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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