A Friday Full Of Fridays - Friday the 13th Part IV : The Final Chapter

Welcome to a Friday Full Of Fridays! In celebration of Friday April 13th, 2012, here at DreadWorld we are going to take a look at each film from the franchises initial run (meaning we are going to ignore Freddy v. Jason and the Remake). I'll be posting a short review, a reviewette if you will, every hour on this momentous day. The posts will be in reverse order of awesomeness, meaning we will be counting backwards from, what I believe to be the worst film in the series, to the film I believe to be the best. Welcome and enjoy the ride!

Welcome Tommy Jarvis!!!


Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter



The second in a line of gimmicks miles long in the franchise. This gimmick, "Come watch Jason get killed" followed the 3D gimmick from Part III. Eventually all the major horror franchises would go for the watch out icon get killed. So Friday IV was at least ahead of the curve when it came to the gimmick.

Part IV finds Jason "dead" in the morgue. He awakens kills some folks and heads back to Crystal lake to reclaim his territory reeking carnage along the way. A family apparently lives on the third side of the lake (away from the camp in part one and the counselor training center in part two) and a fresh group of young twenty somethings moves in across the street and we have our setting for our next massacre.

We meet Tommy Jarvis, Jasons nemesis for the next three films (two really, Jason is not the killer in part V). Tommy (Corey Feldman) is adept at mask making. He's also adept at watching young girls getting undressed through windows and leaving the door open. Something tells me that last trait is something that could come back to hurt someone who lives in the same woods asa homicidal maniac. Joining Tommy are his mom and his sister, Trish and the family dog Gordon.

The film essentially follows the patterns set about by the last two as Jason fillets his way through the house full of kids, including the awesome Crispin Glover, before turning his attention to the Jarvis house across the street. Here's where it gets dicey for jason. He focuses his attention on Trish, who is fine as a final girl, if not a little shrill, but Jason has yet to realize the real protagonist of the film is Tommy. He tricks Jason, while he delivers the crippling blow to our anti-hero. Tommy then goes kind of crazy, hacking the shit out of a lifeless Jason. There's a nice tease that Tommy may be the one who follows in Jason foot steps, unfortunately we get Roy the ambulance driver in the next film. The Tommy/Jason relationship won't be revisited until Friday Part IV.

Director Joe Zito gives us a heck of a package here. Really it's everything we've ever wanted in a Friday film rolled up into one tight little ball. We get copious nudity, some decent performances and most importantly some pretty cool looking kills. The kill where Jason slams the gus face into the side of the shower is particularly brutal. We also expand the universe a little bit.Not only it Tommy essentially the "final girl" but we are teased into thinking another male character might be a match for Jason. Trish and Tommy run into Rob Dyer, a self proclaimed "Jason Hunter" who is out for revenge following the death of his sister, Sandra,who was killed by Jason in Part II (although to buy into this you have to ignore the timeline that Part II took place less than a week before part IV). Rob seems pretty bad ass, living out in the woods in a tent with a machete ready to take out Jason at his first opportunity. Unfortunately out hopes are dashed when Rob dies the most pussy death of anyone in the series screaming "He's killing me!" over and over again.

Part IV is actually a "good film" genre not with standing. Zito get good performances from everyone he has to. the script is tight and has an ending that actually makes sense, something the other sequels couldn't boast.


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