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In what was supposed to be the last ride for the FRIDAY THE 13TH series, director Joseph Zito (BLOOD RAGE, THE PROWLER) brings us my second favorite entry in the franchise, and arguably, the overall fan choice for the best film in said franchise, FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER.
As we learned a year later with possibly the WORST film in the series, FRIDAY THE 13TH: A NEW BEGINNING, such ain't always the case, little camper. Much like with HALLOWEEN III: SEASON OF THE WITCH (1982) the powers that be wanted to see if they could take the series in a whole new direction than the films before. Huh-uh. The fans were having none of it. So that plan was shut off before it gained any sort of traction. Thank the Horror Gods. They do listen and answer our prayers. Occasionally. Well, almost never. But they do hear us and choose not to ignore us. Sometimes.
While FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER does take place around the area of Crystal Lake, the camp itself, doesn't come into play this time around. Jason takes out his boredom and frustration about this factoid, by concentrating on a bunch of rowdy, high strung teens renting a house on the lake.
A residence next door sees MILF, Mrs. Jarvis (Joan Freeman: PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO, TOWER OF LONDON, DEATHMOON) raising two kids,
Feldman wasn't the only one in the cast destined for immediate stardom. Enter, Crispin Glover2 (BARTLEBY, WILLARD, INCIDENT AT LOCH NESS, SIMON SAYS, THE WIZARD OF GORE, BEOWULF , FREEZERBURN, 9, ALICE IN WONDERLAND , FREAKY DEAKY, AIMY IN A CAGE, WE HAVE ALWAYS LIVED IN THE CASTLE, BY THE RIVERS OF BABYLON, SMILEY FACE KILLERS, AMERICAN GODS [TV]) as one of the kids next door, Jimmy "Dead Fuck" Mortimer. Glover's resume is just as impressive as Feldman's was after this movie.
Jumping into the story at hand. It was a dark and stormy night, and this is a formula for certain disaster in a Horror film. Jason (played by Ted White3: DEMONOID, TRON, THE HIDDEN, DEADLY STRANGER) has been known for some brutal kills in his long and industrious career, but in this flick, he really seems to have a bug up his ass. FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER starts his whole "I have already killed some stupid teens this way a million times. Let me see if I can REALLY get creative this time around!"
Believe me; there's some great kills in this one. If not for my number one spot in my favorite FRIDAY films, THE FINAL CHAPTER would be at that coveted number. A close second is not a bad thing. Not at all.
Anyway, Tommy, is a Horror aficionado and budding mask maker. He shows off some of his wares to this hitchhiker dude that earlier in the day, he and his sister, Trish, picked up when he helped get their car started on some backwoods dirt road.
The guy's name is Rob (Erich Anderson: NIGHT WATCH , OFFICER DOWNE) and he is a man on a mission: Find the killer who iced his sister. Like Voorhees, he seems surly when he is onscreen. I imagine anyone would be. It could also have something to do with carrying a huge backpack around with apparently having no available transport to help in his vendetta.
Jason soon gets to work. As usual, he has a low tolerance level for drinking, doing drugs and the satin sheet tango. If Crazy Ralph1 were still around, he would be telling the whole lot of them, "You're doooooomed! You're all doooooooomed!" Even though he was a few sandwiches shy of a picnic, the dude knew the area he lived in all too well.
After much bloodshed, there is a confrontation that ends with the teasing of a possible new killer on the block. But we won't get into Spoiler Territory.
I'm glad that the studio decided in the end not to let this be the last film in the franchise, if it had been, it would have been a high note to go out on. But still and yet, I am glad this wasn't the end.
The only gripe I really have with the film is Corey Feldman. I can only take him in small doses, and he was front and center through the majority of it. I didn't mind him so much in movies like THE LOST BOYS (1987) and STAND BY ME (1986), because he had other talents like his fellow Corey, Corey Haim, and stars like Keifer Sutherland (both films) River Phoenix, Jason Patrick and Jamie Gertz, there to sort of grab the lion's share of screen time. Alas, this wasn't the case with FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER.
Too bad they couldn't give more time to a star like Crispin Glover. That dude is nothing but entertaining.
Late film critic, Roger Ebert, called FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER, "An immoral and reprehensible piece of trash."
Despite Ebert's endorsement, or lack thereof, don't let this sway your decision about digging on this movie. Knowing the Horror community like I do, his words will send you flocking toward it. This is one of the ones you want to add to your collection, guys.
It's definitely a legendary piece of film making where it comes to the Slasher subgenre.
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