WHY IT'S BADIt's an example of using one of the two most cliched ways to spice up a franchise: set it underwater or in space. In addition, Jason X uses the hackneyed "create a super monster" formula of making an old baddie seem threatening again. The dialogue is painful to listen to, and the premise of some kind of space college just doesn't make any fucking sense. Especially considering that the class seems to think taking Jason -- who they know as a ruthless killer hundreds of years into the future -- onto their ship is a good idea.
WHY IT'S GOODDespite all the cliches, this movie is actually pretty fun to watch. The characters hit that nice balance of being forgettable enough that you don't mind when they die, but really pretty likeable in their pre-death screentime, especially the android character and her creator, who are kind of lovably sad. And, come on, no movie in which David Cronenberg makes a cameo just to be killed in the first fifteen minutes can be all bad. Jason X also features a great scene near the end in which the people on the space ship create a holographic Crystal Lake to fool Jason, in which Jason beats one holographic girl in a sleeping bag to death with another holographic girl in a sleeping bag.
WHY YOU NEED TO SEE ITBecause you can tell that the filmmakers were actually having fun making it. No one had any illusions that they were making a great movie; they knew they were making dreck and reveling in it.
ALSO CHECK OUT...Freddy vs. Jason, the Bad-Good team up of a series that is often just bad-bad (Friday the 13th) and a series that has a couple good-good entries (A Nightmare on Elm Street).
WHY IT'S BADIt's an old black-and-white movie about giant irradiated ants attacking southwestern American cities.
WHY IT'S GOODIt's an old black-and-white movie about giant irradiated ants attacking southwestern American cities.
WHY YOU NEED TO SEE ITIt's an old black-and-white movie about giant irradiated ants attacking southwestern American cities.
ALSO CHECK OUT...Plan 9 From Outer Space, a movie that almost certainly falls into the category of bad-bad, but is like some kind of a clinic on what not to do when making a film, and should be required viewing for anyone planning to make movies.
WHY IT'S BADTwo words: Uwe Boll. This is the first of his continually declining movies based on video games, and it lives up (down?) to the standard. The movie looks like it was shot through a thin sheet of steel wool, and the story is so non-existant that it's barely even worth mentioning. Also, Boll's trend of making once-respectable actors embarrass themselves is upheld here too, in that Das Boot's Jurgen Prochnow makes a complete ass of himself here.
WHY IT'S GOODBecause, unlike all of Boll's other movies, the campy awfulness on display is actually pretty entertaining. Watch this trailer to see what I'm talking about. Just try not laughing at the opening narration ("AWFUL zombies!") or the number of times it's mentioned that the Crazy Spanish Pirate Who Was Banished From Spain was banished from Spain or the godawful acting during the leading man's big scene. That's pretty much the whole movie. Well, that plus a 20-minute scene of people shooting zombies. I'm not kidding, it's really that long.
WHY YOU NEED TO SEE ITTo get an idea of what Uwe Boll might have been if he had decided to keep making unintentionally funny horror movies instead of misguidedly taking himself at all seriously. I mean, come on. How could you direct a movie with the line "Muerte...that's Spanish for death!" and not know it's hilarious?
ALSO CHECK OUT...Alone in the Dark, if only to see Christian Slater and Tara Reid collapsing in on themsevles.