Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter – Fan Poster/Review

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Hand-drawn and inked, colored in Photoshop; Friday the 13th Part 4 “The Final Chapter” Fan Art

Movie Review: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

(Director: Joe Zito, Special Effects: Tom Savini, Music: Harry Manfredini, Jason: Todd White)

 

There is a slow build at the beginning of this film. The opening shot, a long crane/dolly tracking shot from a helicopter to Jason dead in the barn at Higgen’s Haven, is really well done and lets the audience know that this is a bigger film with a bigger budget. For the first half hour we watch as Jason slowly starts to rise from the dead—a twitch of a finger here, a cloud of foggy breath there—and when he wakes up, he wakes with a fury.

Desperate to return to his home at Crystal Lake, he comes across a band of teenagers vacationing across from the Jarvis family. The young Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman) was always who I related to, making masks and taking joy in scaring new strangers. He’s easily the most likable character as everyone else in the film is rather weak. Most of the kids in this movie are hard to like. No one is nice to each other and this marks one of the first in the series that you begin to cheer on the death of the characters. Trish, Tommy’s sister, is without question the dumbest of the final girls (really, you couldn’t escape because you were unable to walk over a dead body?!). The introduction of Rob’s character is a nice touch, a man hunting for the monster that killed his sister (even though his sister only died two days ago). His death is either horrifying or hilarious, depending on who you’re watching with— “oh god, he’s killing me!”

This film puts a cap on the tone of the series, and feels like an appropriate end of an era. Jason really does seem to be dead and perhaps he should have stayed dead.

Movie Trivia:

  • Grispin Glover (Jimmy) is apparently a really weird guy, and his infamous dance moves in the movie were actually done to AC/DC’s “Back in Black”
  • The Final Chapter was edited 24-hours, 7-days a week for six weeks in a house in Malibu to meet a pushed-up April Friday the 13th opening. This resulted in many cut scenes and a hashed plot
  • Ted White (Jason), an experienced stunt double who had worked previous with John Wayne, had to defend the other actors numerous times against harsh conditions and stunts, sometimes refusing to act or quit the production altogether
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