JASON GOES TO HELL Director Confirms That Jason Vorhees is a Deadite
It’s not uncommon for horror movies to abandon logic from time to time, especially when enticed with the delicious prospect of a prosperous franchise. The Friday the 13th series is perhaps a prime example of saying “fuck it” and hoping the audience accepts the fact that no matter what Jason will just keep coming back from the dead without much of an explanation as to why.
As horror fans, we don’t really care how our icons are resurrected as long as they are somehow. Part of the fun is coming up with theories and sharing them with fans anyway. However, in the case of Jason Vorhees, could it be that he’s an Evil Dead Deadite? The director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Adam Marcus, certainly believes so.
Recently, the director spoke to Horror Geek Life and confirmed that it was his intention all along to connect Jason to the Evil Dead mythology. In the original Friday the 13th, it’s Jason’s mom who’s responsible for slaughtering the teenagers at the camp where her son died. Her grief clearly made her go insane, so you can imagine her resorting to extreme measures to bring her baby back. Extreme measures like, say… a Necronomicon?
“She [Pamela Voorhees] makes a deal with the devil by reading from the Necronomicon to bring back her son. This is why Jason isn’t Jason," Marcus said. "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. That, to me, is way more interesting as a mashup, and [Sam] Raimi loved it!”
In Jason Goes to Hell, the Necronomicon was found by Steven Freeman (John D. LeMay) in the Voorhees house, implying that the book gave Jason his supernatural and regenerative powers. Although originally intended as a prop, it didn’t go unnoticed by fans, who proposed the theory that Jason was possessed entities from the Evil Dead mythology. That said, judging by Marcus’s comments, perhaps it was intentional after all?
“[T]here’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."
This theory later inspired a cross-pollination of the Evil Dead, Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises in the comic book series’ Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash, and its sequel, Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors. The crossover was originally supposed to be a sequel to Freddy vs Jason, but since New Line Cinema had no ownership over the Evil Dead license, never came to be.
Still, while that movie would have made our lives complete, it’s still cool to know that Ash and Jason exist in a shared cinematic universe - even if they’ll probably never cross paths. But as the great American poet Justin Bieber once said, never say never.