FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER...
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
and Corey Feldman
What's it about
Everyoneís favorite killer Jason Voorhees returns in Part Four of the series to kill again, this time knocking off Crispin Glover and a host of frisky young teens while he battles a young, creepy Corey Feldman.
Is it good movie?
Itís been about a decade or more since I last visited 1984ís Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Iím pretty sure it was during a Jason marathon on some very late night cable with a plate of nachos and a Dr. Pepper with crushed ice. I remember (itís hazy) that I enjoyed the film, but came to the conclusion that Iíve never been super crazy about the series in general. Iíve always found Michael Myers to be much creepier, more evil for some reason. Plus, itís impossible to beat John Carpenterís classic. Nothing holds a candle to it. If forced at machete point, Iíd place the Friday the 13th series third between Myers and the fun-loving Freddy, but not that it matters. Jason will always be around to kill.
Regardless, that doesnít mean I donít have love for Friday the 13th. Iíve always been amused by Jason ability to discover new ways to kill off victims. Iíve always dug the eerie kekekeke ahahahah score. And next to Mikey Myers, is there a better mask than the simplistic hockey mask?
Now Iíll have to admit that on many, many levels, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a terrible movie. The plot is completely nonexistent. The acting is subpar. The directing is mediocre. Itís all very stupid and pointless. And while none of that is forgivable, a likeable quality still exists in the fourth Jason. Because itís a slasher movie from the mid-80s. Because itís all about the gore and the killer. The rest really remains obsolete as we want to see Jason kill. No one really cares about the rest as long as thereís blood and boobs, which Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter delivers quite well (especially the boobs).
But the rest is not completely forgivable. If you really examine the movie (which boasts horror legend Tom Saviniís effects), the gore isnít exactly spectacular. Most of the effects end up obscured or clipped. It left me wanting. I wanted more gore. I wanted a story. I wanted more girls. I wanted more Jason. But alas, we got Feldman instead.
The best aspect of Part Four comes from the two name actors, namely Crispin Glover (pre-Back to the Future) and Corey Feldman (post that Life cereal ad). Watching the always supremely goofy Glover ham it up in every one of his scenes as the awkward teen is the best thing about the movie. Heís such a strange cat with his delivery, not to mention his moves as he has THE MOST AWKWARD dance routine Iíve seen since Seinfeldís Elaine did her little kick dance. On the other hand, thereís Feldman. Heís young and, well, heís Feldman. We all know what to expect from him. But as the hero, eh, any time a kid becomes thrust into the role of savior everything becomes depend on the kid. Itís been done before. And much better.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation. The film looks crisp and clear after being mastered in high def.
Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (which is new for the series and sounds damn good.)
Commentary: Director Joe Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen and editor Joel Goodman provide a good, entertaining track. Zito in particular is great to listen to. He appears to love this film and loves telling the audience every great detail he can remember.
Fan Commentary: Two guys named Adam Green and Joe Lynch provide a track. Basically, theyíre obsessive fans who love this movie a bit too much, but it is fun listening to a couple of nerds really dig this thing.
Lost Tales from Camp Blood- Part 4: Not quite sure what this is, but it appears to be a mini-series for the DVD. It has a killer with an axe, which is always fun.
Slashed Scenes: Right around 15-minutes of cut scenes that are without sound, leaving the director to comment and fill in the missing parts. Really, most are outtakes, not cut scenes as promised, but itís extremely interesting seeing how horror great Tom Saviniís created and used the effects.
Jasonís Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter A good look back at the film with interviews from the cast and crew. Thereís plenty of good stories and plenty of Savini, which is always, well, good.
The Lost Ending: I always am interested in alternative endings no matter the film. And in the case of this movie, I prefer the ending shown here, which incorporates a dream sequence and answers the question of what happened to Corey Feldmanís mom.
The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part 1: A 17-minute fake documentary that views Jason and his murders as real life. Sorta Blair Witch-ish with interviews from the ďtown folkĒ and ďhistorians.Ē Amusing for a while.
Jimmyís Dead Fuck Dance Moves An outtake of the very strange Crispin Glover doing his very strange dance. I canít really explain his moves, but letís say itís by far the worst dance Iíve ever seen.
Plus, the trailer and previews.
In the end, thereís better Jason out there. Any fan of the series will most likely love Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, but for someone new diving in, theyíll find mild disappointment in the quality of the film. Itís just not that good, even with Saviniís effect and the masked killer doing that thing that he does.