Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - Joseph Zito


A graphic entry to the iconic horror franchise!

Director: Joseph Zito

Producer: Frank Mancuso Jr.

Writer: Barney Cohen

Starring: Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman, E. Erich Anderson, Crispin Glover, Alan Hayes, Barbara Howard and Lawrence Monoson.

Studio: Paramount Pictures

Release Date: April 13th, 1984

Country: United States

Budget: $2.6 million

Box Office: $32.0 million (US)


Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is an American slasher film directed by Joseph Zito and produced by Frank Mancuso Jr. It stars Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman, E. Erich Anderson, Crispin Glover, Alan Hayes, and Barbara Howard. And was released by Paramount Pictures on April 13th, 1984. This was intended to be the final sequel in the Friday the 13th series, but we all know how that went. For all intents and purposes, this was the final appearance of the “alive” version of Jason Voorhees. He is a zombie henceforth.

Following the events of Friday the 13th Part III, Jason Voorhees is presumed dead and his body is transported to a local hospital’s morgue. However, the masked slasher isn’t dead. He returns once again to go on another killing spree as he returns to his home at Camp Crystal Lake. On the way back, Jason encounters plenty of young, horny teenagers to kill and a family with a troublesome little kid named, Tommy Jarvis.

The Final Chapter ties the entire first four films together in a sort of operatic sort of way. The beginning gives a quick overview of the past four movies before we settle right into the ol’ hack and slash with Jason. The newest gang of teenagers provides quite a lot of entertainment. Crispin Glover is hilarious. He takes his character and really spins it. Jimmy is a weird, quirky teenager that stands out as the most entertaining of the teens. He has the best scenes, including his weird dance number. He also gets a grizzly death from this imposing Jason played by stuntman, Ted White.

Corey Feldman is the other stand out star of the picture. A child star since 1978, Feldman had already established himself on television before landing this role. He was great. I loved the small details about his character, but I had always wanted to see him do more with the character. The other actors were mostly just random good looking people for Jason to slay. That leads to the effects. Tom Savini was brought back in to kill off the franchise that he had helped create. He treats the audience to some really creative and brutal killings. Meat cleavers to the face. Harpoon Guns to the dick. Knives to the guts. All brought to you with gallons of spilled blood.

Friday the 13th could have ended with this movie. The story was over. Jason was finally dead. The weird little Feldman kid killed him. But the series would keep running for numerous flicks after this one. Rumors have been that the studios were tired of the series. However, they kept going after the Final Chapter gained a lot of money at the box office. Regardless of the critics. I liked this movie. It’s not my favorite, but it’s a great ending to the original incarnation of Jason Voorhees.