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Freddy vs. Jason (New Line Cinema) Mass Market Paperback – July 29, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: New Line Cinema
  • Mass Market Paperback: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Black Flame (July 29, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844160599
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844160594
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,688,930 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Stephen K on October 3, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is the book better than the movie?
In a word. No.
With a different ending than the movie and what would have been an extended scene at the beginning of the movie (welcome to camp crystal lake, ms. skinny dipper). You learn a good bit more of Freddy's trial and murder, about his mother, and the link between Freddy and Westin Hills.
The author did rush through the book though, you often read through many misspelled words (ex: "whate4ver") but you can blame all that on editing. He stayed true to the movie/screenplay, not missing a beat. It's still all in there and not horribly butchered up like some movie tie-ins.
But If you're a fan of either series, and enjoy reading, sure; pick up a copy. It proves to be fun, but not as much fun as the movie of course.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Steve on January 3, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
FREDDY VS. JASON is a fun film. Released last August, it captured the sensation of the season in perfect fashion; a summer celluloider which offered a relaxed viewing session in a darkened theater at the mall multiplex. The teen crowd was more than content to gather together in adrenaline-fueled groups, hell-bent on spending some of the disposable capital earned at one pitiful retail job or other on the latest hot marketing commodity in the trendy, post-Scream horror industry. Along with the WB-net set were the older demos who grew up with Krueger and Voorhees, the 29-40 age group- mostly male in gender- who've been waiting for the long-promised bit of paranormal pugilism. The two worlds mingled easily enough; and after the lights went up and the 29-40's had their fill of ogling the nubile, Smallville/Everwood-loving girlfriends of all the young guys in attendance, all agreed that a pretty decent project had just unwound itself on the projection platter.
Surprisingly enough, the book is equally as good. Well, in an extremely technical sense, it's a special kind of book- a novelization. And that's important to keep in mind when judging it. A competent novelization should fulfill one primary promise: allow the reader to visit the film again in as vivid a manner as possible with minimal interference (the author shouldn't fool too much with the original plot/concept, in other words). FREDDY VS. JASON succeeds mostly at this. It's a simple, well-organized read which captures all the essential hooks of the source material and efficiently conveys them in literary format. Sure, there are hackeneyed, subpar devices at work- e.g.: the presence of sparse, almost fragmented sentences more apt for a screenplay- but they make sense in the presented context.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lee Pletzers on July 9, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Freddy VS Jason
Movie tie-in
Novelization by Stephen Hand
Based on the screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark J. Swift
The book based on the screenplay. Let me start by saying, I loved this movie. Now, may I add that reading this book was painful and confusing.
Allow me to explain:
1. The book is from the original screenplay which differs from the movie we all saw. The beginning is very different. But that's about it.
2. There's this thing called POV (point of view), which allows the reader to follow the action and the character. This is hard to do when nearly every paragraph focuses on a someone different. Some writers like Phillip K. Dick can pull this off very well. Unfortunately, Stephen Hand, can not and it is this reason the book sucks. It is so hard to follow.
Now I have that off my chest, let's take a look at the story itself.
In the DVD (movie), the visualization explains everything in seconds, like the boiler room or the construction going on at Camp Crystal Lake. In the movie, I just accepted it and enjoyed the movie. The main reason for buying this book was to see how a slasher was written and how all those movie props were explained. I also wanted to know what those things were called. For this the book excels. It explains the locations and action very well and the Nightmare on Elm Street series, making refs to part 4 (I could be wrong but after seeing so many Nightmares, they all kind of blend in). I also like learning how Freddy became Freddy via the black shadows that promised him eternal life. I also did not know that Freddy went to trail for the murders of little girls and was released. Were these scenes cut from the movies or is my memory just shot?
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By smithisgod on August 5, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just got the novel from my store, and from the first 30 pages or so, I can tell you it's definately a keeper. I was never really a fan of the Friday the 13th films, but Freddy has always been a terrific villian. All the rumors seem to be true about Freddy being much more dark and evil in this film, and not a quip throwing goon with a claw this time out. It may amaze people that they actually seem to have thought out a plot for the film, but I wouldn't want to spoil the fun. Films like this are a rare beast nowadays and they need to be appreciated just for the fun of them. I don't know about you but I'll be there August 15th waiting to see a brawl I hope will become a classic!!! So if you're a fan of either franchise or just a horror fan looking for a fun buzz, pick the novel up. And remember don't fall asleep!!!!!!
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