Hello, and welcome to my 2021 A to Z April Blogging Challenge! This year, I talk about all the horror movies Alec and I have watched so far during the pandemic. There are quite a lot of them. Today, though, is “J.” Today, I only have two movies to talk about. That will be true tomorrow, too, but then things get long again.
Anyway, without further ado…
Jason X (2001)
Director: James Isaac
I liked Jason X. I’m getting that out of the way at once, so that if you personally totally hated Jason X, you’ll be warned ahead of time that we aren’t going to agree.
So, for those of you who don’t know, Jason X is Friday the 13th… in space! We open in the present day. Jason Voorhees is being cryogenically frozen–and then he wakes up and goes on a killing spree, because he is a murder-machine, and that’s what he does. He gets frozen in the midst of his rampage, as does a skeptical scientist.
Centuries later, both frozen bodies are found, brought onto a spaceship, and revived. The scientist is revived on purpose. The people on the ship don’t mean to revive Jason, at first because he looks too far gone to come back, and then because they figure out who he is (and think they’ve hit the scientific jackpot, with this specimen). But he gets at the ship’s automated healing tech, and drags himself back into relevance. And then goes on a killing spree. In a spaceship. Which is neat.
I liked many of the characters. I was especially fond of the robot-lady and her tentative maybe-romance with her programmer. I thought that was cute.
I also liked a lot of the humor–though let me pause here to just mention that I don’t mean the abominable punning. I liked the parts that were humorous without being jokes. Not so much the part where, on observing that a friend has been transfixed by a gigantic screw-like object, one of the characters just says, “he’s screwed.” The movie is silly, but maybe not quite that silly? And it reminded me that I was watching a movie in a franchise that was sort of sick of itself.
And I was also into the fashion. This movie is set 500 years or so in the future. People should dress a little differently from how they dress now. And they do. They don’t dress very differently, but there are some interesting choices. One lady is in something that is actually popular now but that (I’m pretty sure?) wasn’t a thing in 2001, when the movie was made (“the cold-shoulder look”). Another lady is in a shirt I would not be surprised to see on someone at a Renn Faire, but was mildly startled to see in a spaceship. I wish they’d pushed the fashion a little farther, because 500 years is a very long time, and I feel it would have shifted more than we see here (or maybe it shifted, and then shifted back!), but I was pleased to see that some thought was given to the subject. And that they didn’t always opt for shiny-looking “futuristic” materials. The cold-shoulder top is, I think, knitted.
Oh, and David Cronenberg is in this movie. He’s in the present-day scenes. He plays a scientist who wants to preserve Jason X for study, because, I mean, the man is unkillable, and harnessing his immortality would be a great scientific advance. That’s another neat part of this movie. People not only recognize that Jason Voorhees is supernaturally impossible to kill, but some of the consequences of this recognition are explored.
Anyway, I liked Jason X. I thought it was fun. Also, another A to Zer is also talking about Jason X! It has actually happened a few times, now, that my horror movie list has overlapped with another A to Z (there are two other people that I know of doing horror movie A to Zs; links to both blogs at the end of this post!), but this is the first time I’ve known about it ahead of time, so here is that link again.
The Jigsaw Murders (1989)
Director: Jag Mundhra
We saw this one because Jag Mundhra directed Hack-O-Lantern, which we both thoroughly enjoyed (and which I talk about in my “H” post). But… The Jigsaw Murders was a bit of a disappointment. And not in any very memorable way. Or anyway, I barely remember it.
That’s it for today, folks! This post has actually turned out to be much longer than I planned, because I found that I had more to say about Jason X than I expected.
Here are the links to the two other blogs that are also doing horror movie A to Zs:
By the way, if there are any other horror movie A to Zs out there, let me know in the Comments section!