PLOT: After the events of the fourth film, Tommy Jarvis grows up bouncing around mental hospitals, landing in a halfway house in New Jersey. Suddenly, a series of grisly murders occur nearby and Tommy wonders if they are related to Jason Voorhees.
So this should have come out at the end of last week, but I got sidetracked, so you’re getting this on Monday.
This is an interesting film. On the one hand, this film has some of the most interesting deaths in the series and the T&A in this film is pretty top-notch, but I just found most of the characters in this film to be annoying as hell. Between the slow-witted bumpkins and Vic, I could have watched half of this movie on mute and been perfectly fine with it.
On the other hand, I have to give this film credit for trying something new. It seems like each of the long-running horror series have that one film that tries to do something new with varying degrees of success. In A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, the filmmakers throw out the rules set forth in the original classic to give us a true oddity of a film that probably gets a bit more criticism than it deserves, but is far from a great film. And in Halloween III: Season of the Witch, we lose Michael Myers altogether, though I actually love that movie on its own. This is the film for the Friday the 13th series. Here, we don’t even get Jason; we get Roy, a Jason copycat, which is such a ballsy decision in a series that often gets derided for following a paint-by-numbers structure.
Overall, I think this is a tough one to lock down. Maybe after this is all done, I’ll try to rank these films and this one would probably wind up in the middle somewhere. I found myself disliking a lot of characters early on, but a lot of the kills are cool and it’s super horny; ordinarily, that wouldn’t factor into a rating, but this is Friday the 13th we’re talking about and that absolutely has a role in making one of these movies.