6. Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning
Putting this film as high up as I am will probably ruffle some feathers within the horror community.
Part V follows Tommy Jarvis after finally putting a bloody end to Jason Voorhees for good as he is being transferred to a facility to help integrate him back into society after time in a mental institution after mental institution. Right after he arrives, one of the patients has an unfortunate altercation with an axe and the Jason-style killings begin again!
Almost immediately the Sheriff is laughed at for thinking it’s Jason back from the grave while the murders continue and get bloodier and bloodier by the instance. All the while Tommy keeps seeing visions of Jason, driving him more and more mad. Not to mention certain folks notice the correlation between Tommy being there and people dying.
This film mainly gets a bum wrap because we come to find out that the killer isn’t Jason – it’s Roy – One of the ambulance drivers who turned out to be the father of the patient who got intimate with an axe in the back.
This was supposed to be the end of the bloody era of Jason Voorhees and the start of the Tommy Jarvis one. But much like films like Halloween III or even Halloween IV, new ideas to move forward and make something interesting are seen as bad or even wrong. When it comes to things like slasher films, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it I guess.