Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday ★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

Definitely one of the stranger entries in the Friday series (up there with Jason X), which throws a lot of things at the wall to see what sticks.

Sadly for all the original ideas they had for this entry, it was caught up in an intellectual property & copyright hell. After many rewrites, the final script was written in a week, and it shows.

Of course the connection to Nightmare on Elm Street was the teaser that everyone took away from this, but the inclusion of the Necronomicon & Kandarian dagger from shows there was at least an attempt to make this entry a much more interesting film than it ended up being. If they had the time, budget and rights, this could have been something special.

That said, it's still a reasonable slasher if you can swallow the supernatural angle. We get Kane Hodder and a great soundtrack from Harry Manfredini.

There are some great gory effects, in particular the tent scene - BUT - you must watch the uncut version for all the really good stuff. This edition was only recently made available on Blu-ray, so if you had the old release, it's definitely worth upgrading if you're a fan.

The aforementioned tent scene is one of the better kills in the whole franchise (again, only if you watch the uncut edition), and the body melt scene shows some wonderful practical work, in a movie with a tiny $3m budget.

Don't think too much about it, and enjoy some of the hammy acting, gore and an interesting if incomplete take on Jason mythology.