A Nightmare from Friday to Halloween - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
The three most prominent American horror franchises (Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street) have influenced American cinema even beyond the horror genre. As of 2021, there are exactly 31 movies across all three franchises, and I am going to attempt to watch all of them, for this Halloween, one per day.
It’s kind of inconceivable that at some point, the producers of the Friday the 13th franchise thought that they had run out of steam...by the fourth movie. In the year when we got the ninth movie in the Fast and Furious franchise and keeping track of all the Marvel properties is almost a full-time job, it’s just unthinkable. Yet I will admit that this so-called “final chapter” is probably the most decent entry in the franchise so far (still a ridiculously low bar to clear). It helps that there are a couple of human actors I recognize, such as Crispin Glover, giving his own weird take on teen with raging hormones, and the little weirdo younger brother Tommy played by Corey Feldman, who definitely subscribed to Fangoria and other obscure magazines about horror and horror makeup. I thought the inclusion of one of the brothers of the victims was unnecessary: one, because these characters are still utterly forgettable, and two, it takes away from the fact that it’s a final girl and her kid brother that ultimately end Jason, at least for this movie. I also liked that Tommy’s obsession with masks and makeup actually came in handy, as silly as it was. It’s just as forced a plot device as anything in this franchise, but I rather enjoyed it. Basically, Tommy is such a big horror fan that he was interestingly the most equipped to deal with the threat of Jason. I don’t exactly know what to expect with the rest of the franchise, but I’m looking forward to a more playful moment here and there like in this movie.