Friday the 13th took a giant step forward last time, now it falls about ten back!
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Directed By: Danny Steinmann (Savage Streets)
Let’s be honest, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter was probably never actually meant to be the last in the franchise. Assuring it wasn’t going to be, the movie did really good and was really good. So in 1985 “Jason” is back and so is Tommy Jarvis. The results however are a little underwhelming as the film gives us a few cool moments but mostly is one giant let down after following such a solid entry in the series. So with Friday the 13th: A New Beginning, you don’t have a lot to look forward to.
So Jason is “dead” and it’s ten years later. Tommy Jarvis keeping with the idea given to us at the end of the last film is pretty screwed up and has tons of mental problems! Tommy however is sent to a rural halfway house in California for mentally disturbed teenagers, a series of grisly murders begin anew as another hockey-masked killer begins killing off all people at and around the residence. Is Jason back once again!?? Or is there a twist coming that anyone paying attention should have seen coming a mile away??
So while little Corey Feldman does a little cameo at the start, we are left with Tommy Jarvis number 2 (and my least favorite of the three we’d get) in the form of John Shepherd. And while he keeps the same characteristics as young Tommy, and even gives someone a nice fireman’s carry into a table as well as other ass kicking moves, he proves ultimately to be a let down. A common theme this movie seems to keep as it rolls along.
Sadly this film does humor better than horror and as a result “Jason” is left with some kinda lame kills and the best part of the film at the end of the day is the humor it seems to have. A thing that would be used more and added in with better violence with the next film in the series. But as for this one, one of the highlights is when a guy in an outhouse sings a song with his girlfriend on the outside, and that’s not a good thing, even with it being very funny.
Now if you go into this film, and I remember the first time I saw it I did go into it this way. You think your getting one thing and when you get the last twist at the end you’re left thinking, “WHAT!?”. While it in it’s self was a major disappointment the film has only re-watch value for you to see it once more and finally pick up on all the obvious hints it had throughout about the twist. I was a kid when I saw it and I missed it. But I do wonder how many of you that saw the film at an older age picked up on the red flag that the movie waves about the ending the first time you saw it. I find it kinda funny now when watching it at how bad a job it does at covering up the twist.
“A New Beginning” is good for a laugh here and there, and it’s good for some classic Friday humor as the film at this point was realizing it’s M.O. was becoming a joke. But it’s just a let down overall and it’s probably just above three and Manhattan on my list of least liked Friday films. So if you don’t want to watch all the Friday films, I’d say it’s OK to skip this one!
I’ve had to watch this movie more times than I have had to watch any other Friday film due to it being the only Friday the 13th film my family actually owned when I was a kid. So yeah, if I never seen it again I’d be happy. But for a Friday film it’s among the weaker ones. As for just a slasher, it’s got some fun parts but just average at best.
The Rating (5/10)