Friday the 13th: Final Chapter [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The Final Chapter is often considered the best in the series by many fans and I won't argue with that. This is a high quality slasher with dark atmosphere and suspense. It's the last time that Jason looked truly chilling and with Tom Savini back for the FX the deaths are cool. The ending in the rainstorm is very atmospheric and the whole chase and face off is exciting and superior. This part contains 2 of my fave Friday characters Jimbo and Ted, don't ask me why but I just find their banter amusing! (and who can forget Jimbo's dance moves). After this none of the sequels to come could be taken seriously as proper horror, but that's not to say that they are bad. Some that followed were very entertaining especially part 6 when Jason returns in zombie form.
The story picks up directly from the end of Part3 - surprise surprise, Jason *wasn't* actually dead and rises from his trolley in the morgue before quickly despatching a couple of hospital workers.
Jason then makes his way back to Crystal Lake where *yet_another* set of stupid teens have decided to sit around in their underwear and wait for their short lives to be ended in a spurt of crimson and the flash of an unnecessarily large blade.
The 'hero' of this instalment is a very young Corey Feldman (who plays Tommy Jarvis as horror-flick obsessed annoying brat very well) who finally manages to achieve what every other 'hero' failed at by killing off our favourite anti-hero with a particularly vicious final assault. I only hope that this version keeps the full extent of Jason's death throes uncut as without the full extent of the gore the Friday films just don't cut it (pun intended).
But even without the gore restored this remains the best of the original quartet and, of the total 9 '13th' films so far released (and with a tenth film on the way...)only Part 6 surpasses it.
The actual film is one of the best in the series (5 stars for the film itself) but wasn't actually the final chapter. Tom Savini (who also did the special effects in part 1) once again did some amazing affects - even though alot of them were cut to get a R rating. The print is rather washed out in places and could do with being cleaned up. At least the price is reasonable - but I would rather pay more and get a special edition packed with extras. With the new Friday The 13th film out soon this would have been an ideal time to remaster the entire Paramount series of Friday The 13th but no they just do parts 2 and 3. A wasted opportunity.
Part 4 of any franchise is probably not a great place to start. Although, you probably won’t need to know much back story to ‘get’ what’s going on. As with the previous three instalments... a group of over-sexed teens go into the woods, only to be slaughtered by a masked killer.
Yes, Part 4 introduces a ‘child’ into the mix, but that’s about as different as we get here.
In summary, if you’re new to the franchise, start with Part 1 and, if you like that, carry on. Part 4 is the same thing.
Although... it may be worth giving this film an extra star (taking it up to four) based on Crispen Glover’s dance moves – seriously... it has to be seen to be believed.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrible quality. Dvd kept jumping. Unwatchable due to this. Extremely disappointed. I personally wouldn't have given it a single rating star but it wouldn't allow me to give it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nice to see Tom Savini back on make-up duties in this above average follow up.The acting is also above average with the Great Corey Feldman playing Tommy. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
When the charmless homicidal murderer is the most charismatic character in the film, you known it's a fairly tough watch. Illogical and dumb. Almost, but not quite, un-watchable.Published 13 months ago by Green Tornado 75
This is the R1 deluxe edition of Friday the 13th
pt 4: The Final Chapter. The DVD picture
quality is nice enough and fills all the screen
on a modern TV. Read more