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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning

USA 1985
produced by
Timothy Silver, Frank Mancuso jr (executive) for Georgetown Productions, Terror Inc./Paramount
directed by Danny Steinmann
starring Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Richard Young, Marco St. John, Juliette Cummins, Carol Locatell, Vernon Washington, John Robert Dixon, Jerry Pavlon, Caskey Swaim, Corey Feldman, Mark Venturini, Anthony Barrile, Dominick Brascia, Tiffany Helm, Richard Lineback, Suzanne Bateman, Bob DeSimone, Jere Fields, Ric Mancini, Miguel A. Núñez jr, Corey Parker, Rebecca Wood, Ron Sloan, Deborah Voorhees, Dick Wieand, Todd Bryant, Curtis Conaway, Sonny Shields, Eddie Matthews, Chuck Wells
story by Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, screenplay by Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, Danny Steinmann, music by Harry Manfredini, special effects by Frankie Inez/Reel EFX, special makeup effects by Martin Becker

Friday the 13th

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's been 5 years since the events of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, but Tommy (John Shepherd), who has hacked Jason Voorhees to pieces back when, still hasn't come over the trauma and is thus moved from one mental institution to the next. Presently he's transferred to Pinehurst, a halfway house in the middle of the woods where there are almost no restrictions for the inmates. Maybe too few restrictions even, as one of the inmates, Joey (Dominick Brascia), is slaughtered by another, Vic (Mark Venturini), in broad daylight with an ax, not only in front of witnesses but also with the police coincidently on the premises. Now Vic is arrested, and that should be it, but soon enough, the locals start dying, seemingly without rhyme or reason, but in more and more brutal ways, making the local Sheriff (Marco St. John) insist this is the work of Jason, even if it's well-established that Jason is dead and cremated. Soon whoever-it-is also slaughters the whole staff and inmates of Pinehurst, all but big-hearted warden Pam (Melanie Kinnaman), streetsmart kid Reggie (Shavar Ross), and Tommy of course, and ultimately, the three of them face a hokey-masked killer, who seems almost impossible to kill - but only almost because our heroes kill him in the end, unmask him and he's - Roy (Dick Wieand), the paramedic who picked up Joey and was actually (to noone's knowledge) Joey's father, and seeing his son dead made him lose it ...

Corey Feldman, who played Tommy in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, reprises the role in a dream sequence for continuity's sake.


This movie plays pretty much exactly like what it is, a later episode of a slasher series that has run out of steam (and its resident killer for that matter) with the plot squeezed out of what little they had to go with as well as some forced stabs at continuity to keep this relevant to the series ... and all of this might sound harsher than it's meant, as talking in slasher terms, this film isn't bad at all, there's plenty of suspense, some cool setpieces, and some really gruesome imagery. And while most of the characters seem to be made out of cardboard and little more than cannon fodder, and the killings seem to be very much on the random side, that's also part of the charm of 1980s slashers. So if you're into the genre and don't expect the next Halloween, you'll probably be very entertained, even if in all honesty this is hardly a classic.


Some trivia on the side, while this is the only film of the series that doesn't actually feature Jason Voorhees (other than as visions and in a dream sequence), it's also the only one that does feature a castmember actually named Voorhees - Deborah Voorhees, who plays one of Pinehurst's inmates, who in best genre tradition is slaughtered after having sex in the woods.


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A Killer Conversation

produced by and starring
Melanie Denholme
directed by
David V.G. Davies
written by
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Ryan Hunter and
Rudy Barrow

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