Lively, entertaining reviews of, and essays on, old and newer films and everything relating to them, written by professional author William Schoell.

Thursday, October 15, 2015


FRIDAY THE 13TH: THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984). Director: Joseph Zito.

In the third sequel to Friday the 13th, Jason Voorhees, apparently killed off at the end of Friday the 13th Part 3, comes back to life in the morgue and begins killing everyone in sight. Potential victims include a group of young people with hang-ups who take a cabin for the weekend, as well as the family who lives next door, including Trish (Kimberly Beck), her brother Tommy, (Corey Feldman), and their mother. Two of the victims are quickly dispatched after very happily losing their virginity, but whether this is supposed to be significant, or an attempt at pathos, is debatable. Other victims include soap star Peter Barton and slightly bizarre Crispin Glover. Beck is effective as the heroine, as is Barbara Howard as the shy and lovely -- and of course, doomed -- Sara, and Alan/Clyde Hayes as a man who is tracking down Jason; the other actors are all professional and the film is well-produced. Like most of the Friday movies, this one has a fair share of scary and suspenseful moments, although it is by no means a classic. The Final Chapter was followed by A New Beginning. Glover later starred in the memorable remake of Willard, and several of the other actors had solid careers after their appearance in this.

Verdict: Acceptable mad slasher fare has its moments. **1/2.

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