Plot? What plot? Oh right: traumatized telekinetic teen accidentally raises Jason from the bottom of the lake. Jason kills folks. That’s about it. But you don’t watch these for the plot –you watch them for the killings. These are, sad to say, relatively restrained, and some of Jason’s tool acquisitions are silly (where did he get that electric hedge trimmer from?). The characters (I use the word loosely) are even more interchangeable than ever, and the continuity goes all to #%&@ in the latter part of the film.i Who’s running where and why? Who knows? There’s some nostalgic pleasure to be had here, but not much more than that.
The music sounds great, all big and scary and out to get you. The FX aren’t bad either, with some nice left-right moments as well as rear speaker action. The actor’s voices, however,fluctuate madly from barely audible to weirdly big and echoing (perhaps a result of bad post-production looping, and so not a fault of the DVD itself). There is the odd bit of hiss on the track as well.
The ratio isn’t indicated, but it looks like 1.78:1 to me. The all-important blacks look good,as do the colours. The picture and contrasts could be sharpened up just a tad, but they’re still not bad for a very cheap film. The grain is slight.
Another bare-bones disc with nothing on offer.
If you’re a Jason fan, this will do. If you just want an 80’s slasher flick, this might do, butyou’d be better off with simultaneously released April Fool’s Day. (But if you want a superb newtake on the field, track down Deep in the Woods.)