Starring: Kimberly Beck, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Ted White
What can I say about the fourth and “last” installment? Well its definitely, without a doubt, an essential Friday the 13th film. It has it all. Hot girls, gruesome deaths, a little bit of comedy, and a lot of suspense.
It starts with a great opening montage in case you missed the first 3. We find Jason’s corpse back at the Higgins Haven barn. That means the dream Chris had at the end of Part 3 didn’t happen.
We find ourselves at the Crystal Lake “Wessex County Hospital morgue”. The idiot in charge is Axl (hilariously played by actor Bruce Mahler who appeared in many Police Academy films). Of course he is very negligent and just wants to get laid with the night nurse. Come to think of it, I probably would too, but handling Jason Voorhees you better be careful.
The big highlight of this movie for me is the return of my favorite gore master Tom Savini. Our first kill with Axl is the perfect example.
After Jason escapes the hospital, we are back to the usual formula. First we see a family that happens to live deep in the woods of Crystal Lake. There’s a mom, a sister Trish, and the younger brother Tommy. This is the first sequel in which we are introduced to the character Tommy Jarvis, a recurring character played in this one by a 12 year-old Corey Feldman. I was about the same age at the time so this would mark the first time I watched a Friday movie that I could actually relate to one of the characters.
A group of teenagers move next door next to the family. Crispin Glover plays one of the guys in the group of teens, and if you don’t know who that is… he is known for playing Michael J. Fox’s dad, George McFly, in Back to the Future. Before Corey and Crispin went on to better things, they were in this great Friday the 13th movie.
Crispin plays Jimbo, a guy who is seriously desperate to get laid. His friend Ted keeps making fun of him and calling him a dead fuck. There’s a funny scene where Jimbo does a ridiculous dance to the band Lion.
Unlike Part 3, we see a lot more nudity. No complaints here. There’s a funny scene in which young Tommy sees a hot girl stripping nude in front of the window. This also the one with the twin girls (who I personally thought were the hottest chicks I’ve seen in the series besides Megan in Part 6). Tommy sees them skinny dipping and the look on his face is priceless.
As usual there are more awesome and intense kills that ensue. Some of my favorite kills include poor Jimbo’s death. “Ted, where’s that corkscrew?” Also, the cheater Paulie getting it in the balls was really brutal. I didn’t expect it at first and was like damn!
I have to admit Ted White
, who didn’t want recognition for the part, played the perfect Jason. Many could disagree with me on that, but I really dug Joseph Zito
‘s F13 direction style as well. He didn’t pull any punches. My only real complaints were the music Paulie the cheater puts on ( aye… too old even for me). Also, the long buildup to the offscreen kill of the Mom. Maybe that was done intentionally for the suspense, who knows.
Speaking of intentionally doing things… the title. That is my only other complaint, albeit a minor one. Usually I don’t like the scenes where Jason chases the last person around, but in this one I don’t mind as much. Jason’s death at the end IS brutal. It’s worth to see how it all goes down.
I hate when I tell people Part 4 is one of my favorites, and they go which one is that? The Final Chapter title always throws people off. A year later the title meant nothing, but they kept it anyway.
Overall, awesome sequel. Definitely a good time, and one of my top favorite Jasons.
Axl likes softcore aerobic porn. I notice movies around this time in the 80s have a lot of aerobic exercise videos.
We briefly get a glimpse at Pamela Voorhees’ grave. It says she died in 1979.
“I got my reputation in 6th grade.” Whooaa dude. I remember the first time I heard the hot girl say that I wondered what all that meant.
Whats up with Trish and the Rob guy being so bossy with Tommy like he has to do all the work? He’s 12 !