Written by Old Bluffer 2nd Jun 2009
(Spoiler alert - this is a new film and well worth the price of a cinema ticket, so if you haven't seen it yet I'd advise you don't read on)
The bespectacled, nerdy Jason was Darren Mullet's sole friend in a world where everybody else either ignored or abused him. Jason initially appears to have a reasonably good heart, as he is extremely vocal in his denouncement of the bullies and Justine's role in Mullet's suicide.
After learning that Jason actually has a point, Justine personally apologises to him in the school art room. This is cathartic to Jason, as it allows him to confess to her that he was by no means blameless himself.
The risk of bullying was a fact of life for both these social outcasts, and they learned to live with it as best they could. Darren made the fatal mistake of daring to dream with an obsessive crush on Justine though, which left him extremely vulnerable to fresh wounds should his tormentors find out. In a bout of cowardice that Jason later bitterly regrets, he betrayed his mate by telling the bullies about Mullet's otherwise harmless fantasy. They of course promptly shatter his dream for a few moments of entertainment.
This pivotal moment when Mullet is forced to realise that Justine pays him about as much regard as she would a bug on her pristine school uniform is particularly painful to him. Losing any hope at happiness in life, he hangs himself.
Reincarnated as a murderous Ghost Zombie, he then systematically works his way through the list of teens that have wronged him, in rough order of the relative pain they have caused him. Because he dared to trust in his friend, Jason features relatively high up on this list, and once Justine leaves, Mullet pays his former pal a final visit.
Jamming two pencils up Jason's nostrils, Mullet forces the geeky teen's head slowly forwards onto the desk, and they slide inexorably upwards into his geeky brain.
Old Bluffer's Thoughts
This killing has quite the "Ewwww" factor, and it is reasonably surprising that Jason gets bumped off. From the start of the film you get the definite feel that Jason is Mullet's only advocate in the school, and if anything, Zombie Mullet will be more likely to protect him against the bullies.
Mullet is nothing if not merciless though. He's still overweight, still has chronic asthma, and if anything his skin is worse now than it ever was - but he's been given a chance to get even, and he means to take it!
My favourite death in the film is coming up next :-)