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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
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Movie / Horror / Mystery / Thriller
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Directror :
Danny Steinmann
Cast :
Melanie Kinnaman,John Shepherd,Anthony Barrile
Writer :
Martin Kitrosser,David Cohen
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1h 32min
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Five years after killing the goalie hockey-masked killer Jason Voorhees, Tommy Jarvis has grown up in various mental hospitals unable to get over the nightmares about Jason's return. When Tommy is sent to a rural halfway house in New Jersey for mentally disturbed teenagers, a series of grisly murders begin anew as another hockey-masked killer begins killing off all people at and around the residence. Has Jason returned from the dead to re-start his killing spree? Has Tommy decided to take over the reign of Jason, or has someone else?
Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Barrile Anthony Barrile - Vinnie
Suzanne Bateman Suzanne Bateman - Nurse Yates / Receptionist
Dominick Brascia Dominick Brascia - Joey
Todd Bryant Todd Bryant - Neil
Curtis Conaway Curtis Conaway - Les
Juliette Cummins Juliette Cummins - Robin
Bob DeSimone Bob DeSimone - Billy / Male Nurse (as Bob De Simone)
John Robert Dixon John Robert Dixon - Eddie
Corey Feldman Corey Feldman - Tommy at 12
Jere Fields Jere Fields - Anita (as Jeré Fields)
Tiffany Helm Tiffany Helm - Violet
Melanie Kinnaman Melanie Kinnaman - Pam
Richard Lineback Richard Lineback - Deputy Dodd
Carol Locatell Carol Locatell - Ethel
Ric Mancini Ric Mancini - Mayor Cobb

Corey Feldman's scenes were shot in the backyard of his house.

Melanie Kinnaman claims her favorite scenes in the film are the ones where she is wearing the wet see through t-shirt. She felt she didn't look good in the film until they turned the sprinklers on.

The film was originally written to have Corey Feldman as the star, reprising the role of Tommy Jarvis. However, he was already working on The Goonies (1985), therefore the script was rewritten to have Feldman's appearance limited to a cameo.

There was originally a 3-minute long sex scene, but the MPAA forced them to cut it to 10 seconds. Deborah Voorhees lost teaching jobs later in life when the schools discovered her sex scene in the film.

Without counting the laughing or yelling, the Tommy Jarvis character only says 24 words throughout the entire film.

Tommy's opening dream was different in the original script, and arguably made him seem more of a suspect later on. It opens as a continuation of the ending of the previous film - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) - as a young Tommy is taken to the same hospital as Jason's corpse. Then, in a sudden fit of psychotic rage, he winds up attacking half the hospital staff trying to get to the morgue to find Jason's bloodied body. Once he has finally found the body, Jason suddenly rises from the autopsy table. Immediately after this, the adult Tommy wakes up in the van, en route to the Pinehurst house.

This is the first film in the series where Jason is actually referred to by his full name: Jason Voorhees. In Пятница 13-е (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), he is only referred to as Jason, while he is not referred to by name at all in Friday the 13th Part III (1982).

One month prior to the film's release in the United States, the MPAA demanded that sixteen scenes featuring sex or graphic violence be edited in order to merit an "R" rating instead of an "X". The film ultimately required nine trips to the MPAA before finally being granted an "R" rating.

(at around 1h) The film which Jake and Robin watch, A Place in the Sun (1951), revolves around the drowning of one of its characters in a lake, the same fate which Jason meets with in Пятница 13-е (1980).

The film takes place in 1989.

Ted White, who played Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), stated in interviews that he was offered the opportunity to reprise the role in this sequel, but turned it down. White also stated that he regretted that decision.

(at around 35 mins) The moment when Lana (Rebecca Wood) looks into the mirror, bares her breasts and cries "Showtime!" was not in the original script. Wood had recently seen Bob Fosse's Весь этот джаз (1979), in which Joe Gideon (Roy Scheider) does something similar. She told director, Danny Steinmann, about her idea, and he loved it.

Contrary to popular belief, "A New Beginning" was a hit at the box office. Producer Frank Mancuso Jr. was so pleased with the take at the box office opening weekend, he called up director Danny Steinmann and claimed the numbers were like "the golden times".

Although "Part V" appears on all promotional material, it does not appear in the actual film. The opening credits simply read: "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning".

Actress Melanie Kinnaman and director Danny Steinmann did not get along during the making of the film. Kinnaman claims Steinmann was hostile and unapproachable as a director.

Deborah Voorhees' original sex scene was much longer and much more graphic. The film's editor, Bruce Green, was told by producer, Frank Mancuso Jr. to trim the scene and make it look "like a Pepsi commercial".

Deborah Voorhees was later fired from jobs as a teacher in two high schools, due to her students discovering her nude scenes in this movie.

Sherilyn Fenn was considered for the role of Violet, but turned it down to do Just One of the Guys (1985).

In order to keep the storyline a secret, the film was originally called "Repetition", after the David Bowie song of the same name. Several of the other Friday the 13th films have used Bowie songs as fake titles.

The scene of Lana (Rebecca Wood) and Billy (Bob DeSimone) was originally written for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), but for unknown reasons wasn't used and put into this film instead.

John Shepherd researched the role of Tommy by working at a state mental hospital.

John Shepherd wore cowboy boots in order to look taller.

Mark Venturini and Miguel A. Núñez Jr. co-starred in The Return of the Living Dead (1985), another 1985 horror movie.

In her audition for the part of over-the-top hick Ethel, Carol Locatell wore a wig gifted to her by Burt Reynolds for her time playing a prostitute in his movie Sharky's Machine (1981). The 'New Beginning' people loved it, especially the part where she could provide her own wig. That's not really what Locatell was going for (surely they'd get a new wig for the film), but she just went with it. Unfortunately, she temporarily volunteered the wig to the make-up department in the chance they should need it for any re-shoots. They never gave it back to Locatell, perhaps forgetting it was her personal property and not theirs.

Friday the 13th Part III (1982) was originally supposed to center around Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)'s survivor Ginny (Amy Steel), set at a mental institution to which she'd been committed due to emotional trauma. However, Steel declined to return, so the concept was shelved. 'Part III's' screenwriter, Martin Kitrosser, had fleshed out the ideas (Jason survivor as lead character, some setting where troubled teenagers might be) into a written story treatment, which was dusted off and used for 'A New Beginning's' basic story while Danny Steinmann and David Cohen penned the script.

This was the last film directed by Danny Steinmann.

Danny Steinmann was originally going to write and direct a sequel to The Last House on the Left (1972) for Paramount. However, after the project fell through, the producers offered Steinmann this film instead.

'A New Beginning's' editor, Bruce Green, had previously been an assistant editor to future Oscar-winning editor Michael Kahn on Индиана Джонс: В поисках утраченного ковчега (1981) and Индиана Джонс и Храм судьбы (1984). Kahn put his neck on the line for Green, offering to edit 'A New Beginning' for free if the producers didn't like the job Green did.

The opening credits for Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) was originally suppose to feature the hockey mask exploding into the title of the movie, however, due to a time crunch and pressures from director Joseph Zito to release the film by Friday the 13th, work on this opening sequence remained incomplete. The hockey mask, however, is shown exploding through the title of A New Beginning,

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985) was cast under a fake title, Repetition, and many of the actors in the film were not aware it was a Friday the 13th installment until after they were cast in their roles. Among the unaware cast was lead actor John Shepherd, who spent several months volunteering at a state mental hospital to prepare for the role, and that he felt "really disappointed" to discover that Repetition was actually the fifth entry in the Friday the 13th series. Actor Dick Wieand stated that "It wasn't until I saw Part V that I realized what a piece of trash it was. I mean, I knew the series' reputation, but you're always hoping that yours is going to come out better", and director Danny Steinmann stated that he "shot a porno in the woods there. You wouldn't believe the nudity they cut out."

Coincidentally, Deborah Voorhees shares her real surname with Jason.

(at around 1h) The film which Jake and Robin watch is A Place in the Sun (1951).

Rebecca Wood (Lana) had a lot of fun filming her death scene, To the point where she walked down the street with the axe glued to her acting like a zombie, people passing by would freak out not knowing a movie was being filmed up ahead, Rebecca stated that she had a lot of laughs doing it.

In Turkey, this film and its prequel, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) (1984) were released at the same time: People could watch both films back to back. Even the posters for both movies were displayed next to each other.

Final film role for Vernon Washington (George/Gramps).

Director/writer Danny Steinmann was originally offered a two-picture deal to direct a 'Friday the 13th' sequel as well as a The Last House on the Left (1972) sequel, the latter ultimately falling through. At that time, Steinmann had just made his official directorial debut with Savage Streets (1984). However, he'd actually been working in exploitation cinema under various pseudonyms since 1973, starting with the hardcore sex comedy High Rise (1973). That was Steinmann's only adult film, an attempt to make a "better" version of Deep Throat (1972), but it did speak to the sleazy sensibilities he brought to 'A New Beginning'.

Darcy DeMoss was originally hired for the role of Tina, but she was fired after refusing to perform the nude scenes required for the role. DeMoss would appear in the next installment of the franchise, Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986).

Gina Gershon and Darcy DeMoss were among actresses considered to play Tina and they both read their parts with producer Frank Mancuso Jr. and actor John Robert Dixon (Eddie).

Mark Venturini was considered for the role of Tommy.

A seminary student talked John Shepherd into playing Tommy.

The 'Friday the 13th' movies didn't actually go by their real titles during production, with this one called "Repetition" (a self-deprecating in-joke on the part of the producer). The actors usually figured this out during the casting process, but some of 'A New Beginning's' hadn't put it together until their first day on set, when stuntman Tom Morga walked by in full Jason Voorhees costume.

After Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985), director Danny Steinmann was lined up to direct a further five movies, but they all fell through. He was involved in a horrible bicycle accident that almost killed him not long after "Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning" was released and he spent years recuperating from it, and never returned to filmmaking, despite many attempts.

(at around 10 mins) A small black and white photo of John Lennon hangs on the wall behind Matt's head in the first scene of them together in his office.

The halfway house pickup truck is a 1964 Ford f-100 custom.

The candy bar that Joey is eating and also the one that he offers Vic both appear to be a Mr. Goodbar made by Hershey.

First Film in the series to feature a killer being arrested.

The movie's title, "A New Beginning", was chosen because it had been decided that Tommy would become the killer after his encounter with Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), which was alluded to at the end of that film. Danny Steinmann was instructed to do two things with this movie: to deliver a shock, scare, or kill every seven or eight minutes, and, more importantly, to turn Tommy into Jason. The ending with Tommy about to kill Pam was not originally meant to be interpreted as a dream, and was instead intended to show that Tommy had gone crazy after his encounters with Jason. However, this plot twist was abandoned when fans demanded Jason's return, and thus he was resurrected in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986). Had this film gone down well with fans, the producers would have brought John Shepherd and Melanie Kinnaman back for a direct sequel.

In the rest of the series and during most of part V, the chant "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" can be heard when the murderer is nearby. This is symbolic of Jason telling Mrs. Vorhees to "Kill, mom, kill." However, in the final scene, you can hear the chant "ki ki ki, taw taw taw", which is symbolic of Tommy's psyche telling him to "Kill, Tommy, kill".

(at around 53 mins) "Victor Faden" can be seen written on the outhouse wall behind Demon. This is the name of the mental patient who hacked Joey to death and was taken away by the police. Many believe this was put there to insinuate the possibility that Victor had escaped and is committing more murders.

The only cast members who knew the killer was Roy the paramedic were Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, stuntman Tom Morga (who played "Jason" for most of the masked scenes) and, of course, Dick Wieand. However, when it came time to film the big reveal, they all knew the twist ending was horrible. In fact, they filmed Roy's death scene twice. No one believed the audience would be able to just see the unmasked man and instantly remember him as the paramedic.

Violet was originally to be killed by being stabbed in the crotch with a machete while exercising; a still photo featuring the make-up effect for that death scene is available online. However, the producers found Violet's original cause of death to be "tasteless" and thus it was changed to the one depicted in the movie.

The scene in which Pam attacks Roy with the chainsaw was shot on Halloween night in 1984.

This is only the second film of the series in which Jason Voorhees is not the killer, the first being the original Friday the 13th (1980). However, not including the dream sequences, this is actually the first and only film in the series where he isn't present, as we do see the flashback of Jason drowning in the original film.

For the screenplay, Danny Steinmann was working under two directives from Phil Scuderi: deliver a shock, scare, or kill every seven or eight minutes, and to turn Tommy into Jason. In fact, Scuderi presented Steinmann with a graph to emphasize his "every eight minute" rule, which meant the film needed to keep introducing new characters and then kill them three or four minutes later. You can evaluate how well Steinmann followed the rule with this minute-by-minute breakdown of the film.

Although actor Dick Wieand is credited for the role of "Roy/Jason Voorhees", it is actually stuntman, Tom Morga, who appears in the scenes featuring the impostor Jason, as well as those with the hallucination of Jason, which haunts Tommy.

Ethel's death scene was originally more graphic. There was a prosthetic head made that showed the machete forcefully destroying her face. It was deemed too graphic by the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) and the shot was removed.

Body count: 19 (not including dream sequences). 'A New Beginning' and Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) were tied for the highest body count of the series until Джейсон отправляется в ад: Последняя пятница (1993) surpassed them both with 27 kills.

Three different hockey masks are featured in the film. The first is the one which the Jason impostor, Roy, wears, which has two blue stripes on either side of the mouth. The second is the one the real Jason wears when Tommy sees him in the hospital room at the end, which has one red triangle above the eyes. The third is featured on the poster, and is an entirely different hockey mask, with more breathing holes on it. This one is never used in the film.

Violet was originally supposed to be killed while doing gymnastics.

The big surprise at the end is the reverse of most slasher movies. Instead of being shocked by who the killer is, we're shocked by who the killer isn't.

Anita's death is one of the only kills that is done off screen in the entire Friday the 13th franchise. Tommy's mother in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) was also killed off screen.

(at around 53 mins) The "Faden" graffitied on the outhouse wall was simply the name of a golfing buddy of Danny Steinmann's brother, not a possible red herring as to the killer's identity as many people have assumed.

If you count the dream sequences and visions, Jason only appears in four short scenes that only amount to three minutes of screen time. Otherwise, this is the only film in the series where he doesn't appear.

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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning is very underrated and a really good horror film. It is my sixth favorite Friday the 13th film. It grew on me Friday the 13th Part III 3D and this one really grow on me and they become my favorite films. I am big Friday the 13th Fan and I love mostly of the films. This is the good movie. I know it get's a lot of hate because it doesn't have a Jason in it, but Tom Morga who played the hockey-masked killer was fantastic. It has good kill's and it is really my favorite 80's horror film. This movie reminds me on The Blob (1988) the diner scene my favorite horror sci-fi film.

I love this film this time around the fourth time in the row it become guilty pleasure of mine. Melanie Kinnaman was a good bad-ass heroine, she was good and her performance was decent. The dinner scene was a fantastic death scene. Rebecca Wood as Lana was a good victim and I like the death kill. When the killer beheaded that biker guy Junior it was a good kill I like it. Tom Morga was a fantastic hockey-masked killer. Juliette Cummins as Robin was a hot great sexy babe. I like her as a victim. I like this film it is an alright slasher film not that bad.

Danny Steinmann R.I.P. who is no longer with us anymore. I respect Mr. Danny Steinmann and his vision of the movie what he was trying to do. Please my remorse goes to his family and rest in peace Danny you are really missed. You have my respect Danny Steinmann you were great director and your direction of this movie was solid and your writing ability for the screenplay was talented.

Melanie Kinnaman as the blond Pam was good excellent heroin I loved her. I love that in this movie the hockey mask design in this movie fro the killer was blue. I love in which Pam fights off The Killer with a chainsaw really awesome climatic battle fight scene.

I have enjoy this film and however I feel now it is better then Friday the 13th Part 2 because the killer wasn't so clumsy and the chainsaw worked in this movie. Just like the first movie it ravels about revenge. In the original film is Mrs. Voorhees and this movie has Roy paramedic the killer. I still love Part 2 to death but it does have confusing plot.

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning grew on me and I didn't thought it was horrible. I still don't like John Shepard as Tommy Jarvis but the movie more revolves around Pam and Reggie which I like. It is a good horror film. A 10/10
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I love this film, and, as far as I'm concerned, it's the best of the series. "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" is vastly underrated by all the crybabies out there. "Oh, boo hoo, where's Jason?!" He's not here, so get the hell over it already. Too many sequels that try to shake things up a little get shat all over for daring to not be a clone of what's come before. It's sad.

I love the halfway house setting. It's a unique idea that naturally lends itself to some offbeat slasher fodder. I also find the area in which the film was shot surprisingly atmospheric. Along with the killer being unseen for the first time since the original, it helps to make this a creepier entry in franchise. This is probably the most bizarre film in the series, too, which only makes it more endearing to me. The characters are great. From the quirky halfway house residents to the crazed backwoods hicks, to the wacky Demon, this film's characters are very entertaining, and on many occasions, quite amusing. I also love the direction in which they take the character of Tommy Jarvis, having all these mental problems thanks to Mr. Voorhees. His hallucinations are actually rather eerie, to boot. It's a damn shame they didn't continue the idea in Jason Lives, which I consider to be one of the weakest entries in the series (but that's another story for another review board).

I think the kills in this film are some of the most original in the series. A leather strap crushing someone's head against a tree, a road flare to the mouth, a cleaver decapitation while riding a motorcycle, among others, aren't your typical slasher kills. I also love the fact that the killer is copycat, Roy. It's a nice, refreshing take. I always see people whine about Jason not being the killer here, but I say it's better that way. I think having chocolate bar boy be his son was a nice twist. Funny how he kills everyone but his son's killer, but I'm sure he couldn't get to him with the authorities taking him into custody.

I could go on and on about how enjoyable this film is. It has a real charm to it, and it's a shame that so many consider it one of the low points of the series, even the worst. I was disappointed to see this film on the IMDb bottom 100 a good while back. It's no longer on the list, so that's cool.

And remember, "Y-ya don't s-set a place for a dead person!"


This is the best Jason to watch drunk, it's almost like a Friday the 13th blooper reel. I love the singing on the crapper part, the mod chick doing the robot, the "just wanna earn a meal" guy, Crazy Ethel and Junior, Billy and Llana, that kid from Diff'rent Strokes, the stupid arse ending, and the excessive nudity.

It's a time capsule of sorts, it captures all the bad 80's slasher films in a hour and a half. Bad acting? GOT IT! Ridiculous costumes? GOT IT! Lot's of big haired women topless? GOT IT! No name stars obviously coked out of they're mind? OH THIS MOVIE HAS GOT PLENTY OF THAT! Watch it and laugh, preferably with some friends


The status of Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning as the least popular film in the series has always frustrated and perplexed me. Masterfully directed by Danny Steinmann, it is a supremely entertaining exploitation slasher film. The most common reasons given seem to be: (a) there's not enough gore (b) the story is stupid/the acting isn't very good (c) Jason isn't in the movie. Of course, none of these explanations is valid. First of all, if gore alone is your litmus test to determine whether or not a film is enjoyable, you should probably steer clear of the entire Friday The 13th series, as well as any movie that has been subjected to the wacky ratings system and experienced a wide theatrical release. Go watch… I don't know… a Guinea Pig film. A New Beginning has as much gore as any of the Friday films. If a strong plot and acting of the highest caliber is important to you… well, let's be honest, criticizing A New Beginning for its silly plot is like dismissing Van Gogh because you don't like the color yellow. You're missing the point. Yes, I sort of understand the complaint that Jason isn't in the movie, as he is my favorite of the classic maniacs. (Cropsy, Marty, Michael Meyers, and Angela round out the top five.) But his absence alone shouldn't ruin the whole movie for you. I'd rather watch an entertaining movie that alludes to, yet doesn't feature the actual Jason, as opposed to a boring movie that completely screws up his mythology. (Here's a clue. It comes after VIII and before X.)

Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning works because it takes the elements that make a good slasher film and completely exaggerates them. All irony aside, A New Beginning is a trashy, sleazy, exploitative masterpiece. The very premise of having "Jason" hack up a group of mentally-ill teens, which includes two nymphomaniacs, an angry sociopath, a chocolate loving man child, a new-wave goth who likes to dance, and a stutterer, is indicative of the sick-minded, oozy greatness of this movie. Jesus, I haven't even touched upon the mother-son hillbilly biker duo or Demon! This movie has more great characters than the entire Halloween series combined! Are you not entertained by Demon in his "sh*tbox" singing "Oooh, Oooh, Baby…. Oooh, Oooh, Baby" to his sexy girlfriend before being impaled? How could this be? Are you made of stone? Are you? Do you not enjoy watching Violet, who is the most uniquely attractive female in the entire Friday series, do the robot to Pseudo Echo before being killed? I love her with all my heart. What about Ethel and Junior, the most vile, hate-filled, "loony" hating hicks to ever interact with a stained voyeur-drifter? Junior's decapitation, after being pummeled by Tommy following a prank which consisted of shining a light in his eyes, is a fitting end for the angry dullard. Oh, and Vic? The greatest red herring in slasher history. He violently kills Joey after the overweight stereotype accuses him of being "out of line." Harsh words from a strange man!

The number of kills in this movie dwarf the previous Friday record. (Subsequent sequels had more, but, with the exception of Jason X… another unjustly maligned classic… not by much.) The fact that most of these kills are peripheral to the story, unnecessary, and hilarious only adds to their quality. Case in point, the hideously obnoxious, cocaine-addicted mental health worker Billy who picks up Lana the waitress at the diner. She who proceeds to get naked while saying "It's showtime!" to herself in the mirror. You don't see the entertainment value in that, my friends? Following this odd display, a cat bafflingly drops from above and bounces clumsily and hard off a booth. It was a cheap shock and laugh at the same time! Shortly thereafter, Billy and Lana are both killed with enough blood to make it all worthwhile. That entire scene is mesmerizing. And let's not forget the two jerks with the broken down car who appear earlier in the film. They're greasers! Greasers!

I watch slasher films not for genuine scares or insightful twists, but to be entertained. And I am usually entertained by their exploitative depths, bloody action, nudity, uniquely stupid characters, and the basest nihilism of it all. I simply cannot see how anyone could argue A New Beginning doesn't contain every single one of these qualities in excess. It's a sleazy, vicious, offensive slasher that epitomizes everything that makes the genre popular. The time has come to re-evaluate this amazing film and give Steinmann the credit he deserves.


There are a few "Friday" fans out there that can actually enjoy this film for what it is instead of complaining about what it's not.

Yes, the plot is a big departure from the previous films, but once you get over it, it's a pretty fun '80s slasher film with plenty of creative kills and some great chase sequences.

The acting is surprisingly solid for a series' fifth entry as well. I really never understood the complaints about the acting in these films, as to me it's always been passable and certainly above most of the slasher rip-offs the decade was littered with.

This time, the action takes place at a halfway house in the sticks where Tommy Jarvis, survivor of the previous bloodbath, comes to stay after an undetermined amount of time in a mental hospital. But Tommy can't seem to catch a break, as the bodies of the troubled kids soon begin piling up after his arrival. Is it Jason? Tommy? One of the locals who has a grudge against the disturbed kids? I won't spoil that here.

This film has the highest body count in the series, with barely enough time to breathe before the next murder is set up. Thankfully, the series retains its creative flair when it comes to dispatching the victims. Some highlights include a head crushed against a tree with a leather strap, a road flare being improperly used, and a death in an outhouse. There's also a nice moment you can only get in '80s horror involving a girl doing the Robot dance in her bedroom to Pseudo Echo's catchy song "His Eyes." Terrific.

If there's anything that sets this sequel apart from its brothers and sisters, it's the overall tone of the film, which is much darker this time around. This can be good or bad, depending on what you prefer: a fun slasher sequel like part 3, this is not.

The final 20 minutes really get the action going as well. Fans of nudity will also rejoice, as this has the most pair of breasts shown in a "Friday the 13th" film to date.

I found this better than part four, which I realize puts me on a chopping block with other fans. But I call it like I see it.


Friday the 13th is the best film of the series by far. But then when it comes to a choice of the best sequel, I say that Friday the 13th part 5 is the joint best sequel of the series.Part 4 the so called final chapter is equally as good.

I take a look at other peoples comments about this film and it seems to me that I am one of the only people who likes this film.

It has everything that the other sequels failed to capture. It had real suspense, as to who the killer was, I mean we all know it was not Jason, he "was" dead.

It had a lot of different death scenes,and it was all in all a good film. it had the 3 rules for making a successful sequel..... 1)Body count is always bigger 2)The death scenes are more elaborate 3) Never ever ......... oh sorry back to the comments .....Thinking about it, the ending was kind of like a Scooby Doo ending, as to why he did it.

The man responsible had a perfectly simple and plain motive, revenge.I`m not going to say what he wanted revenge for or who he was not it was simple.

I kind of figured it out that the killer was not Jason, when he gets hurt by many objects you can hear him moan in pain, Jason is a member of the Living Dead Club, which means he is the living dead. And he don`t really feel pain.

Tommy Jarvis returns in the film.Corey Feldman is also in it as well, but he has a sort of cameo role. I do not understand why Tommy is in a mental Institute, I mean he is still freaked out by the murder of his mother and friends at the hands of Jason Voorhees.

So if you want to find out who killer is and why he did it, then rent out this film or if you`re a horror fan like me, buy it and add it to your horror collection.

I give this movie a 8 out of 10.Because of the Crazy "new beginning". well it has not really got a new beginning but it is a Pun ........get it????

Do Not worry.


This is another fine sequel in the Friday the 13th franchise. This has a good body count and some gory and graphic scenes. The film takes place some years after Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter and now Tommy is 18 but since he killed Jason he's been traumatised by it all and is sent to a mental hospital just outside of a small town, this one is different since they are free to roam around as they please. Tommy keeps seeing Jason and remembering what happened, soon after the kid gets axed the murders begin by a mysterious man wearing a boiler, hockey mask and carrying a machete. The police believe that it's Jason by the mayor thinks over wise since Jason cremated but of course he isn't, soon more people are being killed off by the killer and after each murder we keep seeing Tommy lying in his bed covered in sweat making us think that he could be the killer since he keeps seeing Jason.

The killings soon take place inside the mental hospital and Tommy is nowhere to be seen, Reggie and Pam are the only ones there and find themselves being chased by the killer who could be Tommy or the real Jason or maybe someone else.

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning is a great sequel to the franchise. Check it out. 10/10


Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning. This sequel is actually one of the best in my opinion, except for the lousy ending. Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning does everything correctly, through the first three quarters of the movie. We start off with the plot of Tommy Jarvis being sent to a halfway house for troubled teens, and there he is plagued by visions of Jason Voorhees. So we now have a fresh twist that the movie isn't to be set about cabins in the woods again, which is a breath of fresh air. Then, we have the absolutely fantastic array of characters, all of which are rememberal and great to watch. Ethel and Junior provide comical relief as the hillbilly mother and son, we feel sympathy for Jake, Violet and Robin, who are all great people to watch interact. The characters are all interesting, and all have their own personal traits which makes them work, instead of them all just wanting to party, drink, smoke and have sex, so this is also a step in a new direction. Out of all of the Friday the 13th instalments, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning probably has the most memorable characters, and some fantastic scenes with them, for example when Anita and Demon sing whilst he is on the toilet, or when Violet is dancing the robot. Friday the 13th does have some very memorable and inventive death scenes as well, although plot holes and continuity issues do fall through think and fast. There is some nudity as well, mainly from Debbie Sue Voorhees, which is very enjoyable. The script can get very lame, for instance the conversations between Billy and Lana. However the twist ending is that Jason Voorhees wasn't behind these murders, but it was instead a copycat who was killing off the teens after his estranged son was hacked up at that very same halfway house. This is quite a let down, but seriously, don't let this put you completely off. Jason takes a vacation, but this filler still delivers the goods.


The man behind the mask this time ain't our favorite facially-deformed mass murderer, but an impostor. For that reason, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning is often labeled the black sheep of the series.

As a fan of the Friday films, it took me a long time to get over Jason's absence (while he does appear in a dream sequence, does that really count?). I mean, you wouldn't make a Rocky film without the Italian Stallion. But once I put that disappointment aside and judged this work on its own merits, I was pleasantly surprised.

Of course A New Beginning is far from perfect. Most of the characters are one-dimensional and unappealing, and the thrills are few and far between. When people complain about the senselessness of gory movies, this is the sort of effort they're talking about. Yet for all its faults, A New Beginning boasts a fairly interesting (by genre standards) storyline, as the maniac slashes his way through a facility for troubled youth. Among the tenants is Tommy Jarvis, still plagued by nightmares of hacking up Jason years earlier. There are even a couple of unintentional laughs amid the corny dialog, and the exciting barn finale (yes, they've done a barn finale before, but bear with us) is a highlight that holds up well.

The biggest failure here is the attempt at a Scooby Dooish mystery element. The writers perhaps envisioned the audience gasping in the final frames when Roy the ambulance driver's face is revealed beneath the goalie mask. But did anyone actually remember this guy? I had no idea who I was looking at until the dialog revealed his identity. Roy just wasn't prominent enough for us to remember. The producers' desire to go in a different, Jason-less direction showed they didn't really understand their audience. These fans ask for something a bit different each time, but they certainly don't want the wheel reinvented (as the failure of Jason Goes to Hell again illustrated eight years later).

More than twenty years after its release, A New Beginning remains the most controversial entry in the series. Many still feel betrayed by the impostor gimmick, but if they can set that aside and try to enjoy this like any other low budget horror flick, they too will be pleasantly surprised.


This takes place about 10 years after "The Final (right) Chapter" (which places it in the mid 1990s!). Tommy Jarvis (John Shepherd) is basically mentally disturbed and is being sent to an institution called Pinehurst. As soon as he arrives there people start getting murdered by Jason--but Jason was cremated after he was killed. Is it Tommy finally being driven crazy or is it somebody else?

This actually differs from the other sequels--it actually has a story! Also it has an astronomical body count--20! Most of them were cut down by the MPAA to get an R rating however. For those curious--14 men are killed and 6 women.

This has all the same problems as earlier movies and then some--there are continuity errors left and right; some truly terrible acting (Melanie Kinnaman as Pam was the worst); bad dialogue; Jason being able to seemingly teleport to magically appear wherever he wants; gratuitous female nudity; two extremely annoying hillbillies and characters so stupid you want them dead! But it has some good points--this is the first Friday the 13th to have black characters; it's never boring; there are very few character scenes (considering how bad they were in the past this is a very good thing) and there is actually some good acting from Shavar Ross, Jerry Pavlon and John Shepherd. The sequence where Shepherd single-handedly knocks the hillbilly cold is a highlight.

A lot of fans hate this--it's dismissed as "the film without Jason" and considered (along with part 3) as the worst of the series. I disagree. It's no masterpiece by any means but I was always entertained. I give it a 7.


OK lets get it all out that annoys people the most about this movie. Jason Voorhees is not the killer. In the film Tommy Jarvis (from the last film) is sent to a new place to get back to his own self like before the events of the Final Chapter. As he stays he and keeps going into fits of rage and having hallucinations of Jason, as this goes on real murders are happening all over the area by some unknown killer. I don't want to ruin it for people who haven't seen it but honestly behind Part 2 and 4 this is one of my favorite squeals. Many people bash this movie because Jason is not the killer which i think is ridiculous. People honestly don't think, in the original, Pamela Voorhees was the killer not Jason, Originally it was to be an only film, NO Jason, NO nothing. But many people liked it and wanted more. after Jason's death in Final chapter, they wanted to show he was really dead, by bringing in a new killer. I thought that was smart then keep bringing Jason back again. My main point is, Give it a watch! its extremely entertaining, there is a high body count and amazing score. Yes it has its week moments but overall its a lot of fun to watch. Any true Friday the 13th fan must watch!


The scares and seriousness are starting to wear off with "Friday the 13th: A New Beginning" and instead we have something a little more comical, a little more campy and a little more entertaining. Now none of these films have ever been high art or considered serious horror. However it is obvious with this film the writing is weaker, the performances are weaker and the effects are weaker. Yet it still manages to be fun and watchable. The killer's identity (using Jason's mask and machete) is predictable. The script could have been better if it were re-worked and more red-herrings had been thrown our way to keep us guessing.

The acting by the cast is horrible and the script wasn't thought out all that well. There are however some hilarious comedic moments now and then in the movie. It's one reedeming quality is the acting portrayed by John Shepherd as Tommy Jarvis. The portrayal of Tommy as a seriously disturbed young man after his encounter w/Jason is very realistic for it shows the constant fear, anger, sadness and paranoia of surviving that horrific night from "Friday the 13th part IV". Some pluses were the settings they used which were used effectively. The infamous rain storm, the woods, the barn and the final chase scene near the end are all on nice display here. This movie really had a lot of potential but fell short in what could have been the best in the series since the original.

Overall rating: 7 out of 10.


Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is often labelled the black sheep of the Friday the 13th series and is an installment that most people seem to ignore due to the elitist attitude that simply because our hockey mask wearing hero, Jason Voorhees is not present in this film and in his place is merely just an impostor. However, with an attitude like this, ignoring this film if you're a fan of the earlier films is really just causing you to miss out on a nice piece of horror entertainment. It may not be quite as good as the earlier films and had its fair share of flaws, but it certainly is a great piece of fun worth checking out.

A New Beginning opens up with a dream sequence where Tommy Jarvis, the only recurring character in the franchise besides Jason, has a dream where Jason rises from the grave and is about to kill him. After he wakes up we learn that he is being transported to a mental home around Camp Crystal Lake. After one patient murders another over something completely ridiculous, a series of murders begin happening across the area at the hands of a killer who is using Jason's old M.O.

Indeed, this is not the greatest horror movie ever made and far from the best Friday the 13th film, but what A New Beginning does that what all the following ones do not is it retains the style of filmmaking that made the previous films so likable. The style is hard to describe, but comparing Friday the 13th Part IV and Part VI you can see the level of change. Part V stylistically remained the most true to its predecessors than any Friday the 13th film that followed it, but sadly it just doesn't do it quite as well as the previous horror classics.

One thing I appreciate is the return of the character, Tommy Jarvis. While the actor who portrayed him in this, John Shepherd doesn't hold a candle to Corey Feldman or Thom Mathews from Part VI, I did enjoy his performance mainly due to the shy personality he portrayed. As far as the other characters go, most of them are a bore and you just want to see the fake Jason kill them. Especially the hillbilly characters who were simply just irritating and besides the scene where Tommy kicks the ass of one of them they should have been cut from the film. I also really like the character who appeared to be some wannabe Michael Jackson. His appearance alone made the character worth it. A particular scene I really like in the film is the infamous scene in which Vic kills Joey over the issue of a chocolate bar and chopping wood. It's over the top and ridiculous, but in classic Friday the 13th fashion it is just awesome! Besides this scene, the kills are great and some are even quite imaginative, there's a solid body count and there is plenty of nudity (in fact, the nudity is better than the previous films).

Other negatives are rooted in the fact that the film isn't particularly scary at all. Even though I've never found Friday the 13th films scary, the last 4 (especially the first) all had their tense moments. There is none of that here and sometimes it feels as though nothing of importance or interest is going on. I also want to add that the ending is just really bad, but it doesn't ruin the overall experience you had for the last 80 minutes.

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is not an outstanding horror film and isn't equal to its predecessors, but it is a nice piece of fun that fans can enjoy as long as they can get over the fact that Jason is not the killer and the ending is quite bad. It's a worthwhile horror movie and worth seeing.



Although everyone's favorite unhappy camper, Jason Voorhees, was effectively chopped to bits at the end of "Friday the 13th Pt. IV: The Final Chapter," that doesn't mean Crystal Lake is safe. Since Paramount executives had green in their eyes and a proved franchise to work with, "A New Beginning" it was. Picking up where the fourth film left off, "Friday the 13th Pt. V: A New Beginning" follows our hero Tommy Jarvis, who is now grown up and played by John Shepherd (taking over for Corey Feldman who was busy shooting "The Goonies"). After being dumped in a half-way house near his old stomping grounds, Tommy and his roommates soon find a familiar threat looming. It's seems a certain hockey masked killer has come back to resume his reign of terror. Or has he?

"A New Beginning" has become, more or less, the black sheep of the "Friday the 13th" franchise. But why? Sure, "A New Beginning" introduces an all-too obvious twist (even to first-time viewers) that can leave a bad taste in one's mouth, but aside from this bit, it's business as usual for the residents of Crystal Lake. The teens still party, get naked and get slashed, so to that end, the average Jason fan should find much to indulge in. Also on deck is a solid performance by Shepherd who plays Tommy with an air of mystery and creepiness. You're never quite sure if you're supposed to root for him or be afraid of him and that certainly makes him the most interesting character in the entire franchise. Likewise, other characters like the obnoxious Violet (played by Tiffany Helm), who spends most of the film jamming to her Walkman, and the spunky Reggie the Reckless (Shavar Ross) -- a character deserving of his own spin-off -- help flesh out the film and give it a bit more color than the average slasher.

Director Danny Steinmann has roots in adult-film, so naturally the film is a little seedier than its predecessors. In a way, that's part of the film's charm and what helps set it apart from the rest of the series. Sure, there's no redeeming social value to the film, but the 90 minutes of bloody fun it presents is nothing to sneeze at either. "A New Beginning" is, quite simply, a down and dirty little slasher that gets its job done (mostly) right. Is it a ground-breaking, mind-blowing genre effort? Not at all. Is it the finest entry in the series? Not by a long-shot. Does it deliver the goods expected of a typical "Friday the 13th" film? You bet. Don't be fooled by its bad reputation; "A New Beginning" is just as good as any fifth entry in any slasher franchise, perhaps even better.


The Friday the 13th movies are the type of movies that you either love or hate. I enjoy films like this and as far as I an concerned I hope they go on for a long time.

We all thought Jason had died at the end of Part 4 so it was great to see him back. Some people felt cheated at the fact that the Jason in this film wasn't the original and was in fact a normal guy who had adopted the Jason moniker to avenge the death of his son. However, the viewers didn't actually find out Jason's identity until the very end. When I first watched the film as far as I was concerned Jason was Jason.

The story lines in these films never change but we enjoy them anyway. Jason kills some people and then at the end a resourceful person manages to kill Jason. The format may never change but I cannot get enough of films like these. I even think that the Friday the 13th films are better than the similar Halloween movies.

As I said, you either love or hate these films. I like these films very much because I like horror.

So there you have it.


Years after Tommy Jarvis (John Sheperd) killed Jason Voorhees for good, he has been sent to mental facility to one other home where he is now placed in a halfway house for troubled teens as he tries to get rid of the painful memories of Jason. A fat patient named Joey (Dominick Brasca) who annoys the other patients and one of them named Vic (Mark Venturni) hacks him up then gets arrested. However things may look safe at the haven for Tommy as he befriends a young boy named Reggie (Shevar Ross) who is the grandson of one of the workers. But unfortunately a killer is on the loose in the town but is it really Jason back from the dead or someone in his footsteps?

Considered by fans as the worst of the Paramount Friday The 13th movies, this one isn't that bad as they said it was. This movie was originally considered a new beginning after Jason died in the last movie and the makers wanted to make the series into something different with a new killer in each installment which is kind of similar to "Halloween III: Season of the Witch" in concept of a different horror movie in each installment. Fans of Jason rejected this idea and wanted the goalie back and they got their wish with the next installment. This part of the series co-stars a cameo by Corey Feldman and even has Miguel Nuenz Jr. of "Return of the Living Dead" fame which should surprise fans of the horror genre.

There's a lot of graphic killings in this one as it has a body count of 20 dead people with some good kills of skull-crushings, implements, stabbings and that kind of thing. A couple of sexy naked chicks including a topless blonde waitress who is just gorgeous as hell and of course some twists with turns.

Overall it's not that bad.


"Friday the 13th:A New Beginning" isn't as bad as those above me keep saying it is.I'm not entirely sure why so many people hate this entry-OK so Jason wasn't there,but there's plenty of violence to satisfy b-horror movie fans and nobody acts any worse than before.Of course this one isn't as good as the previous ones,mainly because it lacks the first four films mean spirited edge,but it is still a pretty enjoyable slasher flick.There's also no real blood or gore as most of the killings appear to take place simply off-camera,but I don't mind that.If I want to be sickened by extreme gore I'll watch again "Guinea Pig:Flowers of Flesh and Blood" instead of this,but if I want to see an enjoyable slasher with plenty of nudity I'll choose this one.The plot is simple:the traumatized Tommy Jarvis(John Shepherd),who killed Jason in the previous entry arrives at the Pinehurst home for disturbed teens run by Matt(Richard Young)and Pam(Melanie Kinnaman),soon befriending a good-natured young boy named Reggie(Shavar Ross),whose grandfather works as the institution's cook.Not long after his arrival,Tommy sees an angry patient named Vic(Mark Venturini)hack a fat teen(Dominick Brascia,the same guy who directed forgotten 80's slasher "Evil Laugh")to death with an axe.Over twenty more murders follow,but who is the killer? All in all I enjoyed this one,so you should check it out for yourself.


So does this deserve a 10? No, but it doesn't deserve all those 1's either so I threw it a 10 to help counter that.

OK, to address the "elephant in the room" - yeah, the twist at the end is pretty messed up, and yeah, not having it at a lake (well there was small pond) is also a huge change but...

I guess for me, while I love Jason and the F13th films, I never took them all that serious, they were just mindless fun: You line up a bunch of dopey teens, show some hooters, and kill them off in crazy ways. This film delivers all that.

I had heard there was an idea that Jason's father was going to be revealed as the killer at the end, which to me sounds like it would have been a much better idea and likely may have set better with the fans - maybe. We'll never know.

I can certainly sympathize with those who see this film as blasphemy, however to me this film had that same 80's low budge F13th vibe I love, it's a cool memory from my childhood and "Glory Days" of horror (for my generation anyhow) so I still give it a thumbs up.


Absolutely, positively, no doubt, no questions asked the worst movie in the series!!!! Being a huge Jason fan, I can find something good in each film, but I had to try really hard to find it in this one. Two good things: very high body count (about twenty) and a lot of bare breasts. Other than that, terrible.


This fifth installment in the series is without a doubt the absolute worst. Not a single moment induces suspense at all, I doubt seriously the director knew at all how to direct (this is his last effort listed, not surprisingly), it's got none of the Friday spirit, it's horribly acted, incredibly predictable but yes, it does have a surprise ending, THAT SUCKS.

Granted, these Friday films are no masterpieces of cinema, but at least they entertain. Some are reasonably suspenseful and you can basically count on some gore and nudity. There's none here at all. Although the series has it's fair share of idiotic characters, this one is beyond belief. There's one actor who seems to be good, so what to do; use him as little as possible.

I really don't like this film, it's without a doubt the worst in the series and should be avoided by anyone except completists.
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Give this movie a break. It is a little lame but at least they tried. They should have just kept Jason in the films and not tried to trick their target audience.

However, at least there was a bit of a mystery to it. Except for the fact that it is at a weird halfway house it is an overall predictable but good horror movie.


The "Friday the 13th" series is no ground-breaker, but this one isn't even as good as one of its innumerable rip-offs.

"A New Beginning" basically tells how the tormented teen Tommy (grown up from "The Final (uh-huh) Chapter") is shipped off to a place where other mentally challenged teens are staying to rest and relax...in a camp in the middle of the woods. This is bad sign #1.

Bad sign #2 is the show of all the weaponry around this place: the knives in the kitchen, the axe out in the back yard, pitchforks, machetes...I know, all these places have them but when you linger on them for so long without any purpose but to show them, you know SOMETHING'S gonna happen.

It's no spoiler to say that a lot of teens are going to die and yes, there is someone who at least LOOKS an awful lot like Jason slashing and slicing. But is it Tommy? Is it Jason reborn? If not, who? The answer, I'm afraid, isn't really all that interesting. Angela Lansbury would have had it all figured out blindfolded in less than an hour.

This is even less worth seeing than the others. In fact, if you're a fan, don't even bother: just skip to "Part VI".

You ever notice that the lousier the sequels are, the more apt they are to use Roman Numerals for the numbers to at least make them LOOK classy?

Boy, I noticed.

No stars.


That wily rascal Jason Voorhees is at it again....or is he? Yes, this is the installment in the interminable "Friday the 13th" series that thought it would be a good idea to do without its only reason for existence...the hockey-masked Jason. Though you hardly notice the loss, since you don't KNOW it's not Jason until the film's final moments, and the copycat killer dresses like Jason anyway, so what's the difference? If you've seen one axe-wielding psycho in a hockey mask, you've seen them all.

Actually, I kind of like this entry. It provides the best nudity of the series....no fewer than three gratuitous boob shots, and nice boobs they are. And it's funny, sometimes intentionally so, as when the hillbilly mom calls her dufus son a dildo, sometimes unintentionally, as when the Michael Jackson look alike sings a duet with his girlfriend through an outhouse wall while he's on the crapper.

And the filmmakers outdo themselves with the body count this time around. By the end of the movie, there's no longer time to show them being killed off. Characters you've completely forgotten about just pop up as dead bodies. But what do you expect with all that plot to get through? Compared to the other films in the series, this is practically "War and Peace," what with the murder mystery story and the Tommy Jarvis plot line, which attempts to add a sense of continuity to the middle batch of movies (o.k. so Part 6 picks up Tommy's storyline in a completely different place and with a different actor, but for a series like this that's the best you can hope for in the way of consistency).

Grade: C


When a film has the words Part 5 on the tin you normally think, oh here we go another film they're just trying to make money out of, yes you are probably right however this film was surprisingly very entertaining. The killing were original and the suspense was very good and nearly always there was something coming around the corner. Now the on;y think I would say was acting but hello they only had $2,200,000 to make it in so the actor were most likely the cheapest in the market however that didn't show massively and you could get into the film very well. The gore was consistent and the story wasn't weak. And if you're looking for a Halloween film to watch with your buddies, I'm still searching, if you haven't seen this before give it a try because this a very underrated entertaining film that the whole pack cane enjoy. With a nice twist at the end.


This isn't a bad movie,it's just that some,or most of the dialoge is bad and makes my eyes roll.Yes,some of the death scenes are creative.Yes,there are some funny moments.And yes,there's one dude in the movie that looks like Michael Jackson before his skin turned white.So you're probably asking yourself: Is this a good movie? It depends on what you like.If you like lots of violence,this is your movie.If you're looking for sex and nudity,this is your movie.If you like cheesy acting,this is your movie.I like all of them,except cheesy acting,so 'Friday the 13th: A New Beginning' is a so-so movie that's worth watching,but doesn't quite get there.