Monday, May 17, 2004

Jason X: Commentary Review

1:21 PM: I'm probably going to post like mad for a couple of weeks until I get this out of my system. After that I'll probably average one to two reviews a week.

Onward to the review.

Director Jim Isaac,writer Todd Farmer, and producer Noel Cunningham get together and don't tell you a damn thing about making a movie. Sometimes a commentary on a terrible film is more enjoyable than a commentary on a good film, and this is one of those times. There are classic horror films such as "The Sixth Sense" or "The Magician" and there are bad horror films that we give props to for really trying like "Cemetary Man" or "Thirteen Ghosts"; and then there are films like Jason X. Jason X had no chance of being a good film EVER. Of course it's not supposed be a good film, it's supposed to be a celebration of awesome kills. But damn, Jason in space, what were you thinking? I say this with love: the concept, the plot, the characters, whew, they all suck. Not like tiny discreet sipping suckage -- we're talking choke volume Full Moon suckage.

But the boys revel in the sludge at the bottom of the horror genre. They seem to be more interested in the chance that Freddy vs. Jason might be made than their own film. They do discuss the unique financial strategy they had to use to get this labor of love done, and how lack of studio support hardened their resolve. They speak with genuine affection of their much maligned genre, and I gotta tell you I don't hear enough of that kind of love in commentaries. What Isaac, Farmer, and Cunningham give you is a slice of genre history and future, and that's pretty tasty. In fact, it's a hell of a lot tastier than nanobot Jason.

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