Film / Jason X
aka: Jason X The Experiment

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"Evil gets an upgrade."

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

The United States government has finally captured Jason Voorhees, but only after he racks up well over two hundred murders. Every method of execution fails to kill Jason for good, so the government decides to put him into cryogenic suspension until someone can figure out what to do with him. Thanks to the interference and incompetence of the US military, who wanted to keep him unfrozen and study his regenerative capabilities, Jason almost escapes captivity. Rowan, the scientist in charge of deep-freezing the Crystal Lake Killer, manages to lock him up in a cryogenic chamber—though Jason dooms her to the same fate by shoving his machete through the chamber and into her. As the two of them go into deep freeze, the room holding the chamber enters full lockdown.

400 years later, a group of students from the spaceship Grendel find the frozen pair during an archaeological trip to the now-abandoned Earth. The Grendel crew revives Rowan via advanced medical technology; Jason thaws out on his own during an autopsy. After Jason rises from the operating table, he starts killing everyone he can find—and even though killing people is as easy as it ever was, the future still has a few surprises in store for Mr. Voorhees.

Jason X closes out the original continuity of the Friday the 13th film franchise that started with Friday the 13th (1980). Two different continuations of this film exist:

In terms of the film franchise, Freddy vs. Jason followed this film, and the 2009 reboot followed that. As such, Jason X is also the last standalone Friday the 13th film of the original continuity.


Jason X includes the following tropes:

  • Absolute Cleavage: Janessa
  • An Arm and a Leg:
    • Thanks to Azrael's bumbling, the frozen Jason falls and cuts his arm off.
    • Jason himself loses an arm and a leg during his first fight against Kay-Em 14.
  • Auto Doc: The nanotech-equipped sickbay can heal pretty much any injury. It even cures Jason of his fatal "not having a head" condition.
  • Badass Normal: Brodski managed to take Jason down by sacrificing his own life.
  • 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 delivers one to the panicking students while Jason tries to get through a door to kill them.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Jason crashes Azrael and Dallas in the middle of a VR gaming session, then does what he does best. They seem unfazed by the maniac slicing them to pieces; despite being diced, they do not bleed, die, or show any pain. Then they end the simulation in frustration, at which point Jason realizes--and rectifies--his mistake.
  • Brains and Bondage: The "discussion" Janessa has with Professor Lowe about her midterm is her applying a nipple clamp to him.
  • Break the Cutie: An extreme version of this happens with Kinsa, who goes through 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, which 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 has an easier time kicking him through a wall.
  • Call-Back: Jason's method of killing the girls in the virtual Crystal Lake is a callback to the sleeping bag murder in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
  • Came Back Strong: Kay-Em kills Jason, but the Auto Doc repairs and upgrades him, making him that much more unkillable.
  • Captain Obvious: Rowan is this after she wakes up and learns what year it is.
    Rowan: 2455? That's over 400 years.
  • Chained by Fashion: Jason is in shackles at the start of the movie, as he is being prepared for cryogenic stasis. He breaks free of the chains—off-screen, natch—but 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, with the "right buyer", they could make a lot of money with the corpse of Jason Voorhees.
  • 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: This happens to Dallas during a VR game.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Brodski tackles Jason into Earth 2's atmosphere, burning them both to ash and killing off Jason for good.
  • Eye Scream: When Jason is being examined by Adrienne, she removes one of his eyes—his bad one.
  • Final Girl: Rowan snags this honor at both the beginning and the end of the film:
    • At the beginning, Rowan manages to stop Jason by trapping him in a cryogenic chamber and freezing him—though she, too, is frozen when he punctures the chamber wall with his machete.
    • At the end, Rowan helps destroy Jason and is the last woman left—if you do not count Kay-Em 14, a female robot who lost her body.
  • From Bad to Worse: Jason, the epitome of Implacable Man and Determinator, receives cybernetic upgrades after seemingly being destroyed. 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: The film plays this for laughs when Jason ends up in a holographic simulation of Crystal Lake designed to distract 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 into their sleeping bags...and is using one of them to bludgeon the other. Made even funnier by the girls yelling "ow!" with each hit. He tops it off by slamming the body used for that bludgeoning into a tree.
  • Guns Akimbo / Gangsta Style: This is apparently Kay-Em's favorite mode of attack.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: This happens to Kicker.
  • Healing Factor: The film explicitly says that Jason has "regenerative capabilities"—which is why the US military wants to study him and figure out how to replicate it. This does explain why he looks different in every movie, but we all know better. It also explains why Jason still has his eyes—and his eyesight—after being stabbed in the eye a few times.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Brodski sacrifices himself to push Jason into the atmosphere of Earth Two, burning them both up.
  • Hot Scientist: Rowan
  • Human Popsicle: Both Rowan and Jason become this after Jason shoves his machete through the cryo-chamber designed to hold him.
  • I Want Them Alive: Lowe, hoping to sell Jason to a potential buyer so he can pay off his debts, tells Brodski and his men to capture Jason alive. As soon as Lowe is out of earshot, Brodski tells his fellow soldiers 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 head of Kay-Em says, "I'd clap if I could."
  • Ice Breaker: After waking up in the future, Jason dunks Adrienne's head into liquid nitrogen, then smashes her frozen face on the table.
  • Just Think of the Potential: The US government finally catches Jason after his having killed a couple hundred people over the years. Some military folks want to keep Jason alive so they can figure out how to reproduce his regenerative invincibility. Of course their plans go awry.
  • 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 1980 Crystal Lake simulation features two topless teen girls whose dialogue pokes fun at the stereotypical female victim of the franchise:
    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.
  • Mind Screwdriver: Previous films hint at a supernatural origin for Jason's powers, but never outright say what those powers are—or how he got them. This film explicitly says that Jason has an advanced healing factor—think Wolverine—though the film also never explains the cause or source of that power.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The female cast, especially Janessa, counts as this.
  • Murder by Mistake: Jason's rampage leads to the accidental destruction of an entire space station.
  • Musicalis Interruptus: This happens at the end of the fight between Jason and Kay-Em. After she has Jason near defeat, his theme music plays each time he gets back up—and immediately stops when Kay-Em knocks him back down.
  • Mythology Gag: The entire 1980 Crystal Lake simulation counts as one. (See also: Call-Back, Grievous Harm with a Body, Lampshade Hanging.)
  • Nanomachines: The medical nanobots on the Grendel do a great job of fixing people up—they can even revive a person frozen for over four centuries. Near the end of the movie, however, they revive Jason by giving him artificial limbs, a new head, and built-in body armor.
  • Neck Lift: Jason lifts Azrael by the neck, intending to kill him. When Dallas gets Jason's attention, he drops Azrael.
  • Neck Snap: Jason delivers one to Sven, one of the marines searching for him. Unlike most neck snaps—which go quick and fast—Jason takes his sweet time with this one.
  • Noodle Incident: What caused the Earth to be inhabitable? And why was hockey outlawed in 2024?
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Kay-Em delivers one of thse to Jason. She caps it off by blowing up his head with a grenade launcher.
  • Non-Linear Sequel: Jason X (2002) takes place after Freddy vs. Jason (2003).
  • One-Winged Angel: Jason upgrades to Uber Jason.
  • 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.
    • Janessa, before getting "sucked" out of the airlock: "This sucks on so many levels!" Doubles as possible Lampshade Hanging.
  • Rasputinian Death: The government tried numerous methods of executing Jason; none of them worked. Kay-Em kicked his ass before she blowed up his head; the Auto Doc fixed that. The Grendel explodes with Jason still on it; he lives through that, even in the vacuum of space. Planetary re-entry seems to finally do him in.
  • Recycled In Space
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Jason gets a pair of these after his upgrade.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Kay-Em finally stops Jason by blowing up his head. The medical nanobots that revive him, however, give him a new one—and some spiffy armor plating, to boot.
  • Robot Girl: Kay-Em 14
  • Rock Beats Laser: Despite the futuristic weaponry and technology, a pre-upgrade Jason murders his way through an entire squad of space marines using only a knife.
    • Subverted with Kay-Em—after she gets her upgrade, she curbstomps him. Double subverted after Jason gets his upgrade; nothing Kay-Em does even makes him flinch.
  • Scary Black Man: Brodski comes off as one, but the only person who should be scared of him is Jason.
  • Screw the Money, I Have Rules!: Lowe wants to sell Jason as a way of paying off some debts; he offers Brodski a lot of money to keep Jason intact. Brodski effectively tells his team to ignore that request.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Since every method of execution failed to work on Jason, the United States government planned to freeze him and figure it out later. Then someone in the government got ideas and things promptly went to hell.
  • Sexbot: The film implies that Kay-Em is this to Tsunaron, her owner(/creator?). She later turns into an Action Girl after she gets a few upgrades.
  • Sex for Services: Janessa seduces and engages in kinky sex with her professor to make sure she passes her midterm.
  • Shout-Out: The film contains numerous Alien references, including a character named Dallas. The story of the film comes off as a loose, unlicensed, 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, then returning to a later generation of people who simply do not understand the dangers of the antagonist due to their lack of experience (which ultimately causes a lot of death and turmoil).
    • One of the guns used by the space marines is called a BFG.
    • Jason is dismembered in the exact same way that Chucky is in Child's Play.
    • Adrienne is named after Adrienne King, who played Alice in the first film.
    • The mask worn by Uber Jason could be a shout-out to Splatterhouse 3, as the Terror Mask design in that game resembles the Uber Jason design.
  • Slashed Throat: Geko's death.
  • Slasher Smile: Kay-Em really enjoys dispatching Jason.
  • Space Is Noisy
  • Superweapon Surprise: Moviedom's longest-running serial slasher has his ass handed to him by a gynoid who, prior to a software upgrade, was just some a Sexbot girlfriend for a lonely nerd. Jason still comes back, but damn, that has to be humiliating, even for him.
  • Take My Hand: Rowan to Janessa when she's being sucked into the vacuum of space.
  • Taking You with Me: Done spectacularly when Brodski tackles Uber Jason into Earth II's atmosphere, burning both of them to a crisp.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Good God, where to begin?
    • The United States government has tried to execute Jason at least three times, with each method failing miserably? Leave him alone with one soldier guarding him, and then risk a number of innocent lives by keeping him alive and unfrozen so we can study him!
    • Brodski tells you not to take your eyes off Jason after you have seemingly defeated him? No problem, I'll just turn my back to Jaso—oh crap I'm dead.
    • Jason has a blade in each hand, and he has me cornered. He has also killed everyone else he has come across. Good time for me to turn around and put my back towards Jason to tell my shipmates that everything is fin—why is my head off of my shoulders?
    "It's okay, 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, 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. Then she got her head knocked off. Should we run? Fuck no!
      • Even Kay-Em gets in on this. Bullets fail to make Uber Jason so much as flinch? Maybe a kick will do it!
  • Trailers Always Spoil: Uber Jason is supposed to be a plot twist; all of the advertising and even the poster gives it away.
  • Unwilling Roboticisation: A damaged medical station turns the thoroughly-wrecked corpse of Jason Voorhees into a cyborg.
  • Volleying Insults: Tsunaron and Janessa trade barbs with each other before all hell breaks loose.
  • Wake-Up Fighting: After Rowan wakes up post-restoration, her first act is to punch Prof. Lowe.
  • The Worf Barrage: Uber Jason No Sells Kay-Em's machine gun fire and 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!: This is Rowan's reaction 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 finds a set of logs that detail Jason's rampage in Blackstar 13.
  • Bury Your Disabled: The books Death Moon and To the Third Power both feature blind characters who die via decapitation.
  • From a Single Cell: A small hunk of Jason's flesh survived the trip through Earth Two's atmosphere; in The Experiment, that hunk of flesh is used to restore him.
  • Medical Rape and Impregnate: In Planet of the Beast, a drugged woman is impregnated with Jason's, uh, 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 a Gainax Ending where Jason fights his past self for no immediately discernible reason.
  • Organ Dodge:
    • The Mad Scientist in Planet of the Beast has his artificial arm ripped off.
    • This is averted in the next book, Death Moon: Jason stabs the latest Mad Scientist in a fake eye, then drives the blade in deeper until it reaches the poor bastard's brain.
  • Perky Goth: Bella Morte in Planet of the Beast—her real surname is Morrison.
  • President Evil: Despite appearing in only a few scenes in Death Moon, the President 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

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