Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (1985) from Tuna

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (1985) is, obviously, one of many sequels to this popular horror saga. What is the formula for one of these?


Rebecca Wood and Juliette Cummins showed breasts in clear light, Deborah Vorhees showed breasts and buns in broad  daylight, and Melanie Kinnaman showed breasts through a wet white shirt.
 1) Introduce two or three lovable characters, including one precocious kid, to survive the entire film.
2) Show the recognizable evil icon
3) Kill a couple of people to get the ball rolling.
4) Shows a girls tits.
5) Kill the owner of the tits.
6) Kill a couple more people
7) Return to step 4 until you reach about the 90 minute mark.
8) Have the people in step 1 kill the evil icon 3 or more times.
9) Leave room for another sequel.

DVD info from Amazon.

  • Widescreen anamorphic, 1.85:1

So if that is an inviolate formula, what distinguishes a good one?
1) Clear nudity
2) Good gore effects
3) Some startle type surprises.

This was a very good sequel.  I actually had multiple requests for this film.  Low scores, but I say they missed the point. This genre (bad horror film sequels) is all about gore and breasts, and this one has plenty of both.

The Critics Vote

The People Vote ...

  • With their votes ... IMDB summary: IMDb voters score it 3.2 
  • With their dollars ... it grossed a satisfactory, profitable, $21 million, and there were plenty more sequels to follow
IMDb guideline: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence, about like three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, about like two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, about like two stars from the critics. Films under five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film, equivalent to about one and a half stars from the critics or less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

My own guideline: A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre. B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. C means it will only appeal to genre addicts, and has no crossover appeal. D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre. F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.

Based on this description, this film is a C. 

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