JASON GOES TO HELL: THE FINAL FRIDAY
The film plays around with and parodies the series mythology and rather cleverly too. The introduction of the parasite concept neatly manages to explain away Jasons apparent invulnerability and ability to return from near-total death. The film plays with the series conventions a cliche camera point-of-view voyeurism sequence at the beginning is wittily expanded out to prove a deliberate set-up by the FBI. In the 1980s, the Friday the 13th films were about teenagers being punished for having sex, but as society has changed and passed a tacit if grudging acceptance of teenage premarital sex with the safe sex message, so has the films message changed with Jason now amusingly slaughtering a couple of teenagers who fail to use a condom. Also in that, following The Silence of the Lambs (1991), the horror genre has changed its boogie man from a faceless slasher to a serial killer and a fascination with forensic psychology, Jason is now made into a serial killer hunted by the FBI. The film also sends itself up Youre going up to Crystal Lake for some premarital sex and a bit of slaughter? jokes hero John D. LeMay at one point, while in the background up at the lake we see merchandising stalls selling hockey-mask shaped burgers.
As a film, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is well made it is one of the few films in the Friday the 13th series that could be said to be directed with style and suspense rather than only being a catalogue of novelty deaths. It also the only Friday the 13th film in which a character can be seen crying over the slaughter of one of the victims. The plot does not bear too much in the way of close scrutiny the bit about Jason only being able to be killed by a member of the Voorhees family is an irritably stock plot device. And the film has its share of silly scenes like one where Jason slaughters a victim by shaving him to death!!!
True to the titles promise, Jason is sent off to Hell at the climax, although one had little doubt that The Final Friday would have been final. If there was any doubt, New Line Cinema, who purchased the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise from Paramount, throw in an amusing coda where the steel-clawed hand of Freddy Krueger (New Lines other horror franchise who had long been rumoured to face off against Jason in a film), pops out of the sand to snatch away the dropped hockey mask. New Line brought the two together a couple of films later with Freddy vs. Jason (2003).
Adam Marcus subsequently went onto direct the non-genre likes of Snow Days (1999) and Conspiracy (2008), while he has also returned to genre material with the script for Texas Chainsaw (2013).
The other Friday the 13th films are: Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), Friday the 13th Part III in 3D (1982), Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985), Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986), Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs. Jason (2003). The original was remade as Friday the 13th (2009).