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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

After being mortally wounded and taken to the morgue, murderer Jason Voorhees spontaneously revives and embarks on a killing spree as he makes his way back to his home at Camp Crystal Lake.

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Joseph Zito

Writers:

Victor Miller (character creator), Ron Kurz (character creator) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Judie Aronson ... Samantha
Peter Barton ... Doug
Erich Anderson ... Rob (as E. Erich Anderson)
Kimberly Beck ... Trish
Tom Everett ... Flashlight Man
Crispin Glover ... Jimmy Mortimer
Corey Feldman ... Tommy
Joan Freeman ... Mrs. Jarvis
Lisa Freeman ... Nurse Morgan
Thad Geer Thad Geer ... Running Man
Wayne Grace ... Officer Jamison
Clyde Hayes Clyde Hayes ... Paul (as Alan Hayes)
Bonnie Hellman ... Hitchhiker
Frankie Hill Frankie Hill ... Lainie
Barbara Howard Barbara Howard ... Sara
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Storyline

Thought to be killed by the sole survivor of the last massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees kills his way back to the camp to once again murder its inhabitants. This time, has Jason met his match in the little boy Tommy Jarvis? Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Jason's Back, and this is the one you've been screaming for. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 April 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friday the 13th Part 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,183,148, 15 April 1984

Gross USA:

$32,980,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Movielab)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount was originally going to release the film in October, 1984. After filming wrapped in January, Paramount studio head, Frank Mancuso Sr., screened footage of the film to much enthusiasm. After a window opened up, the release date was changed to April, upon confirmation from Joseph Zito that he could complete the film faster than planned. This led to Zito, producer Frank Mancuso Jr. and a crew of editors essentially remaining locked in a house in Malibu, editing around the clock in order to finish the film on time. This marked one of the only times that Paramount actively helped in the production of a Friday the 13th film, as they were generally produced independently, with the studio only handling marketing and distribution. See more »

Goofs

Tommy's machete blow and him falling on it, cause the machete to slice halfway through Jason's head. But when Tommy picks up the machete, the back of Jason's head in completely intact. See more »

Quotes

Vincent: Is this your last?
Axel: Got one more over there. A real cute girl.
Vincent: Was.
Axel: [looks at the body] She still is. All you gotta do is go over there and take off...
Vincent: Nice talk, real nice talk. I get the top copy.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, Jason's hockey mask appears and moves towards the screen. Letters proclaiming 'Friday the 13th' appear on it. Letters proclaiming 'The Final Chapter' swing down, crash into the mask, causing it to explode, and reveal the rest of the title. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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To Each His Own
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
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User Reviews

 
Last Remaining Good in the Series
25 December 2008 | by slideonSee all my reviews

The first four Friday the 13th movies are the best, by far. The next 7 films were half-baked money makers. And if you ask me, Paramount should have left it at this film.

Part 4 combines action, horror, thriller, suspense, and even mystery. And the opening sequence is a combined amount of clips from the previous 3 films. The opening sequence explains the series quickly, so Part 4 is a great Friday the 13th film to start with.

The film will have less appeal to fans of the similar series, Halloween. The Final Chpater may combine elements from the previous 3 films, but seems to steal ideas and share ideas with Halloween. Friday the 13th was inspired by Halloween, but at times it seems as too much.

Overall, the film is the last Friday the 13th film you should watch.


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