Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)

USA, 1983-
86m (Australia), 87m 13 sec (UK – video, 1987), 90m (USA), 91m 13s (UK – theatrical), 91m 18s (UK – video, 2001)
35mm, colour, 1.85:1

An American horror film directed by Joseph Zito. It was the fourth of the films and was – as its title suggests – intended by Paramount to be the last of the series. Although it was, like all of the films in the series, poorly received by the critics it did well enough at the box office for Paramount to reconsider although initially they tried to do away with iconic killer in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985).

Plot Summary

Jason's apparently dead body is carted off to the morgue, whereupon he revives and off we go again. The action finally moves away from Camp Crystal Lake and into the suburbs as Jason turns his attentions to a gang of teens in a nearby house. After the usual ration of mayhem, Jason is neatly dispatched by Tommy, the little boy next door who makes mincemeat of the killer's head with a meat cleaver.


Directed by: Joseph Zito
© MCMLXXXIV [1984] by Friday Four, Inc.
Paramount Pictures presents
Executive Producers: Lisa Barsamian, Robert M. Barsamian
Produced by: Frank Mancuso Jr
Co-Producer: Tony Bishop
Screenplay by: Barney Cohen
Story by: Bruce Hidemi Sakow
Based upon characters created by Victor Miller, Ron Kurz, Martin Kitrosser & Carol Watson
Director of Photography: João Fernandes
Edited by: Joel Goodman
Music by: Harry Manfredini
Sound Mixer: Gary Rich
Wardrobe by: Steagall Designs
Make-Up: Robin Neal
Hairstylist: Kim Phillips
Special Make-up Effects: Tom Savini
Special Make Up Effects: Alec Gillis, Kevin Yeager, Jill Rockow, Jim Kagel, Larry Carr, Mike Maddi
Special Effects: Reel EFX, Inc.
Production Designer: Shelton H. Bishop III

Kimberly Beck (Trish)
Peter Barton (Doug)
Corey Feldman (Tommy)
E. Erich Anderson (Rob)
Crispin Glover (Jimmy)
Alan Hayes (Paul)
Barbara Howard (Sara)
Lawrence Monoson (Ted)
Joan Freeman (Mrs Jarvis)
Judie Aronson (Samantha)
Camilla and Carey More as Tina and Terri
Lisa Freeman (Nurse Morgan)
Wayne Grace (Officer Jamison)
Bonnie Hellman (hitchhiker)
Frankie Hill (Lainie)
Paul Lukather (doctor)
Bruce Mahler (Axel)
Antony Ponzini (Vincent)

Alternative Titles

Fredagen den 13:e del 4 – Swedish title
Freitag, der 13. Teil 4 – Das letzte Kapitel – West German title
Friday the 13th Part 4 – working title
Friday the 13th: Last Chapter – Filipino title
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter – Part 4 – UK DVD box title
Friday the Thirteenth: The Final Chapter – US trailer title
Martes 13: Capítulo final – Argentine title
Paraskevi kai 13 meros 4o – Greek title
Perjantai 13. päivä osa 4 – Finnish title
Piatek trzynastego IV: Ostatni rozdzial – Polish title
Sexta-Feira 13: O Capítulo Final – Portuguese title
Vendredi 13: Chapitre final – French, French Canadian title
Venerdì 13: Capitolo finale – Italian title
Viernes 13 – El capítulo final – Mexican title
Viernes 13: capítulo final – Spanish title

Sequel to
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)

Friday the 13th: 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 Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2001)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

See also
Bride of Chucky (1998)
The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (2002)
Psycho (1960)
Scream (1996)

Extracts included in
Heartstoppers: Horror at the Movies (1992)
Scream Greats Vol.1: Tom Savini Master of Horror Make-Up (1986)



  • Cinefantastique vol.14 no.4 (September 1984) pp.101, 107 – review
  • City Limits no.141 (15 June 1984) p.26 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter vol.281 no.27 (13 April 1984) p.4 – review
  • Monthly Film Bulletin vol.51 no.605 (June 1984) p.178 – credits, synopsis, review
  • Motion Picture Product Digest vol.11 no.22 (9 May 1984) p.86 – review
  • Scapegoat no.1 p.11 – censorship note
  • Screen International no.447 (26 May 1984) pp.20, 24 – review
  • Time Out no.721 (14 June 1984) p.59 – review
  • Variety 18 April 1984 p.10 – credits, review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.393 – credits, review
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.296-297; 300 – credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.144 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.186 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.221-222 – credits, review