Jason's Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (2009)
**** (out of 4)
Say what you want about Paramount's handling of the DVDs for the Friday THE 13TH series but there's no question that this featurette is a true blessing. The only downside is that it doesn't last too long but what we do get is incredibly fun for a fan of the film. Joseph Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen, Tom Savini, Ted White (Jason), Kimberly Beck, Bonnie Hellman (banana girl) and Erich Anderson (Rob) are all interviewed and give their thoughts about the making of the film. Zito and Cohen start off talking about where they wanted to take the series and it's clear that both of them were certain that this was supposed to be the last. Savini talks about being invited back to finish off what he started and the cast members talk about their expectations. Some of the best stories comes from Cohen as he talks about a few ideas that didn't make it into the final film including the death of the mother. There's also talk about alternate endings that were thought of including Cohen wanting a scene where Jason would touch Beck's breasts but this was turned down by the director. There's also talk where Cohen mentions when he knew that the studio planned on making more movies. No matter what your feelings are towards the studio you have to at least give them credit because there's no question that this is an excellent featurette. Sure, it would have been nice had it been longer and I'm not certain why a few people only get one line in the documentary but we get all sorts of outtakes and deleted scenes, which were great to finally see.
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