Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis – who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees – wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
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This film in a word? Strange. How else can you describe a movie in which we watch Corey Feldman grow up to become...a martial arts-practicing mental patient living in a facility overseen by Richard Young (the guy who gives young Indiana Jones his fedora in "Last Crusade"). This is easily the most cynical and tasteless entry in the franchise, even more cynical than Part III, with the scuzziness of a grindhouse flick.
The return to a psychological motive is appreciated; however, the film is still derivative of its predecessors & does little to overturn the worst excesses of the genre. Characters are only here to be killed off in a variety of gruesome ways, with most female victims dying in a state of undress. Suspense sequences are blandly shot, like a TV series, with none of the visual style of similar efforts by Bava or Argento.
The filmmakers unwisely decide to deviate from the formula and not make Jason the protagonist in this entry resulting in the long running series' worst entry. Ridiculous even in comparison to the other silly entries. It wouldn't get this bad again until they sent him into space...wish I was kidding.
Kudos to the authors who tried to remain consistent with previous installment being "Final chapter". Otherwise, with part 5 this franchise gets "Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2" treatment - what was previously routine, this time around is enriched with awkward characters that are often more fun to watch than the actual horror scenes. Unlike other Fridays, this one feels like a pop culture mishmash. Underappreciated entry.
Why does people hate this one? Because it doesn't copy and paste it's structure as the first three sequels? At least it tries to be different and introduce a killer that has been mentally affected by Jason's murder spree and the ending is not just another variation of the first one. The outcome and the killer itself is obvious maybe and the murders themselves are weak, but I liked the psychological approach here.
Utter crap. I appreciate the attempt to change directions, but it's so clumsy and hamfisted with an over-abundance of kills and a sleazy tone courtesy of softcore porn director Danny Steinman. And do not even compare this pile of garbage to Halloween III because that's just insanity. Thank god the real Jason returns next go round!
A New Beginning has a great concept, but an awful execution. Look I applaud the idea of taking the series in a new franchise. However, this movie is full of obnoxious characters, bland kills and missed opportunities. At the end of The Final Chapter they hinted that Tommy Jarvis will carry on Jason's mantle! Do they continue that storyline? NOPE! They just tease that maybe it'll happen in the next movie...