Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter (1984)
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There's little doubt that Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter marks the nadir of the series up to this point...
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.
Audience Reviews for Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter
It is funny to see how many times you can kill a (dead) man and yet he always comes back, but this movie is way too laughably stupid (at one point a guy even goes down into a basement for no other reason than to get killed), filled with paper-thin characters and atrocious dialogue.
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.
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.
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.|
|Jimmy:||Well, you know what I suggest you do about that. Ted, I think you should run that through your computer.|
|Tommy:||(hacking away at Jason with a machete) - DIE!!! DIE!!! DIE!!! ...DIE!!!|
|Tommy:||(hacking away at Jason with a machete) - DIE! DIE! DIE! DIE!|
|Tommy:||(after watching the teens skinny-dipping) - Some pack of patootsies, huh?|
|Jimmy:||Ted. I think...I think when we get to town I should call Betty.|
|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.|