Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
Tommy Jarvis goes to the graveyard to get rid of Jason Voorhees' body once and for all, but inadvertently brings him back to life instead. The newly revived killer once again seeks revenge, and Tommy may be the only one who can defeat him.
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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Scenes in director's cut that do not appear in the R-rated version:
The sex scene is longer and more graphic.
Much more gory violence; nearly all characters cough up blood as they are being killed, the shot of the tent pole being rammed through the girl, the shot of the chubby guy's hand being broken off, the shot of Robert(Jason) crushing the girl's head and blood spurting out (she then says "go to hell"), Coroner(Jason swings the scalpel more times at the girl outside the tent.
The shot of the creature crawling up Diana's dress was also omitted from the R-rated version.
After Jason leaves Josh's body, his jaw can be seen on the floor as it melts. This was cut for the "R" rated version. The "R" version also omits most of the heart-eating scene near the beginning.
"Waaah this sucks!" Oh, sorry, I didn't realise you were a JASON fan...
There are fans of Friday The 13th (the original, I mean), and fans of the hockey-masked serial killer. When it comes to comments about the FT13 series, there seem to only be these two groups, with literally nothing in between. Never mind for a second that the original concept was a poor man's "whodunnit" thriller that borrows with abandon from superior titles such as Halloween.
Ultimately, I think it is Jason fans who make me the most ashamed of the love for slasher and horror films that I had when I was a lad. The one thing that was truly embarassing about all of the good horror films is that they inevitably had an endless array of bad sequels written by basically illiterate screenwriters, and directed by the 1980s or 1990s answer to Ed Wood. Each sequel was a further catalogue of missed opportunities, poorly devised stories, and bone-headed attempts to cover these things with humour, celebrity cameos, or both. Friday The 13th films in particular are noted for this problem.
Indeed, the attempt to start a "spirit of Jason invades several bodies" story was a valiant, if poorly executed, attempt to steer the franchise away from being what one TV critic calls "the ultimate in recycling". It came about six episodes too late, but as the saying goes, better late than never. Quite frankly, I know I'm not the only one who was bored with Jason getting resurrected for the umpteenth time and hacking up a half-dozen teens with personalities to match their IQs, that in turn match their hat sizes.
This is not to say I consider Jason Goes To Hell a good film. In fact, I think it is one of the most underwhelming films I've ever seen. It does not even get away with being merely a bad film - it is a WORTHLESS film. If you don't understand the difference, then you should acquaint yourself with Ed Wood and the Plan 9 Companion.
Where it all falls down, of course, is that Sean S. Cunningham obviously doesn't know how to execute a story that is anything other than by the numbers. If nobody was clued in on this fact after viewing the original FT13, then they sure as hell must be aware of it now. After Halloween and A Nightmare On Elm Street had previously exhausted the "mysterious, previously unknown relative" plotline, Sean obviously thought it would be an idea to kick it a few more times, just to make sure it is dead. Like Rachel Talalay, however, he also has no idea how to make the most out of tangents that could arise from his main plot idea. Indeed, Jason Goes To Hell, along with every other FT13 episode, just about, commits what is probably the biggest sin of visual entertainment: telling us in place of showing us. "I'm a mercenary who wants to kill Jason because he murdered my mother/girlfriend/daughter/babysitter". Okay, SHOW US, don't just tell us!
The special effects and particularly the finale prove that the concept of the film aims too high for the cast, crew, and everyone else even mildly involved with the production, to achieve. Simple slashers are very easy to make, but stories about spirits possessing bodies and using them to kill others is probably one of the hardest concepts to make an audience swallow. Just check out every Nightmare On Elm Street film bar the first, and you'll see how even slightly incompetent writing and direction can easily sink this idea. Films like The Evil Dead or The Hidden only get away with similar concepts because they develop a back story for the idea and proceed to immerse the viewer in it so fully that the brain just surrenders for the ride. The makers of Jason Goes To Hell could have done well to study those two films and write out a list of exactly what made them work.
So yes, Sean S. Cunningham is a worse filmmaker than Ed Wood, simply because he transcends the level of bad and goes straight into worthless. I couldn't even recommend this film as being so bad it is good, it is just an exercise in how one can miss so many opportunities and make a film without a modicum of imagination, or the nous to put the product of that imagination onto the screen in a manner that the audience can believe. Sean has let the entire "yes, we can watch films without a sale character to be mindless fanboys to" side down big-time here.
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