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Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter (1984)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 23
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No critic reviews yet...

Release Date: Apr 13, 1984 Wide

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 64,383

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Movie Info

Hockey-masked killer Jason Vorhees returns to terrorize a lakeside family and their rowdy teen neighbors in this fourth installment of the long-running slasher series. After the events of Friday the 13th, Part 3, Jason's seemingly lifeless body is brought to the morgue, where horny attendant Axel (Bruce Mahler) is trying to score with foxy Nurse Morgan (Lisa Freeman). The pair quickly meet a grisly end. Meanwhile, at Crystal Lake, estranged wife Mrs. Jarvis (Joan Freeman) and her kids -- young … More

Rating:
R (adult situations/language, nudity, violence)
Genre:
Horror
Directed By:
Written By:
Barney Cohen , Bruce Hidemi Sakow , Martin Kitrosser
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Oct 17, 2000
Runtime:
Paramount Home Video


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Critic Reviews for Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter

All Critics (25) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (17) | DVD (16)

A brutal but entertaining installment for the man behind the mask...

Full Review… | June 25, 2014
Cinema Crazed

Considering how long these movies kept going and how many of them there were, it's strange that only this one had everything in its proper place.

Full Review… | April 15, 2014
Mania.com

The final confrontation between Tommy and Jason is quite gorgeous, at least in the horror movie term of gore-geous.

Full Review… | January 11, 2010
7M Pictures

Watching it again today, it works oddly well, almost like a John Hughes movie that got lost and wandered into slasher territory.

Full Review… | June 18, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

This one certainly felt as if it properly closed out the Friday the 13th series before it devolved into unadulterated camp.

Full Review… | June 12, 2009
Slant Magazine

Can you say, Crispin Clover dance off?

February 20, 2008

Not so venally stupid as its predecessor.

Full Review… | September 14, 2007
Antagony & Ecstasy

Some rather amusing crap, actually.

March 1, 2005
New Times

They promised this would be the final one. They lied.

April 13, 2003
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Final chapter my ass.

November 12, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The stars come out to play for this one.....they shouldn't have bothered

September 19, 2002
Moviehole

Displays some signs of competence.

Full Review… | April 19, 2002
EricDSnider.com

Teens continue to flock to Crystal Lake and Jason vows that vengeance will again be his.

Full Review… | June 27, 2001
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter

Review coming to themoviefreakblog.com on 8/14

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Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

½

I've always found "The Final Chapter" to be one of the better Friday the 13th sequels. Of course, that might not be saying a whole lot. This film, at least, executes the formula quite well. There's a pretty impressive body count made up of irritating morons, who find themselves executed with maximum brutality. It was a nice touch adding a protagonist, in the form of Tommy Jarvis. The showdown between the two, that results in Jason's "death", is especially tasty. Jason was far from a polished product at this point, but they were getting better. It's just stupid watching the old version of the character run, it looks ridiculous. All in all, if you want to watch Friday the 13th, this one's not bad.

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Jason Calvin
Jason Calvin

Super Reviewer

½

The story continues with Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, which as the title proclaims, was to be the last entry in the series (as was Part 3). However, it made a ton of money and that idea was laid to rest. What's interesting, first of all, is that If you break down the timeline of the films, you realize that films 2 through 4 take place over the course of about a week in different locations in and around Camp Crystal Lake. Insane, really. Do these people not watch the news or listen to the radio? Surely they must have heard about what's going on by now. Mass murder is usually big news, you know. Nevertheless, it's the typical fare for the series up to this point. New director Joseph Zito takes over the reins from Steve Miner with Tom Savini returning to finish off Jason... or so they thought. This time around, the effects are superb, but like the previous film, with lackluster story and no real visual direction. It does have those cliche'd visual horror movie moments, but nothing that distinguishable. This is also the last of the all around 'classic' Friday the 13th films before Jason was reinvented and reimagined in later sequels. After this film, Jason was no longer human and had superhuman strength, only making the death sequences in later films more intense and violent. This film, however, was due to be his final send-off. He really dies this time, and there's no playing with the audience that he might not be dead. He wouldn't be killed off again until 5 sequels later, only to be resurrected, yet again, but I'm getting off topic here. Overall, this movie is a solid entry in the series, but for me, it's missing what made Part 2 work so well: character development and visual style. It's not a bad entry, just a lackluster one. It's a shame because most fans hold this entry up as the best of the series, which I disagree with. It's good, but there isn't enough here to keep me as interested as before.

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FilmFanatik
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

A robust body count, Crispin Glover's sheer ridiculousness, and a neat final kill (though sadly buoyed by a ridiculous plot point) bring a little bit of much-needed life to this otherwise average slasher. It doesn't lack for energy, I'll say as much as that, but there's not all that much going on underneath the surface - Friday the 13th has always been the most shallow of the big horror franchises of the era, and this film makes no attempts at reparation. Disposable, unpretentious, good-natured popcorn entertainment and little else.

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Drew Smith

Super Reviewer

Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter Quotes


Jimmy:
Well, you know what I suggest you do about that. Ted, I think you should run that through your computer.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Tommy:
(hacking away at Jason with a machete) - DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE!
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Tommy:
(after watching the teens skinny-dipping) - Some pack of patootsies, huh?
Trish:
Tommy.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Jimmy:
Ted. I think. I think when we get to town I should call Betty.
Ted:
Jimbo, calling Betty is definitely a dead fu*k thing to do. Look, first rule of love: never get rejected by the same girl twice, I mean that's useless. If you want to make a fool out of yourself, always do it with someone new.
Jimmy:
I don't know anyone new.
Ted:
Well, sex is a great way to meet them.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Samantha:
Paul says I'm great in bed, so that's where I keep him.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)
Doug:
Sara, I think I'm in heaven.
Sara:
I think I'm in love.
– Submitted by Creep F (3 years ago)

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