Friday's Curse: Season 3, Episode 4

Crippled Inside (9 Oct. 1989)
"Friday the 13th" Crippled Inside (original title)

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A vengeful quadriplegic discovers that she can regain control of her body with the help of a magic wheelchair.

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Louise Robey ...
Micki Foster (as Robey)
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Johnny Ventura (as Steven Monarque)
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Rachel Horn
Greg Spottiswood ...
Marcus
Diana Leblanc ...
Judith Horn
Richard Chevolleau ...
Scott (as Richard)
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Peter
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Ed
John Gilbert ...
Old Man
Joyce Gordon ...
Phyllis
Sharon Bernbaum ...
Girl 1
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Boy 1 (as Joseph Scorsiani)
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Girl 2
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A vengeful quadriplegic discovers that she can regain control of her body with the help of a magic wheelchair.

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"The chair will start to heal you now..."
11 August 2014 | by (ukwitchcountry) – See all my reviews

Such a strong story in this one. Pretty much all of the performances are great, the antique and the moral dilemma it raises is very interesting, it feels like it could've made for a superb classic 80's horror movie! It's easily one of my favourites of the series. Stephanie Morgenstern is terrific in her role as Rachel Horn, a girl who is paralysed from the neck down after being struck by a car while fleeing from a gang of would-be teenage rapists, and is left broken in more ways than one, until a mysterious and seemingly benevolent stranger offers her the means to avenge herself and take the law into her own hands... I find the early scenes very saddening that show the state of Rachel's life as she spends her days silently staring out of windows as her loving mother tries to keep her spirits up. She's very good as you get a little emotionally invested in her character in a limited amount of time, and you see her slow corruption as she embarks on her revenge and takes more glee in her attacker's deaths with each killing, and as is usually the case whenever the cursed antiques are involved it ends in disaster for all but the Devil! I have more sympathy with her than for the punks that she kills - or rather scares with a ghost-like astral projection double of herself until they freak out and kill themselves in fatal accidents. Excellent squishy makeup effects used with the first victim, who manages to liquidate himself with the various acids found in a laboratory. And she truly goes past the point of no return when she single-handedly murders the one boy who tried to defend her and although he may have been a coward for not doing the right thing and turning himself and the rest of them in when the attack happened, he definitely wasn't one who deserved to die. Steve Monarque was also great in this episode that I think was partly supposed to get the audience to perhaps warm a little to his still fairly new character. He mostly carries the plot by himself without any backup from the other characters. I love the scene where he slams the worst of the boys against a wall and snarls: "How bad do you really want it, pretty boy?" It's a strong moment, and there's no way I could see John De Lamay pulling off the same scene and having you take the character completely serious. But the best performance and my favourite thing about this story would have to be the enigmatic and subtly sinister old man excellently played by John Gilbert who brings real awe and pathos and he plays the perfect eerie stranger with a Faustian bargain and answer to the lost girl's prayers. He was a bit of a tricky character to figure out because he didn't come off as an outright evil villain, but just a humble sort of twisted old man who really seemed to care for Rachel's plight and have her best interests at heart, and he appears genuinely regretful when she ends up dead at the end. Something that bugged me a little was that it got kind of confusing as midway through the episode it's glaringly obvious that the man was some kind of ghost and keeper of the cursed wicker wheelchair who passes it from person to person - but for a lot of the scenes he's there as if he's a regular person and at one point a woman calls him her father? Pff, Whatever! His gentle non-threatening demeanour was so compelling, and he made an interesting point about the benefits of the wheelchair and made it sound so clear-cut and easy. He even manages to manipulate Johnny into giving the chair back to her at one point. And that's something that I really like about this episode and others that are similar to it, that it makes you question, is it really so bad for someone to get revenge against someone who ruined their life? Well I'd say yes and no because she deserved to have her revenge, but she also loses her soul and innocence in the process. And I absolutely love the final scene where the old man reveals his malevolent nature when he laughs and taunts Johnny as he futilely tries to destroy the chair with an axe and reminds him that even if he locks it away and by extension all the antiques, it doesn't really matter in the long run as they're cursed and will long outlive him and will probably one day be released to spread evil and pain once more. I find the closing image of Johnny repeatedly hacking at the chair which merely bounces back to be a pretty powerful visual metaphor for the series as a whole. An exercise in futility... Fare thee well my fellow connoisseurs of the macabre, I'll see you in your nightmares!!!


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