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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Theatrical poster
Directed by Joseph Zito
Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.
Tony Bishop (co-producer)
Written by Barney Cohen (screenplay)
Bruce Hidemi Sakow (story)
Victor Miller, Martin Kitrosser, Ron Kurz, Carol Watson (characters)
Starring Corey Feldman
Kimberly Beck
Erich Anderson
Ted White (uncredited)
Music by Harry Manfredini
Cinematography João Fernandes
Editing by Joel Goodman
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) April 13, 1984
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2,600,000
Gross revenue $32,980,000
Preceded by Friday the 13th Part III
Followed by Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is a 1984 slasher film. It is the fourth film in the Friday the 13th film series. Though it was billed as "The Final Chapter," there have been many further sequels in the franchise. The popularity and financial success of the film, which grossed over $32 million, kept Paramount Pictures from retiring the franchise. Because of the finality of this film's plot and title, the next film, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, attempted to reboot the series with a different killer.



A day after the events of Friday the 13th Part 3, police and paramedics are busy cleaning up the mess deformed serial murderer Jason Voorhees left at Higgins Haven, including the defeated hockey-masked killer himself. Once delivered to the Wessex County morgue, it turns out that Jason is still alive. He rises, kills morgue doctor, Axel, and Nurse Morgan, then makes his way back to Crystal Lake,. A group of friends (Paul, Sam, Sara, Doug, Ted, and Jimmy) have rented a house on Crystal Lake, despite there being 3 mass murders there in the past few years, with all the victims being young people such as themselves. On the way there, the group passes Mrs. Voorhees' tombstone and a female hitchhiker, who becomes Jason's next victim, stabbed in throat while eating a banana. Next to the rental house is the Jarvis home. The group meet Trish and Tommy when they arrive. The next day the group befriends twins Tina and Terri, who live in the area, and they all go skinny dipping at Crystal Point. Trish and Tommy, driving by, stop to see who's at Crystal Point and the group invites Trish to a party that night. Trish's car breaks down a bit further along the road, and they are helped by Rob, a hiker with mysterious reasons for visiting Crystal Lake, who soon becomes good friends with Trish and Tommy.

Next door, the kids are enjoying themselves by dancing and listening to music. With four girls and four boys, each now has a date. However conflict ensues as some of the kids switch dates. These conflicts prove to be the least of their troubles as Jason predictably stalks and kills them one by one. Sam goes out skinny-dipping and is impaled from under a raft. When Paul goes out to be with her, he is harpooned in the crotch. Terri decides to leave early and is about to get on her bike but has a spear rammed into her back. Jimmy decides to celebrate scoring with Tina with a carefree bottle of wine. While searching for a corkscrew, little does he know Jason is of course lurking in the shadows, emerging to slam the corkscrew into Jimmy's hand and then driving a meatcleaver in his face. Upstairs Tina looks out the window and is grabbed and thrown two stories down landing on the car. While Ted watches vintage stag films he gets too close to the projector screen and is stabbed in the head by Jason who plunges a kitchen knife though the screen from the other side. After Doug and Sara finish making love in the shower, Jason attacks Doug, crashing his head against the shower tile. He then kills Sara by driving an axe through the front door when she tries to escape.

At the Jarvis house, Trish and Tommy find their mother missing, so Trish goes to Rob for help. Rob explains that he's looking to get revenge for the death of his sister, Sandra Dyer (killed by Jason in Part II). Trish and Rob take Gordon (the Jarvis family dog) next door to see what's going on. Tommy is left at home, and finds Rob's newspaper articles about Jason. At the house, a frightened Gordon jumps though a second story window apparently killing himself. Jason kills Rob, and Trish flees back to her home intending to warn Tommy. Tommy shaves his head and makes himself up to look like Jason, which is effective in distracting Jason long enough for Trish to be able to attack Jason with his machete. She just misses him, but manages to knock the hockey mask off his face. While Jason heads for her, she drops the machete to the floor. Tommy picks it up and swings it at Jason's head. Jason then falls to the floor, causing the machete to dig further into his head. As he embraces his sister, Tommy sees Jason begin to move, loses control and, hacks Jason repeatedly with the machete, while Trish screams his name. The final scene of the film has Tommy visiting Trish in the hospital, and they embrace as they believe their nightmare is over, with a bizzare shot of Tommy psychotically looking towards the camera, leaving the impression that Tommy will become a killer like Jason in future installments.


Actor/Actress Role
Kimberly Beck Trish Jarvis
Erich Anderson Rob Dier
Corey Feldman Tommy Jarvis
Peter Barton Doug
Crispin Glover Jimmy
Alan Hayes Paul
Barbara Howard Sara
Lawrence Monoson Ted
Joan Freeman Mrs. Jarvis
Judie Aronson Samantha
Camilla More Tina
Carey More Terri
Lisa Freeman Nurse Morgan
Bonnie Hellman Hitchhiker
Bruce Mahler Axel
Ted White (uncredited) Jason Voorhees

Box office

The film opened in 1,594 theaters taking in $11.1 million its opening weekend. Domestically, the film has made $32,980,000.


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