In Friday the 13th: Part V: A New Beginning, Jason returns from the grave ten years after the last incident to kill more unsuspecting teens. Or does he? This movie is so bad that the famed killer even refused to agree to terms and sat this one out, though the filmmakers try their damndest to fool the audience.
In what can only be considered as a low of the first six movies - which requires effort to do - A New Beginning follows Tommy Jarvis as a young adult, who, scarred by his past experiences (played by Corey Feldman originally, he was responsible for killing Jason once and for all), now lives in a halfway home for troubled teens. There, tensions run high as people begin to die off one by one, apparently due to the return of one Jason Voorhees. Meanwhile, Tommy cowers in the corner and decides not to talk for the entire film.
I give the filmmakers credit for trying to one-up the audience by having Jason not actually be Jason, but the execution is so dismally pathetic that any leniency initially given to them should be removed immediately. The movie features comically embarrassing performances from everyone involved, including John Shepherd as Tommy Jarvis. As the central character to the story, he tries his hardest to be the most hated person on the screen. The inclusion of a hick mother and son are also quite irritating.
Unfortunately, there's little value that comes from this horrific film. There is some blood and guts, but nothing that is particularly clever. Nudity is minimal, if any, and the array of characters are some of the blandest ever witnessed on screen, despite the screenwriters' direct attempts to have colorful personas. Most importantly, the movie is just plain boring.
Friday the 13th: Part V: A New Beginning is so bad you'll be wishing for a new ending almost as quickly. Thankfully, Part VI just ignores its presence altogether.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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