John Carpenter’s review:
After taking an axe to the head, Jason is resurrected by the sounds of some frisky hospital workers to continue his murderous ways. Known as ‘The Final Chapter’, the film does give off the vibe that it is interested in tying the storyline up. The film is tighter than part three and the final scene tries to make sure that Jason doesn’t return to Crystal Lake. What we end up with the beginning of the ‘Tommy Jarvis Trilogy’, the first of three films that focus on a major character in the ‘Friday The 13th’ universe. Played by Corey Feldman, the Jarvis storyline fits this film like a glove. It takes the series in a different direction without ignoring the cornerstone that the franchise has built. Tom Savini is brought back for effects and he doesn’t disappoint. We are not only treated to some great effects, but Tom’s masks are on display as well as a Jarvis hobby. The film is also notable for having Crispin Glover in an early role.