Freddy vs. Jason is a 2003 American slasher film directed by Ronny Yu and written by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. The film is a crossover between the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street series, and pits Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger against each other in the eleventh and eighth installments in their respective series. The film is also the last in both the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street series before they were both rebooted.
In the film, set years after the events of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Freddy (Robert Englund) has grown incapable of haunting people's dreams as the citizens of Springwood, Ohio, have mostly forgotten about him following his death and subsequent imprisonment in Hell for his sins. To regain his power and freedom, Freddy resurrects Jason (Ken Kirzinger) and manipulates him into traveling to Springwood to cause panic and fear, leading to rumors that Freddy has returned. However, while Jason succeeds in causing enough fear for Freddy to haunt the town again, Jason angers Krueger by depriving him of potential victims. This ultimately sends the two undead monsters into a violent conflict.
Freddy vs. Jason was released in the United States on August 15, 2003. It grossed $114 million, making it the highest-grossing film in the Friday the 13th series and the second-highest-grossing film in the Nightmare on Elm Street series. This film marked Englund's final appearance to date as Freddy Krueger, and it was the first since Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives not to feature Kane Hodder in the role of Jason Voorhees.