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THE BEST FRIDAY THE 13TH MOVIE.
on 17 October 2008
REVIEWED VERSION: 2009 Paramount Pictures UK DVD (reissue)
Director: Joseph Zito
Cast: Kimberly Beck, Corey Feldman, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, Erich Anderson, Crispin Glover
Picking up right after the events of FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 3, Jason Voorhees, presumed dead, is brought to the morgue, where he is miraculously revived and butchers his way back to Crystal Lake.
At Crystal Lake he finds several willing victims, including a boy, his older sister and mother...
THE PROS & CONS
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER is (in my opinion) the best film of the entire series (yes, better than the original!). Sure, it has it's fair share of dumb teenagers, horrible acting, incredibly stupid dialogue and you're basically watching the same movie as the previous 3 installments, but what THE FINAL CHAPTER's got right are the gory kills, the most important thing about a slasher movie. The makeup effects are incredible, created by Tom Savini, who also did the effects in another Joseph Zito film, THE BURNING.
While quite a lot of gore still remains (which can't be said for parts 5-7), the movie was literally butchered by the MPAA, as several scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, probably never to be seen again, as the unrated version has not been released up to this day. Make no mistake, the kills in this part are the bloddiest of the entire series. It was cut even more by the BBFC, especially the notorious machete to the head scene, until the uncut theatrical version was finally passed in 2001.
The acting ranges from bad to ok, given the fact that this kind of movie really doesn't give many opportunities for notable acting. Corey Feldman, a famous child actor in the 80s gives an ok performance as Tommy Jarvis, a character that would make reappearances in FRIDAY THE 13TH parts 5 and 6, as Paramount tried to create a nemesis for Jason, as Dr. Loomis in the HALLOWEEN movies, but unlike Dr. Loomis, the Tommy Jarvis character is nowhere near as interesting of a character and fortunately the idea was scrapped after part 6.
FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER is not a great movie, but a good slasher flick with gory kills - even by today's standards.
Feature running time: 87:35 mins. (MPAA cuts)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 1.0, French 1.0, German 1.0, Italian 1.0, Spanish 1.0
Subtitles: English, English HoH, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic, Turkish
Extras: Theatrical Trailer (1:42)
Region: 2 / PAL
Picture quality: C
Audio quality: C