Jerome G. from LA CRESCENTA, CA Reviewed on 9/5/2014...
"Friday the 13th will be Jason's Un-lucky Day!"
This year will mark the 30th anniversary of "The Final Chapter" and so its very timely to write up a fresh review of this truly landmark horror film. Sure, it was originally going to be the finale of the series, and should have been. Paramount was very tempted to grind out more after seeing the amazing box office of "Final Chapter". What makes this one work so well is #1) Crispin Glover. And, of course the return of the SPFX genius, Tom Savini. The FX are brutal, realistic, and at times shocking. Exactly how a F-13th should be. This sequel was by far the most entertaining,most suspenseful, and bloodiest of them all. Yet again, some scenes had to be trimmed to get an "R" rating. One scene had Jason ripping the corpse of a young nubile who had already been impaled to a door frame. Joseph Zito, a very gifted young director would helm this movie and he keeps it swiftly moving. I can remember seeing it at the theater (yes, no cheating the experience by streaming it, sorry!) The girls and guys in the audience were literally jumping out of their seats. One new character is dumb enough to be 'hunting Jason' but he is no match for Jason (who is played by a towering actor this time around). Enjoy this one as it was meant to be the finale and the 'death' of Jason by a very young Corey Feldman! Also, the girls are as pretty as ever (and so is the nudity) Hey, it was 1984!
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"Ted...where the hell is the corkscrew?? TED???",
Boggman! | Laguna Hills, CA | 05/17/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There was a time, back in the day, when the "Friday the 13th" movies were meant to scare you, not make you laugh. No movie in the entire series does this better that "Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter". This is the DEFINITIVE "Friday the 13th" movie.
Part 4 has the best of everything!! Story, cast,(Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Lawrence Monoson), graphic violence, and inventive killings.
Immediately picking up where "Friday the 13th Part 3" (the 2nd best of the series), "Friday the 13th Part 4" was such a brilliant addition to the franchise. For those who haven't seen the series, Part 4 is not a bad place to start, or finish. We get a great little campfire story (courtesy of Part 2) and a lot of great death sequences (from the 3 movies past) within the first 5 minutes. We also get real acting, & actual character development with the "Final Chapter". This was the last movie in the series that was actually made AS a horror film, and not as a cult film. And this movie does scare!
The killings in the "Final Chapter" are original and beautifully executed. Corkscrew to hand-then cleaver to face, spear gun right in the groin (YEAH BABY), banana vomiting, and 2 WONDERFUL crashing through the window sequences (one with twin Tina, the other with Trish) that still manages to frighten me to this day. The shower seen is pretty awesome as well, and even the dog isn't safe in this one! Awesome!!
After Part 4, the franchise became almost a joke, and the films that followed are nothing but camp. They are still good and watch able, but they weren't intended to scare the heck out of ya!
"Friday the 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter" does it all, time and time again. This film has gone under rated and without credit for many years. Many people say that the original "Friday the 13th" was the best, but I highly beg to differ. Part 1 WAS the original, but it's somewhat slow paced, and Tom Savini's masterful special effects are much more evident in Part 4. Tom was really on top of his game by the time "The Final Chapter" went into production. Part 1 has the scariest ending, I'll give it that.
If you want to see Jason at his peak, when he was a total bad-boy and really did some butt kicking, then look no further than this classic film in horror cinema!
This really was "The Final Chapter"; in more ways than one. "
The Best Friday Movie
J. Carnes | KC, MO | 02/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is by far the best Friday the 13th movie of them all. If you only buy one out of the group, make it this one. I can remember when this movie hit the theaters. I was there on opening night. There were so many people in the theater that the ushers had to keep coming in to advise everyone to move over towards the right to allow more people in. Once the movie actually started the opening scenes were all flashbacks to previous Friday movies which caused the audience to scream at every scene. This sent the theater manager into action. They actually stopped the film and turned the lights on. The manager came down front and made a statement. He stated that if we didn't keep down the screaming that they would stop the movie and ask everyone to leave. I guess the theaters on each side of ours were complaining that we were too loud. That was awesome! This movie is great, forget the fact that this is the fourth in a franchise that has some bad entries. A great movie from the greatest of eras regarding the horror genre."
Dianne Papineau | Cumberland, Rhode Island USA | 07/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THE BODY COUNT CONTINUES IN THIS VIVID THRILLER,THE FOURTH-BUT NOT FINAL-STORY IN THE WIDELY SUCCESSFUL FRIDAY THE 13TH SERIES.
JASON,CRYSTAL LAKE'S LEAST POPULAR CITIZEN, RETURNS TO WREAK FURTHER HAVOC IN THE FINAL CHAPTER.
AFTER HIS REVIVAL IN A HOSPITAL MORGUE, THE HOCKEY-MASKED MURDERER FIXES HIS VENGEFUL ATTENTION ON THE JARVIS FAMILY AND A GROUP OF HITHERTO CAREFREE TEENAGERS.
YOUNG TOMMY JARVIS IS AFICIONADO OF HORROR FILMS WITH A SPECIAL TALENT FOR MASKS AND MAKE UP.
HAS THE DIABOLICAL JASON FINALLY MET HIS MATCH?
Jason verses a well-known cast.
James McDonald | Southern California | 11/21/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Released on Friday the 13th-- April 13, 1984. This is the fourth "Friday the 13th" film. When we last saw Jason the killer, he had an ax right through his hockey mask and into his face. On this VHS, we are treated to a 2 and a half minute montage of the first Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) and Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D (1982), to catch us up on what is going on. Only Terry Ballad returns from Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D (1982) as a State Trooper in this film. The film begins only moments after where the third film ended. The ambulence and the police are there at the barn. Jason's body (Ted White) is loaded in the ambulence and taken to the hospital morgue. While morgue attendent, Axel (Bruce Mahler) and nurse Morgan (Lisa Freeman) are making-out, Jason awakes and ultimatly kills both. Six young adults (Lawrence Monoson, Crispin Glover, Barbara Howard, Jodie Aronson, Alan Hayes, Peter Barton) rent a abin across from the Jarvis family. The mother (Joan Freeman) keeps an eye on her young son, Tommy (Corey Feldman) who likes to be voyeuristic looking out his own bedroom window at the new cabineers, Samantha (Jodie Aronson) and Paul (Alan Hayes) making-out. The next day, twin sisters, Tina (Camilla More) and Terri (Carey More) show the new cabineers the way to Crystal Point where they all engage in some good clean fun of skinny-dipping. Meanwhile, Trish jarvis (Kimberely Beck) and her brother Tommy pick up a traveler, Rob Dier (Erich Anderson) whoose sister "Sandy Dier" was killed by Jason in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981). The party is getting started and jason plans on crashing that party in his own "slasher" way. Body Count: 13 Running Time: 91 minutes. Bruce Mahler was a cast member in the "FRIDAYS" variety tv series (1980-82). Cory Feldman, you remember from Gremlins (1984), The Goonies (1985). Camilla More appeared on "Days Of Our Lives" in 1986-1988, General Hospital in 1991-92. Her twin sister, Carey More, appeared on "Days of Our Lives" in 1987. Lawerence Monoson was in The Last American Virgin (1982), And The Band Played On (1993-tv). Crispin Glover was in Back To The Future (1985). Lisa Freeman was in Back To The Future (1985), Back To The Future Part 2 (1989). Alan Hayes was in "Bold and the Beautiful" in 1988-89. Peter Barton was in "The Powers of Matthew Starr" tv series (1982), "Young and the Restless in 1987-93, " The Bold and the Beautiful" in 1993, "Sunset Beach" in 1997-98. Kimberly Beck was in the original "Fantasy Island" tv series in 1978-79, Independence Day (1996).
The story continues in the next film: FRIDAY THE 13th: A NEW BEGINNING (1985).
A new "Friday The 13th" movie was released in 2009.
Update: The 13th movie, Friday the 13th Part 2, will be released in 2013."
An Entertaining Horror Film, Disapointing DVD
Jeremy | OH | 01/01/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The Friday the 13th films have always interested me. The movies themselves are scary but yet are devoid of a real plot,hammered by an extremely low budget,and have really no character development at all. But for some reason, people don't seem to mind this. The movies are entertaining enough,and having a very low budget only seems to make the movies feel more creepy. In Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter (yeah right!) there really isn't much more to add if you've seen the first 3 films. You know Jason is going to rise from the grave and kill some teenagers (or rather people in their mid 20's playing teenagers),and you know there is going to be a lot of gory, grisly deaths.Makeup master Tom Savini returned for the last time in the series to create the films extermely disturbing death scenes. Young Corey Feldman appears as Tommy Jarvis, a 12 year old obsessed with video games and creating his own monster masks and makeup. When a group of teenagers rent the house next door to the Jarvis family, Jason returns to Crystal Lake to kill everyone. That's pretty much it plot wise, you see dumb teenagers going outside in the middle of the night by themselves to take a little midnight swim (take a guess at what happens to them..) This movie is a horror movie and follows the formula of dumb characters doing dumb things, but that's all part of the fun with these type of films, guessing how and who's going to die next. The DVD itself is extremely disapointing with the bonus material being nothing more than a lame theatrical trailer. Even the transfer is a total let down. Has it improved from the VHS version of the movie? Sure, but not much. The image quality is in terms pathetic on how the movie could look compared to other films that have been digitally remastered. The sound is even worse. A flat mono track is the only availabe sound option. Thanks a lot Paramount. It amazes me how Paramount can produce a profitable franchise that was so sucsessful it has 8 (soon to be nine sequels) and not give it any special attention at all. Obviously if there are that many sequels made there is a huge number of loyal fans to these films who are given absoulutly nothing in return. Without the fans, this series would have ran out of steam a long time ago. Maybe someday the loyal fans of this series will get what they deserve. My applause goes to New Line Cinema who now holds the right to the franchise. Maybe someday they can buy the rights from Paramount and produce a collection similar to the outstanding Nightmare on Elm Street DVD collection. One can only hope. To sum up this very long review, the movie itself is worth watching, but spending over $20 on this bare bones DVD? Do yourself a favor and buy the VHS version for $9.99. This DVD would be better used as a coaster. Thanks for nothing Paramount!"