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Jason Ritter and Monica Keena Talk About "Freddy vs. Jason"
by Rebecca Murray

Jason Ritter at the World Premiere of "Freddy vs. Jason"
©Rebecca Murray - All Rights Reserved.

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• Chris Marquette ('Linderman') and Kyle Labine ('Freeburg')
• Lochlyn Munro ('Deputy Stubbs') and Ken Kirzinger ('Jason')
• Director Ronny Yu
• Special Premiere Guest - Eli Roth ("Cabin Fever")
• Special Premiere Guests - Amanda Detmer and Ian Virgo ("Extreme Dating")

• Additional "Freddy vs. Jason" Cast and Crew Interviews
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Fans waited patiently in line for hours for the chance to get in to the August 13, 2003 World Premiere of the much-anticipated battle of horror movie icons - "Freddy vs. Jason." There was also plenty of opportunity for those who were more interested in collecting autographs to get up close and personal with the movie's cast. Not wanting to disappoint, most of the stars made their way over to the mob of screaming fans, some of whom were carrying signs proclaiming their allegiance to one of the two fictional killers.

The cast of "Freddy vs. Jason" joined their director, Ronny Yu, and producer Sean Cunningham, for a walk down the red carpet followed by a special preview screening. Here's what the film's young stars had to say about working on this classic showdown of slasher-movie titans.


How do you describe your character?
I play Will. Basically he's sort of a damaged kind of guy. He was wrongly sent to a mental institution four years before the movie starts. Then he sees on TV that there's been a murder at his girlfriend's house, the girlfriend he left. He breaks out of the mental institution to see if he can go help out and to make sure that she's okay.

Who do you find scarier - Freddy or Jason?
Freddy. If I ever had to deal with Jason, I'd just run away and get on a plane and get out of there. Freddy is in your mind, there's no escaping him. If you know about him, you either have to stay awake your entire life or... It's like the inevitability of falling victim in all his movies is the simple act of falling asleep and he'll get you. He'll take your worst fear and turn it on you.

Do you have a favorite horror movie - excluding "Freddy vs. Jason?"
"The Haunting." The original "The Haunting" with Russ Tamblyn. That movie scared the dogs out of me.

What else scares you?
Heights scare the s**t out of me. I can do roller coasters; it's more like standing on a roof. It's like a railing thing. I have dreams where I'm on the Eiffel Tower and it starts slowly twisting off and I'm trying to get to the other side. Dinosaurs scare me. I meet them in my dreams sometimes (laughing).

How would you describe "Freddy vs. Jason?"
This movie is cuckoo. [Fans] are going to go ape s**t.

Monica Keena at the World Premiere of "Freddy vs. Jason"
Photo©Rebecca Murray. All Rights Reserved.


Who is your money on - Jason or Freddy?
I would say I think Jason is going to lose and Freddy will win. I don't know why. I just feel that Freddy is more maniacal and thinks more than Jason does. I think that somehow he'll come out on top. But I don't know, I haven't seen the ending.

So they never let the cast know who won?
No, I don't know who won. The last scene that I saw they were bludgeoning each other pretty badly. I really can't say who would come out on top. Either one of them has a good chance, but I think Freddy's just a little bit trickier.

Can you describe your character?
I play sort of the virginal good girl next door that goes through sort of a transformation during the course of the movie. At the end of the movie I'm sort of this Lara Croft/warrior chick.

What sets this horror movie apart from others?
I think what sets this one apart is that there are two horror movie icons finally battling each other. You actually see them beat the crap out of each other instead of just terrorizing the kids in the movie. There are trying to kill each other with as much intent as they are trying to kill us.

Your character has a lot of stunts in this movie. What did you do to prepare?
I didn't do anything to prepare and I probably should have. I was very sore and bruised by the end of the filming. I got pretty scraped up and bruised.

What do you think about the idea of there being a sequel to “Freddy vs Jason?”
I don't know. We'll have to see. I think it could be fun.

What scares you?
I don't like the dark. I really am afraid of the dark.

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