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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

Year: 1984
Studio: Paramount
Director: Joseph Zito
Cast: Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover
Had it already become old and tired by this stage? The cardinal sins both laid down and parodied in Scream 15 years later were already present and accounted for.

I've only seen the original and this instalment in the series and as a movie critic you feel like you should watch them all, but has there ever been a franchise where you didn't need to see the movie to know what happens? Okay, maybe Police Academy...

The only note to mention is the casting. For the first time since the original with Kevin Bacon, two big names appear; Corey Feldman and Crispin Glover.

And if the first three films didn't convince us of Jason Vorhees' invincibility, this one surely must. Somewhere on the Internet there'll be a list of the stabbings, blows, chopping, breakages and maimings Jason has suffered, but he still manages to live on. After copping a TV on the head by the heroine, he bursts back to life as her and her young friend sneak past to plough an axe into the wall beside them.

Freud might have a field day with the parable of a killer who, because of his wearing as mask, can never be truly dead, but most but the most ardent fans will already be getting tired. Optimistically and naively titled The Final Chapter. Jason wasn't even halfway through!

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