Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

R | 91 mins | Horror | 13 April 1984

Director:

Joseph Zito

Producer:

Frank Mancuso Jr.

Cinematographer:

João Fernandes

Editor:

Joel Goodman

Production Designer:

Shelton H. Bishop III

Production Company:

Friday Four
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HISTORY

       A 3 Oct 1983 DV casting notice referred to a working title, Friday the 13th IV, The Final Chapter.
       According to DV, principal photography was scheduled to begin late Oct 1983 for six weeks in Los Angeles, CA.
       A 27 Apr 1984 NYT article stated that Paramount Pictures Corp. failed to submit print advertising that depicted a head wearing a hockey mask, a knife, and a pool of blood to the Motion Picture Association of America. The association rejected the advertisement the day before the film opened, and Paramount submitted materials, without the knife or blood, a few days later.
       A 20 Apr 1984 NYT news item announced that the picture, which was produced with a budget of $2.2 million, grossed $11 million in its first three days of release.
       The film was preceded by Friday the 13th (1980, see entry), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, see entry), and Friday the 13th -- Part III (1982, see entry). As of 30 Apr 2014, the series has included the following films: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985, see entry), Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives (1986, see entry), Friday the 13th Part VII -- The New Blood (1988, see entry), Friday the 13th Part VIII -- Jason Takes Manhattan (1989, see entry), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993, see entry), Jason X (2001, see entry), and Freddy vs. Jason (2003, see entry). The franchise has also included a television program (syndication, ... More Less

       A 3 Oct 1983 DV casting notice referred to a working title, Friday the 13th IV, The Final Chapter.
       According to DV, principal photography was scheduled to begin late Oct 1983 for six weeks in Los Angeles, CA.
       A 27 Apr 1984 NYT article stated that Paramount Pictures Corp. failed to submit print advertising that depicted a head wearing a hockey mask, a knife, and a pool of blood to the Motion Picture Association of America. The association rejected the advertisement the day before the film opened, and Paramount submitted materials, without the knife or blood, a few days later.
       A 20 Apr 1984 NYT news item announced that the picture, which was produced with a budget of $2.2 million, grossed $11 million in its first three days of release.
       The film was preceded by Friday the 13th (1980, see entry), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981, see entry), and Friday the 13th -- Part III (1982, see entry). As of 30 Apr 2014, the series has included the following films: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985, see entry), Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives (1986, see entry), Friday the 13th Part VII -- The New Blood (1988, see entry), Friday the 13th Part VIII -- Jason Takes Manhattan (1989, see entry), Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993, see entry), Jason X (2001, see entry), and Freddy vs. Jason (2003, see entry). The franchise has also included a television program (syndication, Oct 1987--1990), a series of young adult novels, comic books, and a remake of the first film in the series, Friday the 13th (2009, see entry).
      End credits include the following statement: “A Special Thanks to: Brooks Shoes, Inc., Catalina Swimwear, Converse Athletic Shoes, Le Stix, Inc., Tandy Corporation/Radio Shack, Sasson Ladies Activewear, Sega Enterprises, Inc.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
3 Oct 1983.
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Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 1984
p. 4.
Los Angeles Times
16 Apr 1984
p. 5.
New York Times
14 Apr 1984
p. 15.
New York Times
20 Apr 1984.
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New York Times
27 Apr 1984.
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Variety
18 Apr 1984
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Paramount Pictures presents
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr/1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Co-prod
Exec prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Gaffer
Key grip/Dolly grip
Still photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
Panaglide/Steadicam op
Elec best boy
Lamp op
Best boy grip
Grip
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art graphics
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
SET DECORATORS
Set const
Set const
Swing gang
Swing gang
Greensman
COSTUMES
Set costumer
MUSIC
Mus ed
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Re-rec mixer/Dial
Re-rec mixer/Eff
Re-rec mixer/Mus
Prod sd services provided by
Sd ed
Sd ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec makeup eff
Spec eff
Spec eff coord
Spec eff unit
Spec eff unit
Spec eff unit
Spec eff unit
Spec makeup eff
Spec makeup eff
Spec makeup eff
Spec makeup eff
Spec makeup eff
Spec makeup eff
Main title des
Titles & opt
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Prod supv
Exec consultant
Scr supv
Loc mgr
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Asst to Mr. Mancuso
Asst accountant
Casting asst
Supv tech adv
Tech adv
Craft service
First aid
Studio teacher
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Prod assoc
Stunts performed by
Animals provided by
Trainer
Trainer
Trainer
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunts performed by
Stunts performed by
Stunts performed by
Stunts performed by
Stunts performed by
Stand-in
Stand-in
Stand-in
COLOR PERSONNEL
Timer
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based upon characters created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Martin Kitrosser & Carol Watson.
SONGS
"Tangerine, written by Johnny Mercer & Victor Scherzinger
"Stella By Starlight," written by Ned Washington & Victor Young
"To Each His Own," written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
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SONGS
"Tangerine, written by Johnny Mercer & Victor Scherzinger
"Stella By Starlight," written by Ned Washington & Victor Young
"To Each His Own," written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
"Love Is A Lie," written by Cal Swan, performed by "Lion."
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DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Title:
Friday the 13th IV, The Final Chapter
Release Date:
13 April 1984
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 13 April 1984
Production Date:
late October--mid December 1983 in Los Angeles, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Friday Four, Inc.
Copyright Date:
6 June 1984
Copyright Number:
PA211977
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Lenses and Panaflex Cameras by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
91
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
27378
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

A group of adolescents gathered around a nighttime campfire at Crystal Lake listens to a young man recount the murderous activities of Jason Voorhees, who reportedly drowned as a boy, but now terrorizes visitors to the lake. Later, in the aftermath of Jason’s most recent slaughter, in which he was allegedly killed, police and ambulance personnel clean up the carnage. Jason’s corpse is transferred to the Wessex County Medical Center morgue. The attendant, Axel, seduces a female nurse named Morgan near the body. As the proximity to the corpse unnerves Morgan, she orders Axel to put it in the freezer, and returns to work. After placing the body in cold storage, Axel watches television and is killed by Jason, using a surgical saw. The hockey mask-wearing Jason then stabs Morgan to death in a supply room. Back at Crystal Lake, divorcee Mrs. Jarvis settles into a new home with her teenage daughter, Trish, and son, Tommy. Nearby, a group of adolescents in a station wagon bypass a young female hitchhiker. Moments later, she is stabbed through the neck from behind. Meanwhile, the teenagers move into the house next door to the Jarvises and meet Trish and Tommy. Later, Tommy watches one of the girls, Samantha, undress from his bedroom window. The following day, on a trip to Crystal Point, the teens meet uninhibited twins Tina and Terri and the group swims naked. Tommy witnesses the activity and Trish hurries him away, but their car breaks down. When a backpacker named Rob Dyer assists them, they bring him home, and Tommy proudly shows off his collection of homemade monster masks. That night, the teens throw a party, where Tina flirts ... +


A group of adolescents gathered around a nighttime campfire at Crystal Lake listens to a young man recount the murderous activities of Jason Voorhees, who reportedly drowned as a boy, but now terrorizes visitors to the lake. Later, in the aftermath of Jason’s most recent slaughter, in which he was allegedly killed, police and ambulance personnel clean up the carnage. Jason’s corpse is transferred to the Wessex County Medical Center morgue. The attendant, Axel, seduces a female nurse named Morgan near the body. As the proximity to the corpse unnerves Morgan, she orders Axel to put it in the freezer, and returns to work. After placing the body in cold storage, Axel watches television and is killed by Jason, using a surgical saw. The hockey mask-wearing Jason then stabs Morgan to death in a supply room. Back at Crystal Lake, divorcee Mrs. Jarvis settles into a new home with her teenage daughter, Trish, and son, Tommy. Nearby, a group of adolescents in a station wagon bypass a young female hitchhiker. Moments later, she is stabbed through the neck from behind. Meanwhile, the teenagers move into the house next door to the Jarvises and meet Trish and Tommy. Later, Tommy watches one of the girls, Samantha, undress from his bedroom window. The following day, on a trip to Crystal Point, the teens meet uninhibited twins Tina and Terri and the group swims naked. Tommy witnesses the activity and Trish hurries him away, but their car breaks down. When a backpacker named Rob Dyer assists them, they bring him home, and Tommy proudly shows off his collection of homemade monster masks. That night, the teens throw a party, where Tina flirts with new friend, Paul. His girl friend, Samantha, becomes jealous and goes for a swim alone. In the water, she climbs into a rubber raft and is stabbed from below. Meanwhile, Paul rebuffs Tina’s advances and looks for Samantha. Onto her new conquest, Tina takes awkward Jimmy upstairs, leaving Terri with the more aggressive Ted. At the lake, Paul discovers Samantha’s body and is killed when he swims back to the dock. Rob hears Paul scream from his campsite and investigates. When he returns to his tent, his hunting rifle has been snapped in two. Ted discovers a silent stag film and watches it with Sara and Doug, but Terri becomes bored. When Tina refuses to abandon Jimmy, Terri leaves alone in the rain. As she prepares her bicycle, Jason impales her against the side of the house. Sara confides to Doug that she wants to make love with him and goes upstairs to get ready. After Mrs. Jarvis returns from jogging to find nobody home and the power out, she ventures back outside and is killed. Later, siblings Trish and Tommy return home and become concerned when their mother is not home. Trish tells Tommy to stay in the house, and she looks for their mother, but takes refuge from the rain in Rob’s empty tent, startling him. Meanwhile, Jimmy goes to the kitchen after making love with Tina and is killed by Jason. Later, Tina looks out an upstairs window as Jason, clinging to a trellis, reaches through the glass and throws her to the ground. She lands dead on the roof of the station wagon. Elsewhere, in the tent, Rob informs Trish that his sister was one of Jason’s victims and he is seeking vengeance. When Trish insists Jason is dead, Rob informs her that the body has disappeared from the morgue. Rob shows her newspaper clippings about Jason from his research. In the living room of the teenagers’ house, Ted is stabbed through the back. Upstairs, Doug showers after making love with Sara, and Jason crushes his skull. Sara discovers the body and as she flees, Jason plants an ax in her chest. Ron and Trish check on Tommy, then go to the teenagers’ house. As Rob explores the basement, Trish searches upstairs. Meanwhile, Tommy peruses Rob’s newspaper clippings about Jason. Trish finds Doug’s body, and when she goes downstairs to find Rob, Jason kills him. Armed with Rob’s machete, Trish runs home, where she and Tommy attempt to nail shut the windows. Jason throws Rob’s body through the window and grabs Tommy. Trish buries the claw end of a hammer in Jason’s head, allowing her and Tommy to escape upstairs. When Jason follows, Trish attempts to electrocute him by breaking a television over his head. She draws Jason away from Tommy by running back to the teenagers’ house. Upstairs, she dives through a window, rolls off the roof, and falls to the ground. Meanwhile, Tommy shaves his head to make himself look like Jason as a child. The killer pursues Trish back to the Jarvis house and she fights him off with the machete. Tommy appears on the stairs and calls to Jason. The killer is momentarily stunned by the boy’s appearance and Trish strikes him with the machete, knocking off his hockey mask. When he turns to attack Trish, she drops the weapon. Tommy picks it up and strikes Jason, the blade going deep into his skull, and the psychopath falls to the floor. As Trish embraces her brother, Tommy notices Jason’s fingers move and he strikes the body repeatedly. Later, in the hospital, the sheriff and a doctor console the wounded Trish. She inquires about Tommy, and the doctor assures her he will be all right, too, despite the trauma. The doctor allows Tommy to see her and they embrace, but he stares over her shoulder, disturbed. +

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