the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning
|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
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.
||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.
- With their
dollars ... it grossed a satisfactory, profitable, $21
million, and there were plenty more sequels to follow
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
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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