Jason Goes to Hell director says Jason being a Deadite is 'absolutely canon'

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Nov 2, 2017, 3:27 PM EDT

Ever since the Evil Dead movie franchise’s Necronomicon Ex-Mortis popped up as an Easter egg in 1993’s Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (which would lead to Freddy vs. Jason 10 years later), fans have been debating whether Friday the 13th’s unstoppable killing machine Jason Voorhees was actually a Deadite.

Fun Fact: Jason’s links to the Necronomicon were even explored in the 2007-2008 six-issue comic book series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. So yeah, there's precedent.

Speaking to Horror Geek Life about his new movie Secret Santa, Jason Goes to Hell director Adam Marcus explained the intention to make Jason a Deadite in the movie was 100 percent his own.

“I was populating the film 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],” Marcus said. “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.”

Marcus went on to explain the fact that Jason died as a kid at Crystal Camp Lake and emerged as a grown @$$ man was driving him crazy as a young boy himself. So he made up his own mythology for the horror film:

“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,” he explained. "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. That, to me, is way more interesting as a mash-up, and Raimi loved it!”

Marcus added the Spider-Man director gave him the book to put in the movie and that only Raimi, Kurtzman and himself knew about the plan. “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 it had to be an easter egg, and I did focus on it…there’s a whole scene that includes the book, and I hoped people would get it and could figure out that’s what I’m up to. So yes, in my opinion, Jason Voorhees is a Deadite. He’s one of The Evil Dead.”

Fans may be going up in arms against that theory (and they are), arguing that Jason Goes to Hell isn’t even canon in the grand scheme of the Friday the 13th movie franchise, but in Marcus' mind, Jason is a Deadite, and he absolutely wants you to know it: “It absolutely is canon.” What do you guys think?

(via Horror Geek Life)