offered to reprise the role for this film, but was turned down for the part because New Line Cinema envisioned the Jason character to be tall and large so they could create a David and Goliath sort of visual imagery between Freddy and Jason. New Line felt that Kane Hodder was too short and bulky to be Jason.
We’re clear that this symbolises, Kane Hodder…right?
18. Rob Zombie was offered to direct, but turned it down to work on his pet project House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Although I guess theres SOME PEOPLE out there who wouldn’t of been happy with that
17. Chronologically, the film is set after the events of Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993) but before Jason X (2001) which was released beforehand as Freddy vs. Jason (2003) spent so long in development hell.
16. Westin Hills is Freddy’s birthplace and was featured in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987).
Personally, I would’ve liked a Dokken cameo instead
15. (at around 1h 19 mins) Writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon were disturbed by the homophobic insult Kelly Rowland’s character directed at Freddy Krueger and both writers pointed out in interviews that this was not something they had written in their script.
I don’t even know what show this is off….it looks like something I’d hate
14. In the first interview concerning the film, Ken Kirzinger did the whole video interview in Jason’s costume wearing the mask, clothes and make-up, in order to make the viewers more confident in him and his loyalty to the character.
13. The 25-million dollar budget of the film was the highest in Friday the 13th series.
12. A sequel was planned but never materialized. Wildstorm did publish a six issue comic series in late 2007/ early 2008. This added ‘The Evil Dead (1981)”s Ash Williams to the mix.
Pft, I didn’t want a sequel anyway….no I didn’t….I DIDN’T!
11. During test and advance screenings, the ending was not added to the film. Instead, the following text appeared: “On August 15th, 2003 see the final sixty seconds and see who has survived…and what is left of them.” This is a direct reference to the tagline for the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), which is “Who will survive and what will be left of them?”
Just imagine Sally ^^ is screaming with happiness, that, that’s me
10. Robert Englund was excited at the casting of Katharine Isabelle as “Gibb”, as he was a big fan of her cult-film Ginger Snaps (2000), a Canadian werewolf film.
9. (at around 21 mins) The call letters of the news station shown on the TV in the hospital are KRGR, obviously a reference to Freddy Krueger. It is also the name of the radio station that Glenn (Johnny Depp) is listening to right before he dies in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).
DISCLAIMER: Above images may, or may not represent Amber Heard’s lawyers right now
8. Katharine Isabelle was quite upset with director Ronny Yu when she learned that by accepting the role of Gibb, something Yu suggested, she was expected to do a nude shower scene. She refused to do so. Therefore Tammy Morris replaced her as a body double for the scene. There was great friction between Isabelle and Yu for the rest of the shoot because of this incident.
What do you mean? It is to a real image!
7. (at around 13 mins) The scene which featured Jason’s bed kill was originally rejected by New Line studio executives, but writers Mark Swift and Damian Shannon fought hard for filming it. They acted it out on the floor to convince director Ronny Yu. After he liked the idea, the scene was filmed and it turns out to be the biggest reaction of audience during the test screening.
Who doesn’t love this?
6. According to director Ronny Yu the special effects team used 300 gallons of fake blood for the movie.
5. Gibb (Katharine Isabelle) is always shown wearing a red baseball hat. This is an reference from Carrie (1976), where P.J. Soles’ character always wore a red baseball cap. Isabelle co-starred in the TV remake of Carrie (2002).
4. One early version of the script called for the beginning of the film to take place in medieval times, while another called for the beginning to start out at camp crystal lake, with Jason getting arrested. Another script was to have the beginning of the film take place at the eve of the millennium.
3. While several journalists and television hosts have tried to embarrass Kelly Rowland over her role in this film, she has always responded by saying that the film was a hit and she enjoyed making it, and therefore has nothing to be ashamed about.
2. One early considered script revolved around a cult of Freddy-worshipping teens called the “Fred-Heads”, who sought to resurrect Freddy through a series of sacrifices. Jason would be brought back to life through a sacrifice in order to stop Freddy and the cult.
1. In one of the original endings Freddy and Jason continue their battle in hell, when suddenly Pinhead from the Hellraiser (1987) films steps out of the shadows and separates them. He then calmly asks, “What seems to be the problem, gentlemen?” This was scrapped due to licensing issues.
Source – IMDB