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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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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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The mindless, murderous fury that was buried with Jason has been reborn. And suddenly, terror has become child's play! See more »


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22 March 1985 (USA)  »

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Friday the 13th Part 5  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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$21,300,000 (USA)
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Trivia

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 »

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(at around 13 mins) When Tommy throws the alien mask on the bed, it changes positions between shots. See more »

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Anita: What's wrong? Hey, you okay?
Demon: It's them damn enchiladas.
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Referenced in Spaceballs (1987) See more »

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One of the most entertaining and re-watchable films in the series
11 March 2014 | by (Ohio/PA border) – See all my reviews

Although I'm usually not into slasher-type horror flicks, I find the "Friday the 13th" flicks appealing for some reason; possibly because they typically involve young adults in a fun camp-type environment in the woods, which stirs fond youthful memories (not that I'm THAT old). The presence of a lunatic killer just adds an air of danger and excitement. Although this fourth sequel in the series is maligned by many, it's the installment that turned me on to the long-running franchise. Say what you will but Part V is one of the most entertaining and re-watchable segments.

Released in 1985, the story centers around a halfway house for troubled youths deep in the sticks (filmed in Camarillo, California). Tommy Jarvis, who is still traumatized by the events of the previous film, arrives at the home, now approximately 17 years-old. Murders slowly start mounting up leading to an action-packed climax. Since Jason clearly died in the previous film, who is the killer? Is it Tommy?

The first two films in the series were serious murder-mystery horror pictures. Part III added campy elements, which is the case with Part V. Although "A New Beginning" plays it semi-straight, it's filled with black humor (e.g. when the ambulance man kneels over Joey's hacked-up body and makes a hilarious comment to the frightened youths standing nearby), not to mention the OTT goofy mother/son hillbillies. In fact, there are so many laugh-out-loud moments that it's almost a comedy. Which is not to say it's bad; like I said, Part V is one of the most entertaining segments. If the campy hillbillies turn you off just chalk 'em up to side entertainment.

The deep woods halfway house for people with emotional problems is an interesting set-up and caught my attention right away; it sets this installment apart from all the others. In addition, Tommy, played by John Shepherd, is an interesting character: He's understandably troubled and there's a mystique about him (is he a hero or a mad killer or potentially both?), not to mention he can kick some arse when he has to. Speaking of which, another reviewer complained about Tommy's fighting skills being unrealistic, but it makes sense that he would do something like learn martial arts over the past several years to occupy his time and cope with emotional trauma and loss. There's nothing unrealistic about it.

The film is also notable for featuring perhaps the best assortment of women in the series -- three blonds, a brunette and a redhead, no less. The lead blond "Pam" is played by Melanie Kinnaman, the protagonist of the story, who's so gorgeous it's hard to take your eyes off her. What's interesting is that Melanie is one of the few comely females in the cast that is never shown nude or partially nude. She's fully clothed the entire picture (although she has a wet-shirt moment) proving that a woman doesn't have to flaunt her beauty cheaply to get attention or instill awe.

***SPOILER ALERT*** (Don't read this paragraph if you haven't seen the film) Aside from being entertaining like most of the installments, it should be pointed out that Part V does something better than any other film in the series -- it shows the long term negative EFFECT Jason (and his mother) can have on people. Jason isn't physically present but his lingering (haunting?) diabolic presence permeates the atmosphere. So much so that Jason de-creates in his own lunatic image -- the killer and Tommy Jarvis donning the mask at the end. In fact, The ending leads one to the conclusion that either Tommy has gone psycho or that he is the new embodiment of Jason (although Part VI implies that it was a dream or Tommy's imagination and not reality). Which isn't that outlandish of a theory given that "Jason Goes To Hell" (Part IX) explains that Jason has body-leaping powers. It may very well be concluded that Roy and, later, Tommy were possessed by Jason in some manner. Adding support to this theory is the superhuman strength displayed by the killer throughout. For example, he literally smashes through a door, breaking it to pieces, he hurls an adult man up and through a window, he decapitates a man with one swipe of a cleaver, etc. No ordinary human being could do these things, unless they were possessed by a malevolent force/entity. ***END SPOILER***

Some of the cussing's a bit overdone here. I'm sure the filmmakers threw it in as a comical touch. It goes without saying that if you find overkill cussing offensive you might want to skip this one.

BOTTOM LINE: "A New Beginning" is just a fun and entertaining deep woods horror flick with numerous highlights noted above.

As to the criticisms regarding the absence of a certain character, again, the film does a good job of showing what can ultimately happen to those severely traumatized by Jason. Not to mention the fact that Jason IS present in spirit, literally. So, yes, it's a vital part of the series.

GRADE: B+


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