aka: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Friday the 13th: Last Chapter
Director: Joseph Zito
Starring: Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman, Erich Anderson, Crispin Glover
Three times before have you felt the terror, known the madness, lived the horror. But this is the one you’ve been screaming for.
Once again Jason Vorhees is assumed to be dead, but there is still life in him. He kills his way back to Camp Crystal Lake from the morgue he was put in and again takes control over his woods. Before he gets back, several young teenagers have rented a cabin nearby the lake and are starting to enjoy their summer there.
The nearest cabin next to them is inhabited by the Jarvis family. Trish Jarvis is at the same age as the new kids and they quickly become friends, while her younger brother Tommy enjoys sneaking in a peek at the older kids every now and then. When Jason starts to cause chaos again on the camp, they all have to fight together to put this evil monster to death once and for all.
The Final Chapter is the last of the Friday movies that tries to go for the same style that made the original and the first sequel so great. It also feels like the story with 1-4 is a complete one and that this entry really is the final chapter. If they had kept it to these four films then we would be talking about one of the most consistent horror movie saga’s that was ever made. Neither might be a classic or excellent, but all four provide damn good entertainment.
Even though this one doesn’t separate itself from the previous three very much, it does have a good card up its sleeve with the introduction of Tommy Jarvis. The young horror fanatic with a hobby of creating his own horror masks turned out to be one of the best opponents to Jason and it was refreshing to see him against a child here. Tommy was played by Corey Feldman and he did a tremendous job here. The ending is chilling and an excellent way to end the story (well, if it DID end with this film that is).
The director this time is Joseph Zito, who showed promise with his own slasher film The Prowler a few years earlier. Just as Steve Miner did with the first two sequels, Zito also treats this film with respect. He keeps the pacing good and the brutal killings are once again well done, this time with the help from returning special effects guru Tom Savini who of course were involved in the first film and was also on board for Zito’s The Prowler aswell. Zito would go on to do two Chuck Norris movies (Missing in Action and Invasion USA) and Red Scorpion with Dolph Lundgren before he seemed to disappear from cinema before doing two small films in the early 2000’s. I’m not sure why, since all of his efforts ended up being quite entertaining and he surely should have been allowed to make more films than he did.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter ended up being a success, both financially and as a movie. And that of course means that there would be more sequels. None of the once that followed would end up being as good as this one and it might just be my favorite of all Jason movies. It takes everything from the previous ones and just adds a few details to keep it fresh and it works.