After SEVEN movies that take place around Camp Crystal Lake and the surrounding area we ALL wanted something different for Part VIII, right ?
So The took Jason out of Camp Blood and put him in New York (Vancouver) and that movie while it has it's weird parts (the ending) was different and really as a whole a solid movie.
now with JGTH we wanted something fresh and different I mean whille it was the NINTH film in the series and supposedly the "Final Friday" we wanted Jason to go out with a Band and he did!
Adam Marcus blew Jason to hell in the opening of JGTH much to the dismay of hardcore Jason fans. what followed was a weird film about Jason's heart being moved from body to body so he could track down his half sister to get back to his original body. What follows is an incredibly shot film, with cool Special FX, great makeup, a solid cast and a movie that really IS NOT the worst in the franchise unless you are super picky.
Note : I know most of you are like "They misspelled Voorhees on the mailbox at the Voorhees house!" Did you ever stop to think that it was an Easter egg for fans to find and done on purpose?
I feel most ans are only hating this movie because it's the "cool thing to do" well as many long time readers can tell I'm not the "follow the crowd" kinda guy therefore I enjoy JGTH for what it is, a sharp right turn in the mythology of Jason Voorhees that gives us some much needed depth to the character that I feel was missing for the entire series.
The cast really works well together in a complex story that while it was weird to see the heart movie from body to bodyI think it was an interesting plot device.
Lets talk about Crayton Duke shall we.... This character to me is this films version of Rob from "The Final Chapter". no one else sees this they simply complain about who this character is, why is he now popping up in the NINTH film, where has he been for the duration of the series? blah blah blah. Crayton Duke obviously has an ax to grind with Jason and now that he knows how to stop him for good he has come to Crystal Lake to take him out once and for all.
I like this character and thought they could have dome more with him, the scene with him and Steve in jail was chilling and really showed alot about each character and what they were willing to go through to save Jessica and her baby.
Adam Marcus had this to say about Crayton Duke in a December 2017 Interview ... "A teenage Creighton was out on Crystal Lake with his girlfriend. Jason capsized their small boat and pulled the girl down into the lake. Creighton tried to save her but could not. She was never seen again. Creighton vowed revenge and from that moment on he spent his life in the study and pursuit of Jason. He became a bounty hunter just to fund his work in taking down his nemesis."
If you've read this far into the blog THANK YOU for hearing me out. With that said I'm not calling this film perfect by any stretch of the imagination because there is no such thing as a perfect film in my opinion. All I'm saying is that this film isn't as bad as most fans would have you believe. it's out there for sure but it's a solid film and I think Adam Marcus is a brilliant film maker with a string of solid films to his credit.
Adam Marcus said in a November 2017 interview : “[Pamela Voorhees] 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 mashup, and Raimi loved it! 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.”
This in it's self explains alot about the movie and the franchise and if you take this information for what it is and rewatch the movie I think you'll have a better understanding of the movie and in turn the franchise as a whole.
In closing I would like to say that making movies is hard work and alot of things can change behind the scenes that ultimately change the finished film. In every movie there are scenes that are shot, not used in the final cut and thus plot holes are created. As an indie film maker I know this all to well and I get slammed with questions that either fans don't know the answer to because they missed something in the movie or because I left a plot hole. It happens to everyone in their career. Give JGTH another chance with the information I've given you in this blog I think you might just enjoy the movie after all.
Stay Humble, Stay Hungry My Friends :)