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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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Curtis Conaway ...
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Juliette Cummins ...
Bob DeSimone ...
Billy / Male Nurse (as Bob De Simone)
John Robert Dixon ...
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Jere Fields ...
Anita (as Jeré Fields)
Tiffany Helm ...
Melanie Kinnaman ...
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Ric Mancini ...
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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? Written by matt-282

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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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$21,300,000 (USA)
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John Shepherd researched the role of Tommy by working at a state mental hospital. See more »

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Lana: Hmm, Lana. Lana...
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Billy: YEEEOWHOOHOO!
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Not as bad as its reputation.
17 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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.


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