Crystal Lake, the USA could be a nice place, if it were not for the Vorhees family, the cradle of our beloved Jason. Only through them, with them and in them can Jason be reborn … and die. His black heart, the only thing left of him after the previous episode, comes to life on the autopsy table and drastically forces itself on the body of a reluctant coroner. Once again equipped with hands and legs attached to his body, our masked maniac sets off on a bloody trail of corpses. When an innocent virgin meets an untimely death in the woods, the good people of Crystal Lake begin to feel the heat. Jason is back home. But this time it won’t be so easy. Bounty hunter Creighton Duke, an expert in taking down supernatural serial killers, is determined to make Jason’s ninth life his last. Duke claims to know Jason better than anyone. He knows who he is, where he came from and why he does what he does.

This blood-curdling Friday the 13th fits into the recent tradition of the renewal of sleepy sequels. Producer Sean Cunningham, the spiritual father of Jason and director of the very first part, thought it was time to give the series a new, vital injection. He found the ideal director in debutant Adam Marcus, who literally grew up with the series. As an 11-year-old, he brought coffee around on the set of the first Friday the 13th. This last (?) new Jason enjoys a solid screenplay that for once does not serve to fill the gaps between the slaughtering of love-struck teenage couples. Jason Goes to Hell, the Final Friday goes in search of the dark origins of its protagonist and his recurring incarnations. Kane Hodder, the man behind the mask, takes on Jason’s mutilated skin for the third time. The surprising shock effects are the work of our friends from KNB (Army of Darkness, Darkman, Tales from the Darkside).

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