The year was 2003 and I was but the tender age of 16. By this stage in my life, I was well and truly obsessed with the horror genre, particularly the Nightmare On Elm Street and Friday The 13th series of films. These two series were my entry points into horror that in turn gave birth to my love for the genre. So imagine my surprise when there I was one day, minding my own business, watching some sort of horrible day time TV show when lo and behold, an advertisement for Freddy Vs Jason screened during the ad break. I couldn’t believe it, my dream movie was coming out and I didn’t even know it existed before this moment.
Now if I had to make a list of the top 10 most exciting moments in my life, this moment would make the list. I’m not kidding. It’s not as if I haven’t experienced anything more exciting since then, it’s just at that moment of my life, to my teenage mind, the concept of an ugly burnt guy with razors attached to his fingertips fighting an undead hockey mask-wearing zombie was the pinnacle of awesomeness.
The moment the trailer finished, I picked up my phone and called one of my friends. I proceeded to spew forth unintelligible ramblings to them about how this movie would be the greatest film ever made, it’ll be a cinematic masterpiece, we must see it opening day, etc. Now with that over, it was time to play the waiting game. I literally counted down the days with my ever-constant reminders of “There’s only five more days till Freddy Vs Jason comes out, only five more days!” I’m not sure if anyone else around me cared, but that didn’t faze me, nothing was going to dampen my enthusiasm.
The next couple of weeks flew by and before I knew it, opening day had arrived. That day my thoughts were only of the cinematic grudge match I would soon be treated to. Questions and curiosities whirled through my head all day — why would these two be fighting, how would they fight? Finally, the long awaited moment had arrived. I was surprised at how packed the cinema was. Could it be? Did other people actually care about these two characters as much as I did? Apparently yes. The lights dimmed, the previews rolled and finally, the film started…