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

What a wild ride this one is. In between the ill-conceived but imaginative twist ending, over-the-top gore, 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. Here however, it’s a complete disaster: The climactic reveal is underwhelming, the acting is downright atrocious and there’s just about no tone or musical score to speak of, while the body count is so high that it’s almost comical. Overall the movie feels like a series of scenes indiscriminately stitched together by an indifferent director, but like so many failed movies, it’s often fascinating to watch in a car-crash kind of way.

Rating: ★★★ (out of 5)

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