R | | Fantasy, Horror
A psychiatrist familiar with knife-wielding dream demon Freddy Krueger helps teens at a mental hospital battle the killer who is invading their dreams.
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Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
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In interviews with cast and crew in the DVD commentary, it is revealed that the original idea for the film centered around the phenomenon of children traveling to a specific location to commit suicide, with dreams of Freddy Krueger eventually discovered to be a common link between the youths. At the time teen suicide was a taboo social issue and this led to the abandonment of that storyline, though some aspects remained within the filmed version which still depicts suicide and self-mutilation. This was deemed less controversial because these acts are committed with Freddy's distinct influence, inserting enough fantasy into the acts to remove them from the supposed controversial exploitation of disturbed youths.
Dr. Elizabeth Simms:
I'm not going to take any more of this. How much longer are you going to go on blaming your dreams for your own weaknesses?
Roland Kincaid: Lady, how much longer you gonna keep blowin' smoke up our ass?
Dr. Neil Gordon: That's enough, Kincaid!
Simms: There will be no repeat occurrences of...
(at around 1h 14 mins) When Freddy is attacking Taryn in the alleyway he shoves both of his needle hands into her arms. In the next shot, he is shown inserting his left hand into her arm again.
The Grips from Hell
Some gory shots were cut from the U.S. release to earn an "R" rating rather than an "X".
$8,880,555 (USA) (1 March 1987)