Friday the 13th:The Final Chapter is one of the movies in the series that I’ve seen the most. This is also the end of one story arc and the beginning of another. This is the beginning of the Jarvis arc that focuses on Tommy Jarvis and his dealing with the trauma that his confrontation with Jason. Its also the end of the arc that all takes place in the same week that includes the two previous movies. It was supposed to be the last in the series, as you might be able to tell by the subtitle but it proved to be too popular for it to be left alone. This is one of the more popular entries in the series, from what I can tell.
The Final Chapter was directed by Joseph Zito. It was written by Barney Cohen with story by Bruce Hidemi Sakow. There’s recap of the previous movies with some of the stars of those movies. The Final Chapter stars Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman, E. Erich Anderson, Crispin Glover, Alan Hayes, Barbara Howard, Lawrence Monoson, Joan Freeman, Judie Aronson, and Camilla and Carey More. Ted White is Jason in this movie. He moves with a purpose that wasn’t there in the previous movies and actors. Jason is more of a force of nature which is signified by the storm that starts as he starts menacing the teens. Corey Feldman and Kimberly Beck as the Jarvis siblings are great and pretty entertaining together. Beck gets more solo screentime, but they’re both great.
The Final Chapter picks up right after the end of the previous movie. The emergency services people are cleaning up the carnage of Jason’s rampage. Jason is taken to the hospital’s morgue and he starts his next killing spree with a morgue worker and a nurse at the hospital. He makes his way back to his home area around the lake. A group of kids move into the house beside the Jarvis family. The Jarvis siblings run into Rob Dier and makes friends with him. Rob is looking for the man that killed his sister, who was Sandra in part 2. Jason kills everyone in the two houses except Tommy and Trish. Rob has possibly the most iconic death, which is iconic for probably the worst reasons. Tommy makes himself look like a young Jason and uses that to disarm him. This leads to Jason being killed.
Tom Savini is back with his special effects mastery. The makeup is just absolutely outstanding and you can tell how much mastery Savini had at the time. The effects that happen when Jason is attacked is pretty gnarly. The machete in the hand looks great on Blu-ray. The kill that happens to Jason with the machete in the head also looks amazing on blu-ray. The music is still amazing, Harry Manfredini just continues to knock it out of the park.
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is really good. It starts a whole new chapter in the series. It’s available to stream on Starz or you can rent/buy it on your digital storefront of preference.