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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>

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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

Director Joseph Zito wanted Jason's hockey mask to explode apart in the opening credits, but there was not enough time in post-production to pull off this gag. See more »

Goofs

The Jarvis' car stalls. Ron fixes it and says it was the starter. The car was already running and stalled out, which means that the issue could not have been the starter. See more »

Quotes

Rob: Help! He's killing me! He's killing me!
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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 »

Alternate Versions

To obtain an 18 (the highest certificate given to a non-sex film in the UK) the BBFC originally cut 20 seconds of extreme gore from the film with edits to Jason's gory death, an aerial shot of the unconscious Trish on the lawn and the killing of Rob with a garden harrow. In April 2001 the BBFC passed the complete version with all previous cuts waived, so British audiences can now see the infamous machete face slide at the climax of the movie. See more »

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The best in the series.
27 June 2015 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

I've seen every Friday the 13th movie more than once. I'm a horror completist, what can I say, and Friday the 13th happens to be one of the more campy and fun horror franchises out there. The first three were fine - all had great ideas, great kills, and great atmosphere. Unfortunately, there was at least one thing off in each of those movies. The original's climactic ending hasn't aged well and some shots linger for way too long, and some parts of Part III felt clunky and poorly paced. Part IV isn't perfect either, but it's a step above its predecessors for a number of reasons.

1. The acting - No one watches horror for the acting, I understand that, but when a horror movie has a likable cast and characters you can relate to and root for, it makes the experience all the more enjoyable. Crispin Glover is great as a nerdy, horny white boy and his dancing skills are unmatched. The lead girl and the rest of the supporting cast are all convincing as well, and the boy Tommy Jarvis actually isn't annoying for a child actor. In fact, he's pretty darn good.

2. The nudity - No one watches horror for the- okay, some people watch horror for the nudity, and boy is there nudity in this one. For the "final" chapter the crew went all out, throwing two gorgeous sisters and numerous blondes into the mix and having all of them show their tits and ass. Yeah, both, and although its gratuitous and adds nothing to the plot, it's a nice break from the bloodbaths and I'd take a little eye candy over forced dialogue in a horror movie any day of the week.

3. The pacing - The movie begins with Jason's "dead" body being sent to the morgue, and it isn't long before the body count ensues. The hospital scene is excellent for a few reasons. One, it has two characters that have less than five minutes of screen time but more personality than anyone from the first two F13s, and two, their deaths are awesome. It's a briskly paced movie and surprisingly keeps a large amount of its cast alive for a majority of the film, yet there are enough disposable characters to keep the body count going. It's a great balance.

Everything else comes down to good writing and good directing. I like the addition of a family, I like the group of teenage Jason fodder this time around, and there really aren't many dull moments. The inclusion of a seasoned backpacker was a nice touch, and Jason finally getting the sh*t kicked out of him was no doubt satisfying. Although the whole Tommy arc didn't work out in the next installment, he was a nice addition in this one and actually contributed a lot to the story.

Not only is this the best Friday the 13th film, but it's a damn good slasher in its own right. The characters are likable, the third act is plenty suspenseful, it's an entertaining ride from beginning to end. If you like '80s slashers and want to see some good looking people get terrorized by Jason Voorhees then there's no reason not to check this one out. And check out the others too because, why not?


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