Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning (1985)
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as Matt Peters
as Tommy (age 12)
as Sheriff Tucker
as Deputy Dodd
as Nurse Yates/Receptio...
as Billy/Male Nurse
as Mayor Cobb
as Deputy #2
as Deputy #3
as Tommy Jarvis
as Ethel Hubbard
as Billy/Male Nurse
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...falls right in line with its hopelessly inferior (and surprisingly dull) immediate predecessor...
The plot twists may offer something different from the series, actually having a little more in common with the first film than any other. However, this wasn't that original.
The tone is crude, raunchy, and leering, with kill scenes combined with more nudity than usual.
Let's make it an old ending! Enough slashing and dicing!
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Of course they wouldn't just kill the golden goose, so they naturally had to came up with a sorry excuse for a "new beginning", but it is not even fun to see it when everything (and everyone) is so extremely irritating, the script is pure garbage and the dialogue is awful beyond belief.
This movie has annoyed me off since I was a kid. Followers of this series and viewers of the film were victimized by the old, bait-and-switch. Aspiring storytellers should be advised against the bait-and-switch, it will only alienates the audience. That, and they're never as clever as the writer thinks they are. Anyway, everyone thought that Tommy Jarvis would take over as the slasher after Jason's demise. Instead, the killer was Roy, the paramedic. Roy, the paramedic? Who? Exactly. Aside from this asinine swerve in the plot, this is about as uninspired and poorly constructed as the series gets. It feels like a generic rip off of a Friday the 13th. Then again, it's not a Jason movie, it's a Roy the Paramedic movie. Avoid.
I've gone round and round with my feelings about Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning. I've never hated it for it being all a ruse and not featuring Jason at all. I actually always felt that that was a little more interesting and brought something new to the mix. The truth is that it's just not a great horror film, and doesn't really resemble one. What I've gradually come to realize is that it's nothing more than a black comedy, and an unintentional one... I think. To be fair, this film could've been left out of the series altogether and the story wouldn't have changed that much, but I find it too enjoyable to ignore it. Even though I burst out laughing at certain scenes and moments in the films in this series, this one really is, beat for beat, a comedy, and it makes me laugh pretty hard. As a horror film, it's bumblingly terrible, uninteresting, horribly shot, shodily edited and contains story & dialogue that are just egregious on all possible levels. It's very much the black sheep of the franchise, just like how Halloween III: Season of the Witch was to the Halloween series. The big difference between the two is that even though Halloween III had nothing to do with the franchise who's moniker it carried, it was actually a very solid movie. This movie isn't, but it winds up being very entertaining anyway. It's also interesting to note that the films were due to follow the storyline of Tommy Jarvis becoming the new Jason, but the nearly universal negative response caused the studio to bring Jason back. Thankfully, that change paid off and the best film of the series was soon to follow.
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