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24. Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter (1987)

Director: Joseph Zito
Stars: Kimberly Beck, Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover, Peter Barton, Joan Freeman, Judie Aronson, Lawrence Monoson, Ted White

Had the franchise’s producers stuck to their word and kept this fourth installment as the last Friday The 13th movie, Jason Voorhees’ slice-and-dice series would have ended on an unexpectedly high note. But, alas, the overzealous and greedy bastards in Hollywood have shat upon The Final Chapter 12 times now, ultimately staining the film’s reputation, and unfairly so.

The Final Chapter does everything you’d want from a slasher flick, particularly one starring Mr. Voorhees and his dirty hockey mask. The kills are especially gruesome and come in seemingly endless succession, the female soon-to-be victims are all buxom, sexy, and totally cool with going topless, and the comic relief nerds are actually kind of funny. Hell, even a young Corey Feldman isn’t at all grating as the horror movie lover who gets to finish Jason off “for good.”

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