THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: 'The Final Chapter' was not properly named. As we all know, it wasn't Jason's Final Chapter. Perhaps they should have called it, "The Next Chapter." That would sound better. But my understanding is that Paramount really did want to end the series with this film, but as always, money talks, and nearly a dozen films later, this franchise continues to be a cash cow, albeit now in remake form. Anyhow, this movie gets almost everything right. They return to Crystal Lake, have some gruesome killings, and the role of Jason is played with sinister intensity by Ted White. I don't know why he didn't want to be known as Jason at the time (he has since embraced the role), but he certainly delivered. This film also marked one of the early appearances of actor Crispin Glover, who would go on to semi-fame in the 'Back To The Future' films, and became one of the more well-known names to emerge from the Friday series, along with Corey Feldman, for that matter. Again, Harry Manfredini brought forth a menacing musical score, including the eerie opening and closing credit themes. The only thing wrong is-- What is up with Jason's long black fingernails? They couldn't have gotten that way overnight, given that it is supposed to start the same night as Part 3. Other than that, a classic sequel. 9 out of 10.
A.J.: They kept the ax mark from Part 3 with wet blood on the mask and returning to Crystal Lake was a plus. We also meet Tommy, who becomes a key player in the later movies. 8 out of 10.
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