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Jeff Nelson

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter isn't the strongest in the series, but is mindless fun and an entertaining entry.

Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter
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Through the course of the first three films, Jason Voorhees was assumed to be alive. The legend was that he lived in the woods all of those years and after seeing his mother beheaded, takes revenge on all who step foot in Camp Crystal Lake. However, Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter is where Jason Voorhees is known to be invincible and not human. The title suggests that this would be the final find in the franchise, but box office numbers say otherwise.

After Jason Voorhees is taken to a morgue, he revives and goes on a killing spree as he makes his way back home to Camp Crystal Lake. Each film the franchise is known to have more than simplistic plots that all contain the same formulaic slasher structure. The screenplay is as cliché as they come. The pacing is very quick, so there's always something happening. Each teenage character seen is dumber than the last. Those who enjoy watching characters viewers will care about won't be pleased with the roles here. The audience can't help but not care about what happens to any of them. However, gore hounds will be pleased to hear that there's a bigger body count as a result. By now, audiences should know that Friday the 13th isn't a series for those looking for a genuinely well-made franchise. If you're looking for a good time with plenty of tacky dialogue and predictable situations, then this is for you.

Most of these movies have actors that haven't done very much in the industry since. Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter has a couple actors that have moved onto much bigger things than the slasher genre. Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover are two of those names. The acting is just as campy as the dialogue itself. The performances run fairly flat and are exactly what would be expected from a slasher flick. Some of the actors clearly are taking this seriously and overact while others just had fun with it. Corey Feldman clearly steals the show here. For those that are fans of the genre, I believe that the plain acting makes the deaths of each character just that much more entertaining.

Many of the visual elements seen in past films in the franchise are still present. With Joseph Zito behind the camera, he definitely put his own style to it. The FX legend Tom Savini created some great gore sequences in this film. Unfortunately, quite a few of these scenes were cut down due to the MPAA. There is a wider variety of deaths seen here than in previous films. The biggest strength of the film certainly lies with the visuals. Slasher fans are sure to be very glad about each death seen on the screen.

This film is one of the many reasons why I don't believe a movie studio when they claim an entry to be the last in a franchise. If the movie is making a good profit in the box office, then expect to see more sequels. Those who take the film seriously are sure to find numerous problems throughout the running time, although those who have fun with it will have a good time. I recommend this strictly to fans of the slasher genre. Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter isn't the strongest in the series, but is mindless fun and an entertaining entry.

My Rating = Three Stars

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