Movies I Watched Recently #9: Friday the 13th The Final Chapter (1984)

Friday the 13th Part 3 and 4 DVD 2-pack (with 3D glasses)

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is another film in this classic slasher movie series that I watched multiple times back in the day. I still remember certain parts of this film’s “final showdown” with Jason to this very day.

This time the kills are even more bloody and gory. The first kill in the movie is totally awesome. But the coolest scene is what happens to Jason when he is attacked by a machete near the end of the film. Wow!!! If you a fan of bloody and gory stuff in horror/slasher movies, then this scene is a must-watch!

But it shouldn’t be too surprising that the kills look really good, since Tom Savini returned to do the make-up in this film. He also did the make-up in the first Friday the 13th movie, but did not work on the second and third films.

Along with blood and gore, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter also ramps up the nudity. While the three previous Friday the 13th films have nudity, this film has more (and it‘s quite noticeable).

Two familiar actors are in this film. One of the teens is played by Crispin Glover, who later starred in the Back To The Future movies as George McFly. In fact, whenever I see Crispin Glover or hear someone talk about him, I automatically think of George McFly (haha!).

Glover appears to have a really good time making this movie. He has a dance scene that is… um, so unique that there is a special feature on this DVD dedicated to this scene.

A young Corey Feldman also appears in this movie. He has one super hilarious scene where he’s in his bed at night and he’s supposed to be sleeping. He looks out the window and sees something in the window of the house next door, which gets him super excited. I don’t know if this scene was originally intended to be this funny and I don’t think it was. But I don’t blame him for acting the way he did. If I was 12 years old (which is the age of Feldman’s character in the movie) and I saw what he saw, I would probably react in a similar fashion (haha!).

Also Feldman’s fight with Jason near the end of the film is really memorable, especially the last part of the battle where he goes crazy.

Anyway, unlike the DVD for the previous film, this DVD is loaded with special features. First off, there’s not just one commentary – there’s two feature length commentaries. One is by the director, editor, and screenwriter of the film. The other commentary is a fan commentary from Adam Green and Joe Lynch (I have no idea who they are, haha!). I have not listened to these two commentaries yet.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood Part IV is the fourth short in this series of shorts that have been included with these Friday the 13th DVDs. I have watched Parts I and II but not Part III, which I thought I was going to be on the Friday the 13th Part 3 DVD, but it wasn’t. So I watched Part IV without having watched Part III.

So what do I think of these shorts? Well, while they do have some good camera work and great makeup and blood effects for the kill scenes, these shorts feel like fan made shorts due to the lack of people onscreen. So far only a few actors appear on screen and there are no extras. Of course, maybe these shorts feel like fan made shorts because they are actual fan made shorts, but I don’t know.

There’s a featurette called Slashed Scenes, which I thought would be a series of deleted scenes but it’s actually a series of outtakes from the kill/fight scenes in the movie. There’s no audio in these scenes, so director Joseph Zito talks over these scenes. He mentions that the original audio was lost and couldn’t be recovered. This featurette is pretty cool. You get to see how they made some of these scenes.

Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years after Friday the 13th The Final Chapter has interviews with some of the cast and crew (no Glover and Feldman sadly).

The Lost Ending is a scene deleted from the movie near the end. Again, there’s no audio. I think the reason they cut out this scene from the movie is that Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter was supposed to be the absolute last Friday the 13th movie so the scene wouldn’t feel right. But since it ended up not be the last movie, it would have been really cool if they could have restored this scene including the audio and put it back into the movie.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part I is a fake documentary. There’s interviews with people talking as if the events in the Friday the 13th movies actually happened. It’s okay, but I didn’t find this to be very interesting. However, diehard Friday the 13th fans may like this.

Next we have a featurette about Jimmy’s Dance Moves. Jimmy is played by Crispin Glover in the movie and, as I mentioned above, he has a dance scene in the movie. His dancing is pretty outrageous and crazy. This featurette has a series outtakes from the dance scene and again there’s no audio. I got a real kick out of director Zito saying that they couldn’t use the first take of the dance scene because when Glover first busted out his dance moves, the other actors couldn’t do what they were supposed to do during the scene and they just watched Glover in disbelief.

Finally there are two trailers. One trailer is the original trailer for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. The other is a trailer for the 2009 film The Uninvited starring Elizabeth Banks. This trailer also immediately starts playing when you put this DVD into your DVD player.

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