Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter (1984)
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 Tommy (Corey Feldman) and teenaged Trish (Kimberly Beck) -- find their quiet invaded by a group of hard-partying kids moving into the rental house next door. The youngsters include curious virgin Sara (Barbara Howard), hot-to-trot Samantha (Judie Aronson), and nebbish Jimmy (Crispin Glover). Tommy, a monster makeup enthusiast, enjoys watching the scantily clad young ladies through his window, while Trish toys with the idea of joining in their revelries. Also lurking around the area is Rob (Erich Anderson), who claims to be hunting bear but actually has mysterious ties to the events of Friday the 13th, Part 2. As the house full of teens begins to pair off -- aided by the addition of local twins Tina (Camilla More) and Terri (Carey More) to the mix -- an unseen killer begins to pick them off one by one. The bloodshed climaxes with a tense showdown in which Tommy disguises himself as a bald, lumpy boyhood version of Jason in hopes of distracting the relentless psychopath who hunts him. Feldman would return for a cameo in Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning, only to be replaced by another actor in a grown-up version of the role. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi … More
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Critic Reviews for Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter
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.
The final confrontation between Tommy and Jason is quite gorgeous, at least in the horror movie term of gore-geous.
Watching it again today, it works oddly well, almost like a John Hughes movie that got lost and wandered into slasher territory.
This one certainly felt as if it properly closed out the Friday the 13th series before it devolved into unadulterated camp.
Can you say, Crispin Clover dance off?
Some rather amusing crap, actually.
They promised this would be the final one. They lied.
Final chapter my ass.
The stars come out to play for this one.....they shouldn't have bothered
Audience Reviews for Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter
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.More
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.More
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.More
Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter Quotes
- Well, you know what I suggest you do about that. Ted, I think you should run that through your computer.
- (hacking away at Jason with a machete) - DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE!
- (after watching the teens skinny-dipping) - Some pack of patootsies, huh?
- Ted. I think. I think when we get to town I should call Betty.
- 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.
- I don't know anyone new.
- Well, sex is a great way to meet them.
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