Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) *
D: Danny Steinmann
C: John Shepherd, Melanie Kinnaman, Corey Feldman
P: Traumatized by the events of part four, Tommy Jarvis (all grown up), visits a halfway house for troubled teens, but it looks like Jason has risen from the grave (yet again) and has set his sights on those connected to Tommy.
By far and away one of the most frustrating horror film experiences of my entire life. I'm not frustrated that the producers of this franchise lied about part four being the final chapter. I am frustrated in the sense that A New Beginning had so many interesting ideas floating around, but the people behind this fail to utilize those ideas in any meaningful way.
There is a half hearted attempt to take the franchise in a new direction by spinning elements of whodunit. Is Jason alive & well and back to his old tricks? Is it main protagonist John Sheperd behind the mask? Or is it someone just out for some good old fashion revenge using Jason's modus operandi? The answer to this is all rather obvious, so the elements of mystery really don't amount to much.
The film places its characters in a half way house, but if your expecting some depth or meaning as to what might make a teen troubled, or their struggle to clean up, or the road to recovery, forget about it. These characterizations are as skimpy as it gets. Even worse, the performances from the entire cast are completely unappealing. When you don't care about anyone in the film, why should anyone care as to what happens?
I admire the initial idea behind this entry, of wanting to start anew, of wanting to bring something more considered to the genre, but in all my years of reviewing, I have never seen a film shoot itself in the foot more so then this fifth entry into the Friday the 13th franchise. There's a good idea at the core of this film, but that idea is never realized or developed in any rudimentary way. [R] 92 mins.
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