I was worried this would suck for a couple reasons: 1) Wes Craven wasn’t behind it (for obvious reasons). 2) it was dumped in the dead zone month where 99% of horror films released in January suck. 3) It’s the 5th film in the franchise.
But it manages to beat the odds and what we have is a fun and clever installment that’s quite possibly the best sequel in the franchise. Almost reaching levels of the first, but not quite hitting the mark. Several fun surprises throughout. I hope they continue the franchise. It’d be cool to see more with this new group.