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DVD: Friday the 13th, Part IV: The Final Chapter

They should have known better than to ever put a “Final” anything to a franchise like Jason and the Camp Crystal Lake murders. Come on! Anyway, this “middle chapter” of the horror franchise has some really worthwhile campy moments. It, and Parts V and VI that follow are not the best of the “Friday the 13th” franchise, but they continue the stories of Jason the murderer and they try to piece together the history and legacy of the Jason Vorhees murders.

Now, actually “Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter” turns out to be Part IV in the franchise, and now in the re-release there are slashed scenes and a lost ending that was never shown before. The lost ending, by the way, isn’t all that exciting or different, but it does show a little more of Corey Feldman.

Feldman plays Tommy, who is the youngest part of a family consisting of he, his mother, and sister. They rent a cabin around Crystal Lake. Next door, a cabin is rented by six horny teens whose plan is to just make out for the weekend. This was the world’s big introduction to Corey Feldman, in fact.

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Feldman as young Tommy Jarvis tries to relate to Jason the mass murderer by empathizing with him. Feldman was only 12 when filming this movie, and he’s irrepressibly cute. He obviously is a good opponent against Jason.

As the flick begins, Jason is presumed dead, and is taken to the Wessex County Morgue, but he is alive, and escapes after killing an attendant. Naturally, he soon returns to the lake. Of course, if there is sex going on, those are the couples who are going to get it first, and they certainly get it in horrific ways.

Carey More and Crispin Glover are featured in "Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter."Carey More and Crispin Glover are featured in “Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter.”

Among the great cameos of this series is Crispin Glover, and there’s a whole sequence of outtakes of his goofy dancing. The director, Joseph Zito, says that the cast had a hard time keeping a straight face when Glover did his ad-libbed dancing, and it’s easy to see why—he steals the movie. Unfortunately, Glover doesn’t make it out alive.

Other extras on this include a colorful commentary by Joe Zito and screenwriter Barney Cohen, along with editor Joel Goodman. There’s a very funny fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch, and there’s a documentary that brings everyone up to date about the story called “Lost Tales from Camp Blood.” There are a few slashed scenes and there’s a mini-documentary called “Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years after Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.” The extras also include the original theatrical trailer and a few other gems that will surely quench the franchise fans’ thirst.

Rated: R
Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
Stars: Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman
Director: Joseph Zito
Release date: 6/16/09

Official Site: http://www.fridaythe13thfilms.com/

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