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Friday the 13th, Part 5: A New Beginning

Friday the 13th, Part 5: A New Beginning

3.2 5
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 several


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.

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.

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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

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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Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I only gave it 2 stars because of the action and high body count. It deserves a 1 or 0. This is by far my least favorite of the Friday the 13th series. Don't get me wrong, it is a good movie, but it is so dissapointing when you watch it and find out the truth that you probably will say ''man that sucked''. The layout of it is like any other Friday the 13th movie so it is a must for anybody who wants to collect the series. This actually wouldn't be a bad movie if it wasn't for he twist and those who have actually seen it will understand why I was so dissapointed. I won't ruin it for anybody so if you are interested go buy or rent the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This chapter still has powerful and brutal killings. Including victims the audience wants to see die, and ones who are innocent victims. The major flaw in this is simply that it wasn't Jason. The killings and fighting were done in a manner that a mere human couldn't have done. Putting on a Hockey Mask wouldn't give an impostor Jason's inhuman strength or his pain tolerance. I enjoyed the idea of Tommy being traumatized by his childhood experience. How Jason metaphorically haunted him, how he was plagued by visions of Jason. Also how this chapter let's him face his fears, and set's the stage for Tommy's role in the next chapter. The climax was also good. First Reggie rams Jason with a tractor. Second Pam duels Jason until the chainsaw runs out of fuel. Pam flees to the hayloft where Reggie is hiding. When Tommy first confronts the hockey-masked killer, he doesn't realize he not hallucinating again. Then he's slashed and he stabs Jason with a pocketknife, before climbing into the loft as well. When Jason comes into the loft Tommy still has enough strength to seize the machete, hack Jason in the hand, and send him falling down onto a bed of spikes. The hockey mask is removed revealing that the killer was an impostor - Roy Burns. This isn't the worst chapter, but it's far from the best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alot of 'FRIDAY THE 13TH' Fans may disagree, but ''PART 5: A NEW BEGINNING(aka. Not 'The Next Chapter!')Is one of my all time favorite 'Psychological Suspense-Thriller Films of my time. Please allow me a few minutes of your time to show/explain to the audience why. First of let me give credit where Credit is merited: to the Makers= Producers,Writers & Director of ''A NEW BEGINING.'' Were it not for them Who knows if this series might've ended or headed in a diff' direction ...uhhm!!'anybody watched the most recent 'Hellraiser'or 'Children of the Corn'' endless 'lame-sequels.'My devotion & admiration for the ''FRIDAY-phenomenom''arose/came in 1985 with my first viewing (on-Video)of 'Friday-Part 4: The Final Chapter.' At the time I was only 10 years-old(I'm 27 now!)and althought it would take me a few more years to understand (totally)''the rules'' on how convincibly some,not all, horror/scary/scream films really work... needless to say I-like many- was scared to go in the woods--for few years afterwards. Being 10 or 11 I was scared, but also amazed,and grossed out but in a cool way because most of my friends in school had also wached it in theaters or rented it without their parents consent. ~What amazed me the most was 'THE FINAL CHAPTER's' 'cliff-hanger ending.' ~Perhaps some fans may be able to relate to this, on why this ending is so symbolic & important to my early teens, and later development into a young-adult. Watching/seeing/observing a young-Tommy Jarvis(Corey Feldman) slashing-responding-defending himself & his sister from a crazed maniac; by temporarily-& supposedly-disposing of a local psychological killer on the prowl. This traumatic point and episode in 'young/adult Tommy's' fictional-life(or anyone of us)is chronicled in 'FRIDAY-Part 4 & 5,6.' Can't/Couldn't anyone imagine-or see what their lives or destinys may have thru the eyes of a young-child/teen/adult 11,18,26. How their mind may and may not ever be the same after an intense episode(s) of RAGE. ~If only few-fans could put aside 'The Fact' & Mistake that the Producers of the 1980's Friday Films may have, originally groomed/intended/created a young-Tommy(Corey Feldman) to pick up the mantle of Jason Voorhees; sporting an all-new hockey mask, compared to the earlier films. The Producers may have failed with this original-intended plot. But only metaphorical speaking. Because from a intake Box-Office point of view,for this and future films(Exc: Part 8,9) they succeded. So much that the name spun-off a ''T.V.Series, with no reatlion to the mask, Tommy nor Jason. ~My intended puporse for this not so quick or short note is simply to share a similar-althought not this traumatic nor brutal- life experience, and simply trying to show or prove the point that not all traumatic experiences lead or are destined for damnation or a tragic doom. Not all 'Exorcisms(1973)-of sorts- lead/end with the (failed/repentent)Priest jumping out a window to his doom/damnation-suicide. There are few stories with happy endings. Some more real than others. ~ On a last 'FRIDAY-note,'compare the ending of 'A NEW BEGINNING(5)' with a shot/picture of young-Tommy picking up the'New-Hockey mask (Roy's-mask not Jason's);staring at it; resembling/kinda like a Hamlet/Othello play-where there's this character who picks up a skull-Tommy looks into the masks(his) eyes. Waiting for sign. Waiting for an answer. Waiting for a RESOLUTION to his hallucinations,troubles,& uncontrollable explosive fits/episodes of RAGE & MADNESS. ~ Tommy keeps on staring at the mask, and the mask's staring back at hyim. ~ Tommy looks on as if waiting for Jason to take him under his mantle. ~ Tommy's waiting for Jason, or Jason's waiting for Tommy to take over his unfinished work back at the lake. ~ To put on the mask,grab the big-kitchen knife-which appears unexplainably out of nowhere-and carry the ''FRIDAY'' franchise to greener pastures. ~ Then watch the opening for'FRIDAY 6.'Not only does the s
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