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Friday the 13th Part 5 – A New Beginning

Friday the 13th Part 5 – A New Beginning

Sep 20, 2010

reviewed by hallo
directed by Danny Steinmann, 1985

The Jason Voorhees mania is in full effect by the time we reach part 5 of the series and so is the stereotypical method and approach to each film.  The franchise by this point has fully become a caricature of itself and no one in the world cares; well, except maybe film critics who take things too seriously.  The movies are fun, entertaining, and provide some nice kill scenes here and there.  In the horror genre, sometimes that is all we need to say, “well done.”  This one is directed by Danny Steinmann (his very last time behind the camera I might add) and it at least attempts to move the story in a little different direction.

Part 5 follows the story of Tommy Jarvis, the young boy we fell in love with in the previous film (played by a young Corey Feldman).  For five years he has been stationed in psychiatric hospitals and is now placed in a halfway house with some other troubled residents.   He continues to struggle with nightmares about Jason returning and killing him.  After a brutal murder of a resident by a fellow resident, folks start getting knocked off one by one.  One of the highlights of the film is a guy named “Demon” who Tommy and Pam, one of the halfway house’s managers, goes to visit.  He sings this incredibly awful song while sitting in an outhouse (yes, an outhouse), but for some reason it has always stuck with me.  Click here to listen to the song he sings just before meeting his end.

By the end of the movie we discover that Jason has not been killing all these people after all, but rather it has been the father of the resident who was brutally murdered at the beginning of the film.  He was actually one of the paramedics who came to the halfway house and when he saw that it was his son who had been killed, he snapped and decided to “mimic” Jason.  The film ends by suggesting that Tommy himself could be now trapped in the mind of Jason and ready to kill – not unlike the ending of Halloween 4.

I give the movie credit for attempting something new with the “fake” Jason idea.  Still, it is just another Friday the 13th movie with young people getting killed for no apparent reason.  With a budget of just over 2 million and a domestic gross of over 22 million, you better believe more Jason movies are on their way.  And we will review them right here on The Blackest Eyes.

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