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Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning


Jeff Nelson

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning has many issues, but it remains entertaining.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
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Paramount Pictures planned for Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter to be the last entry in the series. However, once it did very well in the box office, they ultimately decided to continue the franchise. They determined to start the series again with something different and to fast forward in the time line quite a few years. The fans of the series either absolutely love this entry or despise it. Whichever side you're on, be glad that the series continued. Jason Voorhees may be one of the iconic slashers in the horror genre.

After being committed to a mental hospital after "killing" Jason, an older Tommy is released to a halfway house containing maladjusted teenagers. Soon, the grisly murders with Jason's M.O. begin again. Has Jason Voorhees returned from the dead or is Tommy turning into Jason himself? The story has its ups and downs. I enjoyed the idea of the film taking place in a halfway house in the middle of nowhere. The idea of whether or not the main character is the killer has been done so many times in cinema history that it has gotten very dull. The screenplay still follows much of the same steps that the previous entries in the series did. There are a bunch of teenagers that do absolutely ridiculous things, leading to their untimely demise. None of the characters really matter and the only thing that will interest fans of the genre is how each one will be killed off. The ending will split audiences. I won't give it away, but while some will find it a clever way to start the series again, others will see it to be pathetic and half-baked. Don't expect any of the writing or characters to be very much different than those seen in any of the other movies of the franchise.

Those of you who get a kick out of bad cliché 80's teenagers will love the actors here. There isn't even one halfway decent performance to be seen here. Each actor is good for nothing in this film but to be killed off. None of their 'talent' leads the audience to care any more for the characters, in fact the desire increases to see the characters picked off. These actors aren't from much else and it shows. If only there was at least one actor to save us from the mess of poor acting. This never occurs.

To be straight forward, the look of Jason Voorhees should be enough for viewers to know the ending. For those of you expecting more extreme deaths than seen in Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter will be disappointed. There are a couple interesting deaths, one involving garden shears to the eyes, even the violence doesn't stack up to some of the previous films. Each of the death scenes have FX that are decent. Remain observant of Jason's look and you will know the twist ending long before it's revealed.

From the many fans I have spoken to, quite a few like it while most don't enjoy it. The reasoning behind a lot of the negative opinions is the twist ending. I feel that Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning has its ups and downs, although the cons outweigh the pros by a little. I understand what the filmmakers were trying to do with starting the franchise up again, but the execution is clunky and disorganized. This isn't the worst entry in the series, but it doesn't get close to the best. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning has many issues, but it remains entertaining.

My Rating = Two and One Half Stars

Next movie: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
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