Friday the 13th
The undead in disguise!
Recast, Tommy, the protagonist of the previous installment, returns. He is now a troubled young man moving into a halfway house and about to get into more of the same trouble. The movie starts with a confusing murder from a man who's face we see and who isn't Jason Voorhees. The first act lets you suspect there is more to this sequel than slicing and dicing, though there is plenty of that, too.
While it does feature a required share of mindless fun and gore, it's also big on dream sequences and potential hallucinations. Those are poor devices that only conceal and postpone the twists of a unnecessarily complex script that relies too much on surprises. Considering the surprises are more of a let down than innovative ideas, this sequel simply can't live up to the previous two.
This fifth movie in the Friday the 13th franchise tries to match the other four by hiring a colorful cast and keeping the action in the woods, though not necessarily in a camp setting. We get unstable protagonists that are caricatural because of their particular situation; an excellent call from the writers that allows for interesting subplots, namely bits of deviant romance, comedy and drama.