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).
After an awesome opening credit sequence/recap and a really cool long shot I was on board! What can I say? I am a sucker for a good slasher flick! The thing that really makes this entry stand out in the series is the characters. Instead of just following the standard horny teens The Final Chapter mixes it up and centers the story around a small family. The real MVPs here are Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover!
"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.