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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

The Final Chapter?  I wish!  This is Part 4 in the Friday the 13th series and the last one I care to review.  This time out they went with a new director Joseph Zito (probably got him cheaper) and a little bit of star power with a very young Corey Feldman (pre Goonies and Stand By Me) and an angst-ridden teenage Crispin Glover.  They also brought in FX guru Tom Savini to choreograph the slaughter. 
The result? Well, it's definitely not the best of the series but it's better than Part 3.  The story picks up where the last one left off.  Jason is supposedly dead but springs back to life in the hospital morgue.  He then unleashes his reign of terror on a house full of teenagers as well as the  family in the vacation house next door.  Why these unfortunates picked Crystal Lake s their vacation spot is beyond me.  Seems like if they's read a newspaper or watched the evening news they would have made a better choice!
Part 4 is filled with all the things one would expect: randy teenagers skinny dipping, drinking, having sex and being slaughtered.  The sweet family next door who try to give us a few characters we actually care about.  And, of course, the unstoppable, now superhuman, Jason whose franchise refuses to die.  Thankfully, Savini gives us some great kills but this is really all Part 4 has going for it.  Everything else is a repeat of previous films.
I've always thought that Jason is the weakest of the 80's super villains.  Michael Meyers had Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence to work with which gave those movies the emotional depth they needed.  Freddy had, well Freddy.  He was a one man show and didn't need anyone else to make him interesting.  By the time Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter made its appearance on the silver screen I found myself asking "Who cares?"  Perhaps you agree with me or maybe you're one of those people who can't get enough of serial killer movies with very little plot to sustain them.
Last count there were 10 Friday the 13th pictures, one Freddy vs, Jason, and an unnecessary remake of the first film in 2009.  All I can say is "For the love of God, please make it stop. Throw Jason in a wood chipper, toss the remains in a vat of acid and call it a day!
RATING: Good.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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