Now before you all flip your shit screaming “WHAT THE FUCK! JASON GOES TO HELL FUCKING SUCKS! JASONS ISNT EVEN IN IT AND ITS NOT THE SAME OLD SAME OLD LIKE ALL THE OTHER JASON MOVIES!” first just let me say CALM THE FUCK DOWN! and let me tell you why Jason Goes to Hell is a breath of fresh air for the Friday the 13th franchise and should really be more appreciated more. Jason Goes to Hell is truly a departure from the same old shit from all the other friday the 13ths. The Plot is much more involving then the previous films which to me makes it far more engaging and (SHOCKER) most of the characters are grown ass adults who have more then one dimension to them and theres alot of little very logical things througout the movie which should of been in the previous film but werent. Not to mention it is by far the most gruesome of all the Friday the 13th films. But lets get into the far more engaging plot already.
The movie starts off as usual with a naked young woman being chased from her cabin into the woods by Jason Voorhees but then it is revealed that the whole thing is a FBI sting operation and Jason is gunned down and actually blown up into little pieces..and this is in the beginning of the film! HOLY SHIT! now it makes you wonder if Jason killed how many fucking people throughout all the previous film why the hell didnt this happen earlier? it took nine fucking movies just to get to this? just one of the many logical and more realistic things that happen in this movie but back to the plot. Jason Voorhees charred and bullet ridden pieces along with his heart still intact is taken to a federal morgue. Soon things arent quite over for dear Mr.Voorhees as the coroner falls into a trance like state and starts to devour Jasons heart with black slime spewing from the heart while he devours it and is now Possessed by Jason Voorhees!…told you this movie is a departure from the rest of the films. Anyway the jason possessed coroner then kills another coroner and two security guards (one played by Jason voorhees himself Kane Hodder out of makeup) and goes on a long trek back to Crystal Lake.
Back at Crystal Lake the citizens of the town are celebrating Jason “Final” destruction and even a local dinner is celebrating by selling hamburgers in the shape of hockey masks. Also there are 90’s style televized tabloid show about Jason Voorhees and it seems like the whole country knows about Jasons numerous murder sprees..again why the fuck didnt this happen in the previous films. Along with the town and the countries knowledge of Jason a very mysterious, tough yet odd Bounty Hunter Creighton Duke is seen about town and claims Jason isnt really dead and knows of the only way to truly put Jason reign of terror to Rest. He reveales that though Jason now can pass through bodies via a demonic slug thing more on that in a bit. But the bodies he passes through cannot sustain themselves for too long and those bodies eventually start to melt and dissolve into goo in truly horrific and gruesome fashion. The only way Jason can truly be reborn into his old body is if he passes through another Voorhees and in this film (surprise Surprise) there are other Voorhees family members in town that Jason is seeking and only through a voorhees can Jason truly Die. So Craighton Duke along with Steven Freeman who is the estranged boyfriend of one of the Voorhees daughters are now in a race to protect the rest of the voorhees family and the demonic slug baby body hoping Jason Voorhees. And since it technically is still Jason Voorhees citizens of Crystal Lake are dealt with in particularly mean spirited and gruesome fashion.
Now with a batshit crazy plot like that for a Friday the 13th film is really REALLY new and very different for the franchise and to me thats one of the reasons why I like it. Now i know demon baby body hopping Jason can pretty weird and in all honestly were never really given a why as to how Jason got these abilities but we are given a quick possible glimpse as to why. You see when Steven goes to the Voorhees house he actually discovers …the NECRONOMICON from the evil dead series in the house (I shit you not) so its very possible that Pamela Voorhees possibly dabbled in the necronomicons power and maybe Jason is some sort of all powereful Deadite!?!?! maybe, and its great speculations for Jason Voorhees fans.
Now before i go into a rant about Friday the 13th fans and all the really realistic and logical things that happen in Jason Goes to hell ill just like to point out the more apparent aspects of the film that I love and should be more apprieciated by Horror fans. First even though Jason in his typical HockeyMask self is only really in the beginning and ending of the film, his look here is at its nightmareish best, his flesh is rotten and practically “Melty” and his hockeymask has practically melted into his face! I remember this look of jason scared the shit out of me when i was little and actually gave me numerous nightmares. Along with jasons gruesome “Melty” look all the kill scenes are incredibly graphic, gory, mean spirited and particularly gruesome even by Friday the 13th standards! There is one particular kill scene involving two horny young 20 somethings fucking in tent where the Jason Possessed Coroner sticks a spear into the girl as shes having sex and sticks the spear into her the exact second she cums and then splits her in half in gory and fucking really mean spirited detail. Its a very hard hitting and shocking death scenes and gruesome mix of sex and death. Also for this Friday the 13th film the majority of the characters are not incredibly dumb and horny teens but instead grown ass adults with working class jumps and are actually not one dimensional…for a friday the 13th film thats actually shocking! Also to note there is a fast pacing to the whole film and theres actually some crazy John Woo style shots throughout and some good use of eerie blue lighting too. And finally there is one scene that i wont go into too much detail about but it involves…man shaving… as much as I like this movie even I go “what the fuck” during this scene and Steve Barton from DreadCentral famously calls it “Homoerotic Shaving!”. Just watch the movie and youll see what I mean.
Now for me the best aspect of Jason Goes to Hell is just how Logical all the little things are. A swat team actually is brought in to deal with Jason which should of happened in earlier films. I mean if there is a killer who has been commiting multiple murder sprees with an incredibly high body count how the fuck do dumb teens keep going back to Camp Crystal Lake and how the hell does the country not notice that? glad all that finally happens in Jasons goes to Hell and the entire country and the town of Crystal Lake is well aware of Jason Voorhees and the stigma the town has gotten because of it and the whole town feels very much apart of the story. Also Camp Crystal lake has been abandoned for years, all little details that should of been mentioned in the previous films but no. Because most of the previous just did the same thing over and over again and somehow fans just love that! for me it is annoying and actually depressing that Friday the 13th fans and even horror franchise fans in general always want the same old same old shit every single time and when one film in a franchise does something new and different they shit all over it for years and years. Hell the hatred for Jason goes to hell is soo bad that HorrorBid.com’s Facebook page compared Jason goes to Hell director Adam Marcus to a known child molester! ….yeah and I know im going to get some shit for this review and just liking the movie. But you know what im sticking to my guns.
So my fellow horror fans if your in a forgiving mood this Halloween season and want to throw Jason Voorhees into your halloween viewing schedule (I always felt Jason Goes to Hell is best viewed in October) I say please PLEASE give Jason goes to Hell another chance and just see just how Different, new, incredibly gory, Gruesome, realistic, Logical and refreshing it can be compared to the rest of the Franchise…C’mon guys. – James J. Coker
P.S….Freddy Krueger makes a quick cameo at the end of this one.