Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter

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Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter

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As lumberingly single-minded as its homicidal star, Friday the 13th - The Final Chapter adds another rote entry to an increasingly labored franchise.

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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

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  • May 08, 2016
    If the Friday 13th movies did end after this one I would of been a little annoyed as Jason's screen time must only clock in about 5-6 minutes altogether as the first hour is very boring full of horny teens who can't act just drinking and sleeping with each other (Yawn) And even when the killings really begin it's nothing new, Jason's death was pretty gruesome, It did annoy me that out of all the people he's killed it's a young boy who kills him which I suppose we didn't see coming, But the rest of the film is predictable and should only be watched by fans of the previous films
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 17, 2016
    I know this film wasn't that well-received by critics, but I really did have a blast watching this movie. It's not as 'good' as the sixth film was, which really did embrace a more tongue-in-cheek tone, but I had a good time watching this movie, even if I wouldn't call it good. The one thing this has over the sixth movie is the fact that the violence is a little more gruesome. The gore isn't actually that bad, particularly considering that this film is 32 years old. It's not as grotesque as other 80s flicks, but it gets the job done. As far as tone, however, this one is a little more serious. But, to me, that's what makes the movie more enjoyable to watch. Unlike the sixth installment, this is more of a film you laugh at as opposed to laugh with. And there's absolutely nothing wrong with that. You gotta take the enjoyment where you can find it. As far as a narrative, who really gives a shit? I know they tried to do something with Tommy that carried over to the fifth and sixth film, but the story in these films are terrible. The characters are idiotic and, really, they're just there to be slaughtered by Jason. But as long as the films are aware of that, and I believe in this case they are, then there's no real problem if that stupidity in character and story development leads to some entertaining moments. These types of movies need to exist, where you just need to shut your brain off and watch something that doesn't require a lot of effort to figure out. And this is someone who loves independent and art-house films, but I know that there's room for everybody. Sometimes you just don't want a subtle plot that requires the intelligence of 3 astrophysicists to figure out. That's obviously overstating the point, but you catch my drift. That's where films like this come in. This movie is so much cheese, that it's almost impossible to completely dislike. At least from my point of view, I'm sure many people found a lot to dislike about this and it's not like I blame them, it's just that I found the movie enjoyable in spite of those obvious flaws. The film gets 2 and a half star simply because I had fun watching it, not because it offered anything truly good. Though, I suppose, entertaining myself can't really be attributed to this, but I'm feeling kind today. But I still think more than over-delivers on the cheese that I was hoping it contained and for that, I thank the filmmakers, screenwriters, cast and crew. Acting's not great, neither is the screenwriting, but this was a good time. This would be a great film to watch with friends, for sure. Get a couple of beers, eat some pizza, watch this movie. Sounds like a great night.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 20, 2016
    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.
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  • Jun 15, 2014
    I've only ever been a fan of the original F13, so have missed most of the series. I only watched it because I want to see all of Corey Feldman's canon and this was his first film. Overall it's pretty hokey and badly cut together, a derivative slasher flick. Often considered the 2nd best F13 flick, that doesn't say much for the other 9. Bit of fluff on the Feldman journey which I think will peak a little early and plateau again to these depths.
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