Monsters Are Such Interesting People – F13: Final Chapter/New Beginning, and the Franchise at its Peak

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Friday the 13th part 4: The Final Chapter (1984) Many people think this is the best F13Aone, and I agree. Tom Savini returns with great fx, hot girls, and the introduction of an important character, Tommy Jarvis, played by Corey Feldman. Tommy lives on the lake with his mom and sister, and the house next door get rented by partying teens. A sexy set of twins disrupt the boy/girl setup at the house, causing a jilted girlfriend to skinny-dip. What other options did she have? Crispin Glover gets laid and the main kid from Last American Virgin finds a box of vintage stag films. A Jason-hunter looks to avenge the death of his sister, and Tommy gives Jason a taste of his own machete. Director Joseph Zito joins the franchise, he had previously done the great slasher The Prowler, and would later make several films with Chuck Norris. Again, the best of the Friday the 13th franchise.

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Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (1985) Now I always disliked this one, F13BAincluding when I saw it in the theater in 1985, and so did a lot of people back then, but I’ve come to believe that this one has aged better than its peers, and probably gets a spot in the top 3 or 4 f the series. It has the most nudity of all, the highest kill count of all, and some genuinely interesting characters. Tommy Jarvis, now a teenager is transferred to a home for troubled youths. Teenagers in a halfway house, I love it! The two teens who can’t keep their pants on are threatened by the local hillbillies, but everyone ends up dead when Jason returns from the grave. But wait…didn’t Jason die at the hands of Tommy? Why did the murders start right when Tommy arrived? Lots of likable characters here, including little kid Reggie who hangs around the home, played by the kid who was Arnold’s friend Dudley from Diff’rent Strokes, and a goth girl who had an Alan Parsons Project poster in her house. As a 15-year-old myself in 1985, I can assure that no teenagers were listening to Alan fucking Parsons and his goddamn shitty prog rock in 1985! Besides that, I liked it a lot, including a boyfriend and girlfriend serenading each other through an outhouse wall, and one of the better final girls. Former porn director Danny Steinmann had previously directed the very good The Unseen, and sleaze classic Savage Streets with Linda Blair before this one, which would unfortunately be his last. He died in 2012.

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