Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Film Review: Friday The 13th Part 5 - A New Beginning (1985)

Friday the 13th: Part 5 - A New Beginning (Review)
United States/1985
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

"The ending has a very predictable twist, which also renders this installment useless to the series..."

Tommy Jarvis, now an adult, is released to a halfway house. After a fatal incident at the home, a new string of deaths untangles as Jason returns...

Another installment in the Friday the 13th series, another simple, generic story. Another secluded home in the woods is attacked by Jason Voorhees, who is supposed to be dead. Tommy, who originally killed Jason, has trouble interacting with his housemates, but that doesn't matter since they'll be killed anyway. So, the killings occurs as they are picked off one by one up until the end where the obligatory chase scene occurs. The ending has a very predictable twist, which also renders this installment useless to the series, at least so far; in fact, the twist doesn't make much sense when you look back at the mayhem -- it just leaves more unanswered questions.

As far as story goes, there really isn't much to tell; you've seen this story told before, at least 4 separate times if you're a fan of this series. There is some entertainment to be had watching Jason lurk and execute, but not much else. The character lack depth, and most are annoying. The horror is okay for fans of brainless slashers, but it's missing vital elements to make it genuinely effective. The humor is bland and over-the-top -- best described as annoying and obnoxious.

Part 5, or A New Beginning, uses plenty of jump-scares, many of which don't work at all. The suspense is almost nonexistent throughout -- the direction doesn't bother to buildup any tension before the kill, which is unfortunate. The kills themselves are solid. Some have been seen before, while others are a little more on the creative side; a lot of the actual violence is off-screen, which may positively or negatively influence your viewing. I love old-school, gore special effects, so this was disappointing.

The acting is mediocre. Aside from a few performances, most of the cast is over-the-top; an overwhelming force that comes off as unnatural and... well, annoying. The special effects are good for some scenes, but not as great as the previous installments; the absence of Tom Savini is evident. The iconic music is great, but I wish it had a stronger presence. The direction and writing is lazy; everything feels rushed and disconnected.

Overall, Friday the 13th: Part 5 - A New Beginning is a weak installment in the series; this film can be entertaining in the right setting and frame of mind, but it is riddled with flaws -- from the mediocre acting to the bad, generic story. I recommend watching if you're a fan of the previous installments or if you must watch every installment.

Score: 4/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, sex and nudity.

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