Friday The 13th Part 4: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday The 13th Part 4 tells the story of Jason Voorhees heroic effort to spare us all from the career of Corey Feldman.
The fourth installment in this series was also supposed to be the last, hence the name “Final Chapter”. With that in mind the creators of this movie went all out in making about as good as a by the numbers Jason flick as one can make.
The movie opens with a great montage of the first three movies, giving the entire backstory of Jason from little snippets here and there, such as the campfire scene from part 2 and various bits and pieces from the others.
For me this is the movie when the character of Jason becomes unarguably non-human, as a late stage unmasking might suggest. This movie is loaded up with teenagers waiting to be hacked. You have the token nerd, the token slut, twin token sluts even, and finally some likable main characters including a very young Corey Feldman in the role of Tommy Jarvis, who will be the central protagonist of the next two Friday the 13th movies as well.
Where part three came off like a ridiculous lark, this movie tries to go back to basics and mix in the dark moody tones of the first two movies, while also upping the gore and sex to the highest possible limits.
This movie may be the best of all the sequels, although not my personal favorite. This one does have a good balance between sometimes too goofy entries like part three and six, and the too dull/dark part two.