Fans have begged studios, stars and filmmakers for an epic rumble between horror movie titans Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees and Ash Campbell for decades. So far, the closest we’ve come are the unfortunately forgettable mid-aughts “Freddy vs. Jason” flick, and the more recent (and more entertaining) standalone Starz television show “Ash vs. Evil Dead.”
It sounds like a no-brainer to throw all these irreverent franchises into a bloody blender, and while that did happen in comic book form, so far the possibility for such a movie still seems pretty grim. Recently, Freddy Krueger himself explained his own theory as to why the match made in Hell never came to be.
“Sam Raimi wanted Ash to win. He wanted him to win the match. Which I thought was a great idea,” actor Robert Englund said at Emerald City Comicon earlier this month. “New Line Cinema was against it because I had just had my ass kicked by Jason; they were afraid, ’cause I was the most successful of the three franchises, they were afraid. ‘We can’t have Freddy killed twice in a row.’”
If Freddy’s apparently mortality seems like a flimsy excuse not to make another movie, you aren’t alone in your line of thought.
“I was like, ‘Wait a minute, guys. You revived me, you resurrected me with dog urine!” England exclaimed. “It’s real easy to bring Freddy back. Come on. That’s not that hard to do!”
Englund added that he even saw the perfect poster for the film in his mind. “Bruce Campbell with his shirt open and all of his abs spray painted and highlighted, with Freddy Krueger under [one] arm and Jason under [the other] arm. And the poster would say: ‘Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: Keeping the world safe from sequels.’”