Starz has added ‘Seed of Chucky’ and ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ to the category “Halloween Classics” and Stephen King is cracking up! The king of horror and creator of smash hits like ‘IT’ and ‘The Shining’ took to Twitter to poke fun at Starz for referencing the films ‘Seed of Chucky’ and ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ as “Halloween classics” in their October lineup.
As with every major film franchise, the “worst” installments still manage to garner a fanbase. Some would debate that ‘Seed of Chucky’ or ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ are the high points of the ‘Child’s Play’, ‘Friday the 13th’, or ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ franchises. Best-selling author and horror icon Stephen King had some words about these films that have been considered classics in the eyes of some and not-so-classic by others.
Among its “Halloween Classics,” STARZ lists SEED OF CHUCKY and FREDDY VS. JASON. Uh, no.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) October 24, 2019
After the success of the black comedy slasher ‘Bride of Chucky’, fans were excited for the ‘Child’s Play’ franchise and what it would bring in the future. ‘Seed of Chucky’ took inspiration from the previous film and turned the franchise into more of a metafiction film, thrusting Chucky’s offspring into the spotlight. The film, for some fans, was considered to be a good modification to the franchise but was not able to impress casual audiences or diehard Chucky fans in general.
While the fifth installment of the series turned a profit, the film was the last of the franchise that was released theatrically prior to this year’s reboot of the 1988 original. Two more sequels of the first franchise, ‘Curse of Chucky’ and ‘Cult of Chucky’, have been released straight to home entertainment platforms. Surprisingly, those last two films were some of the ‘Chucky’s’ best sequels.
‘Freddy vs. Jason’ was a different story. Negotiations to collaborate for the popular slasher franchises were on and off throughout the late ’80s, continuously falling apart for a variety of reasons. In 1993, ‘Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday’ released and featured, in it’s final moments, a special cameo: Freddy Krueger’s hand came up out of the ground, dragging Jason’s mask to Hell, exciting basically everyone who watched it for the next ‘Friday.’ Fans, assuming that the collab would be coming next, were disappointed when they got ‘Jason X’ after almost a decade of waiting. A failure critically and commercially, it released a was year prior to ‘Freddy vs. Jason.’ Although the film was not the box-office hit New Line Cinema might have hoped, the implied promise to finally bring the two slasher icons together onscreen was ultimately kept.