Film: Jason X

aka: Jason X The Experiment

"Evil gets an upgrade."

The tenth Friday the 13th film. And it's IN SPACE!

After racking up well over two hundred murders, Jason Voorhees is finally captured by the United States government, which puts him under full lockdown. Every possible method of execution fails to kill him for good, so the government decides to put Jason in cryogenic suspension until someone can figure out what to do with him. Thanks to the interference (and general incompetence) of those who wanted to keep him unfrozen and study his regenerative capabilities, Jason almost escapes captivity — until Rowan, the scientist in charge of deep-freezing the Crystal Lake Killer, manages to lock him up in a cryogenic chamber. But Jason's murderous nature makes him shove his machete through the chamber and into Rowan, which causes a leak that freezes both of them.

Four hundred years later, a group of students from the spaceship Grendel find the frozen pair during an archaeological trip to the now-abandoned Earth and bring them on board. While the crew revives Rowan via advanced medical technology, Jason thaws out on his own during an autopsy. Once he rises from the operating table, he starts killing everyone he can find — but the future has a few twists in store for Mr. Voorhees...

Jason X closes out the original Friday the 13th film franchise continuity as started by Friday the 13th (1980). From this point, it branches off into two different continuations of their own:

A series of comics from Avatar Press:

A novel series by Black Flame (which also did the film's Novelization)
  • Jason X: The Experiment (2005)
  • Jason X: Planet of the Beast (2005)
  • Jason X: Death Moon (2005)
  • Jason X: To the Third Power (2006)


Jason X contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Janessa.
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Thanks to Azrael's bumbling, frozen Jason falls and cuts his arm off.
    • Later, Jason loses an arm and a leg during his first fight against Kay-Em 14.
  • Badass Normal: Brodski. He managed to take Jason down - even if it was at the cost of his own life.
  • Auto Doc: The nanotech-equipped sickbay can heal pretty much any injury.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Kinsa and Adrienne.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Jason attacks Brodski by grabbing him through a wall.
  • Big "NO!": Adrienne's last words.
  • Big "Shut Up!": Lowe to the panicking students when Jason is trying to get through a door.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Jason crashes Azrael and Dallas in the middle of a VR gaming session, and does what he does best, however, they don't seem to be fazed by the maniac slicing them to pieces, and despite being diced, they neither bleed nor die nor show any pain. Then they end the simulation in frustration, at which point Jason realizes -- and rectifies -- his mistake.
  • Brains and Bondage: Prof. Lowe's and Janessa's "discussion" about her midterm is her applying a nipple clamp to him.
  • Break the Cutie: An extreme version happens with Kinsa, perhaps the most realistic depiction of how someone would react when trapped in a confined space with a mass murderer. After the deaths of her boyfriend and many others, she goes completely nuts and locks herself in the ship's only shuttle. Then she launches the shuttle without undocking it; this kills her, screws up the remaining crew's only means of escape, and irreparably damages the Grendel.
  • Buffy Speak: Azrael describing Jason's cryogenic chamber.
    Lowe: Someone tell me what that is?
    Azrael: Like a... big kinda... frozen storage thing?
  • Bullethole Door: Kay-Em shoots one for Jason, so she'll have easier time kicking him through a wall.
  • Call Back: The death of the VR girls calls back to the sleeping bag murder in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
  • Came Back Strong: Kay-Em manages to kill Jason, but the Auto Doc repairs and upgrades him, making him that much more unkillable.
  • Captain Obvious: Rowan after she's told that the year is 2455.
    Rowan: 2455? That's over 400 years.
  • Chained by Fashion: Jason is shackled to start the movie, as he is being prepared for cryogenic stasis. He breaks free of the chains (though the film does not show him doing so), and continues to wear the broken shackles on his ankles and wrists for the rest of the movie.
  • Collector of the Strange: Perez tells Lowe that he could make a lot of money with Jason's corpse with a "right buyer".
  • Cranial Processing Unit: Kay-Em 14 is used this way after Jason knocks her head off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Janessa
  • Death by Sex: Stoney dies moments after having sex with Kinsa.
  • Drool Hello: Happens to Dallas during a VR game.
  • Eye Scream: When Jason is lying supposedly dead and being examined by Adrienne, she removes one of his eyes. His bad one.
  • Final Girl: Rowan, on two separate occasions:
    • Rowan manages to stop Jason's onslaught at the start of the movie by trapping him in a chamber and freezing him, though she ends up getting frozen too when he punctures the chamber wall with his machete.
    • Hundreds of years later, Rowan and Jason are brought onto a spaceship by unsuspecting students and they both come back to life when they thaw from their frozen state. Needless to say, it doesn't take long for Jason to start slashing his way through the spaceship. Once again, Rowan is the last girl left remaining... not counting Kay-Em 14, a female robot who lost her body, of course.
  • From Bad to Worse: Jason, the epitome of Implacable Man and Determinator, has just received cybernetic upgrades after seemingly being destroyed. Now, instead of high-powered bullets knocking him back only slightly, they bounce off of him like he's Superman. Plus he can breathe in the void of space. Yeah, you are seriously fucked now.
  • Gaia's Lament
    Lowe: Not much longer and we'll be at Earth Two.
    Rowan: Earth Two? What happened to Earth One?
    Lowe: It's dead. The oceans, the soil, neither will sustain life.
  • Genre Shift: From Horror to Sci-Fi.
  • Great Offscreen War: Crutch tells Waylander that he's lucky he wasn't alive during the "Microsoft Conflict".
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: Played for laughs when Jason is lured into a holographic simulation designed to provoke him. By the time we cut back to Jason and a pair of (virtual) bubble-headed sexually promiscuous drug-and-alcohol-abusing female campers, Jason has somehow forced them back into their sleeping bags and is furiously using one to bludgeon the other. Made even funnier by the girls in the bags simply exclaiming, "Ow! Ow! Ow!"
  • Guns Akimbo / Gangsta Style: Kay-Em's apparent favorite mode of attack.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: Happens to Kicker.
  • Healing Factor: Jason is revealed to have one. This gives an explanation why he looks different in every movie, but we all know better. This also explains why he retains his eyes and eyesight after being stabbed in the eye a few times.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Brodski sacrifices himself in the climax to push Jason into the atmosphere of Earth Two, burning them both up.
  • Hot Scientist: Rowan.
  • Human Popsicle: Both Rowan and Jason after her plan to freeze him goes awry.
  • I Want Them Alive: Lowe, hoping to sell Jason to a potential buyer to pay off his debt after hearing of his killing spree, tells Brodski and his men to capture Jason alive. As soon as Lowe is out of earshot, Brodski blatantly tells his men that they're just going to kill Jason, and to "put one in his leg" so they can say they tried.
  • I Was Born Ready:
    Tsunaron: Are you ready?
    Kay-Em 14: I was built ready, baby.
  • I Would Say If I Could Say: After Jason is (apparently) finally destroyed, the bodiless Kay-Em declares, "I'd clap if I could".
  • Ice Breaker: After waking up in the future, Jason dunks Adrienne's head into liquid nitrogen, and then smashes her frozen face on the table.
  • Just Think of the Potential: Jason is finally captured by the Feds after having killed a couple hundred people over the years. Some military folks actually want to keep Jason alive so they can figure out how to reproduce his invincibility .... yeah, doesn't work as planned.
  • Juxtaposed Halves Shot: The poster parts Jason into his normal and cyborg halves with his new "machete" which shows the reflection of Rowan screaming.
  • Kubrick Stare: Brodski gives one to Jason before Grendel blows up.
  • Lampshade Hanging: The virtual topless teen girls, big time.
    VR teen girl #1: Hey, do you want a beer?
    VR teen girl #2: Or do you wanna smoke some pot?
    VR teen girl #1: Or we can have premarital sex?
    Both of them: We love premarital sex!
  • Losing Your Head:
    • Kay-Em 14, justified because she's a robot.
    • Along with Dallas during the VR session.
  • Made of Iron: Brodski, as lampshaded by Tsunaron. He took two stabs to the torso and still had it in him to fight.
  • Mindscrewdriver: Previous films hint at a supernatural origin to Jason's powers, but it's never stated just what. Here it's explicitly stated that he has a healing factor ala Wolverine.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The female cast, especially Janessa.
  • Murder by Mistake: Jason accidentally causes a destruction of a space station.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: Jason's defeat at Kay-Em's hands uses this. After she clearly has the upper-hand, his theme music plays each time he gets back up, and immediately stops when she puts another hole in him.
  • Mythology Gag: The 1980 Crystal Lake simulation. See Lampshade Hanging.
  • Nanomachines: These things fix people up in the future. By the end of the movie they go haywire and give the defeated Jason artificial limbs and head.
  • Neck Lift: Jason lifts Azrael by the neck, intending to kill him. However, Dallas gets his attention, giving Azrael a change to escape.
  • Neck Snap: Jason does it to Sven, one of the marines searching for him. Unlike most neck snaps which go quick and fast, Jason slowly takes his sweet time with it.
    • It was actually a Throw It In that Kane Hodder suggested on the day of shooting the scene as he thought it'd be more something Jason would do.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Kay-Em does quite a number on Jason.
  • Non-Linear Sequel: Jason X (2002) takes place after Freddy vs. Jason (2003).
  • Precision F-Strike
    Brodski: What the hell is going on?
    Rowan: Jason fucking Voorhees, that's what's going on!
  • Pun: Condor, one of the soldiers aboard the Grendel, is killed after Jason knocks him from a ledge and he's impaled by a large, rotating drill, after which he rotates around as his body slides down the thread. Geko finds Condor's body, and reports his condition over the radio:
    Geko: ... he's screwed.
  • Rasputinian Death: The government tried numerous methods of executing Jason, none of which worked. Kay-Em puts him through the ringer and blows up his head, but the Auto Doc fixed that. Planetary re-entry seems to finally do him in.
  • Recycled IN SPACE!
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jason has a pair when turned into a cyborg.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Jason is finally killed by blowing up his head. Unfortunately, the medical nanobots gave him a new one and some spiffy armor plating so that trick wouldn't work twice.
  • Robot Girl: Kay-Em 14.
  • Scary Black Man: Sgt. Brodski.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: This was the plan for Jason in the beginning. Since every method of execution failed to work, they'd freeze him and figure it out later. Then the government got ideas and things went to hell.
  • Sexbot: The gynoid is implied to be her owner's sexual partner, although she proves more useful as an Action Girl after she gets Upgraded To Badass.
  • Shout-Out: Various Alien references are present, including a character named Dallas. The film itself seems like a loose, D-list remake of Aliens. For instance, Final Girl Rowan's story seems very reminiscent to that of Ripley's, right down to defeating the antagonist once before, being frozen for a very long period of time, and then returning to a later generation of people who simply do not understand the dangers of the antagonist due to their lack of experience and this ultimately causes a lot of death and turmoil.
    • One of the guns used by the space marines is called BFG.
    • Jason is dismembered in the exact same way that Chucky is in Childs Play.
    • Adrienne is named after Adrienne King, who played Alice in the first film.
    • Jason's mask in his "uber" form could serve as a shout-out to Splatterhouse 3.
  • Slashed Throat: Geko's death.
  • Slasher Smile: Kay-Em really enjoys dispatching Jason.
  • Space Is Noisy
  • Superweapon Surprise: Moviedom's longest-running serial slasher got his ass handed to him by an gynoid who, prior to a combat-upgrade to her software, was just some nerd's Sexbot girlfriend. Yeah, of course he came back again, but that's gotta be humiliating!
  • Take My Hand: Rowan to Janessa when she's being sucked into the vacuum of space.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Good God, where to begin...
    • The United States government has attempted to execute Jason at least three times, with each method failing miserably? Let's leave him alone with one soldier guarding him, and then let's risk a number of innocent lives by keeping him alive, so we can study him.
    • Brodski tells you not to take your eyes off Jason after you've seemingly defeated him? No problem, I'll just turn my back to Jaso—oh crap I'm dead.
    • Hey, Jason has a blade in each hand, and he's got me cornered. He's also killed everyone else he's come across. Good time for me to turn around and put my back towards Jason to tell my shipmates that everything's ok—why is my head off of my shoulders?
    "It's OK, he just wants his machete back!"
    • "Azrael, get outta here!" Get outta here? I thought you meant jump on Jason's back, mess up your ability to get a clean shot at him, and then die when Jason snaps me in half like a twig.
    • Kay-Em, a gynoid much more powerful and better in combat than any of us, just said we should run. The she got her head knocked off. Let's not run.
    • Even Kay-Em herself... bullets don't phase Uber Jason at all. Maybe a kick will do it.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Uber Jason is supposed to be a plot twist. Yet it's even in the poster.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: A damaged medical station turns Jason into a cyborg, Uber Jason.
  • Volleying Insults: Tsunaron and Janessa trade barbs with each other before all hell breaks loose.
  • Wake Up Fighting: When Rowan is restored by the crew of Grendel, her first act after waking up is to punch Prof. Lowe.
  • The Worf Barrage: Uber Jason No Sells Kay-Em's machine guns then her physical attacks just to demonstrate how screwed everyone is.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit
    Kay-Em: (Slasher Smile) GOTCHA!
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: The reaction by Rowan when she sees Jason approaching the escape shuttle. Then Brodski intervenes.

The novels contain examples of these tropes:

  • Apocalyptic Log: The space station crew in Planet of the Beast manages to acquire logs detailing Jason's rampage in Blackstar 13.
  • Bury Your Disabled: The books Death Moon and To the Third Power both feature blind characters who get their heads chopped off.
  • From a Single Cell: A small hunk of Jason's flesh survived the re-entry to Earth Two, and it is used to restore him in The Experiment.
  • Medical Rape and Impregnate: In Planet of the Beast, a drugged woman is impregnated with Jason's... genetic material.
  • Mind Screw: Death Moon is half coherent and half... not, having random meta and ranty parts, scenes involving poorly explained concepts like Teknopriests, Akasha.net, reality hackers, etc. and what's the definition of a Gainax Ending where Jason starts fighting his past self for no immediately discernible reason.
  • Organ Dodge:
    • The Mad Scientist du jour in Planet of the Beast gets his artificial arm ripped off.
    • The trope is averted in the proceeding book, Death Moon, where the latest Mad Scientist is stabbed in his fake eye, but Jason just drives the blade in deeper and deeper until it reaches the guy's brain.
  • Perky Goth: Bella Morte (real surname Morrison) in Planet of the Beast.
  • President Evil: Despite appearing only briefly, the President in Death Moon is quite obviously a lunatic.


Alternative Title(s):

Jason X Death Moon, Jason X To The Third Power, Jason X Planet Of The Beast, Jason X The Experiment