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October 27th, 2019 Movie – Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

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Out of all of the Friday The 13th movies, this one will always have a special place in my heart because this was my first. I don’t remember how I convinced my mom to rent this for me, but one weekend found me clutching this VHS tape in my hands and eagerly waiting for everyone to go to bed so I could stay up late and watch it. I was familiar with who Jason was so seeing a movie called “Jason Lives” made me eager to see just how scary the hockey mask wearing killer really was. So let’s have some fun with today’s movie, Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives.

The plot: Several years after the incident at Pinehurst Halfway House, Tommy Jarvis, accompanied by his friend Allen Hawes, heads to the cemetery in the town of Forest Green, formerly known as Crystal Lake. Once there, Tommy locates Jason Voorhees’ grave and intends on destroying Jason’s body but after digging up the grave and opening the coffin, Tommy recalls the events of the past and grabs a metal fence post and begins stabbing it into the corpse. After exhausting himself, Tommy tosses a hockey mask he brought with him into the grave and moves to grab some gasoline so they can burn the body when the fence post is struck by two bolts of lightning, bringing Jason back to life. Jason grabs Tommy, who manages to get free and douses Jason with gasoline but when he goes to set him on fire, it begins to rain, dousing the match in his hand. When Hawes attacks Jason from behind with a shovel, Jason turns around and punch Hawes through his chest, ripping out his heart and causing Hawes body to fall back into Jason’s coffin. Tommy runs back to his truck and drives off as Jason reaches down and grabs the hockey mask, putting it on and heading back towards the lake. Tommy makes his way to the sheriff’s station and tells Sheriff Mike Garris what happened but Garris thinks he is trying to stir up trouble and puts Tommy in a cell after Tommy tries to graba shotgun. Meanwhile, Darren and Lizabeth, two camp counselors, are driving towards the campgrounds at Forest Green when they encounter Jason, who ends up killing both of them. The next day, Garris’ daughter Megan and her friends Cort, Paula, and Sissy arrive at the station and tell him that Darren and Lizabeth are missing but he doesn’t share their concern. Tommy, who is still in his cell, says that Jason might have gotten them and Garris quickly shoes the kids out of the station, as Megan appears to be attracted to Tommy, then tells Tommy that he is going to escort him out of his jurisdiction so he won’t have to deal with him anymore. At Camp Forest Green, Paula is still concerned about her sister Lizabeth not showing up yet and the group talks for a little while before they are interrupted by the arrival of the kids that are there for the weekend camp. Elsewhere, a group of business executives are playing paintball in the woods as part of a training exercise when they come across Jason, who kills them all. Meanwhile, Tommy is driving along, with Garris and a deputy following him, when he quickly turns down a road heading towards the cemetery, then races towards Jason’s grave, only to find that the grave has been filled, as the caretaker had filled it in that morning after discovering that it had been dug up, and an angry Garris continues to escort Tommy out of the county. That night, Jason kills the caretaker, as well as a couple who were having a romantic evening in the woods, then continues towards the campgrounds. At the campgrounds, Sissy and Paula are dealing with some frightened girls while Cort has snuck off to have sex with his girlfriend Nikki, who had driven to the camp in her step-father’s RV. When Jason arrives at the campgrounds, he rips the RV’s power cord from the outlet and when Cort and Nikki go to investigate, Jason sneaks inside the RV, then kills them both as they drive away from the campsite. At the sheriff’s station, Garris is arguing with Megan about Tommy when he receives a call from his deputy, who found the remains of Darren and Lizabeth. After Garris leaves, Tommy calls the station to try and convince Garris that Jason has returned but Megan answers the phone and after warning Tommy that her father is looking for him, she goes to pick him up. The two pick up the supplies Tommy needs to try and kill Jason for good, then head to the camp but end up encountering some police roadblocks, eventually forced to stop when they come to a second roadblock and Garris levels a shotgun at them. Back at the camp, Sissy hears a noise and thinks it is Cort trying to scare her and Paula so she goes to trick him instead but ends up being grabbed and killed by Jason. A short while later, a little girl sees Jason walking past her cabin and goes to tell Paula, carrying the bloody machete that she found on the ground with her. Paula thinks it is just Sissy and Cort playing a trick on them and tells the girl they should go find them and scare them back. At the sheriff’s station, Garris has Tommy in cuffs and is trying to convince Megan to stay away from him when they receive a call about Cort and Nikki’s accident. Garris still believes that Tommy is the killer but begins to have his doubts when Megan says that Tommy was with her when the accident occurred. Back at the camp, Paula and the girl find no sign of Cort and Sissy so Paula puts her back to bed, then heads back to her cabin. With there still being no sign of her friends, she goes to try and call the sheriff but the phone lines have been cut by Jason earlier. She then notices that the machete is missing and goes to lock the door when Jason steps through it and kills her. Back at the station, Megan tells Tommy to cause a distraction so she can grab the keys from Deputy Rick so she can free him. Tommy causes and argument with Megan and when she goes to get her sketch book back from him, he kisses her. Rick sees this and rushes to separate them but Megan uses the opportunity to grab Rick’s gun and force him to open Tommy’s cell. They then lock Rick in the cell and head to the camp, with Tommy reluctantly agreeing to take Megan with him. At the camp, Jason has entered the girls’ cabin and notices the one girl still awake but as he approaches her, he hears a car door slam and quickly leaves the cabin. Outside, Garris and two more deputies have arrived at the camp and while Garris goes to look for Paula and Sissy, he tells the deputies to look around and keep an eye out for anything that doesn’t belong but Jason ends up killing both of his deputies. Garris goes looking to Sissy and Paula’s cabin and discovers it covered in blood, then goes to check on the childrens’ cabins and discovers that the little girl is missing. Having heard one of his deputies fire his gun, Garris goes to grab the shotgun from his car then runs into the little girl. After calming her down, he sees the boys have all woken up and quickly tells them to follow him to the girls’ cabin, where he tells all of the kids to hide under the beds until he gets back. Garris heads back outside and after discovering the body of one of his deputies, he encounters Jason and starts shooting him but Jason continues to get up so Garris is forced to run. Tommy and Megan arrive at the camp and Megan goes to look for her friends only to find the bloody cabin, then goes to check on the kids. After checking to make sure Megan and the kids are ok, Tommy heads to the docks to continue his plan on killing Jason. Megan starts yelling for her dad and Tommy tells her to use her dad’s radio to call for help. Megan heads to the sheriff’s car but when she opens the door, Sissy’s head falls out. Megan then starts screaming for her dad, alerting both Jason and Garris to her presence and as Jason turns back towards the camp, Garris attacks Jason but ends up being killed. Megan heads to the dock to ask Tommy to help her find her dad but he tells her to head back to the cabin with the kids while he deals with Jason. As Tommy heads out onto the lake, Jason bursts into the kids’ cabin and Megan rushes towards them, only for Jason to grab her. Tommy yells out at Jason, who drops Megan and heads out into the lake after Tommy. Tommy has tied a chain around a large rock, then formed a noose out of the other end, intending to return Jason to the lake he drowned in and keep him there. When Jason goes underwater, Tommy pours some gasoline around his boat and drops a match onto it, creating a ring of fire around him to help him keep Jason off guard but as he looks for Jason, Jason surfaces behind him and grabs him. As Tommy struggles with Jason, Tommy manages to get the noose around Jason’s neck but Jason breaks the boat, sending both Tommy and Jason into the water. Tommy tries to swim to the surface but Jason grabs his leg and holds him underwater until Tommy stops moving, then releases him and allows Tommy’s body to float to the surface. Seeing Tommy lying motionless in the water, Megan swims out to save him when Jason grabs her and tries to drag her under. Megan manages to grab onto the back end of the Tommy’s boat and starts the motor, then maneuvers the propeller so that it begins slicing through Jason’s neck, severing enough of it so that Jason lets go of her as he appears to finally have been killed. . Megan drags Tommy back to shore and begins performing CPR on him and is eventually able to revive him and as she hugs Tommy, Tommy stares at the lake and says it is finally over as Jason is finally home but as dawn breaks over the lake, Jason is shown to still be alive underneath the water.

Friday The 13th Part VI: Jason Lives met with mixed reviews from the critics, holding a 52% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. This makes it the second highest rated movie in the entire series, with only the original movie receiving better reviews. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, the critics that liked the movie seemed to enjoy it because it seemed to poke fun at itself for how campy the series was becoming. Even though the movies have always been set at a summer camp, this is the only time where kids actually appear at the camp (not including the scene of Jason drowning). Despite being favored critically compared to the previous movies, the movie actually performed worse than them, only earning $19.4 million off of a $3 million budget.

Even though it has been a while since I last saw this movie, I still enjoyed the hell out of it. In fact, this movie is one of the most enjoyable movies in the entire franchise, and a good part of it is because of how cheesy it is. The acting was decent and while nobody really stood out, I did think that Thom Mathews (Tommy), Jennifer Cooke (Megan) and David Kagen (Garris) were pretty good in their roles. The story was actually pretty good because if you think about it, Jason’s constantly coming back after receiving fatal wounds in the 2nd and 3rd movies never really made much sense. Having him resurrected as a murderous ghoul(?) actually helps make his being an unstoppable killing machine a little more credible. I also love the fact that the movie kind of pokes fun at itself in a kind of tongue-in-cheek manner, such as the caretaker breaking the 4th wall as he refills Jason’s grave and Deputy Rick’s comments to Garris about it being Friday the 13th when they discover several bodies in the woods. The special effects were pretty decent, particularly regarding the makeup for Jason’s corpse body as I thought it was especially well done. All in all, it’s a fun movie to watch as it started a trend of not taking itself too seriously.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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October 20th, 2019 Movie – Friday The 13th: A New Beginning

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We now come to the part of the series that tends to be the most controversial of all of the movies. The 5th movie has kind of been shat on for years, not just from the critics but from the fans as well. The main reason for the fan’s negativity was obviously due to the fact that for the first, and only time, since the original movie, the killer was not Jason Voorhees. That irritated a lot of the fans. However the movie is also known for the high number of on screen kills, it’s explicit nudity and sex scenes, and onscreen drug useWith all of these factors, can this movie possibly be any good? Well let’s see as I watch today’s movie, Friday The 13th: A New Beginning.

The plot: On a stormy night, 12 year old Tommy Jarvis makes his way to the cemetery where Jason Voorhees is buried, staring at the ground to ensure that Jason is still buried there. Hearing someone approach, Tommy hides and watches in horror as two grave robbers appear and begin digging up the grave. After the casket is opened, a suddenly revived Jason kills the two grave robbers and then heads over to where Tommy is hiding. As Jason moves to kill Tommy, 17 year old Tommy awakens from the nightmare he was having as the bus for the mental institute he has been a patient at arrives Pinehurst Halfway House, where Tommy will now be residing. After meeting with Dr. Matt Letter and Assist. Director Pam Roberts, Tommy heads to his room to get settled in, only to be startled by Reggie, the grandson of George (a worker there). As Tommy and Reggie talk, a police car pulls up, with Sheriff Tucker dropping off Tina and Eddie, who had been having sex in the woods on the neighbor’s property. As Tucker and Matt talk, Ethel Hubbard and her son Junior ride up, with Ethel warning Matt and Tucker to keep the kids off of her property. Later that day, good natured Joey tries to help Robin and Violet with the laundry, only to get chocolate all over the sheets. He then goes to talk with Vic, who was chopping wood, and Vic ends up killing Joey with the axe, so the authorities are called in to take Vic away, while paramedics Duke and Roy deal with Joey’s body. The next day, Tommy is struggling to deal with the violence from the day before, as he is hallucinating seeing Jason. The other kids (Robin, Violet, Jake, and Tina) are also having problems with it and when Eddie uses one of Tommy’s masks to try and scare him, Tommy flips out and starts attacking Eddie until Matt is able to separate them and calm Tommy down. Meanwhile, Sheriff Tucker is overseeing the scene where two teenagers were killed the night before, with his deputy commenting that they have a maniac on their hands. That night, Billy, one of the workers from the Unger Institute of Mental Health, shows up at a diner to pick up his girlfriend Lana. While she is closing up the diner, someone kills Billy with an axe, then kills Lana shortly afterwards. The next day, the mayor is yelling at Tucker to figure out who is killing people and Tucker says it is Jason Voorhees but the mayor chastises Tucker, saying Jason was cremated, and storms out of the station. Back at Pinehurst, Tommy is still having hallucinations about Jason and is keeping to himself. Meanwhile, Tina and Eddie sneak off into the woods to have sex again, where a drifter working for Ethel sees them but as he turns to leave, he is killed. After they finish, Eddie heads down to the nearby pond to wash up and while he is gone, Tina is killed. When Eddie returns, he sees the body and backs away in horror, only to end up being killed himself. That night, Matt is worried about Eddie and Tina but Pam says that they will be back when they get hungry, then leaves to take Reggie to see his older brother, taking Tommy with them but after they leave, Matt and George decide to go looking for the missing teens. Pam and the others arrive at the trailer park and as Pam and Reggie visit with Demon and his girlfriend Anita, Tommy encounters Junior and ends up getting in a fight with him. Hearing the commotion, Pam yells out for Tommy to keep him from killing Junior and Tommy runs off, so Pam and Reggie leave so they can find him but after they leave, Demon and Anita are killed. When Pam and Reggie get back to Pinehurst, they learn that Matt and George are gone so Pam tells Jake, Robin, and Violet to take Reggie inside while she goes to look for them. Meanwhile, Junior heads home and is riding his motorbike all around the yard while yelling to Ethel about what happened when he is beheaded, then Ethel is killed shortly later. Back at Pinehurst, Reggie falls asleep on the couch while Robin and Jake watch a movie. Jake tells Robin he likes her and wants to sleep with her but when she laughs at him, he gets upset and leaves. Jake goes to talk to Violet but she is to busy listening to her music to pay attention to him and as she leaves her room, he ends up being killed. When the movie is over, Robin covers up Reggie, then heads to her room to go to bed but when she sees Jake’s body in her bed, she starts to scream only to be killed as well. The killer then heads to Violet’s room and kills her while she is dancing. As a storm rages outside, Reggie is woken up be some thunder and goes to see if Tommy is back, only to discover Jake, Robin, and Violet’s bodies in his room. As he backs away in shock, he is grabbed by Pam, who had just returned, and indicates Tommy’s room. When Pam sees the bodies, she grabs Reggie and they go to leave when a man wearing a jumpsuit and hockey mask bursts through the door. They quickly rush out the back and through the woods, where they find the paramedics car on the side of the road. Pam goes up to the car and yells for help only to discover Duke lying dead in the drivers seat. As the killer appears on the passenger side of the car, Reggie screams and runs back into the woods, with Pam following and yelling out for him. As Pam runs through the woods, she comes across the body of Matt nailed to a tree and when she finally reaches Pinehurst, George’s body is thrown through a window. Pam goes screaming outside only to encounter the killer, who stalks after her but before he can kill her, Reggie drives a tractor through the barn door and rams it into the killer. Pam and Reggie embrace and go to make sure the killer is dead when the killer suddenly grabs Reggie’s leg. Pam is able to kick the killer off and they go running into the barn, with the killer following them. Inside the barn, Pam attacks the killer with a chainsaw, managing to slash his arm, but when it runs out of gas, she throws it at him and runs. Tommy suddenly appears in the doorway and when the killer turns to face him, Tommy thinks he is just hallucinating again. When the killer slashes Tommy across the chest, Tommy realizes that it is real and stabs the killer in the leg with his pocket knife. Pam and Reggie yell for Tommy to climb up to the hay loft where they are and the killer follows him, In the loft, the killer sees Tommy lying motionless on the ground and, believing he is dead, turns his attention to Reggie. Pam attacks the killer and as she leads him away, Reggie jumps at him and knocks him out the open doorway. Pam and Reggie go to see if the killer fell when he suddenly appears and grabs onto Reggie’s leg, attempting to drag him out of the barn. As Pam grabs Reggie to rescue him, Tommy recovers and used the machete to cut the killer’s hand, causing him to lose his grip on Reggie and fall onto some spiked beams below. As the three look down on the body, they discover that the killer was Roy, the paramedic, who had dressed as Jason in order to kill people. Later at the hospital, Tucker talks with Pam and tells her that Roy was Joey’s father and seeing him killed caused him to snap and kill Matt and the others, as he blamed them for Joey’s death. Meanwhile, in his hospital room, Tommy wakes from a nightmare in which he kills Pam and sees Jason standing over him but Tommy is finally able to deal with his fear of Jason and the hallucination vanishes. Climbing out of his bed, Tommy pulls open a nearby dresser drawer and finds a hockey mask inside. Pam is heading towards Tommy’s room to check on Tommy when she hears the sound of breaking glass. Rushing inside, Pam sees the window is broken and believes Tommy has fled the hospital, unaware that Tommy was behind the door and as he closes it, he is shown to be wearing the mask and wielding a knife.

Friday The 13th: A New Beginning was panned by the critics, holding a 16% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, the critics mostly felt that the gore and increased T&A do little to mask the unoriginal plot and lame reveal at the end. Initially, the plan was for this movie to be the start of a new trilogy of films featuring a new killer, but after the disappointing reception from fans, along with a decline in box office receipts compared to the previous two entries, the decided to bring Jason Voorhees back for the next installment. While it didn’t earn as much as previous movies, the movie was still a box office success, earning $22 million off of a $2.2 million budget.

At this point, the lack of originality in the series is definitely working against these movies. This isn’t that terrible of a movie, its just that it was nothing more than a copycat killer so it didn’t add much to the story. The acting was ok, with John Sheppard doing a good job as the traumatized and subdued Tommy. Melanie Kinnaman (Pam), Shavar Ross (Reggie), and Carol Locatell (Ethel) were also good in their roles, but everyone else didn’t really stand out. The story was ok, with the idea of someone using the story of Jason to try and explain his killing spree being a decent idea. The problem is, and I know this is going to sound a little twisted, but after a while, it gets boring seeing people killed the same way time after time again. Really the only original kill was when Roy shoved the flare in the kid’s mouth. I also didn’t care for the fact that they tried to make Roy the unstoppable machine that Jason was. I mean, he got hit by a tractor and was able to get back up and keep going with seemingly no effect? I’m sorry but that really is pushing the believability factor. The special effects with the deaths weren’t too bad but there wasn’t much else to rave about in that regard. Again, this isn’t a bad movie but it is somewhat of a disappointment compared to the others.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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October 13th, 2019 Movie – Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter

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One thing that I always found interesting about the Friday The 13th movies is the timeline, primarily with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th movies. Aside from the opening scene, the second movie takes place five years after the events of the first movie, with the third movie picking up the very next day. Then you come to today’s movie, which starts off on the night the third movie ends, meaning that Jason’s rampage was over the course of about 5 days to a week tops. I will be honest that I can’t decide if that is a good bit of world/story telling, or simple laziness so that you don’t have to really explain how he keeps showing up. Regardless, let’s see how well today’s movie holds up as I watch Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter

The plot: After a recap of the events from the previous films, the movie picks up with the police finishing cleaning up at Higgins Haven and transporting Jason’s body to the local morgue. After the morgue closes for the night, the attendant, Axel, and his girlfriend Robbie are fooling around in the morgue when Jason’s hand slips off the gurney he is lying on, scaring Robbie, who decides to leave. Axel puts Jason’s body into storage, then turns to watch TV but Jason suddenly revives and kills Axel, then kills Robbie as he leaves the hospital. The next day, Trish Jarvis and her mom are jogging around Crystal Lake before returning home, where they talk with Trish’s younger brother Tommy about the house next to theirs being rented by a group of teenagers. Meanwhile, Doug, Jimmy, Paul, Sam, Sara, and Ted are driving up to the cabin, with Jimmy complaining to Ted about his girlfriend breaking up with him. Along the way, the stop by a graveyard, where Sara notices the tombstone for Pamela Voorhees inside. They then pass by a hitchhiker but refuse to pick her up and as they drive away, the hitchhiker is killed by Jason. The teenagers finally reach the cabin and start unloading their car, being greeted by Trish and Tommy while they do so. The next day, the teenagers head to the lake and meet Tina and Terri, local twins that agree to show them to the lake. Trish and Tommy see the group as they are driving back home from town, but then have some car trouble after passing them. As Tommy tries to fix the car, they encounter a backpacker named Rob Dier, who helps them fix their car, and Trish offers him a lift to their house as thanks. Once there, Tommy quickly takes Rob up to his room to show him all of the monster masks that he has made, then Trish shows him where a trail is that leads around the lake and Rob makes his way down the trail. Back at the rental house, the teenagers are starting to party and Jimmy asks Terri to dance but after a while, Paul changes the song so he can dance with Sam, and Jimmy and Terri follow suit, as do Ted and Tina. As the party continues, Sam gets jealous when Tina starts flirting with Paul and decides to head out to the lake for a swim. As she makes her way to the lake, she hears someone moving through the woods and, thinking it is Paul, decides to tease him by getting naked and swimming out to the raft out on the lake and as she lays on the raft, Jason burst from the water and stabs her through the raft. Back at the house, Paul stops things from going to far with Tina and decides to go looking for Sam so Tina decides to turn her attentions to Jimmy, who eagerly accepts her offer to dance. Outside, Paul sees Sam on the raft and swims out to be with her but when he discovers she is dead, he quickly swims back to shore, only for Jason to kill him by shooting a spear gun into his groin. In the woods, Rob hears Paul’s screams and, grabbing a machete, heads out to investigate when he sees someone moving by his campsite and when he makes his way back, he discovers that someone had broken the stock on his rifle. Back at the house, Tina and Jimmy head upstairs to have sex, while Ted finds some old time dirty movies, which he decides to put on. Not enjoying the movie, Terri goes upstairs and tells Tina she wants to leave but Tina tells her to go without her so Terri leaves, only to be killed by Jason and pinned to one of the storm shutters. At the Travis house, Mrs. Travis comes home to find the power out and neither her kids or their dog answer her calls and heads outside, calling for their dog Gordon. Trish and Tommy return home to find their mom isn’t there and Trish decides to go find Rob to help look for her, telling Tommy to stay there in case their mother returns. Back at the house, Jimmy and Tina finish having sex and while she goes to take a shower, Jimmy heads downstairs to brag to Ted about having sex, then goes to get some wine for him and Tina, only for Jason to kill him. Tina returns to the room to find Jimmy missing and as she looks outside, she notices Terri’s bike is still there, As she looks out the window some more to see if she can spot her sister, Jason breaks through the window to grab her and throws her from the house, where she lands on Paul’s car and rolls to the ground in a heap. Meanwhile, Trish finds Rob’s campsite and ends up being attacked by Rob, who yells at her for being there. He then tells her about his sister Sandra, who was killed by Jason and tells her about his body disappearing from the morgue, and the missing hospital staff, and his belief  that Jason is alive, causing Trish to worry about Tommy. Back at the house, Jason makes his way back inside and kills Ted, who was still watching the movie, then heads upstairs, killing Doug in the shower. Sara discovers Doug’s body and goes screaming for Sam, only for Jason to kill her with an axe through the door. Back at the Jarvis house, Trish and Rob return to find Tommy still there, and Trish tries to call for help but when she gets no dial tone, Rob decides to go check next door and Trish goes with him. Seeing the broken door, they carefully make their way inside and find no sign of anyone there. Rob decides to check the basement and while he is gone, Gordon breaks free from Trish’s grip and runs upstairs, leaping out a window to the ground below. Trish heads upstairs to find Gordon but instead finds a body and yells out for Rob and as they go to leave, Jason attacks Rob, who yells at Trish to run before Jason kills him. Trish runs back to her house and she works with Tommy to barricade their house but Jason throws Rob’s body through the windows, then breaks another to grab Tommy. Trish attacks Jason with a hammer, causing him to drop Tommy, and they quickly run upstairs and lock themselves in Tommy’s room. As Jason starts to break down the door, Trish slams Tommy’s computer monitor onto his head, electrocuting him and seemingly killing him but as she steps over him so they can leave, he recovers and chases after her. As she lures Jason away from Tommy, Tommy, having seen Rob’s newspaper clippings concerning Jason, shaves his head so that he looks like Jason did as a boy. As Jason moves to kill Trish, Tommy yells out to Jason, who stops and stares at Tommy. As he moves towards Tommy, Trish tries to kill Jason but only succeeds in slicing off the hockey mask. Seeing his face, Trish drops the machete in horror and as Jason moves towards her, Tommy grabs the machete and buries it into Jason’s head. Trish and Tommy embrace each other and as Tommy hugs his sister, he sees Jason’s body twitch and quickly picks up the machete and repeatedly slashes at Jason while yelling “Die!”, all while Trish yells out his name to get him to stop. Some time later, Trish is in the hospital, where a doctor and the sheriff talk to her, and after they leave, Tommy shows up and runs to hug her, but as they embrace, Trish doesn’t notice the disturbed look in Tommy’s eyes.

Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter was panned by the critics, currently holding a 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The critical consensus on the site is, “As lumberingly single-minded as its homicidal star, Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter adds another rote entry to an increasingly labored franchise.” In the morgue scene, the nurse’s name tag reads “R. Morgan, RN,” which is an homage to actress Robbi Morgan, who played Annie in Friday the 13th (1980). The movie was a box office hit, earning $33 million off of a $2.6 million budget, and despite the intentions of it being the final film in the series, the success of the film prompted another sequel to be released the following year.

Ok, There were some aspects of this movie that I liked, and there were some that just annoy the f@$#out of me. The sad part is, I remember some of these issues bothering me when I first saw this movie decades ago, and to watch it again now makes it seem even more mind boggling. Now the acting was pretty decent, with Corey Feldman doing a great job as Tommy. I also thought that Kimberly Beck did a good job as Trish, while Crispin Glover’s portrayal of the socially awkward Jimmy was great (which he seemed to use aspects of this character for his portrayal of George McFly in Back To The Future), but everyone else was just ok. The story was actually pretty decent, with Rob showing up to track down his sister’s killer, to Tommy tricking Jason much like Ginny did in Friday The 13th Part 2. However, there were a couple of scenes that just ruined any sort of “believability” for me. The first one was when Jason kills Sam in the raft. Since he stabbed her through the bottom of the raft, it would have taken in water and most likely been somewhat folded in on itself due to her body lying in it, instead of lying pristine in the water when Paul discovers her. The other issue I have is something of a timing issue in the kills. Jason kills Jimmy in the kitchen, then goes outside and climbs up to the second story in order to grab Tina and throw her out the window, then climbs back down and heads back inside to kill Ted. That honestly makes no sense to me, as I feel like he should have killed Ted, then Tina, as he would then be able to enter the upstairs through the broken window in order to kill Doug and Sara. If he killed Tina first, Jimmy might have heard the sound of the breaking glass and Jason would have still killed him, just not so much in the same way. Another thing that bothered me is that you never know what happened to Mrs. Jarvis; you are just left to assume that she was killed by Jason. The masks that Tommy “made” were top notch but that is most likely that Tom Savini, who had returned to work on this film, made them. The deaths themselves were also better than some of the previous movies but that is again most likely due to Savini’s influence. A pretty good movie that somewhat holds up and is worth giving a watch, especially during Halloween time.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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October 6th, 2019 Movie – Friday The 13th Part III

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There are a lot of things that come to mind when you think about the 80’s, and most of them are probably bad. For instance, during the early part of the decade there were a number of movies made in 3D, primarily the 3rd entry in a film series. For instance, we had Jaws 3-D, Amityville 3-D, and today’s movie, Friday The 13th Part III. Now by now, most people are probably starting to get sick of this series, and having it filmed in 3D was probably a way to get people interested in it. That being said, this film is particularly noteworthy because this is the movie where Jason finally dons what would become his signature look, a hockey mask. Now I know the 3D aspects are not going to hold up after all these years, but let’s see if the movie itself has fared any better.

The plot: Shortly after the events of the previous movie, a storm threatens to pour as Edna yells at her husband Harold as he starts to close up their market. Turning back to her television, Edna watches a news report about the murders at the camp ground when a noise outside causes her to look out the window, where she sees someone walking by her laundry that is hung up to dry. Edna goes to bring the laundry in, then catches Harold sneaking food from the market and tells him to take the rabbit that he was carrying back to it’s pen. Harold goes to put the rabbit up, but when he discovers a snake had killed the other rabbits, he is scared so bad that he races back to his apartment and heads to the bathroom, where he ends up being killed when Jason buries a meat cleaver into his chest. Edna hears the commotion and goes to look for Harold, only for Jason to grab her through the window of a door and stab a sewing needle into the back of her head. The next day, Chris Higgins and her friends Debbie, Andy, Shelly, Chuck, and Chili stop at a house to pick up Shelly’s blind date Vera before heading up to Chris’ family cabin on Crystal Lake. As they get close to the cabin, they almost run over an old man named Abel, who was sleeping in the middle of the road and waves an eyeball that he found as he warns them but they quickly drive away from him. When they finally reach the cabin, everyone heads to the lake except for Chris, who goes to take her bags inside and is surprised to find her boyfriend Rick inside waiting for her. As the group gets settled in, Shelly pulls a prank pretending that he has been killed, which ends up pissing everyone off. Vera decides to head to the store and Shelly asks to come with her but while they are there, they get into an altercation with three bikers; Ali, Loco, and Fox. As they go to leave, Shelly accidentally backs over the bikes, causing Ali to bust the windows out of their car but as Ali goes to get on his bike and chase after them, Shelly turns around and runs over Ali’s bike and wrecking it. Shelly and Vera get back to the cabin and explain what happened to the others, then Chris and Rick head out to be alone while the others stay at the cabin, unaware that Jason is watching them from the barn where he was hiding. Ali, Loco, and Fox show up at the cabin, intending on getting some payback on Shelly by siphoning gas from Chris’ van and using it to burn the barn down. As Ali and Loco siphon the gas, Fox goes exploring the barn. Loco heads out to the barn to start pouring the gasoline and finds Fox swinging from the rope used to bring hay up to the loft. Loco yells at her to stop screwing around and when he looks back up, he sees she has disappeared. Loco heads inside to try and find Fox and discovers her body pined to a rafter by a rake, then ends up being killed by Jason himself. Ali heads to the barn and yells out for the others and when he goes inside, Loco’s body falls down from the hay loft on top of him. Seeing Jason drop down from the rafters, Ali goes to attack him but Jason hits him over the head, then proceeds to bludgeon him to death. That night, as Chris and Rick sit out in the woods, Rick asks Chris why she came back to the cabin and she explains that she was there to face her fears. Chris explains that two years earlier, she had been attacked in the woods by a deformed man, blacking out from fright as he dragged her into the woods. When she woke up in her own bed, her parents thought she had made the whole thing up but she swore it had really happened, which is why she never came back to the cabin. Back at the cabin, Chuck sees someone enter the barn and, thinking it is Shelly, he and Chili decide to try and scare him but they see no sign of him. Meanwhile, Vera is sitting on the dock when Shelly plays another prank on her and she asks him why he plays these stupid pranks and Shelly walks off with his feelings hurt. Back on the dock, Vera still has Shelly’s wallet from when they were at the store and when she accidentally drops it into the lake. She goes in to get it and sees someone wearing a hockey mask and carrying a spear gun and she thinks it is Shelly, as that is what he was wearing when he scared her, but it is actually Jason, who shoots her in the eye with the spear gun. Jason makes his way inside the cabin and heads upstairs, where he kills Andy as he is walking on his hands. Jason then heads into Andy and Debbie’s bedroom as Debbie finishes her shower, then lays on their hammock and reads a magazine. When blood suddenly starts dripping onto the magazine, she looks up to see Andy’s body in the rafters, just as Jason grabs her from underneath the hammock and stabs her through the chest with a knife. Meanwhile, Chuck is cooking some popcorn when Chili asks him to check the fuse box in the basement, as the lights had gone out. While he is gone, Shelly enters the back door, trying to get Chili to help him as his throat has been cut, but Chili thinks he is playing a joke and so he collapses against the door and eventually dies. Back in the basement, Chuck gets the circuit breakers fixed only to be confronted by Jason, who throws Chuck into the fuse box, causing him to get electrocuted. As the lights go out again, Chili realizes that Shelly is really dead and goes calling for help, only to be killed by Jason, who slams a red hot fire poker into her stomach. Chris and Rick return to the cabin and realize something is wrong when they can’t find anyone inside. Rick goes outside to the basement and Chris calls out for him but sees no sign of him, not realizing that Jason has grabbed Rick and after she heads back inside, Jason kills Rick by crushing his skull. Seeing some water dripping down from upstairs, Chris heads upstairs and finds a bunch of bloody clothes in the overflowing tub. Going back outside to look for Rick, Chris is startled when Loco’s body suddenly drops down from the hayloft. She heads back inside the cabin, locking all of the doors while calling out for Rick, only to scream when Rick’s body is thrown through the window next to her. As she rushes to his body, Jason enter the cabin through the busted window and moves towards her so Chris rushes upstairs and hides, only to find Debbie’s body in the room with her. As Jason breaks down the door, Chris grabs the knife from Debbie’s body and attacks Jason with it, stabbing him in the leg, then quickly runs into another room. She breaks a window and starts to climb out only for Jason to grab her and start to drag her back in, but her Jacket rips and she falls to the ground. As Jason chases after him, she hits him with a piece of firewood, then races for her van and tries to flee, only to have it run out of gas. As she activates the reserve tank, Jason catches up to her and grabs her through the window, causing her to jump out of the car and head back to the cabin. She reaches the barn and attempts to hide but Jason finds her and gives chase. Chris climbs up to the loft and manages to knock Jason out, then quickly ties the rope around his neck and throws him off the ledge, hanging him from the outside of the barn. Making her way downstairs, Chris goes to leave the barn only to find that Jason is still alive. As Jason removes the rope from his neck, the mask comes off and Chris realizes that Jason is the man that had chased her in the woods years ago. Chris cowers in shock as Jason approaches her when Ali, who had only been knocked unconscious, attacks Jason. Jason quickly cuts off Ali’s hand, then proceeds to hack him to death but as he turns back to Chris, Chris grabs an axe and buries it in his face, seemingly killing him. Chris then gets into a canoe and rows out into the lake, where she drifts along for the rest of the night. As day breaks, Chris wakes up and sees Jason is still alive and back in the cabin and he quickly races out to chase her. Chris tries to get away only to get stuck in some debris and as she turns to look, she realizes that she had only dreamed Jason was still alive, just as Pamela Voorhees lunges up from the water and drags her into the lake. Sometime later, the police arrive, and find Chris still in the canoe but don’t believe her story about a woman in the lake and as they take the traumatized girl away, she screams as she sees Jason’s body still lying in the barn where he fell.

Friday The 13th Part III was panned by the critics, currently holding a 12% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While there isn’t a critical consensus on the site, most of the critics felt that the movie lacked any originality and merely provided a fresh batch of actors to portray teenagers getting killed in gory ways. Originally, the story was supposed to focus on Ginny Field recovering from the events of the previous movie, but when she discovers Paul’s body in her dorm room, she decides to go after Jason for a final showdown, closing out the franchise as a trilogy. However, Amy Steel declined to reprise her role so the idea was scrapped. The film was a box office hit, earning $36.7 million off of a $2.2 million budget, making it the second highest grossing horror movie of 1982 (behind Poltergeist), and was the first movie to knock E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial out of the #1 spot.

Yeh, sometimes these old horror movies can hold up when watched years later, and some don’t. This is one of the ones that doesn’t really hold up. That being said, it can be entertaining just for how bad it is at times. The acting was decent for the most part, though several people were just terrible during their death scenes, particularly Rachel Howard. The story was honestly pretty weak and I really wonder what the movie would have been like if they had gone with their original idea. I didn’t have a problem with Jason surviving and killing again, but the whole aspect of Chris having encountered him in the past honestly felt like a bit of a reach. The special effects were ok, though I always think it is funny to watch a 3D movie without the 3D benefit, as you can tell where the scenes are supposed to be looking like they are coming towards you. While I think most of the scenes added nothing to the overall movie, I do think the scene where Jason shoots the speargun at Vera would have been cool to see, with the 3D making the spear look like it is coming right at you. It’s not a great entry in the series, but it can be fun to watch if you enjoy the movies.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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