It may be one of the most unloved entries in the Friday the 13th series, but there is something so damn watchable in the weird Quantum Leap type sequel Jason Goes To Hell, in which our Crystal Lake killer leaps from body to body, putting right from wrong and hoping his next leap, will be his leap……hang on….that’s Sam……!!!
Anyway, the director Adam Marcus has been talking about the ending with HorrorGeekLife which saw Freddy rise from the ground and paved a path for the long awaited Freddy V Jason flick, but the film also built some ground for Ash from the Evil Dead to turn up one day (which he did in comic book), as Marcus claims Jason is in fact a deadite!
Here is what he said!
“I was populating [Jason Goes to Hell] with Easter eggs, and at that time I was on set while writing the script, and spending time with Bob Kurtzman for The Evil Dead part 3 [Army of Darkness]. I had become friendly with Sam Raimi, so much so that he had shot several commercials in LA and I had hung out with him on set. Sam’s an amazing guy, and one of my heroes. So while I was there, I asked Sam if I could borrow the Necronomicon to put into my movie. Sam gave a bewildered “Why?!” and I explained the story. I was trying to create a mythology for Jason in this movie, because it had driven me nuts as a viewer.
“…at the end of [Friday the 13th] – because [Sean Cunningham] wanted to rip off Carrie, since it was a huge success – he thought, wouldn’t it be great if the kid leaps out of the water and grabs the girl? It ended up being the best scare in the movie. Here’s the thing though, he never thought they were going to make a series of movies about the kid in the lake. Cut to several months later and Alice from the first movie is in her home and this full-size man (who was a boy two months ago) murders her- I know for me I was only twelve when part two came out, and even as a kid myself, I asked “What? Why isn’t it a boy, and how did he live for thirty years in a lake?”
“So what I told Sam was “I think it’s more fun if I have the Necronomicon in Pamela Voorhees’ house. She 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.
“Raimi loved it! He literally went and picked up the book, put it in a plastic bag and told me to put it in the movie. So only Sam, myself, and Bob Kurtzman ever knew that was my agenda. 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 yes, in my opinion, Jason Voorhees is a Deadite. He’s one of The Evil Dead.“
There you go! Is it actually canon now? Well so much has happened in the Jason universe, only you can decide that!
Make sure to read the full interview over on HorrorGeekLife