After the appearance of The Evil Dead’s Necronomicon Ex-Mortis in the Voorhees basement during Jason Goes to Hell, it spawned a theory that Jason Voorhees is, in fact, a Deadite. This was further explored in the comics Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash. We recently spoke with Adam Marcus, director of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, about Jason’s Deadite status during the film series.

After having questions about how Jason goes from a boy to a grown man so quickly, and a seemingly immortal man at that, Marcus wanted to “create a mythology for Jason in this movie, because it had driven me nuts as a viewer.” Which brings us to the Necronomicon Ex-Mortis. It was meant to serve a purpose, and not just as an awesome Easter egg.

While talking with Sam Raimi, Marcus came up with the idea: “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. 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!”

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.”

Some fans may refute this by saying Jason Goes to Hell isn’t canon, but to those people Marcus says, “It absolutely is canon.”

There you have it, folks! Be sure to let us know what you think about Deadite Jason in comments below or on social media!

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  1. “Evil Dead” is fictional in Freddy and Jason’s shared universe. Nancy is watching it on TV in Nightmare 1. Ergo, it and Ash are fictional and cannot co-exist with them.

    So if the Necronomicon is in Mrs. Voorhees’ house for a reason, then why does she have the Creepshow crate in the cellar?

    Ignore Marcus. He obviously doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

    • Ted, you forget that in New Nightmare that Nightmare on Elm Street is a movie series within a movie, so Evil Dead is a movie within a movie within a movie, meaning it’s just as real as the original Elm Street, which wasn’t. Also keep in mind that Freddy’s glove is in the fruit cellar in Evil Dead 2 hanging on the wall.

  2. Adam Marcus is nothing but a fool who can’t admit his own mistakes. Him saying “it absolutely is cannon” even though he has no control on either franchise, is like seeing a little boy retorting in an argument by saying “Are too!” repeatedly. Why should we trust his word anyway? Why is anyone even talking to him? He’s made nothing that could ever be called a unanimous success. So what if the movie made money? Of course it would’ve, it’s a Jason Vorhees movie. Every single one of them were done with low budget and high profit. Even the bad ones. Lamest excuse ever made to answer for really bad continuity. In the previous movie, it ends with Jason reverting back to a boy. Are you saying he grew back the hockey mask because “he’s a Deadite”!? Oh yes now I remember, Deadites always regrew synthetic materials over time!!!!!

  3. The director claims to be a fan of the series yet doesn’t even realize that Jason didn’t go from being a man to a boy in a couple months. He drowned at camp in the 50’s, the camp closed and was reopened in what was supposed to be present time 1980. Which would, of course, be enough time for Jason to grow to be a real man. How can you trust anything someone says about the series when they don’t even realize that basic, introductory fact into the franchise.

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