YMMV / Freddy vs. Jason

  • Alternate Character Interpretation : Notice how Freddy's face goes from his usual Slasher Smile to a mixture of seriousness and confusion after Kia calls him the other F-word. One could probably imagine that he was thinking "Bitch, what is wrong with you?! Even I wouldn't sink so low as to use homophobic slurs!"
  • Artistic License Geography: Springwood is in Ohio. Crystal Lake is in New Jersey. Originally there was supposed to be a sequence to show them driving all night to show how long it took for them to get between the locations. But the way the film was cut in the final production, it gives the impression that the towns are side by side.
  • Base-Breaking Character:
    • Lori Campbell. Some think she's among the worst Final Girls in the series, if not the worst, because of Monica Keena's notoriously poor performance and the character being a very shallow stereotype. Others think she's a very brave and likable girl who manages to become a badass at the end.
    • Kia as well. Some viewers very much enjoyed Kelly Rowland's Large Ham performance and found the character to be both amusing and likeable. Others found her to be nothing more than a grating, poorly written stereotype and felt Kelly's performance was amongst the worst in the movie, not to mention that she casually called Freddy a faggot.
  • Critic-Proof: Despite being bashed by critics, this is the highest-grossing film in the history of both franchises (or at least the Friday the 13th franchise, since the Nightmare reboot outgrossed this one).
  • Cult Classic: Being a crossover film featuring two iconic horror villains does that.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Gibb (due to being played by popular scream queen Katharine Isabelle) and Freeburg (because of his hilarious one-liners) tend to be the best received of the teens.
  • Epileptic Trees: The film's ending generated a lot of Wild Mass Guessing; Ken Kirzinger (Jason's actor) mentioned in the commentary that a fan had asked him if the ending represented Jason going to Heaven.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Internet Backdraft: The news that Jason would not be played by Kane Hodder generated a huge uproar in the fanbase. Flame wars still persist to this day between fans who feel that Ken Kirzinger's greater height made him a more intimidating opponent compared to Freddy, and those who feel that he was an adequate at best replacement and that Hodder would have played the role better. Things have been made worse for the latter group by the next entry being a Continuity Reboot, pissing them off that Hodder couldn't be around for the original version's final outing.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Most people watch this film just for the fight, ignoring the forgettable humans entirely. It doesn't help that each character's name is only said a few times (if at all).
  • Moral Event Horizon: Setting Jason on Springwood was bad enough, molesting Lori with a tongue kiss was more disturbing, but Freddy shows how depraved he can be when he reveals not only did he kill her mother, but afterwards decides to rape Lori before killing her as well.
    • Though to be fair Freddy gleefully skipped over the Moral Event Horizon line some six movies ago. He's probably one of the most purely evil slasher villains to ever grace the silver screen.
  • Narm: The title itself. If you hear it not knowing it's referring to that Freddy and that Jason, it sounds like the name of a contemporary stoner comedy.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Mark's dead brother is played by the bully from A Christmas Story.
  • The Scrappy: While most characters have a few fans, no one likes Will. Jason Ritter's poor acting (to the point of smiling when his friends are dying) tends to be the biggest reason why.
  • Spiritual Successor: Or is it Spiritual Predecessor? In November 1984, Fangoria magazine ran a 5-page color comic strip entitled "1st Fangoria Splatterbowl," by comic artists John Arnold and Linwood Sasser, wherein Michael Myers took on Jason Voorhees and Leatherface.
  • Squick:
    • Freddy kissing Lori in the form of her father, complete with sticking his tongue in her mouth.
    • Freddy lifts Lori's skirt with a clear intent to rape her.
  • Take That!: During an episode of Nick Cannon Presents Wild 'N Out on MTV, Kelly Rowland accepted a "Thanks For Nothing" award for Freddy vs. Jason. Although the skit intended to poke fun at some actors' more embarassing projects, Kelly accepted her "award" with a one-line Take That:
    Fifty million opening week, thank you, ladies and gentlemen.
  • Tearjerker: On a meta level, "And Robert Englund as Freddy Krueger" has become this in hindsight, knowing that this was the last time that long-familiar credit will appear.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Blake. Immediately after losing his best friend, Trey, and swearing revenge on Trey's killers... he's unceremoniously killed off by Jason.
    • Mark. All we know about him is his brother was killed by Freddy, and he's on the up-and-up as far as the lore goes. He could have explained Krueger's MO and how to stop him to the others instead of their figuring it out in the forced, unlikely way they did.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Freddy's probing into Jason's nightmares really shows Jason as this- a scared and deformed little boy who endured absolute hell in Crystal Lake.