He was sent to Hell, but not even Hell can hold Jason forever. With the help of a few mischievous teenagers, and a book from the Voorhees estate. Jason is brought back from his fifteen year... See full summary »
David B. Stewart III
David B. Stewart III
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Kelly Jo Minter
The secret of Jason's evil is revealed. It is up to the last remaining descendant of the Voorhees family to stop Jason before he becomes immortal and unstoppable. This is the final (?) battle to end Jason's reign of terror forever. Written by
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I'm not a gorehound and only occasionally watch slasher flicks, but I'm a huge fan of the "Friday the 13th" franchise, which started in 1980 with the mega-success of the first film. My appreciation has nothing to do with nostalgia since I didn't become a fan until I was well into adulthood when I saw 1985's "Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning" on TV one night in the early 2000s. I think I like these movies because they typically involve young adults in a fun camp-type environment in the woods, which naturally stirs fond youthful memories (not that I'm that old); the presence of an unstoppable killer who increasingly becomes an infernal monster just adds an air of danger and suspense to the dramedy and adventure. Add scores of gorgeous females and various filming locations around North America and you have a fabulously entertaining franchise that has yet to end. It's the camp-like settings of most of the series and the unstoppable malevolent force that is Voorhees -- Jason, his mother, or anyone under his diabolic spell -- that especially sets "Friday the 13th" apart from similar franchises.
The first two films are serious in tone with the expected antics of youths on vacation in the woods, but the franchise introduced a campy element with Part III, which pretty much plagues the rest of the series with the exception of maybe IV, VII (maybe VIII) and the reboot in 2009. Not that I'm complaining much, as these films are only quasi-believable anyway.
Released in 1993, "Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday" is arguably the oddest entry in the series, which isn't much of a surprise since three of the last four installments were departures from the typical Friday formula -- Part V, VII (which features a Carrie-like character) and especially VIII (which switches the setting from Crystal Lake to a cruise ship and the big city).
The prologue shows Jason back at Crystal Lake. How'd he get back there after the events in Part VIII? The ending of that movie didn't show Jason completely destroyed, so we must assume that he made it out of the sewers of Manhattan and simply gravitated back to his familiar stomping grounds. Anyway, the opening is excellent and highlighted by one of the most stunning females in the entire series, Julie Michaels as Agent Marcus (which is saying a lot in light of the series having the best line of women of ANY movie franchise, except for Part VII, which was sub-par in this department).
Jason winds up in the morgue in Youngstown, Ohio, and the film takes an interesting twist reminiscent of the 80's cult film "The Hidden." Other bizarre additions to the Jason Voohees mythos include a magic sword, a strange "Jason-Finder General" character and the revelation of the only way the monster can be killed and resurrected. I don't mind the change of pace as the series was hackneyed after 8 films in 10 years from 1980-89 (albeit still entertaining). Besides, there are enough typical Friday-isms to please fans of the series, for instance the entire camp sequence and the prologue.
Some object on the grounds that Jason is supposedly a misunderstood manchild and this movie changes that. The only films fitting that model are Parts II, XI and the 2009 remake. Parts I, V, VI, VII, and VIII were more in line with the idea of Jason as a force of darkness & evil -- the curse on Crystal Lake or whatever. And Parts III and IV had him killing a pregnant girl, psychologically torturing the heroine, and attempting to kill a boy after slaying his mother, so he wasn't exactly Lenny from "Of Mice and Men" as these critics maintain. Face it, although Jason may have been an innocent deformed child at one time, the seed of evil (possibly a demonic spirit) entered into his heart at some point and he increasingly became a hideous infernal monster and you have to give this entry credit for trying to fill in the bones with corpse flesh, whether you accept these revelations or not.
Unfortunately the final act goes so over-the-top with the action and horror shenanigans that the movie becomes cartoonish and laughable. Take, for instance, the fight between the deputy and Steven (or whatever his name is). As such, "Jason Goes to Hell" is one of my least favorite in the series, along with Parts III and VII. Nevertheless, it's still an entertaining and worthy installment in the series.
Besides the awe-inspiring Agent Marcus in the prologue, we get a couple of cute campers, Deborah and Alexis, with Deborah (Michelle Clunie) particularly shining. There's also Jessica, who turns out to be the main protagonist, her mom (the goddess Erin Gray from "Buck Rogers") and Vicki from the restaurant. Needless to say, great job on the babe front.
For those who care (I don't) this entry seriously ups the ante in the horrific gore factor.
As far as locations go, "JGTH" goes back to Southern Californ in the tradition of Parts III, IV and V.
Many people find these films scary and shocking and they do have some creepy aspects and jump scares, but with the exception of the 2009 reboot I don't find them particularly scary. They're sometimes creepy, sometimes suspenseful, sometimes exciting and always fun & entertaining, but not very scary. In fact, I usually bust out laughing at the inevitable death scenes.
BOTTOM LINE: "Jason Goes to Hell" gets props for its radical departure from the Friday formula, even while containing obvious Friday-isms -- the youths, the babes, Crystal Lake and so on. But the final act spins out of control with quasi-horror zaniness and becomes a joke. Still, any movie that features Agent Marcus and Deborah can't be all bad, lol.
The film runs 87 minutes.
GRADE: C+ or B-
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