With all the crossovers and the like, these days. It isn’t hard to imagine My Little Pony’s hooves, clip-clopping over into The Walking Dead, or Iron Man’s jets flying over into The Help. These mashups are all the rage right now and I’m not gonna lie, I’m totally into it. That’s as long as being “into it” doesn’t require me to sit with a bladder filled with beer in order to wait out a slew of credits VFX artist, all to watch Sam Jackson recruit so-and-so into the larger so-and-so. Looks like Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday was getting in on the trend early on thanks to director Adam Marcus. In a recent interview with HorrorGeekLIfe, Marcus went into a detailed explanation that paints hockey mask wearing Jason Voorhees, as a Necrinomicon born Evil Dead Deadite.
“I was populating the film with Easter eggs, and at that time I was on set while writing the script, and spending time with Bob Kurtzman for The Evil Dead part 3 [Army of Darkness]. I had become friendly with Sam Raimi, so much so that he had shot several commercials in LA and I had hung out with him on set. Sam’s an amazing guy, and one of my heroes. So while I was there, I asked Sam if I could borrow the Necronomicon to put into my movie. Sam gave a bewildered “Why?!” and I explained the story. I was trying to create a mythology for Jason in this movie, because it had driven me nuts as a viewer.
I was there for the first Friday the 13th. I was ten years old when Sean Cunningham made that film, I’m best friends with his son Noel since we were six. Sean never expected this to turn into anything. He made a little thriller about a mom who murders a bunch of teenagers because she thinks they represent the teenagers who let her son die. But at the end of the movie – because he wanted to rip off Carrie, since it was a huge success – he thought, wouldn’t it be great if the kid leaps out of the water and grabs the girl? It ended up being the best scare in the movie.
Here’s the thing though, he never thought they were going to make a series of movies about the kid in the lake. Cut to several months later and Alice from the first movie is in her home and this full-size man (who was a boy two months ago) murders her- I know for me I was only twelve when part two came out, and even as a kid myself, I asked “What? Why isn’t it a boy, and how did he live for thirty years in a lake?” So what I told Sam was “I think it’s more fun if I have the Necronomicon in Pamela Voorhees’ house. She makes a deal with the devil by reading from the Necronomicon to bring back her son. This is why Jason isn’t Jason. He’s Jason plus The Evil Dead,” and now I can believe that he can go from a little boy that lives in a lake, to a full grown man in a couple of months, to Zombie Jason, to never being able to kill this guy.
That, to me, is way more interesting as a mash-up, and Raimi loved it! He literally went and picked up the book, put it in a plastic bag and told me to put it in the movie. So only Sam, myself, and Bob Kurtzman ever knew that was my agenda. It’s not like I could tell New Line my plan to include The Evil Dead, because they don’t own The Evil Dead. So it had to be an Easter egg, and I did focus on it… there’s a whole scene that includes the book, and I hoped people would get it and could figure out that’s what I’m up to.
So yes, in my opinion, Jason Voorhees is a Deadite. He’s one of The Evil Dead.”
The Final Friday was definitely an experiment in all things Jason, and went a ways out of the way to explain exactly what Jason was. It’s nutty and over the years it has grown on me as a fun and weird exploration of a mythos that may exist on a parallel dimension. I mean at the very least it gave us the showdown that was Jason Vs. Freddy which was another one of my guilty pleasures.
Ultimately, I say run with it. Let’s explore this further. Let’s get Bruce Campbell up in a Deadite driven Jason film. Could be a blast.
Where my Jason Goes to Hell fans at? What do you guys think?