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Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
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by EricDSnider

"Sort of good, and sort of a huge betrayal of the series' mythology."
3 stars

I got angry with “Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan” for suggesting Jason would be in New York and then not putting him there until an hour into the movie. So we won’t even talk about “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday,” where Jason doesn’t actually go to hell until two minutes before the movie ends. I suspect a film all about Jason in hell would not be very interesting, as he would be lackluster indeed when surrounded by luminaries such as Hitler and Disney.

Part 9 in the series is by far the most polished and professional-looking. It appears to have been made by actual filmmakers, rather than the developmentally disabled youth responsible for Parts 1-8 (except 4, which we rather liked).

Looks are not everything, though. The film still suffers from bad continuity, sloppy editing, bland acting, ridiculous plot developments and cardboard characters. It is also by far the most grotesque film in the series. (A man gets his face put into a deep-fryer; a woman’s mouth gets smashed into her head.)

It begins promisingly. A girl drives to a secluded cabin in the woods, gets naked and takes a shower. We can’t believe a movie in the series that helped create these cliches would now be indulging in them. We are wondering why we’re even bothering with this piece of crap.

Sure enough, Jason shows up and tries to kill the girl. She runs into the woods and stops. Suddenly, an array of floodlights are turned on and a veritable army of police snipers shoot Jason to smithereens. Just to be sure, Jason is then blown up.

This is wonderful. Here the movie recognizes the cliches and uses them as a trap for Jason. (Think about it: If you wanted to capture him, how would you lure him out? You’d go to the woods, get naked, take a shower.... If Jason had watched a few “Friday the 13th” movies, he never would have fallen for it.) This was one of the few pre-”Scream” acknowledgements of how tired the genre was, and my, is it ever lovely.

It also makes sense from a practical standpoint, because what they did is EXACTLY WHAT WE WOULD DO. As a kid, I thought that if Jason were real, and he kept coming back to life, I would capture him, kill him, then cut his body into a million pieces and send them all over the world.

I also like how they don’t even ATTEMPT to explain how Jason is alive again after dying in toxic waste at the end of Part 8. I’m guessing they realized that whatever the explanation was, it wasn’t going to make sense, so they just skipped it. Good for them.

After that opening sequence, things fall apart, but quick. The coroner sifting through Jason’s body parts becomes entranced by the still-beating heart (note to self: Don’t conduct autopsies on persons whose disembodied organs are still functioning). Then he eats the heart, which causes him to, um, become Jason. He still looks like himself, but his reflection shows the nasty guy in the hockey mask. (Apparently, the hockey mask is now PART of Jason, like his arm or his leg.) He kills people.

A weird cowboyish bounty hunter named Creighton Duke (Steven Williams, later of “The X-Files”) announces that he knows everything about Jason’s true nature, possibly because he just made it up. It seems Jason had a sister all this time (never mentioned before), who is now Erin Gray, formerly of “Silver Spoons.” Erin Gray has a daughter named Jessica and a little baby granddaughter. Jason’s body has been destroyed, and he’s using temporary bodies until he can get to a blood relative. Once he does that, and uses his black, serpentine tongue to transfer himself to that person, then Jason will be reborn again and forever and then we’re all screwed.

Creighton Duke also tells us the only way to REALLY kill Jason is for one of the aforementioned blood relatives to kill him (this rule has never been mentioned before). Oh, and it has to be with a special knife (also new). And it would help if it takes place at the Voorhees family home (this being the first time we’ve ever heard of such a place). I suspect they had Steven Williams improvise all that stuff, then they made the rest of the movie based on what he said. (”’Voorhees family home’?” says the director. “All right, you heard the man! Build a set!”) (”Voorhees” is misspelled “Vorhees” on the mailbox, by the way.)

Creighton Duke reveals all this information to Steven, the mild-mannered ex-boyfriend of Jessica and father to her little baby, and ostensibly our hero. Creighton Duke also breaks two of Steven’s fingers in exchange for this information. I suspect the actor made that up, too, because there’s NO WAY anyone actually WROTE that scene.

There is a couple who has sex in a tent in the woods before getting killed. They are accompanied by a girl who is by far the most awkward third wheel I’ve ever seen in my life. She tries to pick up on Steven, who picks them up hitchhiking. Apparently, her thought was that she would go along with her amorous friends and just collect a boyfriend for herself on the way there. Very optimistic, this girl.

You may be interested to know, also, that after Jason is done possessing your body, he transfers to another body, and then you melt.

There are a few moments of honest tension in the film; more, perhaps, than most of the others in the series. The ineptitude is apparent, but not glaring.

It betrays most of the what the series had already established -- since WHEN is Jason a supernatural being, for crying out loud? -- but it does it glibly and without regard for tact or decency. There’s something admirable about being so blatantly ridiculous, especially when the people doing it are so dumb they don’t realize what they’re doing it.

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User Comments

9/10/12 Me baby, Me Good Lordy! 4 stars
11/19/09 art they should have stopped after PART TWO!,because from part 3 on THEY WERE RIDICULOUS! 1 stars
1/15/09 Shaun Wallner Scary Film! 4 stars
2/17/07 David Pollastrini needed more Jason 4 stars
12/16/06 MP Bartley Energetic and gruesome fun. The best since the first. 4 stars
11/05/06 PriscillaPal Actually, parts 1-4, 6 and 7 were pretty good. Everything else including part 9 were crap! 1 stars
1/17/06 Anthony Feor The director should have gone to hell before Jason 1 stars
11/24/05 cr gory + sex + scary + sean returns+ and knock out ending ki ki ki ha ha 3 stars
10/14/05 Darren O Should not be considered part of the series, or considered at all, even in unrated form. 1 stars
8/24/05 ES There'll likely be more 2 stars
8/23/05 Sugarfoot I was pretty drunk when I saw it, So I thought it was surreal. 2 stars
6/11/05 Manu Ginobli Jason goes to hell...they must have got my letter... 3 stars
5/27/05 tony It should've ended here. But good overall movie! the next movie after this is crap! 3 stars
4/12/05 Phoenix Jason spends most of the movie in different bodies. Just OK. 3 stars
7/04/04 Samuel the einding was great, but i didnt like that jason was killing in someone elses body. 4 stars
6/07/04 Ryan Clark Better than the last couple of outings, but it's still more of the same. 2 stars
6/04/04 Stab Wounds It's different than the other friday flicks, got some great kills too 4 stars
1/26/04 Eric Scream was better.Thats how bad this movie sucked.the worst of them all. 1 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess Jason makes a cameo in his own movie. Not very good. 2 stars
11/02/03 J Is this the end of Jason!? 4 stars
10/20/03 Josh Standlee Jason goes to Hell, but not the movie! 5 stars
10/16/03 Erik Van Sant Bobble-head Jason has probably five minutes of scream-time. I hated this movie. 1 stars
7/22/03 Double G This could have been a great ending movie, but NO the mad Jason X 3 stars
6/30/03 Jack Bourbon The Necronomicon from The Evil Dead series is in this!!! Good final act. 4 stars
6/04/03 Mike 2nd best in the series next to Jason X. (Yes I am that pitiful). 5 stars
5/22/03 Andrew Carden It's Hardly As Fun Without The Nudity and Violence. Lamebrained Bore. 1 stars
3/27/03 .Choadushouse. Basically, it's not very good. The violence is fun though. 2 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum Pull over, honey, let's stare at this accident 2 stars
8/16/02 Shaun too little Jason in his zombie form 2 stars
6/07/02 Jake Not goes to hell, more like...What THE hell??!! Worst of them all, maybe. 1 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 What possessed the black coroner to eat the heart? What the fuck was he thinking????? 2 stars
4/20/02 fdfds Sadly it's not the end. Jason X is coming out... 1 stars
4/09/02 Sugarfoot Not that bad. Not great but still wortha look. 3 stars
2/20/02 Haddonfield This movie is the biggest waste of film I have ever seen. 1 stars
10/12/01 Eric It's one of the best in the series, and it's also the only one that's action-oriented. 5 stars
9/16/01 Mr. Hat One of the best in the series. At least we know (for sure?) that he's gone for good. 4 stars
8/07/01 Joe Zappa This is the best "Friday the 13th" yet, but do you really think this is the last? 3 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk It sad to see such a horror icon of the eighties fizzle out in this puddle of piss. 1 stars
3/20/01 Tony hands down the crazy italian teens fucking in the tent is better than some porn!just rewind 5 stars
11/01/00 Bigfoot A good movie but the director focused too hard on the perfect ending... the movie is about 3 stars
8/13/00 Bender Boring and moronic. This one really stealed the deal. 1 stars
4/13/00 SwatchDog C+ That diner manager's death is soo cool. Her face looks like a dented hubcap 3 stars
3/28/00 Darragh Murray Awful 2 stars
2/16/00 Kyle Broflovski Ooooh, black, slimy, half-decayed heart. Mmmmm... 2 stars
10/01/99 Jay The best in the series. 5 stars
2/07/99 roxy when the chick gets slammed in the car door and the black guy eating the heart are funny. 4 stars
1/09/99 Jo Mama why the hell did he eat jason's heart?? tacky shit but amusing. 4 stars
10/17/98 CaptNish I won't say it's the best one, but it's the best one with Kane Hodder as Jason. 4 stars
9/09/98 Bruce Willis' mama. Should have stopped two previous. 2 stars
9/04/98 Badass PIECE OF SHIT!!@!!! 1 stars
9/02/98 J-Guy pretty funny, I liked it. 4 stars
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  13-Aug-1993 (R)



Directed by
  Adam Marcus

Written by
  Jay Huguley
  Dean Lorey
  Adam Marcus

  John D. LeMay
  Kari Keegan
  Steven Williams
  Steven Culp
  Erin Gray
  Rusty Schwimmer

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