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Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday


Jeff Nelson

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is an awful entry into the Friday the 13th series that's best to ignore.

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
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After Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, the series feels pretty much over. What else is there to do with Jason Voorhees? The creators have been very low on creative ideas, but even this isn't Jason's finale despite the misleading title. Those who absolutely hated the previous entry in the series are in for something even worse. Looking back at the early films in the series, the screenwriters of the later movies in the franchise strayed a lot from the original plot. Be prepared for a one of the largest leaps from any of the Friday the 13th films.

Jason Voorhees is back for one final fling. Since he was tracked down and blown to bits by an FBI task force, people assume he's finally dead. However, Jason has been reborn with the ability to steal the identity of anyone he touches. The first few minutes take us back to what the older movies were like. This should have been stretched out throughout the entire movie. After the FBI task force 'destroys' the evil slasher, the major flaws begin until the credits are rolling. The character of Jason Voorhees took on a supernatural presence in the later films in the franchise, although not to this level. With the exception of the beginning, Jason is barely shown at all. Since he takes the identity of humans, we are essentially seeing normal people killing each other. Many fans of the series don't even consider this part of the franchise for this very reason. The dialogue is just as horrid as one would expect. There are a few 'twists' and 'turns' towards the end, but they're all unbearably predictable. Each of the characters are even more moronic than those seen in previous sequels. The screenplay is absolutely awful. There's only one redeeming value to seen here, which is an exciting ending for fans of Friday the 13th and Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. For those of you who enjoy a nice dark atmosphere for Jason to stalk teenagers in will be disappointed with this garbage.

There are no good actors that would dare to be a part of a flick with a script that's pure junk. The actors reflect the screenplay in this case. There aren't very many words that describe how dreadful the performances are. While I don't expect there to be any award winning actors in a Friday the 13th flick, those in some of the past films were able to at least give acceptable representations of their roles. The delivery of dialogue is plenty for audiences to get a large amount of laugh out loud moments. I wouldn't be surprised if some viewers simply found this to be a comedy with a great deal of violence. Some of the actors overact and take their roles way too seriously. Even though he doesn't get very much screen time, Kane Hodder is a fantastic Jason. He's menacing and proves to be a great villain.

What are slasher flicks without interesting kills? Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday sticks to the basics. I can't help but see how the studio left a lot of the gory bits on the cutting room floor to avoid the MPAA's NC-17 death mark. Despite the simplicity given to the death scenes, the FX weren't made well. For the small amount of screen time given to Jason Voorhees, his new look works. It's unfortunate that viewers don't get a better look at him. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday heavily relies on the audio. The surrounds are active throughout. Be prepared to turn the volume down as this is an extremely loud flick.

Even with the low expectations I had after Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, this is a horrible flick. I'm not sure what audience this is aimed towards. Since the film doesn't even show Jason Voorhees much, Friday the 13th fans are sure to be disappointed. A lot of unintentional laughter is guaranteed to come from the acting and the dialogue. What started as a good slasher franchise has evolved into rubbish. Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is an awful entry into the Friday the 13th series that's best to ignore.

My Rating = One Star

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