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Review - Jason X (Film & Novel)

Jason X.

If, somehow, you've managed to grow up without knowing who the hockey mask-wearing, machete-wielding psychopath who has a special place in his blackened heart for Friday the 13th is, then that's kind of amazing.

The short version is that what was once a deformed man who had a thing for killing teens that snuck onto his property to screw and smoke weed ended up becoming an undead, unstoppable killing machine because reasons. And profits.

Here's a quick plot synopsis of the tenth film in the Friday the 13th series: It's the future, and by future I mean 2010, (this was filmed in 2000.) Jason has finally been captured by the government and they're preparing to cryogenically freeze his zombified ass. Only, no wait, some scientist played by, of all people, David Lynch, has decided that Jason's way too cool to just file away and he totally needs to run some more tests. But don't worry, because he's got guys with guns on his side.

Surprise, surprise, Jason escapes and murders everyone except for Rowan, the head of research at the Crystal Lake Facility. She manages to lure Jason down into the cryo bay and put him on ice, but not before he stabs her and traps her in there with him.

Skip forward four and a half centuries. Now it's the future for real. Earth is a desolate, dead wasteland. A team of students uncovers the frozen Jason and Rowan. They bring them back to the ship and, well, you know the rest. Jason unthaws, gets up and gets back to it.

Personally, I loved the movie. For some reason, I've always loved Jason Voorhees. I know a lot of people rolled their eyes and gave up when he got brought back to life by a lightning bolt in the sixth movie, but I honesty think this is where the series hit its stride. Maybe it's just because I have a deep love of Sci-Fi/Horror, but Jason in space just really does it for me.

To be honest, I don't actually have too much to say about this film. I thought it was pretty decent. The characters were actually pretty good, compared to par for the course for the rest of the franchise. Jason was totally badass. It was funny, it wasn't really scary, but it was kind of thrilling. For being the tenth movie in a horror franchise, it did pretty good.

If you have even a passing interest in B horror movies, give it a watch.

Now, on to the main event...

I think most people who are going to watch Jason X have watched Jason X. However...I'm willing to bet most of them don't even know there's a novelization. Let alone FOUR sequels to that novelization. The fact that there isn't an eBook version of any of these books, and that even used, the next book in the series, THE EXPERIMENT, is thirty fucking dollars, lends credence to my theory.

I have bought Jason X - A Novel, I have read it, and now I things to say about it. I think I'll divided it up into pros and cons.

Pros-I was very thrilled to see that the book was written by someone who actually is familiar with Jason and cared about the story. There were basically no continuity errors and Jason was handled pretty well.

-There were some interesting, in-depth passages from Jason's point of view. Not necessarily what he was doing, but more about why he was doing it and the nature of Jason's existence. There were actually some cool ideas explored.
-(SPOILER) There was an error at the end of the film. Basically, Jason has punched a hole in the hull and is coming for the survivors. They close a lot of doors in between them and him as they run, but he keeps bashing them down. When he finally reaches them and he bashes down the final door, the atmosphere should have been compromised, as now there's nothing between them and that initial hole he punched in the hull. This issue is cleared up interestingly in the novel.

-Most of the characters got back stories and reasons for why they were on the ship, whereas in the film, the reason for them being there was barely referenced at all.

Cons-When I first got ahold of the book, I realized it was decently hefty. It clocked in at 400 pages, which is roughly 100,000 words. I was impressed. Normally when a movie gets novelized, especially a B horror movie, we're lucky to get anything past 250 pages, if that. Even legendary films like The Thing and Event Horizon just barely made it to the 200 page mark. Not that that's necessarily bad, I loved both novelizations, but more content would have been nice. Unfortunately, in this case, more is not better. Essentially, every single scene was dragged out for as long as conceivably possible. In the film, there's a scene near the beginning that's less than sixty seconds of a solider throwing a blanket over Jason, who's hanging from the ceiling by chains. In the book, this single scene dragged on for about 12 pages. Now, I don't mind reading lengthy books, but only if the writing is good. This writing was not very good. It wasn't terrible, but it was filled with obvious tricks and filler whose only purpose is meant to draw out the length of the book. Scenes drag on and on and ON.

-There were a few points in the beginning that struck me as extremely amateur. It felt like a thirteen year old who had just watched a Sci-Fi movie and was now trying to write his own SUPER COOL story. He wants to make something big and showy happen, so he shoves in a massive event but ends up only making passing reference to it, giving it no real impact on the story. In the novel, the author gives a very brief history of humanity, focusing on the evacuation of Earth as it became uninhabitable. The author mentions, in passing, that Humanity finds an alien race and basically trades a dozen human corpses in exchange for faster-than-light hyper-drive engines, which allow them to explore the galaxy at a much faster rate. Nowhere else is this mentioned in the slightest. It has no impact on the story at all. Possibly the most monumental event in human history is glossed over in passing over the course of half a paragraph. I know this is a seemingly small detail, but it, combined with the C average writing style, really brought the book down.

-I think it may follow the film a little too closely. Essentially every single scene is put into the book and drawn out with excruciating detail. I think an extra sub-plot or extra scenes would have been nice.

If I had my way, I'd trim about 100-150 pages of excess words from the novel, then lay in maybe 20-40 pages of extra scenes not in the film to help balance out the story. It feels bottom heavy, as nearly 200 pages pass before Jason even re-enters the story from the beginning. That's nice, but the last portion of the book feels strangely rushed, despite being drawn's kind of hard to describe. Basically, more content, less drawing-out of already existing scenes.

Ultimately, I'd suggest the book if you're a really hardcore fan of Jason, specifically Jason X.