||Well, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter wasn't the worst entry in the series by a long shot and, in my opinion, it would have been a great place to end the series. Unfortunately, The Final Chapter wasn't the last word and even for a big Friday fan like me, A New Beginning is a tough movie to love. It isn't impossible to enjoy this movie and there are some funny over-the-top characters here that are fun to watch, but everything just doesn't click. All the elements that make up a Friday the 13th movie are here, in one form or another. You've got your psycho in a hockey mask, some horny teens, colorful locals, and the largest body count in the series to date. Despite all of this, the movie somehow manages to be less than the sum of its parts...The kills, although plentiful and varied, are not very well done and not very interesting, the pseudo-Jason as played by Wieand is not scary and lacks the power of those that have gone before and those that will come after. The story, even though it took at least four writers to pound it out, is not as incoherent as some reviewers have said, but it is not engaging. We Friday fans don't expect a lot from a Friday script, but we do have some standards. They are certainly low, but not low enough to enjoy this movie...If you are a Friday completest like me, you should probably have it in your collection. If you are a casual fan, please see another film in the series and please don't judge the whole series by this movie if it is the only one you've seen. To be honest, if I had been a bit older and wiser when this came out and if Jason hadn't returned in the next installment, this movie could have been enough to turn me cold on the series. If you knew what an avid Friday fan I am, you'd know how much I disliked this one. With everything from the music to the main title graphics, it is obvious that they were trying to recreate the feel and success of the original. They, most assuredly, did not.