Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 slasher film directed by Joseph Zito, starring Ted White, Kimberly Beck, Coery Feldman, Erich Anderson, and Joan Freeman. Serving as the fourth installment in the Friday the 13th film series the film follows Jason Vorhees who returns to Crystal Lake and continues his killing spree on a family and a group of neighboring teenagers after being revived from his mortal wound.
- Great suspenseful atmosphere
- Great use of practical effects
- Highly effective score
- Great performance by the two leads
- Poor story
- Poor characters
- Poor script
- Poor dialogue
- Poor acting
Commentary: The story has little to no depth and is predictable in nearly every sense. The exposition into previous series could’ve been handled better than just using footage from previous films. The Jarvis family trying to survive an onslaught by Jason would’ve made for a more compelling story. Rob (Dier) searching for Jason due to the death of his sister in the previous film is a good story arc. There are so many plotholes. (2out of 5)
Good performances by the main cast but poor from the supporting. Most of the teen characters are either forgettable, useless, or unlikable and only shoed into the plot as fodder. Tommy (Feldman), Trish (Beck), and Mrs. Jarvis (Freeman), and Rob are the only characters worth caring about. (2 out of 5)
There is a good use of practical effects. The kills scene are intense but effective and not overly gory. Great use of camera work when it comes to the dark scenes. The Jason costume design looks great, having a decayed look to the character. The score is pretty good, helping to maintain a tense atmosphere as well as adding to the intensity of certain scenes. The string instruments leave a feeling of isolation that helps build suspense. (4 out of 5)
The film has a pretty crappy script, especially when it comes to most of the characters outside of the Jarvis family. Most of the characters are written poorly along with their dialogue. There are so many conveniences written into the plot that it is ridiculous. (1 out of 5)
The Verdict: In the end, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is what could be said to be a quick cash in for the producers. Aside from the typical Friday the 13th formula, the film suffers with lacing performances, interesting characters, some kind of a story, terrible dialogue and a generic script. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter gets 2 out of 5.