Franchises of All Time
The "Friday the 13th" Films
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
aka Friday the 13th, Part 11
Friday the 13th Films
Friday the 13th (1980) | Friday the 13th, Part 2 (1981) | Friday the 13th, Part 3 (1982)
Friday the 13th, The Final Chapter (1984) | Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning (1985)
Friday the 13th, Part VI - Jason Lives (1986) | Friday the 13th, Part VII - The New Blood (1988)
Friday the 13th, Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) | Friday the 13th, Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday (1993)
Friday the 13th, Jason X (2002) | Freddy vs. Jason (2003) (aka Friday the 13th, Part 11)
Friday the 13th (2009) (aka Friday the 13th, Part 12)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)
Film Plot Summary
He looked through a scrapbook of clippings about his exploits, with pictures of his young victims, and described how he was trapped in Hell. The citizens of Springwood had risen up and found a way to forget him and erase him from the memories and nightmarish dreams of the town's young people:
A montage of clips of his previous history and murderous exploits in various films were reviewed during his voice-over monologue. His plan, to revive himself in the dreams of Elm Street teens, was to resurrect the undead, hockey-masked, slasher-serial killer Jason Voorhees (Ken Kirzinger).
On a dock at nighttime, camp counselor Heather (Odessa Munroe) opened her buttoned shirt to reveal her breasts and did a silly little striptease as she called out for her unseen boyfriend Mike, before stripping entirely, running down the dock, and diving into Crystal Lake. Spooked when Mike didn't appear, she swam back, returned to her clothes to get dressed - and began running in fear.
She came upon the hulking figure of Jason Voorhees in the foggy mist, and fled in terror in the opposite direction. Suddenly, Jason impaled or pinned her in her gut to a tree with a machete (# 1 death, by Jason), and the tip of the machete's blade pierced through the opposite side of the tree. But then the dead girl began talking to Jason. She morphed into the faces and voices of many different negligent camp counselors - some of Jason's victims over the years - who were responsible for Jason's drowning death. She admitted:
Jason then turned and in the mist saw his mother Pamela Voorhees (Paula Shaw), addressing him, and he listened respectfully:
Jason's black beating heart was revived and he rose from his grave's resting place and stomped away with his machete, ready to kill. The face of Mrs. Voorhees morphed into the face of Freddy Krueger, who added: "I've been away from my children for far too long." [After finding Jason Voorhees, Freddy had disguised himself as Jason's mother, Pamela Voorhees, and brought Jason back to life with a mission to terrorize and kill inhabitants on Elm Street.]
On a stormy and rainy night at 1428 Elm Street in Springwood (where previous occupants included Nancy and Jesse), three nubile teen females were playing a game of "Marry, f--k, or kill":
Hockey-masked Jason watched them from outside. Two male teens arrived, with a 12-pack of beer:
Blake was to be set up with Lori, although she was uninterested and considered him a "total idiot." After the power went out, Gibb and Trey retired to an upstairs bedroom to have sex together, while Blake told the other two girls that he had found the back door open. While Gibb showered afterwards (viewed naked from a top view), Trey turned and saw Jason standing next to the bed. Trey was repeatedly stabbed with a machete in the back (piercing through the mattress), and then the bed was collapsed and folded in half width-wise, painfully bending him backwards and breaking his spine (# 2 death, by Jason).
The four others ran screaming from the house into the rainy outdoors after witnessing the murder scene. Their behavior caught the attention of Deputy Scott Stubbs (Lochlyn Munro), who dumbly asked: "Do you kids need assistance?" Gibb cried, holding up her bloody hands: "What the f--k do you think?!" At the crime scene, one nervous officer commented:
Sheriff Williams (Gary Chalk) replied sharply:
Lori overheard the name Freddy and became suspicious. The teens were all brought to the police station, but none of them knew anything about the possible cause, although Lori wondered why she had been asked weird questions about her dreams.
Lori dozed off into a dream while in the police station:
Suddenly, Freddy jumped toward her from the side, and she woke up in a sweat in the police station.
Blake's father, Mr. Mueller (Brent Chapman) reprimanded his son on the porch of their Elm Street house, for possibly drinking and neglecting his duties of watching his sister, when the murder of Trey occurred. On the porch swing, Blake vowed to seek revenge against Freddy for Trey's death: "I'm gonna get him for you, Trey. Cop let it slip. It was somebody named Freddy."
After drinking from his hip flask, Blake dozed off and entered into a dream:
When Blake awoke, his father's body was propped up on the bench next to him - his decapitated head (# 3 death, by Jason) (off-screen), detached with a machete, suddenly popped off the neck stump and landed in his lap. Blake turned and saw Jason standing above him - he was massively slashed across his upper body with a machete (# 4 death, by Jason), leaving a splattered blood trail.
The next scene was set at the Westin Hills Psychiatric Hospital, a "nuthouse," where teenaged patients were being administered hypnocil - a drug to keep them docile. A special KRGR-TV news report described the Springwood neighborhood murder, with one victim. One of the institutionalized patients was:
Will became extremely upset when denied listening privileges. Four years earlier, when he was about 14 years old, Will had witnessed Lori's dad kill her mother -- now, he felt that two murders in one house was more than just a coincidence. And he was concerned about Lori's welfare: "I need to know if she's OK."
Will's roommate Mark Davis (Brendan Fletcher) set up a diversion to enable him to steal a key, to allow them both to escape.
In the Campbell kitchen the next day, Lori's father Dr. Campbell (Tom Butler) put Hypnocil, a dream suppressant, in Lori's orange juice, but she didn't drink it. Although she had been traumatized, she insisted on going to her high school, while her father worried about her safety. He told a police officer: "It's all coming apart again," after hearing about the breakout by the two patients from Westin Hills. At Springwood High School, Lori's friends Kia and Gibb told her about Blake's stabbing death and the death of Mr. Mueller. The police had blamed Blake for the Columbine-like killings:
Lori was fearful of her very real nightmares, in which a monstrous man named Freddy appeared - wearing a dark brown hat, with terribly-burnt skin, and razor-fingers. In the hallway as a crowd gathered around her, she also described how she saw little girls singing: "One, two, Freddy's coming for you." Mark emerged from the crowd of students and told her why the girls were singing:
Will also came forward and told his friend Mark to stop scaring Lori - she fainted upon seeing his return after many years.
As Lori recuperated and slept in the school infirmary, Kia dozed off in the waiting room while reading a magazine about models and plastic surgery: "Becoming Perfect? How Far Would You Go?" - with detailed before/after shots of nose jobs, breast implants, etc.
She abruptly awoke and tossed the magazine away.
In another part of the school, Mark told Will that, for once, he thought he (and his suicidal dead brother) weren't crazy -- he stressed: "She had the same dream, Will." They fled when spotted by police, and ran to the town's library where they researched Freddy Krueger on a microfiche machine -- but they found none of his records: arrest, death, or birth certificate. Whole sections of the records were gone, and there were lots of "blacked-out obituaries." Mark exclaimed: "January 18th. That's the day my brother committed suicide. Why isn't that in here?"
He figured out that there had been a massive attempt to make Springwood's citizens forget about Freddy Krueger:
And Freddy was growing his power back: "My brother said it's our fear that gives him his power." Then it dawned on Mark that he had probably told everyone too much in the school hallway: "What if I screwed up the town's plan?..F--k! This f--ker's gonna spread like the plague, man! Kids are gonna start falling asleep...Because if you fall asleep, you ain't waking up."
That night, a rave party was held in a clearing inside a cornfield near a grain silo. Kids at school had been invited to attend by stoner types, including:
Will found Lori at the party already in progress, also attended by nerdy, intelligent student Charlie Linderman (Chris Marquette) who was interested in Lori. After Will and Lori locked eyes and hugged, the couple discovered that the Westin Hills doctors hadn't mailed his letters to Lori, and that the police investigating the recent murders appeared to be holding back information about someone named Freddy Krueger.
Gibb swayed and stumbled off into the cornfield, where she had a dream:
Jason then came upon Shack and Teammate (Colby Johannson) drinking by the edge of the cornfield. Shack retorted: "This is a rave, not a Halloween party. Why don't you go find yourself a pig to f--k?" When Teammate added that Jason wasn't invited, his head was twisted halfway around 180 degrees on his neck stump (# 7 death, by Jason). In response, Shack threw his Everclear alcoholic beverage on Jason and set him on fire with a tiki torch ("Burn, motherf--ker!"). Covered in flames, Jason unsheathed his machete and marched toward Shack through the corn, leaving a trail of fire behind. Shack managed to return to the ravers, but as he ran was impaled in the back with Jason's hurled flaming machete, extending out his chest and still burning (# 8 death, by Jason).
The Ravers (numbered 1-6) screamed and ran in all directions, and most of them were sliced through the chest (or stomach) with Jason's machete as he spun around swinging his blade (# 9 - 14 deaths, by Jason) (last one off-screen). As Lori fled with Will, they discovered Gibb's body.
The two of them, plus Kia, Charlie Linderman, and Bill Freeburg drove off from the rave, as Lori stressed to everyone it wasn't Freddy Krueger: "That wasn't the guy in my dream." Charlie added: "That psycho in the hockey mask was real." And Bill chimed in: "Dude, that goalie was pissed about something." Will drove everyone home, except Lori, and as they sat in the van outside her house, he told her why he was sent to Westin Hills four years earlier: "I saw your dad kill your mom." However, her father had wanted her to believe that she had died in a car accident. (A flashback portrayed Lori's father stabbing her mother on a bed.)
Their conversation was interrupted by Mr. Campbell rapping on the van window and ordering Lori into the house. As she was dragged away, Will warned her: "You can't trust him, Lori. Whatever you do, don't go home with him...He was the one who had me committed." Mr. Campbell grabbed Will by the throat, and yelled: "I am not gonna let you endanger my daughter again." When in the house, Lori confronted her father about the truth of her mother's death, asking for proof with an autopsy report or death certificate, but he wouldn't comply. And she also challenged him about whether he worked at Westin Hills, rather than as a general practitioner. It dawned on her what was happening: "So you knew about Will this whole time." He suggested pills to help her sleep, and she protested: "I want to know why you've been lying to me!" She ran upstairs to her room, locked the door, and climbed out the window to escape, and met up with Will again. He had figured out that there was "some kind of cover-up going on here with Krueger. We can't trust the police. We can't trust any of the adults."
Meanwhile, Will's friend Mark was thinking about his older red-headed brother Bobby Davis (Zack Ward) who had committed suicide. Mark entered into a doze (not full sleep) over his computer:
Lori and Will, who had driven up and watched through a window, witnessed in horror as Mark's back burned, and he called out to them: "Help me!" They screamed as four parallel razor-slash marks appeared on his face, and he fell down dead. Freddy whispered: "Pass on a little message for me, will ya?" -- he had burned the words "Freddy's back" into Mark's back (# 1 death, by Freddy, his sole kill in the film).
In the police department, the Sheriff looked at B/W photos of the murdered corpses from the rave party. He had already ordered the closing of the school, issued a curfew for teens, and set up 24 hr. road blocks around town to contain the problem. Contrary-wise, rookie Deputy Stubbs believed there was a "copy of the old Jason Voorhees" on the loose - the hockey-masked Crystal Lake killer, although Sheriff Williams denied his findings, confident it was Freddy instead. He asserted that he had dealt with this same problem four years earlier:
Now that the curfew was in effect, the group of surviving teens from the rave, including Lori, Will, Kia, and Charlie, were in the basement of pothead Bill Freeburg's house, fearing that Freddy could still get them: "It was our fear that gave him his power, we're marked now," noted Will. Bill Freeburg wasn't scared of the dream killer, but very fearful of the "big-ass motherf--ker back at the cornfield." Out of the darkness stepped Deputy Stubbs, who identified the real killer: "That was Jason Voorhees" - and he vowed: "I'm here to help you." Stubbs described:
They concluded that Jason wasn't dead - he had been brought back by Freddy because he was too weak to go after everyone on his own, so he used Jason to do his bidding: "He knew that we'd think it was him, that we'd spread the fear again. And now that it's working, it's like he can't shut Jason back down." Lori blurted out: "Freddy died by fire, Jason by water. How can we use that?" Although Freddy was the one pulling the strings, it was important to first concentrate on Jason.
They realized that with two killers, they weren't safe either awake or asleep, but if they could eliminate their dreams by taking the experimental drug Hypnocil (a dream suppressant regularly offered to patients at Westin Hills), they couldn't be killed by Freddy, while they were in pursuit of Jason.
The group proceeded to Westin Hills to acquire enough dream-inhibiting Hypnocil for all of them. After entering the psychiatric hospital, Freeburg insisted on taking a marijuana joint-smoke break in the control room. A hospital security officer (Tony Willett) was crushed by a heavy steel access door pushed onto him by Jason - he was seen bleeding and dead on the floor (# 15 death, by Jason) (off-screen).
In one of the labs, they found dozens of bodies on slabs - all comatose victims who had OD'd on Hypnocil, all authorized by Lori's father. Stoned, Freeburg hallucinated that he saw a fat reddish and green caterpillar with a semi-human face crawl into the room, smoke from a hookah, and then blow smoke in his face. He found himself in the room with the corpses, now sitting up on their slabs and staring at him, although cotton balls were taped over their eyes. He found containers of Hypnocil in a cabinet, and argued: "I can't pour these down the drain. We need this stuff." As he looked up, the caterpillar lunged at him from above and crawled down his throat! Freddy had possessed him, and entered inside him to control him, and forced him to dump the Hypnocil down the drain.
At the same time in the nearby control room, Jason attacked Deputy Stubbs with his machete, pierced the console and sent sparks flying, and electrocuted him with the current generated through the machete to Jason's body and into Deputy Stubbs (# 16 death, by Jason), causing him to convulse and shake uncontrollably and fall to the floor with charred skin.
To counterattack, Freeburg (possessed by Freddy) filled two jumbo syringes with Imobatine, a strong, red-colored tranquilizer, and refused to flee with the others from Jason's approach, claiming with glazed eyes: "Let me handle this, bitch." As Jason came close, 'possessed' Freeburg hid the syringes behind his back, awaiting him: "Come to Freddy. These are my children, Jason. Go back where you belong." He plunged the syringes into Jason's neck, and injected him, as Jason swung his machete and cleaved Freeburg in half at the waist (# 17 death, by Jason) - the two halves of his body struck the floor. Jason fell backwards to the floor, landing on his back.
Tranquilized, Jason entered a dream world, where he heard the voice of his raging mother again -- and found himself in Freddy's boiler room. Mrs. Voorhees expressed her disappointment in her son:
Then Jason's mother changed into Freddy, who confronted Jason: "Now it's time to put this bad dog to sleep, for good!" They fought against each other with their supernatural powers - Jason cut off both of Freddy's arms at the shoulder with swings of his machete - but he regenerated his arms, and then they kicked and beat on each other. Freddy snarled: "Welcome to my nightmare" as he propelled Jason around the interior of the boiler room like he was in a pinball machine ("Tilt"). When he flattened Jason with a heavy iron cylinder dropped onto him, Freddy asked: "Why won't you die?" The razor-fingered slasher realized that Jason was fearful of water and took advantage of Jason's weakness: "So you are afraid of something after all, huh?"
At the same time that Jason was fighting against Freddy in the dream world, the group of teens transported Jason's tranquilized body in the van to Crystal Lake, believing: "Best case scenario: Jason wins. He'll already be home, back where he belongs" with "home-field advantage" if he won his monumental struggle against Freddy, and wished to remain there.
Jason fell down in a steady stream of water, cowering as a young boy (Spencer Stump) with a misshapen skull, suffering from aquaphobia. Freddy had impaled the head of Jason's mother on a wooden pole. He also pushed the blade of his index finger into young Jason's temple to "dig a little deeper" and probe into his brain ("I'm dying to see what skeletons are hidden in your closet"), where adult Jason was seen dragging behind him another camp counselor victim (flashback/dream, off-screen) into the Voorhees home. He opened a door to an underwater world where another half-dressed female corpse floated by, one of many other bodies. Lori volunteered to be put under with a dose of the dwindling supply of tranquilizer for 15 minutes. She vowed that from the dream world:
She realized that the rules of gravity and blood loss applied to Freddy in the real world, and would weaken his power. Lori found herself in the dream world of Camp Crystal Lake in the year 1957 on a bright sunny day:
In the van, Kia noted Jason's distressed look with a heaving chest and water coming from under his mask, while he was drowning-in-his-dream: "It's like he's drowning or something. Freddy must be killing him" and she considered giving him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. But then Jason was startled awake and sprung upright, causing the van to lurch and turn onto its side. Jason flew out of the back of the van as it scraped to a halt.
Young Jason was about to drown in the dream, but Jason's escape from the van caused him to vanish from Freddy's grasp in the dream.
Lori remained unconscious and stuck in the dream world and couldn't be woken up. The group rushed her inside a camp cabin at Crystal Lake.
Meanwhile, Will was desperately shaking Lori, trying to wake her -- as Freddy laid on top of Lori on the hallway floor, exclaiming: "Welcome to my world, bitch. I should warn you, princess. The first time tends to get a little messy." He cut wounds in her upper chest and slowly lifted her nightgown with one of his finger blades. At the same time, Jason attacked the group in the camp cabin, where he overturned a gasoline can and set the structure on fire.
Charlie Linderman ineffectually poked Jason with the sharp end of an American flag pole, and was thrown against the wall and fatally wounded, when he was impaled on a rusty, pointed shelf rod/bracket-holder (# 18 death, by Jason).
In the cabin, Lori woke up when her arm was accidentally dragged through the fire by Will -- at the same moment that Freddy was crouched over her, threatening: "Die, you little bitch!" She had succeeded in bringing Freddy back into the waking world with her - he turned and saw Jason, and now turned his attention toward fighting him.
When Will was helping Lori out of the cabin, Kia called out Freddy's name - and he turned his attention toward her: "How sweet, dark meat." She appeared unafraid of him, and was unwilling to relinquish her power to him: "So you're the one everyone's afraid of?" She insulted him:
As she compared the weaponry of the two iconic slashers: "You got these teensy-weensy little things and Jason has got this big ol' thing that's like a..." -- Kia turned and was brutally slashed with Jason's machete across her upper body, and the force of the blow threw her into a tree where her skull was bashed (# 19 death, by Jason).
Will convinced Lori to leave the scene and not remain to help Kia: "You pulled Freddy out, and now he's fighting Jason." Lori rebuked Will about how Freddy had ruined both of them: "He has taken everything from us. He has ruined both of our pasts and I am not leaving until I see him die."
Nearby, the two killers fought in an adjacent construction site for Luxury Fishing Cabins, where Freddy directed large canisters of propane gas, shot like torpedoes through the air, at Jason, connecting with a few of them. He also unleashed a shower of steel rods that cut into Jason's body. The hockey-masked Jason was also brutally harmed by a swinging steel object, that also was dislodged a second time and hurled both of them onto the dock.
Jason made repeated hacking swings at Freddy, slicing at him and landing several hard blows on his body, as blood spurted out from multiple wounds. But Freddy reversed the blood-bath by seizing Jason's machete and slicing Jason's fingers off. Freddy used both his clawed right hand and the machete in his left hand to down Jason with slashing strokes - and then drove the blades from his gloved hand directly into Jason's masked eye sockets, and into his chest.
As Jason and Freddy battled, Will and Lori wet down the dock with gasoline to kill both of them. When Lori yelled: "Freddy, go to hell!", Freddy turned to look at her, allowing Jason time to punch his hand into Freddy's mid-section and twist into his gut, and also to tear off his right arm from the shoulder, effectively amputating it. Lori also set fire to propane tanks near the dock - causing a massive explosion that engulfed the two combatants in flames, and blew their burning bodies into the water.
Lori and Will dove into the water too, to escape the blaze, and then re-emerged on the dock, where incredulously, Freddy - still alive - stalked toward them with the machete in his left hand. He raised the machete to kill them when Jason appeared behind him, and impaled Freddy with his own bladed glove-arm rammed or thrust through his back and piercing out the front of his torso. To assure Freddy's death, Lori decapitated Freddy with Jason's machete as she screamed at him: "Welcome to my world, bitch!" (# 20 death, by Jason and Lori). Both corpses fell into the lake and sank beneath the surface of the water.
By morning, Jason walked out of Crystal Lake, holding his machete in his left hand, and Freddy's disembodied head in his right hand. In a close-up view of Freddy's face, he winked -- and maniacally laughed.
Film Notables (Awards, Facts, etc.)
The first cross-over film in the series, in which two of the most remembered 80s slasher film icons, a nightmarish figure and a serial killer, clashed together on the big screen. In relation to their own film series, the events in this film took place after Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (1991) and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993).
With the tagline: "The "Slicer"...The "Dicer"...And This Time, They're Not Any "Nicer"!
With a production budget of approximately $25 million, and box-office gross revenues of $113 million (worldwide).
Body Count: 21 (19 committed by Jason (with one additional assist by Lori Campbell), with only 1 committed by Freddy Krueger). There were also an unknown number of additional Raver victims, and some additional dream-deaths.
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Young Jason Voorhees
Mrs. Pamela Voorhees
Deputy Scott Stubbs
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