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BETTER THAN THE FIRST SEQUEL, BUT STILL ABYSMAL.
on 8 November 2014
REVIEWED VERSION: 2009 Paramount Pictures UK DVD (reissue)
Director: Danny Steinmann
Cast: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Marco St. John, Carol Locatell, Richard Young, Tom Morga
10 years after the events of THE FINAL CHAPTER, Tommy Jarvis still is haunted by nightmares of Jason Voorhees and is shuffles from one mental institution to another. When he is moved to yet another mental institution, conveniently located near Crystal Lake, the killings start again...
THE PROS & CONS
The best thing about FRIDAY THE 13TH PART V: A NEW BEGINNING is the 5 minute opening sequence, which turns out to be only Tommy Jarvis' nightmare. Paramount continues Tommy Jarvis' storyline, who was supposed to become Jason's nemesis like Dr. Loomis in the HALLOWEEN series, although nowhere near as successful. Personally I hated the character. They did go for continuity by having Corey Feldman return as Tommy for a cameo in the pre-title sequence.
A NEW BEGINNING tried to be a new beginning in some ways, most notably by the absense of the "real" Jason.
Danny Steinmann did an ok directing job, too bad the source material was bad, despite 5 people, including Steinmann, being involved in the writing of the story and screenplay (are you serious? It takes 5 guys to pen down a slasher flick?). A NEW BEGINNING is very much the same as all previous entries, just I did not care for a majority of the characters in this one. Parts 6 & 7 did a better job here.
Decent to horrendous (over) acting, while John Shepherd (Tommy Jarvis), Melanie Kinnaman (Pam) and Marco St. John (Sheriff) are in the first catagory - Shepherd gives a believable performance as the traumatized teen - most of the cast is clearly in the second catagory. They do not seem to have mental problems, but are your average sex-crazed teens from all the other FRIDAY flicks. (Un)lucky for them, the new Jason does not discriminate... they make just as good canon fodder.
The gore... well the gore... A NEW BEGINNING has the highest body count of the series, but the movie was somewhat toned down by our friends at the MPAA, and, just like with all Paramount FRIDAYs, the unrated versions are not available. The censorship really destroys what good was left of the film, as nearly all the murders are off screen or bloodless. That didn't stop the BBFC and the German FSK to cut the film even further for early VHS releases, the BBFC cut all sight of bare breasts and some gore, while the Germans left the nudity in fully in tact but trimmed all murder scenes even further. DVD releases in both countries are the uncut R-rated prints, though.
Feature running time: 88:24 mins. (MPAA cuts)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 / 16:9
Audio: English 2.0 Mono, French 2.0 Mono, German 2.0 Mono, Italian 2.0 Mono, Spanish 2.0 Mono
Subtitles: English, English HoH, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Arabic and Turkish
Extras: Theatrical Trailer (1:47)! Gee thanks!
Region: 2 / PAL
Picture quality: C
Audio quality: C