Well, by this time the Friday The 13th movies were well and truly set in their ways (though there would still be occasional tricks and surprises throughout the series). The body of Jason is taken away from Crystal Lake and left to lie in a hospital for a while. Left to lie there for as long as it takes him to rise up again and kill a couple of people, in fact. And viewers will know where he’s heading. In the meantime, the Jarvis family have arrived at their lakehouse for a vacation. Young Tommy Jarvis (Corey Feldman) is a bit of a whizz when it comes to making practical effects but, otherwise, there’s nothing unremarkable about them apart from where they have the misfortune to be vacationing. Will Jason try to kill off the mother, son and daughter or will he first become distracted by the nearby house full of teens partying and trying to get laid? Hmmmmm, choices choices.
One of the many Friday The 13th movies that sticks to formula and doesn’t provide many surprises, this outing is still a lot of fun for undemanding fans but there’s nothing much to it that singles it out as one of the better entries in the series.
Highlights include the performance of young Corey Feldman and also a young Crispin Glover, who busts some dance moves that have to be seen to be believed. The lovely Judie Aronson sheds clothing at one point, which is also appreciated.
And there are some great death scenes here, which is obviously a bonus in this kind of film, helped by the return of Tom Savini and his bag of tricks.
Joseph Zito is in the director’s chair this time around, he does okay but there’s already a certain staleness to the material at this point. The template had been created and was being adhered to but things weren’t being given that added fun factor that would boost a number of future instalments. Barney Cohen’s script does the job but tries too hard to link things in to previous events, with the inclusion of a character named Rob (Erich Anderson) who intends to kill Jason as revenge for the death of his sister.
Other good stuff: Harry Manfredini is still responsible for the soundtrack, another bonus, and the last half hour or so is a great bounty of tension, corpses and carnage. Which is also very enjoyable.
DIRECTOR: JOSEPH ZITO
STARS: COREY FELDMAN, KIMBERLY BECK, PETER BARTON, CRISPIN GLOVER, JUDIE ARONSON, CAMILLA MORE, CAREY MORE
RUNTIME: 97 MINS APPROX