FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984)
Article 4985 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Joseph Zito
Featuring Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton
What it is: Story problem illustrating subtraction
Teens…Crystal Lake… Jason… fewer teens… still fewer teens…
From the user comments on IMDB, I gather that fans of the series consider this one one of the better sequels. Maybe it is; not being a fan of the series, I don’t find a real appreciable difference to set this one apart from the others. The killings come pretty much at the points I suspect they will, and the methods of dispatch aren’t noticeably more clever than the ones before. In fact, I’d have to say the only surprises here are the surprises that you’d expect, which is to say they really aren’t surprises. There’s a couple of names in the cast who have become familiar enough (Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman), and I suppose that adds a hair of novelty. I will give the movie credit on one point, though; Jason’s fate here is one of the more memorable moments of the series. Still, the movie pretty much follows the formula I’ve come to expect. Oh, and the title is a lie, but everyone already knows that.