Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

R | 93 mins | Horror | 13 August 1993

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HISTORY

According to an item in the 27 Apr 1992 Var, Sean S. Cunningham, producer and director of the original Friday the 13th (1980, see entry), relocated the franchise from Paramount Pictures to New Line Cinema, and production of a ninth film in the series was anticipated.
       A 13 Aug 1993 article in Entertainment Today reported that director Adam Marcus had worked on the 1980 original film as an eleven-year-old “go-fer,” and the 16 Aug 1993 DV and HR reviews noted that Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday marked his directorial debut. The 2 Aug 1993 LAT stated that KLOS 95.5-FM radio deejays Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps made their acting debuts in the film as police officers named “Officer Mark” and “Officer Brian.”
       Although the character of “Jason Voorhees” was seemingly killed at the end of the previous film, Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan (1989, see entry), the character is alive at the start of the ninth film, with no explanation regarding his resurrection.
       New Line Cinema produced the Nightmare On Elm Street series (1984–2010, see entries), featuring the murderous character “Freddy Krueger,” who wore gloves fitted with knives. In the final scene of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Freddy Krueger’s gloves reach through the dirt to pull Jason’s mask to hell.
       The 16 Aug 1993 LAT review noted the film was released, without any press screenings, on Friday, 13 Aug 1993. The reviews were negative and the 14 Aug 1993 NYT ... More Less

According to an item in the 27 Apr 1992 Var, Sean S. Cunningham, producer and director of the original Friday the 13th (1980, see entry), relocated the franchise from Paramount Pictures to New Line Cinema, and production of a ninth film in the series was anticipated.
       A 13 Aug 1993 article in Entertainment Today reported that director Adam Marcus had worked on the 1980 original film as an eleven-year-old “go-fer,” and the 16 Aug 1993 DV and HR reviews noted that Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday marked his directorial debut. The 2 Aug 1993 LAT stated that KLOS 95.5-FM radio deejays Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps made their acting debuts in the film as police officers named “Officer Mark” and “Officer Brian.”
       Although the character of “Jason Voorhees” was seemingly killed at the end of the previous film, Friday the 13th Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan (1989, see entry), the character is alive at the start of the ninth film, with no explanation regarding his resurrection.
       New Line Cinema produced the Nightmare On Elm Street series (1984–2010, see entries), featuring the murderous character “Freddy Krueger,” who wore gloves fitted with knives. In the final scene of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, Freddy Krueger’s gloves reach through the dirt to pull Jason’s mask to hell.
       The 16 Aug 1993 LAT review noted the film was released, without any press screenings, on Friday, 13 Aug 1993. The reviews were negative and the 14 Aug 1993 NYT review was hopeful that, as the title suggests, this would be the last in the Friday the 13th series. However, the HR review suggested that the title of the 1993 film might be as misleading as 1984’s Friday the 13th – The Final Chapter (see entry). As of Nov 2015, three additional films in the series have been produced: Jason X (2001, see entry); 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason, which is a cross-over film featuring the Nightmare on Elm Street character (see entry); and a 2009 reboot of the franchise, Friday the 13th (see entry).
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
16 Aug 1993
p. 8.
Entertainment Today
13 Aug 1993
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Aug 1993
p. 7, 18.
Los Angeles Times
2 Aug 1993.
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Los Angeles Times
16 Aug 1993
Section F, p. 3.
New York Times
14 Aug 1993
p. 1, 12.
Variety
27 Apr 1992.
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Variety
23 Aug 1993
pp. 22-23.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
New Line Cinema Presents
A Sean S. Cunningham Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Line prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st cam asst
2d cam asst
Steadicam op
B cam op
Gaffer
Best boy elec
Key grip
Best boy grip
Dolly grip
Still photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dept asst
Storyboard artist
FILM EDITORS
Asst ed
Asst ed
Apprentice ed
Video ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Leadman
Swing
Prop master
Prop asst
Prop asst
Const coord
Const foreman
Paint foreman
Carpenter
Carpenter
Carpenter
Standby carpenter
COSTUMES
Ward supv
Seamstress
MUSIC
Mus ed
Mus published by
Mus eng
Mus coord & addl orch
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Supv sd ed
Sd eff supv
Dial supv
Dial ed
Foley & ADR supv
Foley walker
Foley walker
Re-rec mixer
Dolby consultant
Post prod sd services by
Utilizing the, Post Sound Corporation
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec visual eff
Mechanical eff
Mechanical eff
Mechanical eff
Visual eff facilities provided by
Gen mgr, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Opt cam, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Opt cam, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Opt line-up, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Admin, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Admin, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Prod asst, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Inker, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Inker, Mercer Titles & Optical Effects
Titles and opticals
Titles des by
K.N.B. coord
MAKEUP
Key makeup/Hair
Asst makeup/Hair
Spec makeup eff provided by
K.N.B. supv
K.N.B. supv
K.N.B. supv
Mechanical des
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
K.N.B. eff crew
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Prod coord
Prod accountant
Loc mgr
Scr supv
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Driver
Asst to Mr. Cunningham
Casting assoc
Prod secy
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Prod asst
Craft service
Security
Set security
Extra casting by
Unit pub
STAND INS
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt coord
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the previous film by Sean S. Cunningham.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
13 August 1993
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles and New York openings: 13 August 1993
Copyright Claimant:
New Line Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
9 November 1993
Copyright Number:
PA682227
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Stereo ® in Selected Theatres
Color
Duration(in mins):
93
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
31067
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Serial killer Jason Voorhees, wearing his usual hockey mask, stalks Elizabeth Marcus at Crystal Lake. However, Elizabeth is an F.B.I. agent, and leads Jason into a trap, where he is blown to pieces. At the Federal morgue in Youngstown, Ohio, the coroner examines Jason’s body parts, noting the malformed heart is filled with black fluid. When Jason’s heart starts beating, the mesmerized coroner eats it. He becomes possessed by Jason’s spirit, and murders his assistant and two security guards. Robert Campbell, the television host of American Case Files, wonders if Jason is really dead, and reports there have been five “Jason-style” murders on a direct path from the morgue to Crystal Lake. Robert interviews bounty hunter Creighton Duke, who claims that Jason lives by transferring into other people’s bodies. Duke insists he is the only person who knows how to truly kill Jason Voorhees, and Robert agrees to pay Duke’s fee. Creighton Duke stops at Joey B’s diner to see waitress Diana Kimble. He informs Diana that he knows who she is, and needs her help to kill Jason. Sheriff Landis orders him to leave Diana alone, but Duke refuses. As he is arrested, Duke warns that Jason is coming for Diana and her daughter, Jessica. Diana asks Steven Freeman, her daughter’s estranged boyfriend, to stop by her home that night. Steven picks up a group of three hitchhikers who plan to spend the night at the defunct Camp Crystal Lake. The hitchhikers joke that Jason is dead, so they do not have to ... +


Serial killer Jason Voorhees, wearing his usual hockey mask, stalks Elizabeth Marcus at Crystal Lake. However, Elizabeth is an F.B.I. agent, and leads Jason into a trap, where he is blown to pieces. At the Federal morgue in Youngstown, Ohio, the coroner examines Jason’s body parts, noting the malformed heart is filled with black fluid. When Jason’s heart starts beating, the mesmerized coroner eats it. He becomes possessed by Jason’s spirit, and murders his assistant and two security guards. Robert Campbell, the television host of American Case Files, wonders if Jason is really dead, and reports there have been five “Jason-style” murders on a direct path from the morgue to Crystal Lake. Robert interviews bounty hunter Creighton Duke, who claims that Jason lives by transferring into other people’s bodies. Duke insists he is the only person who knows how to truly kill Jason Voorhees, and Robert agrees to pay Duke’s fee. Creighton Duke stops at Joey B’s diner to see waitress Diana Kimble. He informs Diana that he knows who she is, and needs her help to kill Jason. Sheriff Landis orders him to leave Diana alone, but Duke refuses. As he is arrested, Duke warns that Jason is coming for Diana and her daughter, Jessica. Diana asks Steven Freeman, her daughter’s estranged boyfriend, to stop by her home that night. Steven picks up a group of three hitchhikers who plan to spend the night at the defunct Camp Crystal Lake. The hitchhikers joke that Jason is dead, so they do not have to worry about being murdered. However, the coroner/Jason stops at their campsite and kills them before heading to town. There, he kidnaps a police officer named Josh, and takes him to the decrepit Voorhees homestead. He holds open Josh’s mouth and a black snake-like creature leaves the coroner’s mouth, and transfers Jason’s soul into Josh. When Diana arrives home, she receives a call from her daughter, Jessica, who announces that she does not want to see Steve when she returns home, but will let him see their infant daughter, Stephanie. Jessica starts to tell her mother about her new boyfriend, Robert Campbell, but their telephone call is interrupted by Josh/Jason’s arrival at Diana’s home. As he attacks Diana, Jessica telephones the Crystal Lake sheriff. In the mirror, Diana sees Jason’s reflection instead of Josh’s, and shoots him in the head. However, he is not dead. As he tries to transfer Jason’s soul into her body, Steven arrives and fights him. Josh/Jason throws a knife into Diana’s back, and Steven stabs him with a poker, knocking him outside. Steven rushes to Diana, who asks him to save Jessica. Sheriff Landis enters as Diana dies. Steven insists it was Josh, but he has disappeared, and Landis arrests Steven for Diana’s murder. Robert Campbell arrives in town with Jessica and her baby. Vicki, a waitress who worked with Diana, offers to watch the baby at the diner while Jessica confers with police. At the police station, Steven is placed in a cell next to Creighton Duke, who proclaims that Jason killed Diana and the only person who can kill Jason now is Jessica. Duke claims Jason is jumping into various bodies, and his ultimate goal is to be reborn. Duke recites the legend: “In a Voorhees was he born and through a Voorhees may he be reborn, and only by the hands of a Voorhees will he die.” Diana was Jason’s sister, and now that she is dead, Jessica and her daughter are the remaining blood relatives with the power to kill him or help him be reborn. In exchange for the information, Steven allows Duke to break several fingers. Duke tells Steven that he must let Jessica know about her birthright or Jason will kill her and the baby. Steven yells for Officer Randy’s help, and shows him the broken fingers. As Randy unlocks the cell, Steven gets his gun and locks the officer inside. At the diner, they learn of Steven’s escape, and Joey B. grabs her gun for protection and tells Vicki to hide the baby in the storeroom. Steven is hiding in the back as Vicki leaves the baby tucked in a box. Joey’s son, Ward, discovers Steven in the storeroom and gives him car keys to escape. Steven drives to the Voorhees homestead and looks around. He hears a sound and hides in a closet, but floorboards give out, and he falls halfway into a hole to the cellar. Robert Campbell enters and Steven overhears Robert’s telephone call to his office. Robert admits he stole Diana’s body from the morgue and hid it in the Voorhees home. He plans to get Jessica’s permission to film there, and when they “find” Diana’s body inside, Robert’s ratings will rise. Josh/Jason attacks Robert, and the black creature slithers into Robert’s mouth. As Robert/Jason leaves, Josh’s body falls near Steven and melts. Steven recoils, and Diana’s body, hidden in the closet above him, falls down into the cellar. Robert/Jason attacks Jessica at her home. However, Steven arrives, knocks him aside and pulls Jessica into his car. Robert/Jason breaks the driver’s window, but Steven pushes him off and drives over him. Jessica is hysterical as they speed off. Steven pulls to the side of the road and explains that although it looked like Robert died, he actually attacked Jason. He reveals Jason killed her mother, and that she and the baby are in danger. Jessica does not believe him, pushes him from the car, and drives to the police station. Sheriff Landis sends Randy to arrest Steven, who is resistant until he learns that Jessica is at the station. Meanwhile, Robert/Jason storms into the station, killing officers as he makes his way to Jessica. Sheriff Landis attacks and Robert/Jason knocks him aside. Steven grabs Randy’s gun and shoots Robert/Jason several times. As Robert/Jason collapses, Jessica and Steven run away. When three officers discover the body, Robert/Jason kills two of them. The third officer runs into the jail area, where Creighton Duke gets his keys and escapes. Steven and Jessica rush to the diner for the baby, but Joey B. believes they are fugitives and holds them at gunpoint. As Robert/Jason approaches, she orders her son, Ward, to stop him, but Robert/Jason shatters Ward’s wrist. Steven grabs Joey’s gun and Vicki gets a rifle, and Robert/Jason is slowed by the ensuing gunfire. Jessica and Steven rush to the back, and discover Creighton Duke has kidnapped the baby, leaving a note for Jessica to come alone to the Voorhees house. Robert/Jason kills Joey B. and her husband. He turns to Vicki, and as she impales him on an iron rod, Robert/Jason yanks her onto the pole, killing her. Robert/Jason drops unconscious, and while Steven telephones for help, Jessica sneaks away to meet Creighton Duke. Steven realizes she left, arms himself with a knife, and follows her to the Voorhees home. An unseen officer arrives at the diner, and Robert/Jason has enough strength to transfer into the man. At the Voorhees house, Creighton Duke reveals that only Jessica can send Jason to hell. Duke hands her a knife, which glows and transforms into an ancient weapon. Duke falls through a floorboard and lands on a spike in the cellar near Diana’s body. Sheriff Landis arrives and Duke tells Jessica to kill him, but she cannot. Randy arrives and aims his gun at Landis, ordering him to back off. As Landis reaches for the knife, Jessica stabs him. He drops onto her and the knife falls under a dresser. Randy/Jason picks up the baby and as the black snake slithers toward the infant, Steven rushes inside and slices Randy’s throat. An alien creature crawls from the wound and drops into the cellar while Steven and Jessica help Duke climb out. As the creature moves toward Diana’s corpse, they realize the Voorhees relative does not have to be alive to fulfill the legend. Jason, wearing his hockey mask, is reborn and flies up through the floorboards. As Jason murders Duke, they scramble for the dagger and accidentally knock it into the basement. Steven attacks Jason, and knocks him outside where they fight. Jessica retrieves the weapon, jumps on Jason’s back, and stabs him in the heart. Red lights fly from Jason’s body and a bright light shines on him as arms reach from beneath the ground and pull him into hell. The light dissipates as Jason disappears. Steven, Jessica, and the baby walk away, leaving Jason’s hockey mask in the dirt. However, the knife-gloved hand of another serial killer, Freddy Krueger, reaches from below and pulls the mask into hell. +

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