Movie Notes: Freddy vs. Jason

Aug. 17, 2001 -- Hey, Jason, strap on your hockey mask and be careful when you go to sleep. Freddy Krueger may be lurking in your dreams.

The matchup of Hollywood's most infamous horror movie killers has been languishing in the minds of fright fans for years.

Now the question — Who is the most menacing tormentor of all? — will be answered in Freddy vs. Jason.

"I heard that [New Line Chairman] Bob Shaye apparently approved the new script. But I haven't seen it," longtime Freddy actor Robert Englund told

Englund says he's been trying to remain patient as delays continue for this project. "It's like flying to New York and not being able to land," he said.

The villain's respective horror franchises have elicited shrieks in theaters for two decades.

Freddy emerged in the dreams of unsuspecting children in Nightmare on Elm Street in 1984 and has returned seven times since the debut. Jason is a slightly older serial killer. He returned after supposedly drowning in a camp lake in 1980 in the first Friday the 13th.

Apes Sequel Needs Direction

Tim Burton would rather jump around like a monkey than direct the sequel to Planet of the Apes.

The director, who has a reputation for offbeat films like Nightmare Before Christmas and Sleepy Hollow, says he will not be back if there's a second swipe at the apes.

"The idea of doing a sequel — I'd rather jump out of the window," Burton told the British newspaper The Independent.

He says he felt the heavy price tag for the special effects-driven remake was scrutinized unfairly by the studio execs.

"They give you a script, and you do a budget based on that and say, 'This movie would cost $300 million dollars to make,'" said Burton. "Then they treat you like a crazy, overspending crazy person."

ABCNEWS Radio and's Nancy Chandross contributed to this report.