11. Freddy Vs Jason
New Line finally got its monster mash in 2003 when it brought together Robert Englund's Freddy with… well, not Kane Hodder.
No, Hodder was controversially replaced, with conflicting stories about why Ken Kirzinger won the part. Some point to his height, while director Ronny Yu has said it was because he wanted Jason to move differently and show more emotion.
However you slice it, there was a whole new Voorhees to battle the dream demon, who resurrects him so that Jason can terrify the residents of Elm Street and allow Freddy to return to slaughter teenagers himself.
Naturally, Jason isn't best pleased to be manipulated and ends up clashing with Fred.
A group of attractive teens is caught in the middle.
Freddy Vs Jason saw Wes Craven's creation venture outside the US for the first time, leading to production headaches as the filmmakers searched for a house that looked like the traditional Freddy locale.
The film went through lots of changes - with David Goyer taking an uncredited pass at the script, aiming to make the film shorter, which ended up combining two of the characters and forcing one of the hired cast to drop out. Three other roles (including one to have been taken by Jason Bateman, were also removed).
Original ideas had the plot set in medieval times, with another take primarily at Camp Crystal Lake, though the focus was eventually taken to more neutral territory.
During shooting, there were issues galore - including Robert Englund's makeup bonding to his face after a fire scene, stunt performers' wigs melting, and Ken Kirzinger catching on fire.
New Line tested the film extensively, rejecting several endings (including one that saw Jason Ritter's character turn into a son-of-Freddy-style, knife gloved killer) and the idea of a giant red hand dragging the two monsters back down to hell.
And in all of the test screenings, and some limited press showings, the final minute was left off with the message, "On August 15th, 2003 see the final sixty seconds and see who has survived... and what is left of them." Yes, it's a Texas Chain Saw riff.
So on August 15, plenty of fans turned out to see the new film, which ended up making $115 worldwide - though its budget was also bigger than most of the other films.
Will we see a rematch? Not yet, we won't… New Line is going back to the beginning.
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