Starring Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby III, Kevin Bacon, Mark Nelson
Dumb. Entertaining. Grisly.
Twenty two years after the murder of a young couple on its grounds, Camp Crystal Lake is reopening, and a group of spirited youngsters work to get it ready. As night falls, however, they begin dying off one by one, in typically horrific slasher fashion. Disparaged by critics in its time, perhaps chuckled over by modern viewers, this slasher standard actually has a few genuine scares. This makes up for its paper-thin characters (they’re indistinguishable beyond their appearances), and thoroughly silly last act when all is explained and nothing makes sense. The remaining survivor’s tango with the killer lasts entirely too long, dragging out a fight that should really be no contest. Every horror cliché about stupid characters is on display. Please, God, don’t let me be serial killed, going, “hello? hello? hello?”
-Walter Tyrone Howard-