Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning Review

Friday The 13th V: A New Beginning (1985) Movie Retro Review by Darrin Gauthier

Friday the 13th V: A New Beginning Review

Director: Danny Steinmann
Writers: Martin Kitrosser (story),  David Cohen (story)
Stars: Melanie Kinnaman,  John Shepherd,  Anthony Barrile

Plot:  Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis – who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees – wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Running Time: 92 Minutes

IMDB Score: 4.8

Why I Watched It: This is all Netflix’s fault they dropped a bunch of Friday The 13th Titles so of course I had to go back and rewatch and in some cases watch for the first time.

Random Thoughts: It’s hard to get your head around how long Jason has been around and going back and watching some of this series again you can see they tried to play with not only the character but the franchise.  We’re in 2018 and they’re talking about rebooting the franchise yet again, say what you want but Jason is a fun and iconic horror character.

What I liked: This came just a year after The Final Chapter so no it wasn’t it.  I got the sense in part 4 they weren’t sure if they’d go on with the franchise but it made money and they ran to make New Blood.  Now I won’t lie this is a huge letdown from part 4 but I will give them credit for changing up the formula and really kind of going back to the very first film.  This one is more of a mystery, who’s the killer is it Jason, has Tommy gone mad or is it someone else.

Some of the kills are decent and of course they use the location well and it’s just 92 minutes.

What I Didn’t Like: For my money this may be the most boring of the Friday The 13th movies, it’s a weird mess of a film.  Too many weird characters and really they lost the most interesting thing about any Jason movie and that’s Jason, they learned their lesson on this film.

It’s weird talking about characters in these types of films but this film is hurt by not only bad characters but bad acting.  Having it set at a half way kind of house and having everyone be weird didn’t work.  I get why they did it they wanted it to be more who a whodunit and it might have worked in the first film but here it’s annoying.  You didn’t need to make everyone a suspect and really it added nothing to the franchise.

I think what hurts the film the most is the Tommy Jarvis character, good golly he’s bland, he barely speaks and the film kind of hinges on him and he’s a blank slate to be sure.  Also nothing really cool, or funny or memorable happens in this one.  This maybe out of all the Friday The 13th films feels the most by the numbers.   This is a franchise that has not only taken chances but also be pretty goofy  as well, they went to Manhattan, Space, they went up against Freddy.

Final Thoughts: A boring slasher film is not a good movie just throwing it out there. Doesn’t have much going for it and to be honest I’m not sure I watched it before, I don’t remember it but that might be a telling thing about the movie.

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