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I'm surprised that this is the only Friday The 13th film i have reviewed. I guess I've just seen them all so many times and left it for others to review. I recently upgraded to this 2009 Deluxe Edition and it's a cracker. Of course the transfer is great but the extras on here really get the juices flowing. You have 2 commentaries. 1st with the director and 2nd a fan commentary with horror directors Adam Green and Joe Lynch. Also are featurettes and interviews,a lost alternative ending! and slashed scenes. There are some great extended and cut scenes that never saw the light of day until now that are a joy to watch for fans.

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.
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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

SYNOPSIS

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.

DVD DETAILS

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
Extras: F
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on 11 June 2017
Bought to complete the collection Not a classic by any means but still fun
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on 3 December 2017
Excellent
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on 8 May 2016
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 zero
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on 30 October 2016
Great quality, cheap price.
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on 22 September 2017
Jason Vorhees doesn't mess about
Some people say it's dated but I still watch it
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on 14 July 2015
Fantastic film would recommend this to anyone to buy
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on 23 June 2017
Brilliant SFX (Tom Savini!!) and very cool film.
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on 27 December 2016
ok
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