Wednesday, October 23, 2013

31 Days of Halloween 2013 - Day 23

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Joseph Zito

Hey, guess what? Jason Vorhees (Ted White) is not as dead as advertised at the end of Part 3. His body ends up at a local hospital a day after the events of the previous film. He wakes up, kills a doctor and a nurse, and then proceeds to lumber back to Crystal Lake. A group of vacationing teens (apparently news does not travel very past in these parts) settle in to watch to watch stag films and do some spastic dancing (courtesy of one Crispin Glover). Next door to them lives the Jarvis family, including the masked obsessed Tommy (Corey Feldman). Jason doesn’t take kindly to all the shenanigans around his lake, and decides to axe everyone a few questions.

The Final Chapter is, for the most part, a competent entry in the Friday the 13th series. But at the same time it’s starting to feel pretty rote.There just isn’t a whole lot that's new on the table here. We have yet another batch of underwritten teenagers, more partying in the woods, and more over the top murders .There are a few bright spots, Crispin Glover is exceptionally entertaining in what little screen time he has available. Corey Feldman does an admiral job as he transforms himself into a young Jason Vorhees in order to distract the real Jason and save his family. The Final Chapter doesn’t have much originality to offer, but it succeeds well enough in its own limited ambitions.

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