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Friday the 13th, Part V - A New Beginning (1985)

Melanie Kinnaman , John Shepherd , Danny Steinmann  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Richard Young, Marco St. John
  • Directors: Danny Steinmann
  • Writers: Danny Steinmann, David Cohen, Martin Kitrosser, Victor Miller
  • Producers: Frank Mancuso Jr., Timothy Silver
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005NG6D
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #76,266 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Jason is back, hockey mask and all. And he's up to his old maniacal tricks in Friday The 13th, Part V: A New Beginning. This time he seems to have set his sights on the young patients at a secluded halfway house. And more than a few of his teen targets end up in half, in name it, Jason does it.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
This review refers to the Paramount DVD edition of the film.

THE WHO'S WHO: 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, Mark Venturini, Anthony Barrile, Dominick Brascia, Tiffany Helm, Richard Lineback, Corey Feldman, Miguel A. Nunez Jr. Score Composed By Harry Manfredini. Screenplay Co-Written and Directed By Danny Steinmann. (R) For Violence, Gore, Profanity, Drug Use, Nudity and Suggested Sex; 92m.; 1985.

WHAT'S GOING ON IN HERE?: Another film has come and gone with the absence of any camp counselors. That's not necessarily a bad thing. By putting the Jason Voorhees character in minute variations of his slaughtering ground, the filmmakers have kept the films interesting. This time, the central focus is a group of mentally and emotionally challenged teens staying at the Pinehurst Youth Development Center run by Matthew Letter (Richard Young) and his assistant Pam (Melanie Kinnaman). However, there's more on their minds than learning how to readjust to society when Jason starts carving his way through them. Once again, the directorial reins of the series have been handed over, on this occasion to lightweight upstart Danny Steinmann who shows an amazingly adept skill considering he hasn't directed anything since. One problem that has plagued this series since its inception lies in the character development. However, like most of the other entries, this is a prime example of generic characters being filled by skillful actors who take their roles to a higher level than they should deservedly reach.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A New Beginning: Campy yet entertaining April 20, 2009
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 machette) 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 Tommy Jarvis character from the previous installment Final Chapter is presented here all grown up, still trying to battle his inner demons from the horror he experienced when he was younger. The setting is a home in the woods where the mentally-challenged try to get back to living a normal life. Another problem was that some of the characters were not developed near enough. They were basically just there for the kills. And in films, characters need to be created and developed properly in order for the audience to identify with and care about them. Otherwise, the impact isn't as great. For example, I liked the Violet character yet we didn't find out anything about her. The most overused cliche's are also present here. The broken down cars, the cat jumping out, the heroine falling down when being chased by the killer, etc. 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. The lead heroine Pam, played by Melanie Kinnaman is very likeable and good-looking. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars A New Killer. A New Beginning. April 18, 2002
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Although most fans of this series say that this is the worst of the series, I whole-heartedly disagree. There are much worse installments of the franchise. The reason why people dislike this movie is mainly because of the fact that Jason Voorhees is not the killer of the movie. That's the beauty of it. It shows the fact that an average joe (or Roy in this case) can mentally snap and go off on a horrific killing spree. Let us not forget that this how Mrs. Pam Voorhees started.
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 F13thIV.
This movie had a lot of potential but fell short in what could have been the best in the series since the original.
Don't take my word for it: see it for yourself...if you dare.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Different, But Quite Good June 26, 2006
To begin, we have all heard the theory that in a case of part 1 and sequels that the first is the best and anything that follows has to be worse. (This theory is true sometimes, but not always.) What makes a good sequel is when there are enough familiar elements from Part 1, but there are some new ones to avoid making the sequel just a repeat of part 1. ("Godfather I" and "Godfather II" is a perfect example.) Some people scorned this 5th chapter for taking a different approach. In my opinion, they are scorning what makes for a good sequel. Moving on, unlike Part 4, the title to this 5th chapter makes sense when we see the full content of the movie. Tommy Jarvis defeated Jason and survived part 4, but he is in less than perfect health. It is years later, and he has been spending some time in a psychological hospital. This is a good move. We have all seen people killed by Jason. But have we ever seen the aftermath of a survivor? To be sure, they tried to touch on this subject in Part 2, but it was really shortlived. Also, this seems to be a good reaction against typical Hollywood. Hollywood often portrays a false picture. (That the hero defeats the villain and lives happily ever after.) A more probable thing is that even if the hero wins, he could face traumatic and haunting aftermath. Moving on, Tommy is sent to a less restrictive psychological hospital in hopes that he can reenter society soon. He meets an assortment of people who are there with the same hopes. One of those patients is an interesting young man who is slow, but well intentioned. Giving the writers of this 5th chapter the benefit of the doubt, they may be attempting to show what may have been if Jason had had the opportunity to live his life. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars ty the product was as agreed by the buyer.
ty the product was as agreed by the buyer. I would buy again
Published 13 days ago by kliz
3.0 out of 5 stars Impostor
This chapter still has powerful and brutal killings. Including victims the audience wants to see die, and ones who are innocent victims. Read more
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Published 2 months ago by Jerry
5.0 out of 5 stars Many people don't like this one due to whom we find out Jason ...
1,2 & 5 are my favorites in the series, in that order. Many people don't like this one due to whom we find out Jason is, but I've always enjoyed it.
Published 2 months ago by Vampyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13 a new beginning is a good Friday film at least Jason...
Some of the Friday fans consider this to be the worst one of the series but if you watch it at least it has Jason in it or at the end we find out that it's not no the worst Friday... Read more
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Great legend of horror
Published 2 months ago by Michael malinowski
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated
I have no shame in admitting that I like this movie. Yes, it's not perfect, but they wanted to do something different than the old formula and continue the Tommy Jarvis story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by George D. DeSantos
5.0 out of 5 stars Yay
Love Friday the 13th, love the easy availability, and forever love Amazon Instant Video for carrying great titles! Thank you!
Published 5 months ago by Kjersti Gilthvedt
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