Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday

1993

Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday

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Chapter nine in the Friday the 13th series finds supernatural psycho Jason Voorhees returning from the dead to possess the body of a medical coroner. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast

John D. LeMay
as Steven Freeman
Jon D. LeMay
as Steven Freeman
Kari Keegan
as Jessica Kimble
Steven Culp
as Campbell
Erin Gray
as Diana
Richard Gant
as Coroner
Billy Green Bush
as Sheriff Landis
Julie Michaels
as Elizabeth Marcus
James Gleason
as Agent Abernathy
Dean Lorey
as Assistant Coroner
Tony Ervolina
as 1st FBI Agent
Jonathan Penner
as David Hill
Adam Marcus
as 1st Officer
Brian Phelps
as 3rd Officer
Michelle Clunie
as Deborah, The Dark-Haired Camper
Blake Conway
as Officer Andell
Kathryn Atwood
as Alexis, The Blonde Camper
Madelon Curtis
as Officer Ryan
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Critic Reviews for Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (13)

  • A return to the near unwatchableness of certain earlier installments...

    Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • I've now seen all nine of the series' entries, so trust me when I say that Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is very likely the worst of the bunch.

    Jul 7, 2010 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…
  • Although it may not be a "good" Friday the 13th movie (by whatever strange standards that is reckoned)...Jason Goes to Hell works reasonably well on its own terms as a supernatural thriller.

    Feb 15, 2009 | Full Review…
  • A very NewLineesque ninth sequel to Friday the 13th

    Feb 20, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Aimless, overlong, confusing, and in possession of plot holes large enough to land a fighter plane on.

    Sep 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/10 | Full Review…
  • One of Jason's finer moments

    Mar 4, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Jason Goes to Hell - The Final Friday

  • Jan 29, 2019
    There's only thing that can TRULY kill Jason Voorhees (or is it Vorhees, according to the mailbox on the Voorhees' house) isn't any force on this universe, supernatural or otherwise, it's poor box office returns. Though, if you consider the budget for this movie (only $3 million) and the fact that it made five times that very same budget, really surprises me that this film has been in relative dormancy. Since this film's release twenty-six years now, only three further Jason-related movies have been released, Jason X, Freddy vs Jason and the remake. This is compared to the nine (including this one) that were released from 1980-93. I don't know why I mentioned that, but I guess it was worth noting. Having said all of that, though, what's the first thing that you think about when you hear the name of Friday The 13th??? Jason Voorhees and if you didn't know that then something is really wrong with you. Anyway, you'd figure that a movie billed as 'The Final Friday' would see Jason Voorhees running roughshod over whatever unfortunate town he chooses to stalk, in this case his hometown. And, in a way, I guess you could say that is the case. But there's one big difference, however, and that is that Jason Voorhees, in this spirit, is now more of a spirit that inhabits the bodies of humans that he comes across in order to carry out his killing spree. To say that Kane Hodder appears as traditional Jason in less than five percent of this movie is a fucking understatement. Seriously, for a movie called Jason Goes To Hell, Jason Voorhees as a physical presence is literally nowhere to be seen. He's killed off at the very beginning and, everything after that, is his spirit jumping from body to body until he can be reborn, which he can only do through a relative (living or dead). People see REALLY quick reflections of the actual Jason in the mirror, that's how they know who he actually is. This is really kind of a laughably bad idea. I mean, supposedly, this is supposed to be the last Friday the 13th movie and it features very little of the actual character that people most associate with the franchise. Like the series finale of The Sopranos without Tony Soprano. It's just a ridiculous fucking concept and to think that that was something that would actually fly for longtime fans of the franchise was absurd. This is something you do for the fifth or sixth sequel, not the (supposedly) last Friday movie. Jason Voorhees needed to be a more imposing (literally) physical presence in order for any of this to feel remotely satisfying. Because of that, it should be obvious that this movie is just no fucking good, outside of a cool Evil Dead easter egg that connects this universe to that one. In all seriousness, this movie is really fucking bad. The plot is hokey, even for this franchise's standards, the acting isn't particularly good, the writing is even worse. And, yet, in spite of all of that, I had a fucking blast watching this. I'm not giving this a positive rating, like, at all. Part of me wonders how much of this was meant to be so bad it's good, but there's also a part of me that felt that this movie was wildly incompetent and, at this point, they were just literally scraping the bottom of the barrel to justify one final sequel. I'm a bit on the fence, but I know that I had a lot of fun laughing at this movie and, very rarely, with it. I think, however, that as much as fun as I did have with this movie, I don't think this movie ever reaches The Room levels of badness, where it sort of ingratiates yourself into your life and alters your DNA in a really beautiful way. This movie, however, despite giving me a good laugh, is really kind of forgettable in so many ways. The fact of the matter is that, to me, the Friday The 13th franchise, while definitely one of the most enduring in all of horror, in terms of quality, has never been as good as, say, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween and/or Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The first movie in the Friday the 13th franchise is not nearly as good as the first entries in Nightmare or Halloween or Chainsaw. And that might have to do with the fact that Jason Voorhees, as the hulking, goalie mask wearing serial murderer that we know him as, first appeared in the THIRD movie. The second featured the same Jason as a serial murderer, but he wore a bag over his head. The traditional hockey mask came with the third movie. So, you could say that, in many ways, the first two installments of the franchise were attempting to figure out who this character was going to be and, as a result, these entries might not necessarily have been as good as its contemporaries at the time. And that's not saying that Halloween or Nightmare didn't have some stinkers, because they did. That's also not saying that all the movies in this franchise are bad either, as I think the fourth one is actually the best of the ones I've seen, even if I wouldn't call it good. It's just that the quality of these movies have, generally, tended to be worse than its contemporaries, in my opinion. Neither here nor there, I suppose. I just think that, in so many ways, this franchise (and the Halloween franchise is also guilty of this) became so hokey with the sequels, with Jason basically being an unkillable monster. Well, unkillable unless a specific set of circumstances occurred where he could be, momentarily, eliminated. He has regenerative powers and whatnot. And the franchise sort of got away from what it probably should have been by embracing some really stupid and absurd ideas to keep the franchise going, sort of like the Saw franchise twenty years later. And this is a last ditch attempt to go even further into the hokey and the supernatural and, honestly, it doesn't pay off. I think this movie would benefit from the very same thing that revived the Halloween franchise last year. It needs to strip everything back and tell a more straightforward story about a guy wearing a hockey mask that goes around killing people around Crystal Lake. No supernatural elements, no camp (well, a little camp never hurt anyone) and no fucking spirits jumping from body to body (even if that is covered under the supernatural description). Again, I had a lot of fun with this movie. It's so campy and bad that you can't help but laugh. But to say that it's a worthy conclusion to such a long-running horror franchise, at least at the time of its release, would be a fucking lie. Though I do like the ending, where Freddy's gloved hand bursts out of the dirt and drags Jason's mask down to hell, I think. I need to see Freddy vs Jason again, see how that holds up. But this was a disappointing movie. Funny in how bad and campy it is, yes, but still a disappointment. I can't really recommend it in any way, but I did have my fun laughing at it. So if you know what you're getting into, then you should watch this and have some chuckles at its expense. If you're wanting something that's a little more serious and a worthy conclusion to the franchise, then you need not apply.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Jan 08, 2019
    Even by Friday the 13th standards, this one is pretty bad, but still has some merits for fans of the franchise. As a die-hard fan of the franchise, the things that are going to bother people on a âcriticalâ? level donâ(TM)t really bother me, and in fact theyâ(TM)re part of what I enjoy about the franchise. What did bother me though was the weird attempt to overmomplicate Jasonâ(TM)s mythology. Jasonâ(TM)s an unstoppable juggernaut zombie thing, thatâ(TM)s all you needed. Now in this movie, itâ(TM)s something about eating his heart and passing on a slug monster thatâ(TM)s his soul or something? And then finding a Voorhes to bring back the true Jason? Itâ(TM)s overly complicated, stupid, and how the hell did anyone find this out to explain it to us in the first place? I donâ(TM)t need this much stupid backstory in Friday the 13th, just give me Jason! And thatâ(TM)s another problem, because of all the body swapping, the true Jason is barely in this movie, he only gets maybe 5 or 10 minutes of screen time. As a generic slasher with a weird-ass premise, I guess itâ(TM)s pretty good with a quick pace and solid kills. But as a Friday the 13th, itâ(TM)s a disappointment. One praiseworthy thing I will give it is the supporting cast, who are actually incredibly likable. This whole town of people are full of personality, and I was actually worried when they were getting killed off. If you have friends who like laughing at bad movies, itâ(TM)s great for that, but itâ(TM)s not a good movie.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2016
    Jason's spirit takes over bodies and goes on murderous rampage. This was thought to be the last Friday the 13th film until Jason X was released. Movie is just bad. There's no other way to put it. A special dagger is supposed to have the power to kill Jason for good and send his spirit to Hell. I wish I had the power to forget I saw this movie. The acting is bad and the effects are worse.
    Patrick W Super Reviewer
  • May 09, 2016
    Yet again I struggle to get into the film due to the lack of questions answered like how did he survive after Part 8? And what the Fuck is going on in this film? It makes no sense, The kills were boring yet again, The only bit I enjoyed was a cameo from Freddy Kruger helps drag Jason to hell, Friday 13th went all too supernatural and turned a franchise that was just about acceptable to absolute garbage with more plot holes than I've had hot dinners.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer

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