Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  22 March 1985 (USA)
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Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Barrile ...
Suzanne Bateman ...
Curtis Conaway ...
Juliette Cummins ...
Bob DeSimone ...
Billy / Male Nurse (as Bob De Simone)
John Robert Dixon ...
Jere Fields ...
Anita (as Jeré Fields)
Tiffany Helm ...
Melanie Kinnaman ...
Deputy Dodd
Ric Mancini ...


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? Written by matt-282

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Release Date:

22 March 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Friday the 13th Part 5  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)


$21,300,000 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Friday the 13th: Part 3 was supposed to center around Part 2's survivor Ginny (Amy Steel), set at a mental institution to which she'd been committed due to emotional trauma. Steel declined to return, and the concept was shelved. However, Part 3'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 New Beginning's basic story while Steinman and co-writer David Cohen penned the script. See more »


(at around 3 mins) Jason stabs the machete vertically into the man's stomach, but when he pulls it out the machete is in horizontal. See more »


Sheriff Cal Tucker: I know who it is.
Mayor Cobb: What?
Sheriff Cal Tucker: I said I know who it is.
Mayor Cobb: Who?
Sheriff Cal Tucker: It's Jason Voorhees.
Mayor Cobb: Jason Voorhees? You're outta your fucking mind. You've been out in the sun too long. Jason Voorhees is dead! His body was cremated. He's nothing but a handful of ash.
Sheriff Cal Tucker: [Tucker stands up firmly] You know that for sure, Mayor? Were you there? Did you see him cremated?
Mayor Cobb: Jason Voorhees?
[Tucker nods]
Mayor Cobb: I can't believe this! Look.
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Followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) See more »


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26 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.

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