Director – Joseph Zito
Cast – Kimberly Beck, Erich Anderson, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Barbara Howard, Peter Garton, Lawrence Monoson, Joan Freeman, Julie Aronson, Camilla More, Carey More
Release Year – 1984
Reviewed by John of the Dead
This fourth installment of the F13 series was originally intended to be the “final chapter” in the Jason Vorhees saga. Of course this film did moderately well at the box office, leaving producers to believe they can keep making money off the iconic Jason Vorhees character. As of 2009, this has remained true given that the most recent installment that came out this year “Friday the 13th” busted into 2009 as the highest grossing film of 2009 at the time it debuted.
The film takes off right where the third installment ends, with Jason Vorhees’ “dead” body being loaded onto an ambulance after the “barn scene” at the end of part 3. Of course Jason really isn’t dead, and while at the morgue he brutally hacks a few workers and is off for another bloody fun weekend at Crystal Lake. However Jason seems to have finally met his match in an intelligent young boy named Tommy Jarvis(Corey Feldman). The final confrontation between the two is one of the more memorable, and infamous scenes from the F13 franchise.
Right off the back…I strongly believe that this film has the most nudity of any of the F13 films. Haha! Ok, not that that is out of the way let’s get started. I personally liked this film, and enjoyed many of the great death scenes done by special effects maestro Tom Savini. If you do not know who Tom Savini is, then you must learn everything about him if you are into horror films. He has done effects COUNTLESS film, including the original Friday the 13th as well as George A. Romero’s classic Dawn of the Dead.
I really enjoyed the characters, and dialogue in this film, which is pretty rare for an 80’s horror film. Director Joseph Zito did an above average job with his direction of the film, and I personally found Crispin Glover’s character(YES, Crispin Glover is in this film) to be pretty fun to watch. I found it hilarious every time he mentioned or was called a “dead fuck”. Haha!
Although this is an above average teen slasher, I had one MAJOR problem with this film…the lack of Jason Vorhees! Aside from the beginning and the last 30 minutes of the film, all we are shown of Jason during the kills are his hands! I really had a problem that because I was so anxious to see Jason tower over and pulverize his victims. Sure the kills were a bit gory, but I felt this film really missed out on a lot and could have been rated higher had we been shown more of Jason during the bulk of his kills. For one…this is not a “who done it” slasher film, this is not the game “Clue”! We know EXACTLY who is doing the killing, therefore we should be shown Jason at least during 80 percent of his kills. This was a bad decision by whoever that aspect into the script. Aside from that…I really had no problems with the film and found myself enjoying it maybe a tad bit less than it’s predecessor, Friday the 13th Part III.
Overall, an above average slasher flick that delivers good gore and fun characters. It’s also neat to see Corey Feldman have such a huge role while being such a young actor in this film. Recommended for those who love 80’s slasher films or want to see one of the better F13 films.