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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)

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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Suzanne Bateman ...
Nurse Yates / Receptionist
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Neil
Curtis Conaway ...
Les
Juliette Cummins ...
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Billy / Male Nurse (as Bob De Simone)
John Robert Dixon ...
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Jere Fields ...
Anita (as Jeré Fields)
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Melanie Kinnaman ...
Pam
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Deputy Dodd
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Ric Mancini ...
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Storyline

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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If Jason still haunts you, you're not alone! See more »


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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Friday the 13th Part 5  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,032,883, 24 March 1985

Gross USA:

$21,930,418
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Trivia

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. See more »

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(at around 41 mins) Position and order of Sheriff Tucker's newspaper clippings. See more »

Quotes

Anita: What's wrong? Hey, you okay?
Demon: It's them damn enchiladas.
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The Drowning - Part I
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"This is a small town! And small towns are supposed to be safe!"
6 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

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.


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