Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) Rating:
- Dylan = 5.5 / 10;
- Eloise = 4 / 10;
- Raoul = 3.5 / 10;
- IMDB = 4.8/10;
- Rotten Tomatoes = 2.6/10.
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) Synopsis:
Ten years after killing Jason, Tommy, now grown up, is institutionalized in a house for mentally disturbed teen. Soon, a hockey-masked killer will come to haunt again the teen and decimate the inmates.
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) Review:
Despite the claim that Part IV was The Final Chapter, the series came back less than one year after with this so-called “A New Beginning“, a title suggesting a fresh new story which, considering how overused the concept of Friday the 13th was after four movies, was really a welcomed thing. Whether this was a clever trick to make money, or a true intent to elevate the series to another level, this fifth Jason movie is, unfortunately, one of the worst episodes of all series.
I personally think that they truly tried to make the story different. Being in a mental institution, the characters are finally a little different than the usual “I want to fuck my brain out” teens. The problem is that instead, we have a range of characters which are complete stereotypes. Most of them have only one attitude that they keep repeating throughout all film and the others, such as the hillbilly mom and her stupid son, are just too irritating.
But the main problem with A New Beginning is the kills. They are supposed to be the film’s highlight, but they turn out to be really bad as compared to the previous sequels, often really laughable as the characters instantly die from a stab. Most of the time, you only get to see the weapon before he kills, and then the dead body in a later scene, the film never shows the kills. Considering that the budget (2.2 M$) was similar to the other film, this simply cannot be explained.
The stupidity of the victims was another main turn-off. Luckily, the ending is what saves this sequel from being a complete disaster. One can feel that the writers really tried to set a new beginning to the story. I truly appreciate the effort, but to be completely honest, I think I just like it better when it is some simple Jason slashing around and decimating horny teens in really gruesome ways. Bring me back the true Jason!