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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (DVD)

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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter DVDReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Crispin Glover, Corey Feldman, Judie Aronson, Kirsten Baker, Anthony Barrile, Peter Barton

Directed by Joseph Zito

Released by Paramount Home Entertainment


The Final Chapter. Friday Four. Friday the 13th: Part IV: The Final Chapter. It doesn’t matter what you want to call this entry into the Friday franchise; it’s still a damned good movie. Director Joseph Zito pulled out all of the stops for Jason’s final outting, and it shows.

To go over the storyline is pretty pointless. Especially since this was far from the last time anyone saw Jason Voorhees. Let’s just say that once again, everyone’s favorite murderous mama’s boy is back and looking for blood. Little did he know he would meet his match in a young Corey Feldman(!). Yep, Felddog put down our killer for at least a couple of years.

But let’s get to the meat of the subject. The reason you’re here. Should you double-dip and pick this baby up? Yes. Go to your DVD collection, pull out the previous release of this film, and throw it out the window. This deluxe edition of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter is in many ways the holy grail of the entire series.

Before we get to the really special treats included here, let’s focus on the normal goodies you expect from a special DVD release. Things kick off with not one, but two commentary tracks. The first with director Joseph Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen, and editor Joel Goodman is exactly what it should be: enlightening, fun, and engaging. The second one, however, is the money shot! Filmmakers and uber-fans Adam Green and Joe Lynch offer their super-geeky and lovable two cents on a fan commentary that is nothing short of a must listen. It’s like getting together with your friends and just having a blast. Stellar stuff that’s highly recommended.

Next up we have the Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter featurette which is, well … exactly what you think it is. A fond look back at the film and all the shenanigans that went along with it. It’s a truly fun watch and the beginning of where this DVD really shines. Who here is not a fan of Crispin Glover’s Dead-Fuck Dance Moves as Jimmy? Assembled here are the longest takes of this side-splitting segment that I found myself watching several times. Classic.

Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter DVDFrom there we move on to the mockumentary The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited — Part I. Have you ever asked yourself what would happen if Jason’s saga was true? How would people react? How would the town of Crystal Lake cope with the mania? What about obsessive Voorhees fans and detractors. What would they be like? All those questions and more are answered here in part one of this hilariously tongue-in-cheek series of featurettes. You’ll notice lots of familiar faces along the way as the series progresses, and each entry in an absolute gift for the fans. It’s brilliant stuff. I shit you not.

Speaking of gifts for the fans …

Hold on to your asses, kids! Also included here are the never-before-seen uncut kills and the lost alternate ending, which has been newly assembled from recently uncovered assets. See? Holy grail type stuff! Told ya! Not gonna say too much about these tasty tidbits because honestly they’re worth not spoiling. You won’t be even slightly disappointed. All I can say is … wow!

Dan Farrands and his team (including I’m proud to say our own Andrew Kasch, Buz Wallick, and David Rosiak) have painstakingly taken every measure to deliver the best possible package for us fans. There’s a little love in every frame. Bravo.

Not surprisingly, the only thing that sucks on the DVD is the one thing Farrands and company didn’t have a hand in: the Lost Tales from Camp Blood — Part IV featurette. Honestly, what the hell are these things, and who in their right mind threw money at them to be made? If you’re looking for strange little side stories that fit nowhere in the mythos of the Friday films, this is your hot ticket. Do yourself a favor … don’t bother with this crap. It’s really not even worth a look. Just go right for the good stuff.

My hat is off to everyone involved. This is the definition of a deluxe edition. A reason to double-dip without a care in the world. Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter has come home in grand form. You need this DVD. You need it now.

Special Features:

  • Audio commentary by director Joseph Zito, screenwriter Barney Cohen, and editor Joel Goodman
  • Fan commentary by Adam Green and Joe Lynch
  • Slashed scenes
  • The Lost Ending
  • Jason’s Unlucky Day: 25 Years After Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter featurette
  • Lost Tales from Camp Blood — Part IV featurette
  • The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited — Part I featurette
  • Jimmy’s Dead-Fuck Dance Moves
  • Original theatrical trailer

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    4 out of 5

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    5 out of 5

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    Inside (Remake) Review – Is It as Brutal as the Original?

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    Starring Rachel Nichols Laura Harring

    Directed by Miguel Ángel Vivas


    While the directing duo of the cringe-inducing and original 2007 French grand guignol thriller Inside have gone on to refurbishments of their own—Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo recently helmed a retread of Leatherface’s origin story—their flick now has an American stamp on it with the release of the remake, also titled Inside.

    A cheerless Christmas eve sets the stage for heavily-pregnant widow Sarah’s (Rachel Nichols) oncoming ordeal. It’s a frigid and snowy night. She’s got a huge house to herself, following the accidental and violent death of her husband. She wants to sell the home that was meant to hold a family, to forget the nascent memories it once held. But she’s got to ride it out until the baby is born. While Sarah is lonesome, she won’t be alone. She’s got her genial gay neighbor nearby, and her mum is going to come and stay with her for a few days. Oh, and there will be an unexpected visitor too.

    When a shadowy, seemingly stranded stranger (Laura Harring) knocks on the door pleading to be let inside, Sarah instinctively balks. She even calls the cops. But the woman leaves and all seems well. Crisis averted. Sarah puts the housekeys in the mailbox outside for Mom, and goes to bed. Big mistake.

    Mystery Lady shows up at Sarah’s bedside armed with chloroform, an IV bag, and a case full of sharp-and-pointies (sorry, ’07 fans… those implements do not include a pair of scissors). The horror unfolds and the expected yet lively game of gory cat-and-mouse ensues. Then the tete-a-tete becomes a body-count chiller featuring one shocking moment after another.

    Nichols is fantastic in the role, giving it her all. When the original Inside came out eleven years ago, she was starring in another French-helmed horror, P2—also set on Christmas eve—and she stole the show. She does the same here but with a less-intense adversary. Harring’s killer character, unlike her European counterpart, has a lot to say—which takes away from her initially mysterious manner as the minutes tick off. Still, the girl-on-girl action is a welcome change from the usual gender dynamic one sees in these things. Both deserve kudos for their performances.

    While Inside isn’t a died-in-the-wool “Hollywood” remake (Miguel Ángel Vivas directs, while [REC] co-creator Jaume Balagueró wrote it) it feels like one. For those who’ve seen the original, there will be mild disappointment (which turns to major letdown at the very end). However, Inside is still a serviceable thriller that’s well-acted, beautifully shot, and effectively scored. Folks coming in fresh, and casual horror fans, will more than likely enjoy it.

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    Inside is a serviceable thriller that’s well-acted, beautifully shot, and effectively scored. Folks coming in fresh, and casual horror fans, will more than likely enjoy it. For those who’ve seen the original, there will be mild disappointment (which turns to major letdown at the very end).

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    What If Tina Fey Wrote Jennifer’s Body? My Friend’s Exorcism Book Review

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    “Rummaging in one of his duffel bags, [the exorcist] pulled out and athletic cup and slid it down the front of his pants. ‘First place they go for,’ he explained. He then adjusted himself and picked up a well-worn Bible. ‘Let’s do the Lord’s work.'”

    It was about a year ago now (it seems) that I first saw the cover of “My Best Friend’s Exorcism.” If you haven’t seen it for yourself in all of its glory, make sure to click the image over to the right for a more in-depth look. Awesome, right? Got to love all the VHS details such as the “Horror” and “Be Kind Rewind” stickers. Classic. Utter classic.

    Now I’m fully aware that one should not judge a book by its cover. Literally. But still the moment I saw this work of delicious art crop up in the inbox I had to read the book asap. Well, it turns out asap was about a year later, but all the same, I’ve now had a peek at the inside of the book as well as the outside. Does the content inside match the content outside?

    Let’s find out…

    For those who might not know, “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” (henceforth referred to as MBFE) tells the tale of two best friends named Abby and Grethen. One night the two, and a few of there other friends, drop a bit of acid for the first time. While the drug never kicks in (no worries, there’s no lame twist-ending to be had here) poor Gretchen still wanders off into the woods and gets possessed like a motherf*cker in some creepy abandoned building. From there, things go from bad to worse until an unlikely exorcist is called in and things go off the wicked walls in all the best ways possible.

    Now, to review. First of all, let it be know that MBFE is more of a teen romance (between two friends) than a straight tale of terror. Think of it as “What if Tina Fey wrote Jennifer’s Body?” and that will give you a good hint at what the book holds in store for you. Not that that’s a bad thing. Still, you should be aware that the first 2/3 of the book is almost exclusively teenagers not getting along, bitch about losing touch, who is sleeping with who, and yada, yada, yada for pages on end. Dramarama for days. Mostly.

    That said, not only is the teen drama bearable (and truthfully quite sweet in spots), Hendrix keeps the horror in the spotlight just enough that I never lost faith the book was heading somewhere truly balls to the wall. And it does. Oh, boy does it. From the time the unholy shite hits the fan in the last third, to the time the last word is read, the book is filled with horror moments that will make even the most jaded fright-fiction fan gag, grimace, or stand up and cheer!

    You just have to get through all the angst first…

    But speaking of angst, let me get a bit of extremely personal business out of the way real quick. Can I trust you with this info? Sure I can. MBFE made is cry like a baby. Not kidding. There have been very few times in my life that I have literally burst out crying. I’ve had some sad shite happen in my days, and I have seen some sad-ass movies, but nothing has made me cry out of the f*cking blue like MBFE. I’m not going to go into details about the final 10 pages of the book, but it tore my poor horror-heart a new one. It was bad. Like snot and hyperventilating type shite. Again, not kidding. Thank the lord I wasn’t in public is all I can say. I would have arrested and thrown in the booby-hatch.

    MBFE goes along like a slightly horror-centric version of Mean Girls and Heathers for most of its page count. If you’re a straight horror fan, you’ll be at odds with whether you should bother finishing it or not. You will. Trust me. But listen to me now and know that once our heroine goes into the dark, dank bedroom of the school’s resident bitch to find out why she hasn’t been in school the past few days/weeks, the horror hits like holy hell. And it only gets worse (RE: better) from there.

    In the end, MBFE is a book ever horror fan should own – if only for the cover. I dug the hell out of the book (eventually) and I’m sure the majority of you guys will too. But even for those hard-hearts out there that just can’t stand to read about things like uncompromising love, and hellfire-forged friendship, you still need to own the book. You still owe it to yourself to give it a try. If you don’t care for it, that’s cool, just display in on your bookshelf in all it’s VHS glory. It will make you look cool.

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    Grady Hendrix’s “My Best Friend’s Exorcism” is a killer mixture of Mean Girls, Heathers, and The Exorcist. Just think of it as “What if Tina Fey wrote Jennifer’s Body” and you’ll have a good indication of what lies in store for you within the amazing VHS-inspired cover art.

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    Knock Knock Review – This Throwback To The VHS Era Packs A Fun Punch

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    Starring Kerry Tartack, Sisi Berry, Chuk Hell

    Directed by Toby Canto


    I remember the glory days of my youth back in the early to mid-80’s, renting every friggin horror flick on VHS and keeping the cassettes well past the return dates, eventually blacklisting my name from damn near all of the movie shops in my hometown. For the sole reason of wanting to hop back in the time-machine, I’ll never turn down the opportunity to check out a film that promises to ship you back to the days of all of that cheesy-neon attire and overblown hairdos.

    Director Toby Canto was generous enough to offer his latest film up onto the sacrificial stone, and it’s called Knock Knock – about a WAY past his prime pugilist named Sam (Tartack) who is unwillingly thrust into a throwdown with a bloodsucker who happens to reside in the same apartment – damn noisy neighbors! His only birthday wish is to spend his 60th go-round safely hold up in his domicile, away from pesky residents alike. Well, that plan goes to shit when his kooky neighbor (Berry) comes by and pitches the idea of throwing hands with the newest tenant: a real creature of the night (Lucas Ayoub).

    Sam initially nixes the idea wholeheartedly, but when more of his quirky neighbors show up to his place to substantiate the vampiric-claims, Sam finds himself lacing up the leather for one more round…or two, depending on if he can still take a beating. Filled with more than a handful of goofy instances, this near-hour presentation won’t blow the doors off of the horror/com vehicle, but should more than suffice in the short-term until the next spooky-laugher comes slithering out of its hole.

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    Historians alike, this movie’s for those who want a reminder of how loopy those VHS days were, and the best part is you don’t have to rewind a freakin’ thing.

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