Anytime a horror series has a sequel boasting the title, “The Final Chapter“, don’t believe it. It will likely never be the final chapter. But that’s not always a bad thing. This fourth Friday film ended the golden age of Jason films, as the ones that followed it became either a little more cheesy than usual, or flat-out stupid. Sometimes both. That said, this sequel isn’t my favorite, but it is still pretty good. We witness some pivotal moments in this film, such as the “death” of Jason, the introduction of Tommy Jarvis, and the last of the 2-3-4 sequence of films which all took place within days of each other. So let’s get going.
We begin by seeing the body of Jason being transported to the morgue from the events in Part 3. An annoying nurse and a horny orderly are the first to kick the bucket, and Jason leaves the hospital, making his way back to his preferred stomping grounds. We are introduced to some more horny individuals, this time teenagers, who are ripe for Jason’s picking. A group of them rent a cabin near Crystal Lake, next door to our host family, the Jarvises. Mrs. Jarvis, her daughter Trish, and her son Tommy the mask-maker, live in a cabin on the lake. Trish and Tommy are interested in the group of hedonists frolicking next door, and introduce themselves down by the lake, while Trish attempts to cover her little brother’s prying eyes from the girl’s exposed skinny-dipping breasts. Their car also breaks down and they are helped by a mysterious stranger, who turns out to be Sandra’s (from part 2) brother. He is searching for Jason to avenge her murder, but tells Trish that the mass murderer has escaped from the morgue.
Meanwhile, back at the vacationer’s house, everyone begins to dance, flirt, and get their freak on. As per usual. Our cast of characters includes a desperate, hilarious Jimmy, played by Crispin Glover, earlier labeled a “dead fuck” by his best pal, Ted, an equally desperate goober. Somehow, this group ran into some half-naked twins down by the lake who seem to be just their type. Jason stalks and murders all of them in fairly rapid succession, making this sequel probably the bloodiest so far. A post-jog Mrs. Jarvis returns home, and finds the house dark and empty, thus pretty much making sure Jason appears. She is killed offscreen, though, for some reason. I guess they didn’t want it to be too sad. Trish and the mysterious stranger, Rob, are now on the hunt for Jason, and return back to the cabins. Of course, they discover pretty much everyone dead, except for Tommy, the precious Corey Feldman. Jason returns and kills Rob, leaving Trish and Tommy to fend for themselves. They do a really good job, too, actually, because Tommy has learned the story of Jason, and shaves his head to appear as a young Jason, thus distracting him. Trish is a fighter, but it’s Tommy who finishes Jason off, whacking him about the head feverishly with a machete. It’s already apparently obvious that this poor kid is gonna be traumatized for years, and sequels, to come.
Overall, this is a pretty decent sequel, with gratuitous amounts of blood and gore. We get a little back story, and more developed characters than in prior movies that you actually care about, like Tommy. Especially fun is the ‘dead fuck’ dance of Jimmy, which somehow leads him to get a little action, don’t ask me why or how. Most Jason fans are huge lovers of this film, and it is easy to see why; I just happen to like a few others one a bit more. But it’s not bad by any means, and is definitely recommended. With creative and gruesome kills, and a protagonist that ends up being a nearly equal match to our hockey-wearing antagonist, this could have easily been the final chapter. But, we all know how that story goes….