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In this fifth instalment of the FRIDAY THE 13TH series, Tommy (John Shepherd), the young boy who finally killed hockey-masked murderer Jason Voorhees in the previous film, has grown up and is now spending time in a home for the mentally fragile. Not long after Tommy checks in though, someone starts killing the patients one-by-one. Has Tommy picked up where the legendary serial killer left off or has Jason come back from beyond the grave to kill again.
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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...
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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.Read more ›
And, in Part 5, we have more than the normal number of oversexed teens to do away with. There is certainly more of a diverse bunch to be sliced and diced. This is a nice (and new) touch to the franchise, however, it does take away from the story’s central theme. It’s one of the rare films in the saga to continue from the last one. The child survivor of Part 4 (Tommy Jarvis) is now grown up and still having problems dealing with his childhood trauma with the masked killer, Jason Voorhees. This is actually quite a nice idea, but is always a sub-plot as the film concentrates on killing so many of the cast, leaving little if any time to continue Tommy’s tale.
Once again, you can tell who’s going to die and who’s not. Let’s face it... ‘bad’ people never last long in this sort of film (and Jason almost does the world a favour in getting rid of half the cast here!). Also, the death scenes are a little more imaginative and well thought out than in the predecessors.
However, for all that’s right with this film, fans still return to what’s wrong with it. Many believe that this film would have been better NOT being part of the Friday 13th franchise and being a stand alone film all together. However, if you’re in the mood for some gore, then you might get something out of this. Plus it has a ‘dance routine’ that’s almost as good as Crispen Glover’s from Part 4!
I liked the character of Tommy Jarvis and the kills were great, this film also had the highest body count out of all the Friday The 13th films. "A New Beginning" maintains the same spirit and atmosphere that made the earlier films such a success and in my opinion it is the last film in the series to be filmed in that way. There are some stupid moments but a lot of them are just funny. In addition, the characters can at times be irritating, but the kills make up for it.
This film is much underrated and is very good in my opinion. 8.9/10 - B+
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Part 5 has a tendency to be slated, however I think it was a fun little twist, and a good watch.Published 2 months ago by Megan Williams
Even if you only watch the series for ironic fun (and why wouldn't you), part 5 is worth giving a miss. Read morePublished 3 months ago by C I Nixon
Despite, the killer is not Jason, it works really well as a sequelPublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
A new Beginning. A New Tommy Jarvis but and Old plot, more Hack and Slash.One of the weakest entries in the series.Published 13 months ago by Mrs. D. Moncrieff
That's right it's some other guy, who cares? It's a Friday the 13th movie, you get your inventive kills (in fact this one has one of the highest bodycounts of the lot, so there! Read morePublished on 29 Mar. 2014 by The Screaming Skull
This is not the worst Friday, it is much better than any of the new line movies. The only reason people hate it so much is because the killer is not Jason but it is still a guy in... Read morePublished on 26 May 2012 by Tan
After Part four's series high, this is little more than a Jason Vorhees 'slash fest'. In an apparent attempt to up the comedy quota the producers have introduced a couple of... Read morePublished on 16 May 2009 by Captain Pugwash