Friday the 13th, Part 5: A New Beginning

Friday the 13th, Part 5: A New Beginning

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Director: Danny Steinmann

Cast: Danny Steinmann, John Shepard, Melanie Kinnaman, Shavar Ross

     
 

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The murderous spirit of Jason Vorhees lives on in this horror sequel, although the plot hinges on the mystery of whether the killer's body actually survives. Opening with a nightmare prologue in which Corey Feldman reprises his role as Tommy Jarvis, the boy who killed Jason in the previous installment, the film jumps forward severalSee more details below

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The murderous spirit of Jason Vorhees lives on in this horror sequel, although the plot hinges on the mystery of whether the killer's body actually survives. Opening with a nightmare prologue in which Corey Feldman reprises his role as Tommy Jarvis, the boy who killed Jason in the previous installment, the film jumps forward several years to when a teenaged Tommy (John Shepherd), haunted by visions of Jason returning to life, moves into a group home for mentally disturbed kids. Almost as soon as he arrives, Tommy witnesses the death of Joey (Dominick Brascia), an overweight, annoying boy who is hacked to death by psychopathic patient Vic (Mark Venturini). Although Vic ends up safely behind bars, other bodies begin to turn up -- more than 20 by the end of the film. Tommy's own violent streak, displayed when he lashes out at a fellow resident, makes him a suspect; he even doubts his own sanity. But as the bloodshed continues, Tommy finds himself allied with Reggie (Shavar Ross), the grandson of one of the home's employees, in a desperate bid to survive the carnage and find out who the killer behind the hockey mask really is. The producers of the Friday the 13th series actually planned to end it with Friday the 13th -- The Final Chapter, but the box-office success of that film paved the way for the series to continue.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
A high body count, tight continuity with the previous installment, and a lingering mystery over the participation of perennial serial killer Jason Voorhees characterizes this episode of the interminable slasher series. As usual with entries in the franchise, however, the concept of Friday the 13th, Pt. V: A New Beginning outstrips the execution. The idea of a film in which viewers are never sure whether Jason is even present is a novel one that dovetails nicely with the Jason-free first installment (wherein the monster's mother did all the dirty work). But with unsympathetic characters, flat direction, and a distinct lack of visual flair, the film fails to generate any appreciable suspense. The teens this time are troubled residents in a group home, and their picturesque tics are a nice change from the usual parade of interchangeable plaid-shirted counselors. Surprisingly effective comic relief even arrives in the form of Ethel (Carol Locatell), the group home's trashy, ornery neighbor. As Reggie, Shavar Ross also adds a welcome spot of cultural diversity to the cast, although his character's Prince-esque brother Demon (Miguel A. Nuñez) is as cheesy a stereotype as the biker gang who crashed the party in Friday the 13th, Pt. 3. Not that it matters much, anyway. Sandwiched between the superior efforts Friday the 13th -- The Final Chapter and Friday the 13th, Pt. VI: Jason Lives, this one's almost as bad as the nadir of the series: Friday the 13th Pt. VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
UPC:
0097361432243
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew; Lost Tales From Camp Blood - Part 5; The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II; New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th Part V - A New Beginning; Original theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Shepard Tommy Jarvis
Melanie Kinnaman Pam
Shavar Ross Reggie
Richard Young Matt Peters
Carol Locatell Ethel Hubbard
Marco St. John Sheriff Cal Tucker
Juliette Cummins Robin
Vernon Washington George
Dominick Brascia Joey
Tiffany Helm Violet
Deborah Sue Voorhees Tina
John Dixon Eddie
Ron Sloan Junior
Miguel A. Nuñez Demon
Sonny Shields Raymond
Anthony Barrile Vinnie
Suzanne Bateman Nurse Yates/Receptionist
Todd Bryant Neil
Curtis Conaway Les
Bob de Simone Billy/Male Nurse
Corey Feldman Tommy at 12
Jere Fields Anita
Richard Lineback Deputy Dodd
Ric Mancini Mayor Cobb
Corey Parker Pete
Jerry Pavlon Jake
Ed Shinstine Second Deputy
Caskey Swaim Duke
Mark Venturini Victor
Chuck Wells Third Deputy
Dick Wieand Roy
Rebecca Wood-Sharkey Lana

Technical Credits
Danny Steinmann Director,Screenwriter
Martin Becker Makeup
Larry S. Carr Special Effects
David M. Cohen Original Story,Screenwriter
Earl C. Ellis Special Effects
Bruce Green Editor
Robert Howland Production Designer
Martin Kitrosser Screenwriter
Louis Lazara Special Effects
Kathryn Miles Logan Special Effects
Frank Mancuso Executive Producer
Harry Manfredini Score Composer
David Brian Miller Special Effects
Dave Nelson Special Effects
Stephen L. Posey Cinematographer
Anton Ruprecht Special Effects
Timothy Silver Producer
William Scott Strong Special Effects
Pamela B. Warner Set Decoration/Design

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning
1. Chapter 1 [5:45]
2. Chapter 2 [6:04]
3. Chapter 3 [5:58]
4. Chapter 4 [5:14]
5. Chapter 5 [4:41]
6. Chapter 6 [3:30]
7. Chapter 7 [7:46]
8. Chapter 8 [7:24]
9. Chapter 9 [7:05]
10. Chapter 10 [2:35]
11. Chapter 11 [4:06]
12. Chapter 12 [7:49]
13. Chapter 13 [7:58]
14. Chapter 14 [7:11]

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