‘Evil has finally found a home.’
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayÂ is a 1993 American slasher horror filmÂ directed byÂ Adam Marcus (Secret Santa; co-writer of Texas Chainsaw 3D) from a screenplay by Dean Lorey and Jay Huguely, based on a storyline by the latter and Marcus. It was produced byÂ Sean S. Cunningham, director of the first Friday the 13th in 1980.
The film is the ninth instalment of theÂ Friday the 13th franchiseÂ and the first to be distributed byÂ New Line CinemaÂ rather than Paramount Pictures. New Line intended the film to be the last in theÂ FridayÂ series, thus the subtitle of the movie and to set upÂ Freddy vs. Jason, hence the inclusion of the final scene.
Due to major development issues over several years, New Line Cinema wasn’t sure ifÂ Freddy vs. JasonÂ would ever get made. To tide over fans they madeÂ Jason XÂ in 2001. Since this film was subtitled theÂ The Final Friday, they decided against a repeat of theÂ Friday the 13thÂ title, and set it in the future so as to avoid continuity problems with a possibleÂ Freddy vs. JasonÂ film.Â The latter was eventually released ten years after this film, in 2003.
A lone woman is staying at a rundown cabin on Crystal Lake. After a shower, she encounters Jason in a hallway. As he is about to slash her, she dodges him and falls over a railing to the floor below.
A chase ensues throughout the forest with Jason hunting the woman. She comes to a clearing, turns around to see Jason. She jumps aside, someone yells ‘Now!’, and huge flood lights are flashed upon Jason. We see a government task force begin to repeatedly shoot Jason hundreds of times, with no effect on him. They launch a grenade that blows his body apart into several pieces, scattering around the area.
We discover that the woman in question was undercover FBI agent Elizabeth Marcus, as the FBI set a trap to stop Jason once and for all. The agents are celebrating the victory, and we cut to a mysterious figure in the forest questioning what the government just did saying “I don’t think so”.
Jason’s remains are sent to aÂ morgue. TheÂ coronerÂ is processing the autopsy making various notes, including the heart being twice the size of a normal human heart. As he brings a scalpel to the heart, it begins to beat slowly, then faster and faster. The coroner becomesÂ hypnotizedÂ by Jason’s beatingÂ heart and is compelled to eat it.
This causes spirits to emanate from Jason’s scarred body parts, and the coroner becomesÂ possessedÂ by the ‘spirit’ of Jason. We see this as the reflection of newly hosted coroner is that of Jason’s original form.
The now possessed coroner begins a killing spree in route to Crystal Lake. Along the way he kills hospital guards (one being actor Kane Hodder – who portrays the ‘masked’ Jason character in this and the previous two films), along with several teenagers…
” …as a movie that has nothing to do with the Friday the 13th film, this is an ok action/horror opus with lots of gore and nudity. But as a Friday the 13th sequel, this one misses the boat, betraying the die hard fans and straying too far from itâs source. Heâs wearing a hockey mask, has a machete but heâs not the Jason I know.” Arrow in the Head
“As a film,Â Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayÂ is well made â it is one of the few films in theÂ Friday the 13thÂ series that could be said to be directed with style and suspense rather than only being a catalogue of novelty deaths. It also the onlyÂ Friday the 13thÂ film in which a character can be seen crying over the slaughter of one of the victims.” Richard Scheib, Moria
“Iâve read quite a few reviews that have argued thatÂ Jason Goes To HellÂ is the worst installment in the franchise but I disagree. Itâs close, but itâs marginally better than bothÂ Part 3Â andÂ Jason Takes Manhattan. Itâs saved from being a total disaster by that clever opening and likable performances from John LeMary and Kari Keegan.” Lisa Marie Bowman, Through the Shattered Lens
” …it’s pretty much the same old same old verging on self parody, except for the plot elements blatantly stolen from The Hidden and a pervasive casual sadism.” Mike Mayo, Videohound’s Horror Show
“The unrated version contains some of the series’ most unrestrained gore FX, provided by KNB, as well as some of the most interesting nude scenes in the history of the franchise. […] The magic dagger stuff is still really silly and has no place in the franchise, series composer Harry Manfredini’s musical score is purely laughable, and Jason himself is only in the film for around 10-15 minutes, tops.” Wes Ray, DVD Drive-In
“Jason Goes to HellÂ is an unconventional sequel that expands the mythology of Friday the 13th and â like it or not â set the stage for the blockbusterÂ Freddy vs Jason. But Iâm not saying that if you donât like it, you donât âget itâ. It ainât philosophy. Itâs just a gory-as-hell thrill ride with lots of titties and a classic villain.” Dave Dunwoody, Oh, the Horror!
“On the whole Jason Goes to Hell is a pretty good effort, with a decent B-movie cast and some nice (if not entirely original) ideas. But it’s not really a Friday the 13th film. Hockey-masked Jason is on screen for less than half the running time, and there isn’t much teenage slaughter, although there’s a fair amount of nudity and more gore than the last instalment.” Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies
” …the opening seven or eight minutes â really recaptures the stalk nâ slash ambience of the 80s movies. After that, itâs downhill fast, although during this re-watch, I noticed the subtle (and not so) homoerotic nuances lurking beneath a few scenes; Adam Marcus allegedly âmade upâ for the girls-only nudity rule of the previous eight movies with more naked guys and the very obscure shaving scene.” Vegan Voorhees
“The big thing that takes away from the film, and really the series as a whole is the body jumping plot. It’s bad enough that there is a distinct absence of our main goalie mask wearing monster Jason but to add in the weird borderline sci-fi plot, heavily borrowed from the film The Hidden, is just mind boggling […] It does have its high points, such as a large body count, nudity and some brutal kills, however.” Ronnie Angel, Slashed Dreams: The Ultimate Guide to Slasher Films
“Jason Goes To Hell: The Final FridayÂ is the worst of the series by a long way. Yes, itâs good to see a series try and reinvent itself and try something new (Halloween III: Season of the WitchÂ anyone?) but when itâs executed as poorly and sloppily as this, itâs not worth the effort. Skip the film and just watch the Freddy bit on Youtube.” Andrew Smith, Popcorn Pictures
Cast and characters:
- John D. LeMayÂ asÂ Steven Freeman
- Kari Keegan asÂ Jessica Kimble
- Steven WilliamsÂ asÂ Creighton Duke
- Allison SmithÂ asÂ Vicki
- Erin GrayÂ asÂ Diana Kimble
- Steven CulpÂ as Robert Campbell
- Rusty SchwimmerÂ as Joey B.
- Leslie JordanÂ as Shelby
- Billy “Green” BushÂ as Sheriff Landis
- Kane HodderÂ asÂ Jason Voorhees/FBI Guard/Freddy Krueger’sÂ claw
- Andrew Bloch asÂ Deputy Josh
- Kipp MarcusÂ as Randy Parker
- Richard GantÂ asÂ Phil the Coroner
- Adam Cranner as Ward
- Julie Michaels as Elizabeth Marcus
- James Gleason as Agent Abernathy
- Dean LoreyÂ asÂ Eric Pope
- Adam Marcus as Officer Bish
- Mark Thompson as Officer Mark
- Brian Phelps as Officer Brian
- Blake Conway as Officer Andell
- Madelon Curtis as Officer Ryan
- Paul Devine as Paul
- Michelle ClunieÂ asÂ Deborah
- Michael B. SilverÂ asÂ Luke
- Kathryn AtwoodÂ asÂ Alexis
- Jonathan PennerÂ as David
- Brooke Scher as Stephanie Kimble
A three-issueÂ comicÂ adaptation ofÂ Jason Goes to Hell: The Final FridayÂ written by Andy Mangels was published byÂ Topps Comics. As the comics are based upon the original shooting script of the film, elements that were left out of the film are used in them. Topps also released a series ofÂ trading cardsÂ for the film.
In November of 2017, Adam Marcus, the film’s director revealed that an apparently overlooked plot-point of the movie is thatÂ Jason VoorheesÂ is actually connected to theÂ Evil DeadÂ franchise. The filmmaker told Horror Geek Life:
â[Pamela Voorhees] makes a deal with the devil by reading from the Necronomicon to bring back her son. This is why Jason isnât Jason. Heâs Jason plusÂ The Evil Dead, and now I can believe that he can go from a little boy that lives in a lake, to a full grown man in a couple of months, to Zombie Jason, to never being able to kill this guy. That, to me, is way more interesting as a mashup, and Raimi loved it!
Itâs not like I could tell New Line my plan to includeÂ The Evil Dead, because they donât ownÂ The Evil Dead. So it had to be an Easter egg, and I did focus on itâ¦thereâs a whole scene that includes the book, and I hoped people would get it and could figure out thatâs what Iâm up to. So yes, in my opinion, Jason Voorhees is a Deadite. Heâs one ofÂ The Evil Dead.â
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