Cinematic universes may be all the rage now, but back in 2003, it was a big deal when Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees met on the big screen. A Nightmare on Elm Street and Friday the 13th dominated the horror film and slasher flicks for most of the '80s and early '90s, which meant that bringing together their signature killers was a dream match.
Fifteen years ago this week, it finally happened when Freddy vs. Jason hit theaters and gave fans a movie that they weren't necessarily expecting.
Director Ronny Yu did deliver on Freddy vs. Jason's titular conflict, and Robert Englund graced the film with his final performance as his signature character. However, longtime Jason Kane Hodder was ultimately replaced by stuntman/actor Ken Kirzinger. Hodder still found himself in this film even though his cameo came in the form of a clip from another movie that could easily be missed. But you'll see it clearly here!
For SYFY WIRE's 15th-anniversary retrospective of Freddy vs. Jason, we've also revisited the film's long trek through development hell, as well as an introduction to the fresh lineup of potential victims. But to be honest, this movie was always going to come down to its two horror icons... and everyone's got their favorite killer to cheer on.
Perhaps the biggest unanswered question of Freddy vs. Jason is who won the final battle? Jason survived, more or less intact. And yet Freddy still got the last laugh on moviegoers. Who do you think won? Watch the video and share your thoughts in the comments.