As a Friday film: *
As a standalone film: ** ½
The film incorporates along with the body snatching plot the method of “soul transfer” through the passing of this leech-like creature that seems (I guess) to contain Jason’s essence. Also included is the reflection of Jason in the mirror when transferred into whatever mortal body he inhabits. These aspects are so patently unique and positively surreal, I didn’t know whether or not to applaud such widely varied tactics to freshen the stale “Jason kills a bunch of young adults at Crystal Lake” plot or sit in disbelief at the absurdities of it all. Then there’s the “Jason needs to transfer into a family member in order to be reborn” motive for his reasoning to chase after relatives that follow the Voorhies bloodline that further takes the Friday franchise into the Twilight Zone.
Director Adam Marcus and company decided to use the kitchen sink effect in their efforts to totally take the franchise in a direction significantly removed from the norm…it’s to the nth degree and beyond. There’s the scene where KNB just get to show out with an awesome (but rather unnecessary and nonsensical) body melt where the deputy “invaded” has transferred the “Jason creature” (I can’t help but think of Cronenberg’s Shivers while watching this) to a popular true crime show host (who is dating Jason’s niece just so he can shoot footage in the ole Voorhies home, even going so far as to steal dead mommy’s corpse from the morgue for extra shock value!!!); the deputy, once this transfer happens, just melts into a body of acidified goo.
There’s even the Necronomicon from The Evil Dead making an appearance. The Jason creature crawling into the vagina of Erin Gray (she’s Jason’s sis, taking a knife stab to the back thanks to him) of Buck Rogers fame so Kane Hodder’s version of Voorhies can re-emerge. Even this makes little sense…so the creature can crawl into the vagina of his sister and suddenly, because of this, return in the very same form prior to his bombing into bits and pieces. It is just another balmy plot development that happens for no other reason than to give Friday fans their killer back after leaving from the mouths of human “hosts” he’s been taking the control of throughout the damn film. All this and there’s this magic knife that must be used by Jason’s kin to put an end to him. And puzzling especially is how Jason just throws hero John D LeMay around like a rag doll, preferring to use him as a punching bag…the Jason most of us know doesn’t pummel, he annihilates.