Saturday, December 15, 2018

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday Movie Review

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday is a 1993 horror movie directed by Adam Marcus and starring  John D. LeMay, Kari Keegan and Steven Williams. It is the ninth movie in the Friday the 13th franchise.

A woman comes to a house in Crystal Lake. The lights go out. Jason is there and he is after her. The cops show up and they shoot him and blow him up. Jason's remains are taken to the hospital. When the autopsy is being performed, it turns out that there is brain activity. The coroner decides to take a bite out of Jason's heart and he becomes possessed by the spirit of Jason Voorhees. The new Jason takes off. A bounty hunter called Creighton Duke(Williams) is looking for Jason. He is being paid to kill him. He finds out that Jason can only be killed by a blood relative. Meanwhile, Jason is killing some teens. He is coming to get his half sister, Diana(Erin Gray) and be reborn through her body.
Diana has a daughter, Jessica(Keegan) and a granddaughter, Stephanie.

Stephanie's father, Steven(LeMay) comes to the house also and tries to stop Jason, but it is no use.
Diana gets killed and Steven gets the blame. He is thrown into jail where Duke has also ended up.
They talk and Duke tells him about Jason's link to Jessica and her daughter. Jessica is the only one who can kill Jason. Steven breaks out of his cell to save Jessica and his daughter from Jason. He goes to the Voorhees house. He looks around and finds a strange book, which Evil Dead fans will recognise as the Necronomicon and a dagger.

There is a news guy there called Robert. He is Jessica's boyfriend. He is there to film a segment about Jason being alive again and he has even stolen Diana's body from the morgue to put in his piece.
Jason is there and he possesses Robert. Jason then goes to get Jessica. Steven comes to her rescue.
He tells her what is happening with Jason. She doesn't believe it and she throws him out of her car.
She goes to the police station and tells them about Steven. Jason goes to the police station and kills everyone he sees. He wants Jessica. Steven shoots him but he can't kill Jason. Duke uses this opportunity to escape from jail. Stephanie is at a diner where she is safe. Duke takes the baby and Jessica wants her back. Duke meets her and he tells her that he needs her help to send Jason back to Hell. He gives her a dagger to kill him with.

Jason has entered a cop and he comes to the Voorhees house. Steven kills him again and the cop dies but some sort of weird creature comes out of his body and crawls away to the basement where Diana's body is. He enters her and he is reborn. Duke is the first to get killed. Jason attacks Steven next. There is a fight and Jessica grabs the dagger and she stabs Jason in the heart. This puts an end to his reign of terror and he is pulled down to Hell by the souls of his victims. Steven ad Jessica take their daughter and walk away. The movie ends with Jason's mask in the dirt. A familiar gloved hand reaches out and takes it, setting up Freddy Vs Jason which would not appear for another ten years!

I have to be honest about this film. I didn't like it. I thought that it was the weakest in the series.
The story wasn't the best and I just didn't find it worth my time. I did enjoy the inclusion of the Necronomicon and Freddy's glove. I thought they were the highlights of this film. Other that those two things, there isn't much to like about it. It's a bit of a mess. I have enjoyed all of the movies in the series up to this point, but this one I could not watch again. I don't like to say anything bad about the Friday the 13th movies as they are mostly great, but this one isn't. So, I will give it a 3/10.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

The Last Horror Film Movie Review

The Last Horror Film is a 1982 horror movie directed by David Winters and starring Joe Spinell and Caroline Munro.

The film begins with a man called Vinnie Durand(Spinell). He is a taxi driver who lives with his mother. He is obsessed with a horror movie actress called Jana Bates(Munro). He wants to make a movie with her. He decides to go the Cannes film festival when he discovers that she will be there.
He thinks that if he meets her, he can convince her to star in his film. His mother thinks that he crazy.
Jana arrives in Cannes and Vinnie is there. He tries to get into a party but it is just for movie people . He dreams that he is a big time director and everyone loves him. Jana is with her ex husband, Bret Bates(Glenn Jacobson) and her current boyfriend, Alan Cunningham(Judd Hamilton). Vinnie doesn't like Bret. Jana receives a note that says she has made her last horror film. She also finds Bret's dead body. He has been murdered. Vinnie is there. He films her reaction.

Jana calls the police and when they go to see the body, it has disappeared. Jana is upset and confused.
Alan thinks that it could be a sick prank. Vinnie wanders around filming Jana. Bates has disappeared.
The police think that it is a joke that he is playing on Jana. They think that it might be a publicity stunt for his movie. More people start to get killed and we discover that it is Vinnie. He kills more people connected to Jana. He breaks into her hotel room but gets disturbed. He chases Jana and she runs into Alan who takes her back to her hotel. Alan calls for security. He takes her to stay with friends who live in the area. Vinnie follows. The security guys see Vinnie and they shoot at him.
Jana decides that she will use a decoy at the awards ceremony. Vinnie is going to get her.

He dresses up as a cop. Jana meets her decoy on the night and lets her go on instead of her. Jana stays backstage. Vinnie catches her and kidnaps her. Alan and the police find out what has happened and they follow Vinnie to a castle. He has a scene set up for her. He is going to kill her. Bret shows up and says that he was behind the killings all along. Vinnie was just a stooge. He is going to let Vinnie take the fall for it all. Vinnie distracts him and gets a chainsaw. He kills Bret. The police come. The movie ends with the revelation that it has all been Vinnie's film. None of it was real and he was actually making his movie with Jana. He and his mother watched it. She is proud of him. They share a joint.

This was an enjoyable movie. It wasn't anything amazing, but there was enough to keep me watching. It was fun to see Joe Spinell in this. I liked him in Maniac(1980) and he was convincing as a loser in this. His real mother starred too. The ending was pretty good as I didn't realise that it was Vinnie's movie all along. It was a little ropey in parts, but on the whole, it is a decent horror movie and I recommend it. I will give it a 5/10.

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