Friday the 13th 5: A New Beginning (1985)

What a wild ride this one is. In between the ill-conceived but imaginative twist ending, the over-the-top gore and excessive body count, and the cartoonish characters, it doesn’t exactly feel like a “Friday the 13th” movie. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as this series has demonstrated a willingness to mess with its own formula over the course of ten movies or so. However here, it’s a complete disaster: The climactic reveal is underwhelming while its setup is ludicrous, the acting is downright atrocious and there’s just about no tone or musical score to speak of. It’s also strange that our lead character disappears from the narrative for long stretches of time with no explanation, and the killings are downright sadistic. Overall the movie feels more like a series of scenes indiscriminately stitched together by an indifferent director, but like many failed movies it can be fascinating to watch it.

Rating: ★★ (out of 5)

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