4. Friday The 13th: The Final Chapter
Part III may not have wrapped the series up in a neat bow - the box office saw to that - but part four was definitively designed to bury Jason for good.
Or was it? This time, the team behind the camera really began to change as Joseph Zito took over directing chores and a few more familiar (if not necessarily A-list famous) faces appeared on screen.
Yes, this is the Jason encounter in which we find Crispin Glover and Corey Feldman, with Feldman taking the central role of Tommy Jarvis, a lad who eventually becomes obsessed with stopping the masked killer, but whose story hints that he might have taken over the mantle by the end.
Tom Savini was initially unsure about coming back for more, but signed on when offered the chance to finally kill his creation (yes, we know, death is never forever in this series).
Jason himself was played an uncredited Ted White - uncredited because he asked to have his name removed from the film after pulling a Betsy Palmer: "If I don't want my name associated on a total piece of shit, then I don't have to have it on there".
He later admitted he regretted his comment, allowing that, "It was better made then most of its type, and the viewers got more bang for their buck."
But White was the source of plenty of stories on the set. He largely refused to talk to his co-stars in set to maintain their fear of Jason, but that didn't extend to their comfort - he insisted a pad be placed behind fellow actor Peter Barton's head when getting it smashed into a wall shower wall because Barton was concerned about injury after multiple surgeries required following a botched stunt on an earlier film.
And White also forced Zito to let Judie Anderson warm up during filming on a raft in the dead of winter after the poor girl started crying from the freezing cold.
Unusually for a horror title, there was method acting agogo, with Crispin Glover improvising his own dance moves and Lawrence Monoson dabbling in pot to see if it would, like, help his performance. It, like, didn't. Bet he hit craft service hard after that…
With more nudity in this than most of the others, the Final Chapter arrived on Friday, April 13th, 1984 and took in $32.9 million in the US.
There was no way Paramount would let Jason lie quietly…