Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

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This movie was brand-spanking new the first time I ever heard of Jason. I was about 8 years old watching TV, flipping channels and would usually take note of every movie preview I saw. This one always stuck with me because of the cover with the hockey mask and the snake. I found out real quick it was a movie series especially when some kids at school were wearing hockey masks for Halloween costumes. I only knew that he was Jason, but didn’t know the back story or anything until I rented Friday the 13th part 1 some years later. My mom didn’t want me watching them right away probably because of the sex scenes. Its funny because by 1993 I had already seen some really violent R-rated movies.

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Once I did get around to watching them, I still did not see it in the right order. I’d see bits and pieces of this sequel, and I was always confused with the story. It was my mission to see them all by the time I got to this one because it was “The Final Friday“.  Okay, here we go, major spoilers.
It actually starts off fresh. It completely ignores the end of Part 8 which I am okay with.  We get right into the meat when the first chick gets naked and the lights go out. Jason attacks and next thing you know shes running in the woods in high heels only to lead him to an ambush! Surprise! The SWAT team got him surrounded and literally blow him up into pieces. It’s definitely a surprise opener the first time you see it. Every time after that you know what’s going to happen.

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All the Jason body parts are taken to a morgue to be analyzed by a coroner. It isn’t long before the coroner gets hungry and pigs out on Jason’s still-beating heart. I was confused at first, but Jason somehow “possessed” and took over the coroner’s body.

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Next, the coroner’s assistant arrives late with a pizza. The security guys let him in after a ticklish pat-down. One of them is played by Jason himself, Kane Hodder, and the other guy looks like Elvis. The assistant doesn’t know the coroner is really Jason and starts right away with the Jason-dissing, where one of my favorite lines comes in. He flips off the corpse and talks about how he’d love to take “A big ol’ mango-sized crap” on Jason’s mask. “Yes? That’s a probe.”
This is followed by some brutal deaths including the security dudes. Kane Hodder calling Jason a pussy is just too funny. It is followed by a special news report about Jason. This is something we had yet to ever really see in a Friday the 13th movie, other than the brief news parts in Part 3 and 4. We find out Jason’s dad name was Elias Voorhees. Crazy stuff. This brings to us a second introduction to the new character Creighton Duke (played awesomely by Steven Williams). He is a bounty hunter who’s been on the hunt to kill Jason for years. He is interviewed on the TV report about Jason, and says that only he knows the way to kill him and will do it for the right price.

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We discover that Jason actually had a sister. Not sure how I felt about that when that subplot was introduced, but I guess it worked for the story. It’s just really confusing to take in at first. Anyways, we are introduced to Diane the sister who works at a diner. Her daughter just had a baby, and the father is Steven (who ends up being one of our new main characters), a regular at the diner who doesn’t know yet.
Creighton Duke is at the diner and makes a big scene in front of the Sheriff (Billy Green Bush!) when he warns Diana about her big bro coming back. “She’s only your girl because she hasn’t had a taste of the Duke yet!”  Classic.
Diana wants to meet up with Steven so she can break the news to him about her daughter’s baby. On the way, Steven picks up hitchhikers- 2 chicks and a dude up to all kinds of debauchery.  He drops them off at Crystal Lake and tells them the classic Crystal Lake levity:
So… ya kids plan on smokin a little dope, having a little pre-marital sex, and getting slaughtered…? ”
My cousin and Uncle and I have been joking that line for years. This is followed by a scene that may just have well been my introduction to soft core porn. The 2 girls and the guy are all naked and Jason still in the coroner’s body is stalking old school style. The guy and girl start banging in the tent. The other chick gets killed off, but after that… I guess its tame at this point in my life, but at 11, 12 years old this scene was something else – a hot sex scene turning into the goriest kills Jason had in years!
I can’t tell you how many times my parents walked in on me watching that scene and shaking their head. Jason stepping on the condom is hilarious every time.

 

 


Anyways, Jason continues jumping from body to body. He jumps into one of the local cops, Josh. While in the Josh body, he kills Diane right when she was about to tell Steven about the baby. The sheriff arrives, sees her dead, and it looks like Steven did it after he pushes “Josh” through the window.
In a very funny scene, he finds himself in a jail cell right next Creighton Duke, who, by breaking Steven’s fingers (his price), gives us the entire new supernatural back plot.  Jessica, Diana’s daughter is technically Jason’s niece. Only through a Voorhees woman can Jason be resurrected. We find out later this also includes dead Voorhees’ women.
Despite this new muddled story, unusual plot for a Friday the 13th movie, it moves along very nicely.

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In a sudden move, Steven breaks out of jail to get Jessica. One of his first stops is the Voorhees House. This is also a new thing we didn’t know about in previous Fridays. That kind of annoyed me. While there, he discovers the reporter dating Jessica, Robert Campbell, stole Diane’s body from the morgue and left it there. Jason jumps from the cop into Campbell’s body. And its a very grotesque, gory scene.

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Now Robert/Jason will be going after Jessica. Steven looks like a total bad guy because everyone thinks he actually killed Diane. It sucks, but he does get to her, and of course right away she freaks out. I won’t continue to keep going into detail at this point, I am spoiling a lot. But this is all followed by a lot of really entertaining violent scenes including the police station and diner.

 

 


By the end, we are back at the Voorhees house and sadly Creighton Duke is killed. Most of the cast except Steven and Jessica and the baby are dead. Through Diane’s corpse at the Voorhees house, Jason is finally resurrected back to life. There’s a ridiculous fight scene with Jason and Steven. Jason is sent back to hell after that special dagger is stabbed into his heart.
While we are wondering what’s going to happen next, we suddenly see the Freddy Krueger claw pop out from the ground and take the hockey mask  down under the ground to “hell”.  That’s what started the rumors for that infamous sequel we all knew was coming.
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There’s a lot of good things I can say about this movie. For one it is well-directed by Adam Marcus, who on the DVD commentary, seems like a cool dude. People can hate on it all they want, but it is a fun time even without Jason being in it the whole time. Thanks to Marcus’s nice blend of comedy, drama, slasher, and supernatural horror, it does work. There’s some good comic relief throughout and it helps. It’s extremely gory, and that makes up for the last 3.  The Melting Scene is really brutal. The shootouts at the end are over-the-top.
There’s also a lot that brings the movie down some. If anyone was a super fan before this came out, they would’ve been so disappointed with the new story and hardly seeing Jason. Not to mention how it has new things to it that screw up the already continuity error-filled timeline. Since Part 6 ended, I think the writers were running out of good ideas. But you gotta remind yourself it is Part 9… who cares? I thought these new characters stood out a little better than the previous Fridays.
When you do see Jason, he looks quite horrid… and the Voorhees house – when did this happen? Also that fight with Steven and Jason at the end — total cheese. He totally would’ve killed him right away, and not kept up an ongoing beatup sesh. I also feel Jessica was introduced later in the story not earlier on, and the baby at the end, where did she go? Also, the lighting is horrendous.
Okay so despite the millions of complaints, its still a decent movie. Like the sequels, its junk food. It was made for the fans to be entertained, and it does that. The only other thing that’s weird is that this is the only 90s Jason movie. After this, there was a long wait until the next one.

RANDOM THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS

Mmm… that deformed oversized heart looks delicious.
The weird music Steven listens to in the car before he picks up the teens
The chicks peeing in the woods, definitely gives a feeling of discomfort.
“Think you’re ready for Tony the Wonder Llama?”
The body jumping parts look like “Jason” is making out with the next body he’s to possess with the hell baby.
The Necronomicon from Evil Dead in the Voorhees house. I think everyone knows this by now.
When Randy punches Steven and he looks like he has lipstick for a second.

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Another Scars show!

Looks like we got another gig coming up!   Scars Like These will be opening for the great Sunflower Dead at Bar XIII in Wilmington, DE on Mon, Oct 22!
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Dave Debauchery

Scars Like These Liberty Vintage Show Pics

Our show from September 7 at Liberty Vintage Motorcycles.

Was a hell of a night! It rained, and the cops shut us down (2 bands after our set).
The other bands  — The debut of our friend Wayne’s band, Fake Noose – FUCKING BADASS!  Reminded me of older school stuff that I enjoy quite a bit. After we played, The End AD came on and put on an amazing performance. Steve who plays bass also played in The Prisoners who we played shows with earlier this year. Ami Friend, their front lady, has a great attitude and energy, not to mention eye candy, she brings to the whole performance. I look forward to playing with them again, for sure. Lastly, Live Not on Evil, who are also damn good, 2 songs in, got shut down by the cops. We had to pack it up,  unfortunately. But hey it was a great time!
Enjoy these pics from our performance. Click on the pics to enlarge

 

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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

 

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In the early days of my movie obsessions, I always came across this one at the Suncoast video store in the mall. The cover fascinated me, and I regarded Jason as something as big as King Kong or Godzilla. Years go by, now its 5th grade – I remember one of my classmates saying they watched Jason Takes Manhattan. I asked him how it was and he said it was bad. Maybe I should’ve heeded the warning. There’s a reason this is most people’s least favorite Jason movie. But before I get into that… As many of you fellow readers may know, I did not see the Friday the 13th movies in perfect order. In fact, this one was early on. I first saw Part 1, then Part 3, then it was this one. I had no choice, it was playing on TV and I had to seize the moment so I could see all of them.

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The “Saa saaa saa” in the beginning though is kind of neat. Sounds like its left over from Part 7’s soundtrack. Unlike Part 7 (which I would actually see after this one… for some reason they were playing the series backwards), this has a terribly cheesy opening credit sequence. The narrative done very well by my favorite asshole of the movie, Uncle Charles (Peter Mark Richmond – He plays a great asshole!)

The opening scene with Jim and Suzy is already hilarious. They’re just about to have sex,  and of course Jim gets more naked than Suzy. Its always funnier when the guy is more naked than the chick.  Before they get down n’ dirty, Jim does a terrible retelling of the Jason legend. Young Jason has hair in the flashback? Whaaaat?? So stupid.
Jim goes out to checking something out, then pranks Suzy by wearing a hockey mask and fake stabbing her. She pretends to die a bit after being fake stabbed? Can this get any cheesier?

Renee is our main character. She’s kind of cute and innocent, about to graduate. She’s friends with the cool teacher Mrs. Van Deusen, who’s a big Stephen King fan. Renee has a fear of water that her asshole Uncle Charles always seems to remind her about. He’s always telling her she shouldn’t be a part of it, but she goes along anyway. Her boyfriend is Sean Robertston, and his dad is the Captain of the boat. His pops is nice and friendly, but really puts the pressure on for him to be the next skipper some day.  The crazy Ralph-wannabe deck hand warns everyone, but of course no one cares.

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Things get crazy and people die one by one in brutal and funny ways. The sauna rock death and glass shard death are brutal. Unfortunately a lot of it is edited and cut down really badly. It’s disappointing to show friends other than the funniest death of the movie which is Julius. But we’ll get to that. Even though people are dying, Uncle Charles still refuses to believe its Jason. The ship eventually catches fire remaining survivors/main characters end up on a lifeboat. They do eventually make it to New York. But the movie is well over halfway over by then. Oh well.

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Once they get there, they are robbed, and Renee kidnapped by the same thugs. Eventually Jason arrives and catches up with everybody. More slaughters occur including the mugger dipshits that try to drug and rape poor Renee. I love when Jason slams the dude at the hot steam pipe.  Julius as I mentioned earlier, has the best death hands down. He boxes Jason till he can’t hit anymore! Jason hits back… and … well should I spoil it?  Knocks his block off and it lands in the garbage!! Haha sorry totally had to.

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There’s a car accident moment where we see a flashback of a young Renee and her Uncle Charles at Crystal Lake in who knows what year in the timeline…. He’s one of those goony weird uncles. The dude pushes his poor niece into the water to try to get her to swim. What a bastard!  Jason with hair (which is annoying) pulls her under. After the flashback ends, you can’t help but want this guy dead. We get our wish once Jason goes ninja on his ass.

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After all that, Jason chases Renee and Sean all over New York City. They kill him a few times and then they end up in the sewer. Somehow all the sewage/toxic waste that pours through the sewer dissolves him back to a little child with hair. Stupid ending. But hey at least Renee’s dog comes back.  It’s a farewell to Paramount F13 era, I guess. Somehow Jason Goes to Hell starts all the way back at Crystal Lake .


This wasn’t a great sequel. I still enjoy it as a Friday the 13th movie, but it definitely wouldn’t be the first one I would show somebody, and it isn’t nearly as good as my more favorite sequels. Just a fact. A lot of classic death moments, some are creative, but just more comical and not very graphic ones. It feels cheesier than previous sequels, and somehow Jason becomes ninja-like with the teleporting as he did in Part 7. It also feels overlong for a Friday the 13th movie. It’s already the length of a typical sequel by the time they finally arrive to NY.  But whatever. Like most of these sequels, its junk food, I like watching it despite its faults. Just wait til we get to the next one…

RANDOM THOUGHTS/OBSERVATIONS

Super 80s soundtrack despite technical timeline being somewhere around 94/95.
Jason is very slimy.
Mrs Van Deusens death and the remaining kids on the boat burning to death and drowing. People forget sometimes.
Wayne killed someone. See? Jason doesn’t always do the murders in these movies!
The deckhand only wishes he was Crazy Ralph.
Julius laughing like a cartoon character when he sees the statue of liberty.