Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

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Jason Goes to Hell:
The Final Friday
Jason goes to hell.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed by Adam Marcus
Produced by Sean S. Cunningham
Debbie Hayn-Cass
Written by Jay Huguely
Adam Marcus
Dean Lorey
Starring Kane Hodder
John D. LeMay
Kari Keegan
Allison Smith
Steven Culp
Steven Williams
Billy Green Bush
Music by Harry Manfredini
Cinematography Bill Dill
Edited by David Handman
Distributed by New Line Cinema (USA)
Pathé (UK) Europa Carat Home Vídeo (Brasil/VHS)
1994
Release date(s)
  • August 13, 1993 (1993-08-13)
Running time 88 minutes
91 minutes (Unrated)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Box office $15,935,068 (domestic)

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is a 1993 slasher film directed by Adam Marcus and produced by Sean S. Cunningham. Released August 13, 1993, it is the ninth installment of the Friday the 13th film series and the first to be distributed by New Line Cinema. New Line intended the film to be the last in the Friday series. Although plans for Freddy vs. Jason were later developed, due to major issues over several years, production did not begin until some time later, with Jason X being released in 2002 before Freddy vs. Jason, which was eventually released a year later in 2003.

Plot[edit]

Sometime after the events in New York, Jason Voorhees has resurfaced in Crystal Lake but falls into a trap set up by the FBI. He is destroyed by a grenade explosion. A mysterious person in the forest surveys what has just happened and says "I don't think so."

Jason's remains are sent to a morgue. The coroner conducting the autopsy becomes hypnotized by Jason's heart and is compelled to eat it. This causes the coroner to be possessed by the demonic spirit of Jason. The now possessed coroner begins a killing spree en route to Crystal Lake.

Jason makes his way to Diana Kimble's house. Steven Freeman attempts to protect her, but Diana is killed and Jason escapes. Steven is falsely accused and arrested, meeting the mysterious person, Creighton Duke, in prison. Duke claims that only members of Jason's bloodline can truly kill him for good. Therefore if he transfers the creature into a member of his family, he will be "reborn" back to his old form. The only living relatives of Jason are his half-sister Diana, her daughter Jessica, and her infant daughter Stephanie.

Unscrupulous news anchor Robert Campbell, who is dating Jessica, steals Diana's body, planting it in the house for an upcoming investigative show to boost his ratings. Jason bursts in and possesses Robert before leaving with Steven in pursuit. Jessica, who is unaware that her boyfriend is the undead killer, is attacked by him so he can be reborn through her but is disrupted by Steven, who manages to stop him and get Jessica into a car. He runs over Jason and explains the situation, but Jessica does not believe him and throws him out of the car and goes to the police.

Steven turns himself into the police and arrives at the station as Jason does; he frees himself again to protect Jessica, who now realizes the truth. In the chaos, Duke makes his escape. The two discover a note from Duke, telling them that he has Stephanie and ordering Jessica to meet him at the Voorhees house alone.

Jessica meets Duke at the Voorhees house. Duke throws her a knife, and when she catches it, the knife turns into a mystical dagger. Jason tries to possess Stephanie, but Steven arrives and severs his neck with a machete. A creature crawls out of his neck, and makes its way to the basement, where Diana's body was planted. Jason explodes through the floor in his original body.

As Jessica attempts to retrieve the dagger, the two men alternately fight with Jason. Duke is killed by Jason, and the fight between Jason and Steven ends up outside in the yard. As Jason prepares to finish him, Jessica jumps behind him and stabs him in the chest. This causes Jason to be dragged to Hell.

The film ends with Freddy Krueger's glove bursting out of the ground and grabbing Jason's mask under as he laughs, setting up the events of Freddy vs. Jason.

Cast[edit]

John D. LeMay is one of only two actors from the TV series to appear in the film series; the other is John Shepherd, who played Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.

Reception[edit]

Box office[edit]

Released on August 13, 1993, the film opened in 1,355 theaters and made $7.6 million on its opening weekend. Domestically, the film made $15.9 million, making it the second lowest grossing Friday the 13th film; however, it earned five times its budget, making it a relative financial success.

Critical reviews[edit]

As with the other Friday the 13th films, many critics panned the film. It maintains a 29% approval rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.[1] The main criticism is the idea of Jason "possessing" the body of people to kill his victims being too outlandish, and simply being another formulaic entry in the series with poor acting and plot holes.[1][2] However, Jason Goes to Hell was received significantly better than its predecessor, Jason Takes Manhattan.

DVD release[edit]

The film was released unrated on DVD in North America, and includes both versions of the film: the censored R-rated version, and the unrated version, which runs three minutes longer than the theatrical version of the film. In certain regions of the world including Australia, the DVD was only released with the censored R-rated version of the film available to view.

Other media[edit]

A three-issue comic adaptation of Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday written by Andy Mangels was published by 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 of trading cards for the film.

The FBI sting that occurs at the beginning of the film is foreshadowed in the novel Friday the 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat, which takes place between the events of the seventh and eighth films. The epilogue of the book states that the FBI, upon discovering Jason Voorhees actually exists, have begun making plans to trap him and "send him straight to Hell";[3] the actual events of the 'sting' are revealed in Friday the 13th: Church of the Divine Psychopath.

Freddy Krueger's clawed hand coming out of the ground and taking Jason's mask was a reference to the future crossover, Freddy vs. Jason between the two (similar to the Alien Skull scene in Predator 2, which was a production in-joke), which had been in development hell since 1987. It was finally finished in 2003, a year after this film's sequel.

The film features the appearances of the skull dagger and Necronomicon from Evil Dead II. Jason, Freddy, and Ash Williams would later meet in the comic book series Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash (a story adapted by writer Jeff Katz from a Freddy vs. Jason 2 screenplay treatment he had written in 2004)[4] and again in Freddy vs. Jason vs. Ash: The Nightmare Warriors.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday - Rotten Tomatoes". Flixster, Inc. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ Moon, Jim (September 6, 2010). "JASON GOES TO HELL - THE FINAL FRIDAY". Jim Moon. Retrieved April 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ Arnopp, Jason (2005-10-25). Friday the 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat. Black Flame. ISBN 1-84416-271-0. 
  4. ^ "'Freddy vs Jason vs Ash' Script Treatment!!!". Bloody Disgusting. 2005-03-08. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 

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