HOME |  JOIN |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
February
Taking of Beverly Hills, The
Marjorie Prime
Hotel Salvation
Mangler, The
Shiraz
Mercy, The
Kickboxer: Retaliation
Molly Maguires, The
Party, The
Dante's Peak
Housemaid, The
Vendetta
Brimstone
Boys in the Trees
Once Were Warriors
Red Planet Mars
Blade Runner 2049
Devil's Express
Belko Experiment, The
Flashback
War of the Arrows
One-Trick Pony
Cloverfield Paradox, The
Beach Rats
In Between
Flesh Feast
Gerald's Game
Crocodile Dundee II
Baaghi
   
 
Newest Articles
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
Music, Love and Flowers: Monterey Pop on Blu-ray
   
 
  Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Plenty More Where That Came FromBuy this film here.
Year: 1984
Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Kimberly Beck, Erich Anderson, Corey Feldman, Barbara Howard, Peter Barton, Lawrence Monoson, Joan Freeman, Crispin Glover, Clyde Hayes, Judie Aronson, Camilla More, Carey More, Bruce Mahler, Lisa Freeman, Wayne Grace, Bonnie Hellman, Ted White
Genre: Horror
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: It appears as if the killer Jason Vorhees has finally been vanquished thanks to a well-placed axe to the head from a girl who would have been one of his victims. The ambulance arrives to take away the body, and one of the medics is feeling jumpy, starting when Jason's lifeless hand falls from under the sheet on the stretcher. They get the body back to the hospital and into the morgue, but one of the orderlies is less interested in attending to the corpse than he is getting to know one of the nurses. But exactly how dead is Jason? Those two are about to find out...

Of course he's not dead, they wouldn't kill him off at the start of the movie, and so it is one of the most durable bad guys in shockers, if maybe not one of the best, began what was promised by the title to be his last outing. And the band played believe it if you like, because The Final Chapter made more money than all the other Friday the 13ths, thereby guaranteeing that it would return in some form or another. To top it all, the producers had found a formula that apparently worked like a cash fountain dream, meaining there was a sense of glee in this instalment that was missing from the previous ones.

In effect, this was the best Friday since the first one, not a bold claim but at least giving some satisfaction to those growing tired of Jason's antics. Although most of them would not be watching this, so it was the horde of fans that this was aimed at, perhaps in the style of the youngest character, little Tommy played by that oddly popular child actor of the eighties, Corey Feldman. Tommy is a devotee of horror movies, much like the people attending screenings of this, though he does not seem to keen on the idea of being in an actual horror movie scenario himself.

Not until the end, anyway, which features the most ignominious demise of a horror movie villain since The Incredible Melting Man was shoveled up and put in a bin. Before we reach that embarrassment, it's business as usual, very much so, with little variation on what had gone before. Therefore the part in the hospital has very little bearing on what happens later on, the fact that Jason is proven to be alive after all excepted, just as all the others had begun with a similar introduction that did not feature the main cast. In its favour, on the other hand, the summing up archive footage is kept to a mere three minute pre-credits sequence.

At first glance there appear to be two final girls, one of whom is Tommy's sister Trish (Kimberly Beck) who lives with their mother in the woods, and one of a party of six kids who arrive for a fun holiday and are bafflingly unaware that there has been a mass murder going on (like the previous entry, this does not take place on Friday the 13th). That other is Sarah (Barbara Howard), who is a nice girl who refuses to go skinny dipping, but succumbs to being seduced by her boyfriend three quarters of the way through, thus sealing her fate. To add novelty, there are twins involved, and one of the young persons is none other than Crispin Glover, a chap with performance anxiety which he gets over just in time to be macheted in the face. Plus he does a funny dance - that's Crispin, always giving. Tom Savini returned to do the makeup here, but doesn't really represent his best work, though true fans will be pleased he was there for all that it mattered. Music by Harry Manfredi.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 1880 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
Spectre
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Paul Smith
Jason Cook
  Andrew Irvine
Ian Phillips
Paul Shrimpton
   

 

Last Updated: