Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) is the fifth installment of the Jason Voorhees saga, where Tommy Jarvis, a young-man suffering from PTSD from events with Jason. This chapter isn’t my favorite, it’s over the top and predictable with a few of the campy elements I’ve come to love about the franchise.
The biggest thing that bothers me about this installment is the fact that Jason is at the half-way house, then suddenly he’s in the road, which makes me think there’s two people doing the killing, but then that thought quickly disappears; maybe, it was just bad editing.
This one only gets 2.5 out of 5 Stars.
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986) or could’ve been Jason Rises or Zombie Jason. Thom Matthews plays Tommy Jarvis, who is a great improvement over Corey Feldman and John Shepherd. For whatever reason, they don’t continue the story from A New Beginning, but that’s fine, I like the direction they went with this movie.
Jason Lives is one of my favorites in the franchise, returning to Crystal Lake and the camp, and is filled with the trills and kills expected from the series. While it is more on the serious side, there are a few of the fun campy scenes for my satisfaction.
In this episode, the producers try to bring in another layer of strangeness. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) begins with a girl summoning telekinetic powers to kill her father, though she really didn’t mean it, she was just upset that he was beating her mother. Then we flash forward to her mother bringing her back to the Crystal Lake house where the tragedy occurred.
Poor Tina is having visions of someone killing people, and no one believes her, thinking she’s having a breakdown. When she gets upset, shit goes down; it’d be interesting to see what happens when she has an orgasm, but that’s a different movie completely. Of course, we have Jason stalking through the woods, killing everyone he encounters; he has a ton of pent-up energy after being stuck at the bottom of Crystal Lake for so long.
I’m amazed on how quickly Tina learns to control her abilities and not just be generated from her emotional state. After not seeing Jason’s face for so many years, I’m happy to finally see the nasty behind the mask.
All in all, this is a pretty good movie, and I give it 3.5 out of 5 Stars.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) is the beginning of the Jason movies I’ve never seen until now, because back in the day when it came out, I thought it sounded stupid to have Jason suddenly appear in Manhattan.
The movie begins as expected from the franchise with Jason being revived and him killing the first people he finds. I find it somewhat strange that no one has seen Jason on the cruise ship. I don’t get Rennie’s visions of young Jason or how the boat from the opening ends up in the harbor, I had no idea that Crystal Lake was connected to the ocean.
With about forty-four minutes left in the movie, the survivors of the cruise ship make it to New York with, apparently, Jason swimming behind them, arriving in a disjointed scene that was so awkward, I wasn’t sure what I was watching. Then there’s the strange flashback, seriously, were they making it up as they went along? At least Jason takes a moment out of his stalking to take in the sites before the movie gets worse, and me back to thinking this is stupid, because going into the sewer is always a great idea.
Oh my, I don’t know what else to say. I give this one 2.5 out of 5 Stars.