Saturday, May 14, 2016
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
After opening with a dream sequence where Corey Feldman briefly reprises his role as Tommy Jarvis, the movie begins with a now grown Tommy (John Shepard), traumatized by his encounter with Jason, being sent to a halfway house in the middle of the woods with other "weird" teenagers. One of the disturbed teens kills a fat, annoying resident and is taken away, and before long, it looks like Jason is back and up to his old tricks.
Plot-wise, the movie tries something different, at least when it's not the formulaic business of a killer hacking up teenagers. Tommy is scarred from the previous movie, and he seems to be losing his mind. At times, he sees Jason when he really isn't there (like in the mirror behind him), and occasionally, Tommy has an outburst against someone who says or does the wrong thing. The movie pushes toward Tommy taking up the mantle, er, the mask of Jason and becoming the killer himself, which he seemingly does in the final scene (this development is also ignored in the next movie). Better vetted, this might have made for a fascinating psychological transformation for a horror movie.
It's Roy the Paramedic, a bit character shown near the beginning of the movie responding to that first murder. Good luck remembering his face. Turns out that fat, annoying resident was his son, and seeing him dead just drove Roy insane that he decided to impersonate Jason and kill everyone he could. Good thing the sheriff is around at the end to explain all that.
As bad as the movie is, it's not boring. It's packed with a lot of goofy, cheesy nonsense. The murder of the fat kid comes out of nowhere and is funny for it; the kid is so annoying, his death is welcomed. Tommy, for a guy who spent the last several being treated for mental and emotional issues, beats up people like a trained MMA fighter. A rocker chick dances the Robot to a New Wave song just before getting killed. Supposed scares are unintentionally funny, and the whole inclusion of Roy and the explanation for who he is and why he does what he does is just so hilariously miscalculated.