STARRING: Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Lisa Ryder, Chuck Campbell, Jonathan Potts, Peter Mensah, Melyssa Ade, Todd Farmer, Melody Johnson

2001, 93 Minutes, Directed by: James Isaac

Description: Legendary Friday The 13th killer Jason Voorhees returns for the tenth time, this time stalking victims aboard a space ship in the year 2455.

Jason X is Friday the 13th Part 10.

That’s right: that is the slasher movie series where the guy in the hockey mask kills off the teenagers one by one. The serial killer in question’s name is Jason and, after he has been killing off teenagers at a deserted camp site in nine movies for over two decades or so, the producers decided that it was time for something different. So this time around, Jason will be killing off teenagers in outer space instead, which is why you are reading this review on this particular site.

Just for the heck of it, I listed all the Friday the 13th movies at the bottom of this review. By the way, I just love the titles for Part 4 ("The Final Chapter") and Part 5 ("A New Beginning").

Check how many (if any) you have seen. I think I saw the first three movies. Yes, I know, I have a boundless capacity for self-torture. No, I don’t why I watched them. If you had seen all of them, some psychiatric help might be in order.

"Teenagers like seeing other teenagers getting killed in movies like this . . ."

Incidentally, the previous Friday the 13th movie was made in 1993 and was titled Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993). Promises, promises. With the unexpected recent monetary success of two 1980s horror franchises to be revived (namely Bride of Chucky and Halloween: Resurrection), it was probably no doubt decided to give the granddaddy of them all a shot again. Whether Jason X is as successful as the two movies I have mentioned is debatable. The truth is however that, while it may not sound like it, Jason X is a whole lot better than it has any right being.

A bit like Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Jason is revived in the far future after being cryogenically frozen for several hundred years. True to form, he starts killing off the teenagers manning the space ship he is on immediately.

It may be Alien rehashed with bits from Terminator, Aliens and The Matrix thrown in - but folks! This is a franchise that has been around for some twenty years or so and 200 plus dead teenagers! Were you really expecting any originality here? Yes, the acting is bad and the special effects are cheap and achingly obvious. What the movie offers, it delivers: teenagers being killed off in inventive and gruesome ways.

Now, I have always thought that teenagers like seeing other teenagers being killed in movies like this, but the truth is that they like seeing getting good-looking teenagers getting killed! (Something very unsocial about that!) So roll on the body and breast count. Add to this some unexpected tongue-in-cheek humor – after all, how can anyone take this serious anymore? - and you have an unexpectedly fun time in front of the TV.

Here they all are:

Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: 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)
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2001)



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