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New Line’s 1997 Sales Trailer for ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ Has Surfaced!

The showdown of the millennium.

It didn’t actually come to fruition until 2003, but most fans of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises know that New Line had been trying to get Freddy vs. Jason off the ground for many years by that point.

As teased at the end of Jason Goes to Hell, Freddy and Jason were supposed to clash in the 90s, and various writing/directing teams were brought on board to crack the mash-up. We’ve talked extensively about all that in the past, but one thing we haven’t mentioned is that makeup master Rob Bottin was at one point attached to direct!

Bottin, the man responsible for the insane effects in John Carpenter’s The Thing, was announced as the director of Freddy vs. Jason in the summer of 1997, and it would’ve marked Bottin’s debut as a director. Bottin had this to say about the project when it was announced, which we dug up from Variety‘s archives…

“Rather than revisit old territory, my intention is to celebrate these characters by way of re-invention — elevating them both to a completely new level of horror, using state-of-the-art techniques. They will be reborn in a bigger-than-life way.”

Of course, the Bottin-directed iteration of the project never came to be, but what we did recently discover is that a short promo teaser for the film was shown off to exhibitors at the 1997 ShoWest trade convention. “It received wild applause and howling,” Variety noted in the aforementioned article.

Guess what? That 1997 promo trailer for Rob Bottin’s Freddy vs. Jason just surfaced on YouTube. Using clips from both franchises, it teased “the fight of the century“… a fight that, unbeknownst to New Line at the time, wouldn’t go down until six years later.

Enjoy this fascinating piece of horror history.



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  • jasonlives1986

    Well. That was all kinds of awesome.

    Cancelling part 2 was a big wtf for everyone though.

    • Keanu Reeves

      the first one made money so i dont get why they would not make a sequel… quite baffling.

      • jasonlives1986

        I agree mr. Wick

        • Horrormikfl

          You know the time IS perfect. They obviously can’t get a new 13th going and the ELM STREET reboot blew. Bring on VS 2. With all these (blank)VERSES popping up, why can’t we horror fans have THIS VERSE??

          • jasonlives1986

            Never understood Robert England taking a pay check so he could run around saying he retired the freddy role and thst it was someone else’s turn.

            Always knew it was a publicity thing yo avoid backlash of not hiring Robert for freddy.

            When f v j came out he was still mod 50s. Plenty young enough for a few more movies.

          • Horrormikfl

            Agreed. Because of the heavy make up, he still could. I’d much rather see THAT monsterverse than this neutered shit they are trying to choke us with, obviously unsuccessfully, these days. SLASHERVERSE would also be a lot cheaper and truer to its origins.

          • Darkknight2149

            Not to mention that the 2009 “Friday the 13th” reboot was very good either.

      • Guts Demon

        Copyrights, why do you think it took so long for this to come out, this almost wasn’t released. They’re really picky about their icons.

        • jasonlives1986

          Copyrights with the ash character.

          Which was an abomination of an idea from concept.

          • Guts Demon

            Michael v Jason is even worse, I hope that never happens.

          • Bruno CM

            Bruce Campbell said recently that they (Bruce, Raimi and Tapert) didn´t accept to do F Vs J Vs Ash because they couldn´t have full control of the Ash character in the script.

          • Mark

            I’m glad because they would have had ash win and personally I don’t like ash and would not have watched that crap

          • KennyThaKilla

            We can’t be friends.

          • Darkknight2149

            That is indeed true in the case of “Freddy vs Jason vs Ash”, though it should be noted that New Line already owned Freddy and Jason long before the first “Freddy vs Jason” came out.

        • Darkknight2149

          It had nothing to do with copyright. Freddy and Jason were already under the same studio to begin with. The first “Freddy vs Jason” went through multiple scripts and versions (most of which were terrible), before becoming the final film that was released in 2003. Part of the reason it took so long to make is because it took them ten years to get it right.

          • Guts Demon

            New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures are two different companies, lol. Freddy is New Line and Paramount is where Jason is from. Paramount didn’t want to give Jason up so easily.

          • Darkknight2149

            They did. In fact, in the 1980s, Paramount was ashamed of the franchise and only kept it going for the money until 1989. Then, they sold the rights to New Line Cinema (who owns Freddy). New Line Cinema owned Jason for decades after that, before selling him back to Paramount in 2013.

            So no. Copyright had nothing to do with “Freddy vs Jason” taking forever to get made. In the entire decade that the film was being developed, New Line Cinema 100% owned the character. They collaborated with Paramount for the 2009 reboot (because Paramount still owned the title “Friday the 13th” ), but that was about it.

          • Darkknight2149

            To clarify, Paramount was ashamed because of the controversy surrounding the violence. They even tried to end it with “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” (which was only the fourth film in the series). Thankfully, they kept it going until 1989 because it was a big money maker.

      • The TCM remake making money pretty much immediately killed any plans for a sequel.

    • Darkknight2149

      Yeah, a sequel to “Freddy vs. Jason” would’ve been better than those Platinum Dunes reboots IMO.

    • MrX13

      And I’m still waiting for the sequel to happen… 🙁

  • Well, imho, i see why i didn’t work out. It’s not a very good trailer (even for sales)

  • drew

    • Colonel Ives

      rad!

      • MrX13

        I thought the Alien was going to show up to fight Jason and then fade to black

  • Daniel Anderson

    • Tan Shearer

      Everyone’s seen that one dude.

      • Richard

        I hadn’t seen that, so thanks lol

        • Matthew Nadbrzuch

          Me neither. It’s pretty awesome.

      • Vohtrake

        Doesn’t appear so based on the comments here so far haha

        • T Allan

          Oh wow 2 comments out of 3.6 million views you sure showed me.

  • Matthew Reid

    This has been on the internet for awhile, funny enough this was on IMDB for the 2003 film until they switched it out with the actual trailer for that film.

  • MYKEE WATTZ

    Is the freddy reboot canceled?

    • lib1

      There is talk of another reboot. I suppose the 2010 screw-up wasn’t enough.

  • dukeblues

    Freddy vs Jason was really lame. But the idea of the two in the same movie was a winner. Far too much teen angst in the movie though. I blame the director mostly

  • Vinnie Vincent’s Dead Dog

    Freddy Vs Jason for me was so bad it was good. The teenagers were so annoying they were just fodder to die, which is perfect for who those characters were at this point and we got what everyone finally wanted and finally got Freddy and Jason to fight on screen. Though if you ask me Freddy should have won.

    • MrX13

      It was a great movie! Freddy v Jason, one of the best!

      I was really hoping for a Freddy v Jason 2 but oh well

  • Ocelot006 .

    Now that was embarrassing.

  • KennyThaKilla

    Ugh. Sure that wasn’t fan made?

    • Matthew Reid

      No dude, read Slash of the titans, New Line even said that this was real.

      • KennyThaKilla

        That was sarcasm. 😉

        • Matthew Reid

          My bad, thought you didn’t know.

  • lib1

    Slasher films enjoyed a resurgence in popularity following the success of Scream in 1996. Freddy vs. Jason would have been lost in the shuffle were it released in 1997. Slasher films were less popular by 2003 in favor of torture porn. Freddy vs. Jason fit well as the old school hackers still delivered the bloody goods.

    • Tan Shearer

      Freddy and Jason were always popular.

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I imagine that hitting my TV screen around 1am on a Saturday night in ’97. Would’ve been epic.

  • SpacemanSpliffz
  • Matty Ice 2016

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • American Atheist

    LOL. That looks like a trailer for an action
    movie not a horror movie.

    • Dave

      I mean, Freddy Vs Jason was basically an action movie

      • American Atheist

        It was basically an action movie but that trailer is bad. I get it’s supposed to be a play off of a Rocky trailer but it’s overly cheesy even for back then.

  • Mark

    what a pile of wank, going by that alone I’m glad he did not make his movie ol

  • Brian McNatt

    Oh, wow, rapid flashes of out-of-context scenes from previous films. Excitement.

  • Matthew Nadbrzuch

    I think they used music from the first Mortal Kombat movie.

  • AdamX

    I remember when FvJ news was announced in like December 97 and got excited, then shit went cold.

    Also this was on imdb forever ago, could still be there.

    • Matthew Reid

      No, I checked. But when I was little, I thought this was for the actual movie lol

  • tommyblah

    Too bad this movie never got made. Instead we got a Freddy movie with a corny satire of Jason, created by someone who admits he’s never really watched any Jason movies.

  • silentevil77

    Freddy vs Jason the WCW PPV apparently

  • CuntFarts

    FvJ had some of the best Jason stuff in it since New Blood. When he’s killing kids in FvJ it’s so brutal and creative.

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