Thought to be killed by the sole survivor of the last massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees kills his way back to the camp to once again murder its inhabitants. This time, has Jason met his match in the little boy Tommy Jarvis?
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Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final ChapterDirected byJoseph Zito
The formula established this so-called final chapter is an effective and never boring slasher entry. Buoyed by an eccentric turn by a young Crispen Glover and fine practical makeup effects by Tom Savini (who reportedly returned to the series to kill off this character).
"The Final Chapter" suffers from the kind of shameless runtime-padding that plagues many Eighties slashers, as we watch clueless teens creep through darkened houses, but it also benefits immensely from the presence of Crispin Glover and a young Cory Feldman. Glover imbues a thankless role with plenty of his signature eccentricity, while Feldman believably transforms from innocent child to traumatized survivor.
Fun-to-watch, consistent and tasteless but always a fun ride. The rules of the franchise started to be followed in a very strict way like a circle, confirming its signature - used, reused. However, that mad ending, supposed to end the series ("The Final Chapter"), gives us something to hunt for.
2.5 There's actually a lot to like here. I prefer filling time with a group of teenage doofuses that includes a young Crispin Glover than with overly prolonged chase sequences. You get just the right amount of Jason in this movie. The main problem is that after Crispin's crew gets slaughtered swiftly we're stuck with the really underdeveloped Corey Feldman and Kimberly Beck characters for the climax.