I had accidentally missed a day so the last couple days were off but that has been corrected. So back on track.
Day Twenty – What is your favorite way a horror killer has been disposed of?
FRIDAY THE 13TH THE FINAL CHAPTER (1984) d: Joseph Zito
WARNING: This post contains spoilers!
I admit I am a huge Jason fan. The recent release of the CRYSTAL LAKE MEMORIES documentary was like finding gold to me. While it did not end up being Jason’s final chapter (though it was the last time Jason was actually scary) my all time favorite death of a killer, from any film, is in FRIDAY THE 13TH THE FINAL CHAPTER.
After seeing THE PROWLER producers were eager to sign on director Joseph Zito to kill off the iconic Jason Voorhees. Having worked with Tom Savini on THE PROWLER where Savini did the make up effects, Zito brought back Savini, who did the effects on the first FRIDAY THE 13TH, to do the duties on this film. One of the things was to figure out how to kill Jason. What they came up with was taking a machete (supposedly the idea came from grabbing the machete from DAWN OF THE DEAD that was in the make up shop) and slicing Jason’s head open. Savini decided to take it one step further. Jason gets hit in the head with a machete then falls to the ground landing on the handle where his head slides down the blade.
Some killers have been offed in pretty spectacular ways in movies. But none of them are as gruesomely awesome, to me anyway, as Jason’s head sliding down the machete blade. That is not only genius but a perfect ending … or so we thought.