Don't worry, we will never spoil anything pre-jump, though obviously everything after the break is operating under the assumption you've seen the film, so be warned. And a big tip of our hat to Arbogast on Film for inspiring us with his post The One You Might Have Saved.
Hit the jump where I choose one person to save from Jason's wrath in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
Name: Jimmy "Jimbo" Mortimer (Crispin Glover)
Cause of Death: Takes a corkscrew to the hand and a meat cleaver to the face.
Verdict: I would have saved him.
It was inevitable, given the pile of corpses linked to Jason Voorhees, that one of us would eventually get around to saving/killing a character in a Friday the 13th film. For the most part, the franchise does a pretty good job of killing off people who deserve to die and letting those who warranted a better fate survive, but there's at least one character who met a horrible demise who should have lived through one of Crystal Lake's infamous nights of terror: Jimbo from Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter.
The character, played by my boyfriend Crispin Glover, meets his maker after finally scoring with one of the twin sisters featured in the film. He comes downstairs, panties in hand, to brag to his buddy Teddy about his conquest. While in the kitchen, looking for a corkscrew to open a celebratory bottle of wine, Jimbo runs into Jason -- who shows him where the corkscrew was before giving him a face-to-face introduction to the meat cleaver as well.
Some might argue that Jimbo's death is appropriate, given that he winds up dead after committing one of the cardinal sins of slasher cinema -- premarital sex -- and I'm hard-pressed to argue against that logic. Jimbo does break one of the major rules of the subgenre and pays the price for his transgression. But is it a fair fate? Probably more fair than what happens to Jason-hunter Paul, but still pretty harsh.
Jimbo's kind of a dork -- a fact witnessed through his absolutely hysterical dance sequence. He has no luck with the ladies because he's a "dead f*ck", something Teddy and his imaginary computer point out in one of the film's opening scenes. Jimbo doesn't seem like one of those stereotypical Friday teens, though -- where drugs, booze, and getting laid is a way of life. He's more like a kid coming of age -- having his first bout of meaningful sex and basking in the afterglow. Hardly seems fair to give him the death penalty for a first transgression ...
Really, though, the main case for saving Jimbo is that he's a goofy but fun character. In a series where even most of the final girls come across as relatively two-dimensional, getting Glover to bring Jimbo to life was quite a coup. Turning around and then killing him off -- and not even in a particularly spectacular fashion -- seems like a waste. I wouldn't want Jimbo to live and play some part in the basically perfect climax of The Final Chapter, but I'd be cool with him somehow turning up alive at the end, maybe showing up with the cops or running out of the woods after having escaped while Jason was otherwise occupied. The possibilities are endless, but one thing remains clear -- Jimbo deserved to live.