You would think that at least one of those Camp Crystal Lake campers would have been able to put an end to the hulking murderer, Jason Voorhees. This ability to not die, even after being a literal walking corpse, has sparked many theories about the nature of Jason’s being. One such theory is that the Friday The 13th slasher is somehow tied to The Evil Dead universe.
Jason Goes To Hell director Adam Marcus officially confirmed that Jason’s mom – Pamela Voorhees – used the Necronomicon, aka the Book of the Dead, to bring back her son. Here’s what he had to say in a recent interview.
“(I) wanted to create a mythology for Jason in this movie, because it had driven me nuts as a viewer. She makes a deal with the devil by reading from the Necronomicon to bring back her son. This is why Jason isn’t Jason. 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 Raimi loved it!”
Most fans have just come to accept that Jason was some sort of vengeful zombie after his death was the result of some neglectful camp counselors, who would rather flirt with each other than pay attention to the kids in their charge. After Pamela was killed at the end of the first Friday The 13th film, Jason returned from the grave and spent several sequels killing any hapless teens who crossed his path. Hence the general acceptance that the dude is just angry about his mom getting her head lobbed-off, but director Marcus says the truth is that Jason is a Deadite from Evil Dead, summoned by Pamela Voorhees:
He goes on to say:
“It’s not like I could tell New Line my plan to include The Evil Dead because they don’t own The Evil Dead. So it had to be an Easter egg, and I did focus on it…there’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.”
Evil Dead franchise star, Bruce Campbell has gone on the record several times about the possible cross-over movie event that New Line had been hoping to make for years to little avail. The long-proposed Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash movie, which Campbell said just wouldn’t have worked:
“We had a five-minute conversation with New Line Cinema about Ash vs. Jason vs. Freddy. They approached us. So they go, ‘What do you think about that?’ And we were like, ‘Great, Ash can kill ‘em both.’ There was a long pause, ‘Well actually that’s not something we can entertain.’ And we couldn’t control any other character, only control Ash – what these guys said, or what they did and you can’t kill either one. So right from the start, it’s creatively bankrupt. Economically, now you’re splitting the pot with two other partners – Nah. We’re good. So that’s why – fans may not realize why things don’t happen.”
There are a few holes to poke in this theory, including an overall acknowledgment among fans that Jason Goes To Hell isn’t canon. However, those who do subscribe to that non-canonization, director Marcus says, “It absolutely is canon.” Well then… Guess I’ll die.
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Source: Horror Geek Life