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Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

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Movie Connections:
Friday The 13th
> Friday The 13th (1980)
> Srigala (1981)
> Friday The 13th Part 2 (1981)
> Friday The 13th Part III (1982)
> Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
> Friday The 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
> Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
> Friday The 13th: The Series: Season 1 (1987)
> Friday The 13th Part VII: The New... (1988)
> Friday The 13th: The Series: Season 2 (1988)
> Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason... (1989)
> Friday The 13th: The Series: Season 3 (1989)
> Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
> Jason X (2001)
> Friday The 13th, Part XXL (2001)
> ...Show All Connections?
Genres:
Horror, Slasher Film, Teen Horror
Director:
Adam Marcus Adam Marcus
Starring:
John D. LeMay John D. LeMay
Kari Keegan Kari Keegan
Kane Hodder Kane Hodder
Steven Williams Steven Williams
Steven Culp Steven Culp

5.0 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Review by Chad
Added: June 06, 2005
Four years after Jason Took Manhattan, we find ourselves at part nine of the series. When part eight made its theatrical run, it pretty much flopped... so much so, in fact, that Paramount sold the rights to future sequels to New Line. New Line whipped this one out, and decided to pretty much ignore the events that took place in the previous sequels with the exception of the most basic elements of the storyline. Here, we start things out with a young lady arriving at a cabin out at Camp Crystal Lake. Soon after arriving, she decides that a shower is in order. Before she can even get inside said shower, the lights go out... and upon inspection, this woman comes face to face with Jason Voorhees (the returning Kane Hodder). She bolts out of the house and through the woods, and comes to an empty field. Jason catches up to her, and just as he is about to decapitate her with his machete, a long set of flood-lights come on. It was all a setup, and Jason is now surrounded by an entire S.W.A.T. team who waste no time in tearing his body apart with bullets, a bazooka, and even some sort of missile. There's nothing left of our beloved hero, with the exception of a few burnt body parts and his decapitated head. The parts are taken to the coroner's office, where the lead coroner (Richard Gant) proceeds to do an autopsy and proclaim Jason "deader than shit." As he's checking over the body, he notices that the heart is gently beating. Upon further inspection, the heart starts beating faster, and the rhythmic motion entices this foolish coroner to pick it up and eat it. Really, why he decided to do this is beyond me, but I suppose something had to start the movie. After seeing this coroner's reflection in a mirror, we find out that Jason has possessed this poor man and is out for vengeance. It doesn't take long for Jason to wrack up a small body-count at this morgue, including a security guard who is also played by Kane Hodder in what turns out to be a nice in-joke for the F13 fans. To wrap this summary up, the rest of the movie basically consists of Jason attempting to transfer his spirit from the temporary hosts that he picks up into one of the last surviving members of the Voorhees family - either his sister Diana Kimble (Erin Gray), or her daughter Jessica (Kari Keegan). Jessica's ex-boyfriend Steven Freeman (John D. LeMay) attempts to protect her, bounty hunter Creighton Duke (Steven Williams) attempts to cash in on the money placed on Jason's head, and sleazy crime-series reporter Robert Campbell (Steven Culp) attempts to break a story for his audience.

This movie seems to catch a lot of heat from fans of the series. I can understand why, really... the amount of screen-time given to Jason himself (not including the bodies he possessed) is pretty low, most of the kills aren't quite as creative as they were in the previous entries, and the body-count itself is shockingly low. Actually, the screen-time given to Jason himself is dreadfully low - we open the movie with a scene involving him and we end the movie with a scene involving him. Together, those two scenes take up about twenty minutes worth of time, if even that. Everything in between those scenes involves people possessed by Jason doing the killings, which does tend to defeat the purpose of the "Friday The 13th" label. With that said, I actually enjoyed this movie more than most did. Sure, it's not the best in the series by far, and all of the aforementioned negative aspects of the film do bring the enjoyment down a tad. However, it's understandable that the guys responsible would want to try something new with this movie... after all, we'd already been treated to eight movies worth of mindless hacking-and-slashing up until this point, and as proven by part eight, the success from this formula was starting to dry up. So yes, it's different, but it's not entirely bad as a result.

Then, there's the finale of the movie. I'm going to ahead and spoil this part; after all, the movie was released twelve years ago, so I'm pretty sure that anyone who is interested in the series has already seen the ending or at least read about it. We close out the movie with your typical "happy-ending" scene... soft music, bright lights, and a shot of Jason's mask laying in the dirt. Staying true to the series' tradition of one last shock, however, there's one final twist to be had - Freddy Krueger's gloved hand pops up out of the dirt and pulls Jason's mask down to Hell. Keep in mind that this was ten years before the dreadful Freddy Vs. Jason, and also keep in mind that horror fans had been longing for a showdown between these two horror icons since, well, pretty much since the inception of the two series. Needless to say, when I originally saw this scene in my local theater, I was as giddy as a little schoolgirl, and I'm pretty sure that most horror fans felt the same regardless of their opinion of the eighty minutes leading up to this closing scene. While I stand by the fact that this movie as a whole isn't the best in the series by far, this one scene would certainly rank in the top three for the series as a whole.

Fans of the series should enjoy this one, but as made apparent by numerous online reviews, this is not the case. Still, I'd recommend giving it a shot if you're a fan of the series and somehow managed to miss this one. It's not the best, but it's pretty damned good. Not to mention that it features a number of nods towards other horror classics, with Creepshow and Evil Dead being just two of many. 6/10.
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phreak264 #1: phreak264 - added 06/24/2005, 07:49 AM
This movie was disappointing.
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 05/10/2007, 02:40 AM
I didn't find it disappointing at all. I actually found it quite funny, and very entertaining. I also loved the little nod to John Carpenter's The Thing (Julia Carpenter & Arctic Expedition printed on the crates in the basement, for those of you with a slow eye), after the head detachment scene. Overall, I'd have to say this saved the series after the 7 & 8. Only thing I didn't like was the huge lack of Jason. But, I can overlook that. Nice to see the gore has come back as well. 9/10
Crispy #3: Crispy - added 06/04/2015, 12:47 AM
While I begrudgingly admit it was better than eight, Jason Goes to Hell is still terrible.The body-jumping idea was stupid. This half-cocked idea that Jason was actually a demon, but yet still tied to a mortal bloodline was stupid. This all-knowing sage archetype was stupid. The transforming knife thing was stupid. They couldn't even throw us any good aesthetics either. Tent scene aside, there was nothing special about any of the kills, and in the ten minutes of screen-time Jason got, he looked terrible and not in the good way. Then there was the big climax, featuring a bunch of demon hands that looked like something from the latest Muppets movie.Somewhere in all this mess, there's one or two concepts that could have formed the foundation of a well-done Jason Goes to Hell, but they sure weren't used.
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