Picks and Pans Review: Friday the 13th, the Final Chapter

UPDATED 05/21/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/21/1984 at 01:00 AM EDT

When last seen, Jason, the hockey-masked fiend, had an ax embedded in his skull. He never was the easily discouraged type, though, and he's back again for the fourth film of this interminable horror series. He has indeed become a pretty sympathetic character. It can't be easy trudging around for two hours doing away with one lousy teenage actor or actress after another. Anyway, it's clear that every expense has been spared in producing this movie. The biggest name in the cast is Lauren-Marie Taylor—17 letters. It's cheaply set in a couple of old houses in the woods. The biggest budget item must have been the gallons of phony blood that swamp the screen. Joe Zito directed, showing no sense of pace, humor or anything else except the ability to yell to his actors, "Stab him in the back," and "Cut her throat with a saw." Nobody under 13 should be allowed to see this movie. Nobody over 13 should want to. (R)

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