Friday The 13th:The Final Chapter,1984,USA
Director: Joseph Zito
Stars:Erich Anderson,Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman
Jason continues his horrific murder spree, this time the lives of young Tommy Jarvis are at risk as Jason returns to Crystal Lake to induce more terror.
After three successful but universally shunned films the producers of the Friday The 13th franchise decided it was time for Jason to hang up the Hockey Mask and Machete and call it a day.With the original released 1980,Director Sean S Cunningham and Writer Victor Miller cashed in on the mega success that John Carpenter’s “Halloween” gained.The low budget film was a surprised hit and the following year received a sequel, which was fairly similar but introduced audiences to Jason Voorhees as the killer,A mediocre Part 3 was released in 3D in 1982.Now it was time to end Jason’s reign of terror with The Final Chapter(Although 8 more installments followed)
The film picks up where the previous one left off,Jason is presumed dead after being “killed” by the heroine of the previous film,he is taken to a morgue and thus the killing begins.By the time of this film the makers knew what the formula for a Friday The 13th,Bunch of rowdy naked teenagers,the famous "Ki Ki Ki Ma Ma Ma" theme,blood and violent murders and of course the Hockey mask.From the get go this film feels more professional from its Direction to its well known actors like Crispin Glover and young Corey Feldman,its feels a lot more structured than the previous films,there isnt just non sensical killing from the word go(I don't think we even see Jason's face until over an hour into the film)Although this makes a better film technicially,I still think that it doesnt come close to fun experience that the first two are,although its an improvement over the third installment.Like the previous films,The Final Chapter features a variety of clever and different kills,although most of them involved a Machete.
I think the filmmakers intended this to be the final chapter for Jason's character but with the final image of Tommy staring into the camera it hints that he is to be the next killer,But after the disaster that was Part V,Jason returned in Part VI and continued the series
The Final Chapter, isn't the best film of the series,It doesn't match the fun of the first two for me but is an improvement over the third and is definently not as bad as some of the other films in the series.