The horror icon of the Friday the 13th Franchise is confirmed to be a creature from the Necronomicon, says Jason Goes to Hell Director Adam Marcus.
The director of Jason Goes to Hell, Adam Marcus has confirmed at long last that Jason Voorhees is in fact a Deadite, one of those zombie creatures from the Evil Dead. Apparently this was intended all along, even having been confirmed by Sam Raimi, the creator of the Evil Dead series. And it all has to do with a very unique easter egg.
You see, the plotline for Jason Goes to Hell really flipped things around, revealing that Jason himself is just a demon that jumps from various human hosts. This left fans a little confused as it was thought Jason was actually a zombie-esque type being. Well, Marcus actually has a completely legitimate reason for this being the case.
It seems Jason was meant to be Deadite from the very beginning (of Goes to Hell). The only reason this was never outright explained or confirmed, was because New Line had just picked up the right to the Jason franchise from Paramount, and things got a little complex, considering New Line didn’t own the rights to Evil Dead. Speaking with Horror Geek Life, here is the background as to how things sort of fell into place.
“[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.”
The big clue left for audiences was the use of the Necronomicon being found within the Voorhees home, just sitting right there on the table. The actual book itself was the same prop that was used both in The Evil Dead, and the Evil Dead II. As if that weren’t enough, in order to be killed, Jason is specifically required to be stabbed by a special dagger, the same Kandarian weapon that had been featured in the Evil Dead films.
According to Adam Marcus, this is absolutely canon, and he seems devoted to establish that through and through. As to whether or not this is just his own preferential way of thinking, that’s left to be decided among fans of the franchise.
To add to the fact that Jason is allegedly a Deadite, is the comic storylines that focused on Ash Williams taking on Jason and Freddy both in a sequel to Freddy V Jason. The plot saw Ash taking on these two horror icons and putting them to an end for good, with the Necronomicon being a major plot device that all of them are after. Of course this film never happened, and was unfortunately scrapped all together. But that didn’t stop an insanely chaotic comic book from coming to life featuring the story.