Plot: What’s it about?
It seems like the old phrase “you can’t keep a good man down” is true, as Jason Vorhees is back once again. Of course, no one knows that as everyone thinks Jason was killed by the last of the Crystal Lake survivors. But that wasn’t the case and once again, Jason dons his hockey mask and heads out to find some kids & spill some blood. It is a long trek from the morgue all the way back to the camp, but Jason is one tough cookie and he is dead set on making his return. As usual, most people prove to be no problem for Jason and his murderous tactics, but this time there is one potential blind spot for him. Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman) stands right in his path and while most people are pushovers, Tommy is prepared for this battle. He is an expert on horror movies and can even make some wicked masks, so Jason will have his hands full with this kid. Can this most unlikely opponent end up being the one who finally defeats Jason once and for all?
As if we will ever really see the final chapter in this series, but in any case that happens to be the secondary title of this installment. We all know this fourth entry certainly isn’t the final episode, but who knows, maybe at the time of release some folks believed it would be. When it comes to the endless string of sequels in this series, some hate them more than others, but few stick it out past the first couple films. I think some horror movies are terrible, but because of the characters (in this case Jason) and tradition, I end up liking them. This movie falls into that category and while it does have more bad than good aspects, I can’t help but love this one. In fact, I will end up owning each of the titles in this series, much like I do for Halloween and A Nightmare On Elm Street. You have to be a fan of this series to like this sequel, but I think it is a lot of fun and who can pass up more of Jason’s antics? This isn’t a horror classic by any means, but the blood, sex, and graphic violence make this a must see for fans of this series (and all the horror serials like this one).
On a horror movie sequel scale, Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter sports an impressive cast of actors, which perhaps make it a little better than most others. I am not saying this one has high level acting in the least, but in terms of what you might expect, this one has some above average talent involved. In perhaps his finest work (outside of The Lost Boys of course), Corey Feldman runs amok in this movie and delivers an effective performance. I know he doesn’t get much respect, but I think we all should give him a nod for his turn as the memorable Tommy Jarvis. If you need more Feldman movies then check out The Lost Boys (of course), Stand By Me, The Goonies, The ‘burbs, and License To Drive. Some other noteworthy cast members include Tom Everett (Thick As Thieves), Erich Anderson (Missing In Action), Kimberly Beck (Roller Boogie, Killing Zoe), Peter Barton (Hell Night), and the great Crispin Glover (Back To The Future, Chasers). Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter was directed by Joseph Zito, who also helmed such films as Missing In Action, Invasion U.S.A., The Abduction, and Red Scorpion.
Video: How does it look?
Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter is presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. This transfer shows some softness at times, which causes the darker portions of the movie to seem less detailed. This is a problem since a lot of movie falls within that description, but in the end this is still an above average transfer. Yes, black levels appear a little too soft, but detail isn’t overexposed and the whole atmosphere is still intact. The colors look bright and much richer than I expected, which was a welcome surprise. A few instances of compression hiccups are present, as is some debris on the print, but this is still a solid transfer in my opinion.
Audio: How does it sound?
Paramount often remixes older tracks into new Dolby Digital 5.1 versions, but in this case. I am unsure why that is, but the included mono track is good enough as far as mono tracks are concerned. The audio elements seem in order and though this is unmemorable, I was never let down in terms of clarity with this option. The music sounds nice and shows no age related problems, while sound effects are clean and distinct also. I found no errors with the dialogue either, vocals were crisp and at a proper volume at all times. This disc also contains a French mono track and English subtitles.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer.