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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

After being stabbed in the head by Chris Higgins. Jason Vorhees is believed to be dead and is taken to a Hospital for an Autopsy. However, He is Alive and kills a Doctor and a Nurse and is loose once more. He Returns to Camp Crystal Lake where Young Boy Tommy Jarvis lives with his Mother and Older Sister. A Group of Teenagers move in to a House next door to the Jarvis House. Jason begins killing the Teenagers and kills Tommy's Mother. It's now up to Tommy and His Older Sister to kill Jason and end his murderous rampage once and for all.

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This is the one you'll be dying for... See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

The female hitchhiker was called "Fat Girl" in the original draft of the script. See more »

Goofs

(at around 36 mins) When Jimmy is dancing to rock music, Paul walks over, changes the record, and then places a vinyl record on top of a box. In the next close-up shot, the vinyl record he placed down has gone. See more »

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Ted: Let me put this into the ol' computer.
Jimmy: Ted, I'm serious about this.
Ted: Hey, the computer don't lie.
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Crazy Credits

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Alternate Versions

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The Point Where the Series Started Getting Watchable
23 April 2007 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

How many times do you have to stab Jason Voorhees before he dies? Apparently many times, because he returns yet again. This time a family (mother, son, daughter), a house full of teenagers, and a hunter (who happens to be the brother of a prior Jason victim) are the unfortunate ones to be in Jason's path. Is this, as the title suggests, the "final chapter"?

Many people give this film a low rating, and maybe they're looking at it differently than I do. To me, you can make only so many movies of a guy hacking up teenagers before the idea gets a little stale. Part four (this film) is when the crew realized you could break up the monotony with a little humor. So now in part four you have a fair amount of laughs, some improved gore (compared to the first few films) and the same old formula of killing kids.

You also have two key guest stars: Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover. You cannot play down the Feldman power here. Sure, he's young. But he really steals the show and watch his expressions when he finds some neighbors doing something naughty. Feldman's absence from this film would likely have lead to dullness and the premature death of the series.

Glover, meanwhile, is the humorous aspect. Well, okay, not just Glover -- the whole opening scene with Axel the Coroner is morbidly amusing (and really anticipates part nine's coroner). But Crispin Glover is fun to watch, and his "white boy dance" is pretty amusing.

The inclusion of character Rob Dier (brother of part two's Sandra Dier) is a good move, adding some continuity to the movie, further connecting it to the previous films. And for horror fanboys who like nudity (and you know you do), this is the episode that contains by far the most nudity in the series. For some people, that's all it takes to sell a picture.

So I understand if people rank this film lower because they think it's getting stale or if the humor makes them think the creators aren't taking the series seriously anymore. As for me, that's what makes this one of my favorite episodes in the series (probably in my top three out of eleven films). We have a crew that just wants to have fun, and if we go along for the ride we have a little fun ourselves. Seems fair.


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