Film: Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

"Jason's Back, and this is the one you've been screaming for."

The Final Chapter is the fourth film in the Friday the 13th film franchise.

The films starts right after the events of Part III, with Higgins Haven crawling with police and paramedics. The bodies are taken to the morgue, Not Quite Dead Jason Voorhees among them. As soon as he's put into the cold, he spings back to action. With the killing spree continuing, he starts targeting an area near the Crystal Lake where the Jarvis family lives, with a group of teens also present to provide some cannon fodder.

As per the title, the film was supposed to be the grande finale to the series. But less than a year later, another sequel was released.

This film has examples of:

  • Autopsy Snack Time: Axel is introduced to us by having him munching on a sandwich, which he then places on Jason's body when he is wheeled in.
  • Axe Before Entering: Jason enters the Jarvis house by throwing himself on the front door. Following that, Trish and Tommy try to take refuge in Tommy's room, but then Jason starts axing before entering.
  • An Axe to Grind: Jason kills Sara by throwing an axe at her through a door.
  • Badass Boast: Trish gives Jason one before cutting him deep.
    Trish: You son of a bitch! I'm gonna give you something to remember us by!
  • Big "NO!": Nurse Morgan's gives one when she is about to be killed.
  • The Cameo: Chris Higgins briefly appears in the hospital where Jason's body is sent to, along with her parents. It appears Chris had managed to stop laughing after her manic fit at the end of the previous movie.
  • Captain Obvious: "He's killing me!"
  • Car Cushion: Jason pulls Tina through a second-story a window and throws her into a car on the ground.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Axel lets out one when Jason's hand falls from the table in the morgue, and scares the crap put of him and nurse Morgan.
    Axel: Jesus Christmas! Holy Jesus goddamn! Holy Jesus jumping Christmas shit!
  • Continuity Nod: The paper clippings that Rob has on Jason's misdeeds reference events from past films. Rob himself is the brother of Sandra from Part 2.
  • Cut Phone Lines: Jason cuts the Jarvis house's phoneline when Trish tries to call for help.
  • Dangerous Windows: Jason attacks Tina through a window and later tries to do the same to Tommy.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Rob looks to be the main male hero of the film to work alongside Final Girl Trish. Instead he dies almost immediately after encountering Jason, with the real Final Guy of the film being Tommy.
  • Destination Defenestration: Jason throws Rob's corpse through a window into the Jarvis house.
  • Developing Doomed Characters
  • Does He Have a Brother?: When Paul and co. pass an overweight hippie hitchhiker on their trip to Crystal Lake, Ted mockingly yells at her if she has a sister. She responds by flipping around her "Canada and Love" sign and showing them the other side which reads "FUCK YOU". And then she gives them the bird.
  • Dramatic Unmask: Jason deteriorating face is revealed when Trish strikes him with a machete.
  • Drop the Hammer: When Jason grabs Tommy, Trish attacks him with a hammer.
  • The End... Or Is It?: The film ends with a suggestion that Tommy isn't all right in the head anymore.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Gordon, the Jarvis family's dog, gets an awesome case of Get The Fuck Out when it senses Jason's presence in the house that Trish and Rob are investigating.
  • Extreme Melee Revenge: When Tommy kills Jason it seems it's all over and hugs Trish. However when Jason tries to pull a Not Quite Dead, Tommy pushes Trish out of the way and continues to chop at Jason, Trish helplessly begging him to stop.
    Tommy: DIE!!! DIE!!!! DIE!!!!!
  • Eye Scream: Jason is defeated as he gets his machete across his face and his left eye.
  • Face Palm of Doom: Jason kills Doug by grabbing his face and crushing his skull.
  • Filth: Ted finds very old-school skinflicks in the house the protagonists are partying in The Final Chapter. It's the nearest thing to him getting any action that night.
  • Final Girl: Trish.
  • Finger Twitching Revival: After Jason gets a machete through the eye, while Tommy and Trish are hugging, Jason's fingers begin to twitch. When Tommy sees this, he completely freaks out, grabs the machete, and starts chopping away at Jason's body to make sure he's dead.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • The poster shows the hockey mask with a knife on its left eyesocket. Jason is defeated with a machete going through his left eye.
    • Early in the film Tommy's mom tells him that he needs a haircut. Tommy ends up cutting his hair in the climax.
  • Harpoon Gun: Jason impales Paul with one through his crotch. And as if that wasn't enough, he then pulls the trigger.
  • Hostile Weather: Rain and thunder appear in the middlepart of the film, disappear, and return as the climax approaches.
  • Genre Savvy:
    • Rob, who has come to Crystal Lake to avenge his sister Sandra from Part 2. He even questions Trish if there are anyone in the area who could be Jason's targets (teens etc.).
    • The horror movie fan Tommy, which works for his advantage against Jason in the end.
  • Impaled Palm: Jimmy is pinned down with the corkscrew he was looking for, before getting a meat cleaver to his face.
  • It's Personal: Sandra from Part 2 was Rob's sister, which is why he is hunting for Jason.
  • Jerkass: Ted.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: While Ted is a jerkass, he does give Jimmy useful advice to get him laid. Too bad neither of them lasts long after.
  • Killed Off for Real: That was the original intention for Jason, but Executive Meddling saves the day.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler If you've seen parts 5 or 6 or a trailer before this film you know Tommy lives
  • Machete Mayhem: Unlike the popular portrayal, Jason doesn't use one at all. Instead it's used by Rob, and later by the Jarvis siblings.
  • Mama Bear: Trish in spades. When Rob get's killed she runs, but when Jason grab's her little brother, she beats him mercilessly with a hammer and electrocutes him with a TV. Despite suffering a broken shoulder and completely exhausted from being chased by Jason, the minute she sees him again she grab's the machete and starts swinging.
  • Neck Lift: Jason lifts Nurse Morgan up against the wall before gutting her.
  • Neck Snap: After slitting Axel's throat, Jason twists his neck around.
  • Once Is Not Enough: When Trish hits Jason on the head with a TV set, and as he lays on the ground, she doesn't pick up the thing again to smash his head in.
    • Averted later with Tommy hacking Jason's corpse when he sees his fingers twitching.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Trish runs into the corpses of Terri and Jimmy when she's running away from Jason.
  • Sarcasm Mode: The male ambulance worker's reaction to Axel's Gallows Humor on how one of the bodies is still good-looking.
    "Nice talk. Real nice talk."
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: Combined with Lightning Reveal when Jason kills Terri.
  • Shower Of Love: Sara and Doug make out in the shower.
  • Singing in the Shower: Doug starts singing in the shower after Sara leaves him to prepare herself for more sexy time.
  • Skinny Dipping: Samantha is killed during one.
  • Slippery Soap: Doug jokes how he accidentally dropped the soap in the shower when he thinks he hears Paul approaching... Good news, it isn't Paul. The bad news, it's Jason.
  • Stopped Numbering Sequels: It was supposed to be the last film, after all.
  • Super Window Jump: Trish evades Jason by jumping through a window.
  • Tempting Fate: After just losing it to one of the twins, Jimmy asks Ted where the corkscrew for the wine is. So Jason, being the good sport he is, puts it in Jimmy's hand.
  • Token Minority: The minor character Lainie, the female ambulance worker, is the only African American in the film's cast.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Rob. When he and Trish leave the basement, Jason tries to grab her ankle from underneath the stairs. So Rob grabs the machete and runs down... all the time being turned away from the space under the stairs where he knows Jason is, just asking to be attacked from behind. Jason does not miss this opportunity. Compared with Rob's earlier competency, this comes out as a stunning display of the trope.
    • It is Rob's foot that gets stuck in the staircase, and Trish is holding the machete. Rob drops a small knife, and it isn't implied that Jason causes him to trip. This trope, however, is displayed throughout the sequence leading up to Rob's death, by both Rob and Trish: they split up instead of investigating together, Trish sees Doug's corpse and decides to scream and run frantically despite knowing Jason is lurking around, Rob goes back down the stairs to retrieve a small knife without using the flashlight he had earlier, he then gives up against Jason without bothering to fight back, Trish stands there dumbfounded with a machete in her hand and doesn't come to Rob's aid, and lastly, Trish slowly walks back down the stairs even though she just saw Jason killing Rob. It's amazing they weren't killed sooner.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Tommy whom started out as a typical annoying kid who screamed and panicked when Jason grabbed him, ends up being the one to kill Jason. And for good measure he chops away at him to make sure he stays dead.
  • Traumatic Haircut: Tommy cuts his hair to give himself the appearance of younger Jason, so that he can confuse him.
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: First subverted with Axel playing a prank on Morgan, and later played straight with Jason.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: The exact fate of Mrs. Jarvis, as the scene of Trish finding her body drowned in the bathtub was cut. The scene had Mrs. Jarvis' corpse opening its eyes and grabbing Trish before revealing it to be a nightmare of Trish's; the deleted scene reminded people way too much of the first and third's endings.
  • The World's Expert on Getting Killed: Armed with a gun and knowledge, Rob is out in the woods looking for Jason. He ends up killed, pathetically.