Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Genre: Slasher Horror Serial
Starring: John Shepherd, Melanie Kinnaman
Directed By: Danny Steinmann
Overview: Our once hero, Tommy, is still troubled by the events of ten years ago, so much so that he is institutionalized. His fears return though, as Jason Voorhees seems to have returned, up to his old shenanigans.
Acting: The director took caricatures and dressed them up in the most outrageously stupid outfits, and told them to be imbeciles. There's one actor who made it, and his kill was the absolute best: Miguel Nunez Jr., whom you may know from the Nam series "Tour Of Duty". The acting is so ridiculously stupid on purpose, that this was this director's last on a short list of films. Good riddance.
Cinematography: I don't know what happened to the budget, but the gore is next to non-existent. A thin line of blood on someone's neck, and a score of dead who you ALMOST see get killed! Only one or two (at most) of the kills were even worth watching!!! The camerawork was professional and well lit, but the effects suffered so badly that the technical skill couldn't save it. It's a slasher flick! SLASH!
Script: "You big dildo. Eat your fucking slop!"
I must admit that they tried very hard at having an actual story going on with interpersonal conflicts and the like, but the 80s were a very bad time for dialogue. Ugh. Still, this is the best part of this movie. It's funny... Funny 'haha'. Rating: 6
Plot: This story is the worst of all of the Jason films: not even a mention of Crystal Lake, a completely predictable premise that is so bad they swept it right under the carpet. The characters are morons, except for our main one, Tommy, who actually kicks some decent ass, but of course, he's a bit of a psycho too.
Mood: The mood of this film is atrocious. I like the boobs, I see the sin everywhere, but the outfits and the players are all just so lame, they're just so out there. Add to this the fact that the killing itself isn't even worth watching, and you can skip this movie altogether and not miss a thing. Seriously, it's not even part of the mythology. Skip it.
Overall Rating: 38% (A New Beginning Was Almost It's End)
Aftertaste: I read that fans hated this. There was outcry at the new premise that this was intended to carry forward sequel to sequel. They ended that idea quick let me tell you. It's almost like they made a sequel to MAKE UP for this failure. Something else I've noticed: if you do the math, taking 1980 as "The Present" of the first film, by the time Part 5 happens (filmed in 1985), the chronology puts it square in 1996, but who's counting?
The characters of this movie made 2 attempts at finally pacifying or killing the assailant.