Genre Guesstimation – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by Joe of The MN Movie Man and we will be reviewing our favorite Summer Camp Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jun by sending them to

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Joe!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Summer Camp Movies……

“Now, Sheriff, you better hear me, and hear me good. I want this looney bin closed down. You hearin’ me fella? Now these kids ain’t nothing but trouble. They don’t respect other’s property, and they’re all crazy! ” – Ethel

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After a series of brutal murders occur at a halfway house near Crystal Lake, the now teenage Tommy Jarvis, believes that Jason is back.

My Take on it – This film takes place a few years after the previous one and the now teenage protagonist of the past film tries to do all he can to stop a renewed killing spree that seems to be done by Jason.

The story works a bit better because they slightly shift the venue away from camp counselors, but the inhabitants of this half way house are also teens and are located close to Crystal Lake itself.

The killings are quite brutal here and they try and raise the stakes a bit, but there isn’t much here besides the slash fest that one can expect from the films in this franchise.

Loved seeing Shavar Ross in this film since I was immediately able to identify him as Dudley, Arnold Jackson’s best friend from the TV show Different Strokes.

One of things that I always enjoy about these kinds of movies is the unpredictability of which characters are safe from the murder spree, but even that won;t make me become a fan of the genre.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The film was originally written to have Corey Feldman as the star, reprising the role of Tommy Jarvis. However, he was already working on The Goonies (1985), therefore the script was rewritten to have Feldman’s appearance limited to a cameo. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Nope. Nice addition to the series despite it just being a stab-fest the whole wya through.

Rating – Razzie Worthy (4/10)


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