In 2003, cinema’s biggest horror icons, Freddy Krueger (from A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th), clashed on the big screen for the first (and only) time in Freddy vs. Jason, where they unleashed hell on a new group of teenagers.
But did you know that back in the late ‘80s a crossover between Jason and Cheech & Chong was discussed?
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) director Tom McLoughlin once pitched Frank Mancuso Jr. a sequel that would pit the comedy duo against the unstoppable killer (who, according to Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday director Adam Marcus, is really a Deadite). McLoughlin made the reveal during director Mick Garris’ horror movie podcast Post Mortem, where he explained that Jason could have gone against stoners Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong (McLoughlin’s comments about the crossover kick off around the 20:50 mark):
“Frank Mancuso came to me,” McLoughlin explained. “First he wanted me to do another film after we did Jason, and I said: ‘What are you thinking? I don’t know what it could be now.’ And he said: ‘Well, what do you think about Freddy and Jason?’ And I go: ‘But Freddy’s at New Line and the guys at Paramount have [Jason].’ And it’s like, ‘Well, we’re going to try and see if we can work something out.’ So I started thinking about that, going, it doesn’t make sense. I mean, he lives in one realm and, you know, I take this stuff very seriously, what realm a monster’s supposed to stay in. And he came back, he goes: ‘Ah, forget it; it’s not going to work anyway.’ And I said: ‘You know what? You guys own Cheech and Chong. What if we do Cheech and Chong meets Jason? They’re like camp counselors or something. It’s like: "Hey man, I saw Jason out there." "No man, that’s a myth."' But he said ‘You know what? No, because the comedy audience is gonna want that kind of movie; the horror audience is going [to want the] other; those two, what you did was fine with having the satire, no we can’t.’”
There you have it. Considering Jason (and his mom) weren't fond of stoners, it would have been fun to see Cheech & Chong become Camp Crystal Lake counselors where they would come face to face with Jason. McLoughlin would sadly never helm another Friday the 13th movie, but he did become involved with Friday the 13th: The Series (which had nothing to do with Jason but rather cursed antiques) and recently wrote for the new Friday the 13th video game currently making a killing.
As for Jason Lives, the movie has often been viewed by fans as the best sequel of the entire Friday the 13th franchise, because it poked a bit of fun at the silliness of Jason being an unstoppable killing machine. Things would get progressively sillier with each new film, with Jason going to hell in 1993 in the Marcus movie, heading to space in Jason X (2001), and then going toe to toe with Freddy Krueger two years later.
What do you guys think? Would you have loved to see Cheech & Chong vs. Jason, or was it for the best the idea was ultimately nipped in the bud?
(via Post Mortem)