Review of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

25 Feb

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) is a horror/slasher/thriller film and the fifth entry in the Friday the 13th franchise.

Directed by Danny Steinmann (Savage Streets (1984), The Unseen (1980)).

Written by Martin Kitrosser (Rain (2003), Facing the Enemy (2001)) and David Cohen (Hollywood Zap (1986), The Treasure (1990)).

Starring: Shavar Ross, Marco St. John, Richard Young, Juliette Cummins, Carol Locatell, Debi Sue Voorhees and others.

Tommy Jarvis from the previous movie is like a teenager in this, so I guess this movie takes place somewhere in the early 90’s.

Sometimes teenagers in horror movies are acting weird. A redneck woman threatens to shoot them on sight, but they just laugh at that. I’d be pretty sure I don’t want to sneak into her territory. Of course the hillbillies just have to be these totally ridiculous parodies, although I must admit that they did make me laugh a bit.

I suppose you could justify the horrible characters by pointing out they’re all patients of rehabilitation institution or whatever they are in.

Then we get some characters who appear only to be killed and one of them is a guy who decides to take a shit so he walks through a forest to do that for what seems like forever in cinema-time. 

Ironically there’s an actress named Debi  Sue Voorhees in this movie and she both gets a cool death and has what are considered the best breasts in the series.

It’s sort of a spoiler, but not really, Jason isn’t the killer. It’s a guy impersonating Jason, so as you know this the movie becomes kind of a (bad) whodunnit, I guess, I didn’t pay enough attention and didn’t know who it was until they revealed it. Also the Jason impostor is really channelling Jason, because he’s strong as shit. He can easily break down doors and everything.

A goth/punk (?) chick does some robot dancing in her room, nope, the movie hasn’t aged one bit. Also „Jason” doesn’t enjoy it either.

One of the characters does the usual horror cliché „run, stumble, fall, take a long time to get up” routine, with emphasis on the not getting up part, so „Jason” just walks up to her.

Most of the kids don’t really do anything bad during the movie, yet they get killed, but two of them die after taking shits, so maybe there’s some message.

One unintentionally hilarious instance is when at the end we see a newspaper that has a photo of Jason in it. Who the fuck took the photo?

I don’t think it’s as bad as it is considered, they took a risk with the concept, it’s just that it was a stupid risk and they should’ve guessed won’t work out well.

Overall, not very good, I wouldn’t really recommend it to anyone, since even the later Friday the 13th films ignore this one.

Pictured: Debi Sue Voorhees after having a staring contest with Cyclops from X-Men.

2 Responses to “Review of Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)”

  1. alohamisterhand March 5, 2012 at 6:40 am #

    Haha, I enjoy your reviews; this one is most definitely the worst in the series. Well, besides Jason Goes to Hell, which is ludicrous. This is still enjoyable though for a good laugh and some blood! 🙂

    • karlails March 5, 2012 at 9:11 am #

      Thanks, I’ll get to Jason Goes to Hell and yes, it might be the most absurd of the series (or is it Jason Goes to Space), but I liked some things about it. They are all enjoyable in their own sort of way, even Jason X.

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