Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

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The night after the events at Higgins Haven, Jason Voorhees’s body is found and delivered to the morgue. After reviving from his head wound and escaping from the cold storage, Jason kills a doctor, then a nurse. The next day, a group of teenagers drive to Crystal Lake for the weekend. The group consists of Paul, his girlfriend Sam, Sarah, her boyfriend Doug, socially awkward Jimmy, and prankster Ted. On the way, the group comes across Pamela Voorhees’s tombstone and a female hitchhiker. The hitchhiker is killed shortly after by Jason, who has returned to the area.

The teens arrive and meet neighbors Trish Jarvis and her brother Tommy. While going for a walk the next day, the teens meet two local girls, twin sisters Tina and Terri, and go skinny dipping with them. Trish and Tommy happen upon the scene, and, before they leave, Trish is invited to a party to take place that night. Afterwards, their car breaks down, and Trish and Tommy meet a young man named Rob. They take him to their house, where Tommy shows Rob several monster masks he made himself before Rob leaves to go camping.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Later that night, the teens throw a party. Tina flirts with Paul, prompting a jealous Sam to leave for a swim in the lake. There, she is stabbed through a rubber raft by Jason. Feeling guilty, Paul goes after Sam and discovers her body just before he is impaled in the groin with a harpoon gun. Terri rejects Ted’s advances and wants to leave, but Tina moves on to Jimmy, and the two go upstairs to have sex. Frustrated, Terri leaves the party on her own, and is impaled outside by Jason.

While Sarah and Doug have sex in the shower, Ted finds an old stag film and brings it up on the projector. After sleeping with Tina, Jimmy goes downstairs to get a glass of wine to celebrate, but is killed by Jason. Upstairs, Tina notices Terri’s bicycle is still outside before she is grabbed through the window by Jason and thrown out onto the teens’ car, killing her. Ted is then stabbed in the head with a kitchen knife through the projector screen. Jason moves upstairs, crushing Doug’s skull in the shower. When Sarah returns and finds him dead, she tries to flee the house, but she is killed with a double-ended axe.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (also known as Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter) is a 1984 American slasher film directed by Joseph Zito and the fourth installment in the Friday the 13th film series. Following the events of Friday the 13th Part III, Jason Voorhees 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. The film stars Corey Feldman, Ted White, Kimberly Beck, and Crispin Glover.

Despite the film’s negative reviews, it grossed $33 million in the United States. Much like Part III, the film was initially supposed to end the series and was billed as “The Final Chapter”; however, the film’s success produced a sequel, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985).

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Movie Poster (1984)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

Directed by: Joseph Zito
Starring: Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Peter Barton, Kimberly Beck, Tom Everett, Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman, Lisa Freeman, Barbara Howard
Screenplay by: Victor Miller (character, Ron Kurz
Production Design by: Shelton H. Bishop
Cinematography by: João Fernandes
Film Editing by: Joel Goodman, Daniel Loewenthal
Art Direction by: Joe Hoffman
Music by: Harry Manfredini
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: April 13, 1984