Has Jason returned from the dead? Or is there a copycat killer doing a good impersonation of the Camp Crystal Lake maniac?
The setting for the fifth instalment in the series is a rural rehab centre where Tommy Jarvis (John Shepherd), the boy who killed Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), is still haunted by the memory of the hockey-masked murderer.
Director Danny Steinmann tries hard to breathe fresh life into the hackneyed proceedings with a tongue-in-cheek script and more characterisation than the series is usually noted for.
Beginning and ending with stylish nightmares, this features less blood than usual because at the time the slasher genre was coming under attack from worried liberals and the press.
Sheriff Cal Tucker
Marco St John