Ever since the Evil Dead’s Necronomicon made a cameo in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, fans have imagined a shared slasher-verse that encapsulates both franchises. Indeed, many slashers have crossed paths in the pages of comic book, and Mrs. Voorhees baby boy does indeed go toe-to-toe with S-Mart’s finest, Ash (played in film and TV by Bruce Campbell). Recently, Final Friday screenwriter/director Adam Marcus told Horror Geek Life the connection isn’t cursory; he set the internet aflutter by claiming emphatically that Jason is a Deadite!
Per Horror Geek Life:
Marcus: “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!”
“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. It absolutely is canon.”
The theory has been postulated in the past, and it makes a lot of sense in regards to Jason’s immortality. But not everyone agrees with Marcus’s assertion. The man behind the curtain of Friday the 13th News on Twitter has taken issue, directly challenging the director’s claims.
This “Jason is a deadite” revelation is silly. The Necronomicon angle was a fun little explanation within the movie for Jason, however,….
— Friday The 13th News (@F13thFranchise) November 3, 2017
This “Jason is a Deadite” revelation is silly. The Necronomicon angle was a fun little explanation within the movie for Jason, however, there is no way Evil Dead was thought of for this movie. Adam threw in tons of Easter eggs from other films. @AdamMarcus13 , I LOVE this film, but you know that book was nothing more than fan service. I’ve been writing about these films for many years and JGTH has always been a sore spot. That book fuels the fire and stories like this. Ugh. If it’s not on film or print, it’s not canon. A standalone film and revisionist history cannot retcon a franchise.
Many agree, and one point really sticks with me: Jason doesn’t act anything like a Deadite. Deadites are like shrieking banshees, chaotic entities that revel in sexual sadism and self-mutilation. That doesn’t sound a thing like Jason, who’s mute and, in comparison, cunning. Of course, this poses another question: What makes something canon? Is it true because the director says so?
What’s your take on the “Jason is a Deadite” theory? Let’s discuss in the Comments section!
And feel free to peep the trailer and synopsis for Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday below.
Official Synopsis: After being blown away by a team of FBI agents, Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) needs to find a way to overcome certain death. When his bloodied remains are sent to the morgue, his heart, still intact, is able to hypnotize a coroner and take over his body. After brutally dispatching a couple of FBI agents, he heads back to his favorite stomping grounds: Crystal Lake. Jason commences another teen massacre while a bounty hunter (Steven Williams) discovers the only way to kill him.