Tommy Jarvis (Thom Mathews), the kid who has been fighting Jason Voorhees since he was a young boy, is back as an adult. The movie starts with Tommy and his friend going to destroy whatever remains of Jason’s body at a cemetery, but a lightning strike resurrects Jason and we have ourselves a horror sequel.
Tommy tries to warn everyone that Jason is back, but the sheriff gets pissed and locks him up. No one believes poor Tommy and the bodies just keep piling up. Luckily, the sheriff’s beautiful daughter has the hots for Tommy and will help him in his quest to stop the undead murderer once and for all.
As the movie progresses, we are introduced to various characters who are clearly just there to be the next victims of Jason. Sometimes it is people playing paintball in the woods, sometimes it is camp counselors. When Jason gets his machete, you know there will be blood.
The final showdown occurs at the camp when Tommy concocts a plan to anchor Jason to the bottom of the lake with a big rock. Tommy’s not a smart guy, but he means well.
As far as Friday the 13th movies go, this is one of the best. If you take it for what it is, it’s quite enjoyable. The performances are acceptable. There is a tongue-in-cheek aspect where the filmmakers were trying to play with the clichés of the series. The deaths are mostly pretty clever. It’s just good, clean slasher fun.