Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (Deluxe Edition)
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They thought Jason was dead. They thought he was gone for good. But it turns out, they're all wrong . . . dead wrong! Homicidal maniac Jason returns from the grave to cause more bloody mayhem in Friday The 13th: A New Beginning - Deluxe Edition. Young Tommy Jarvis may have escaped from Crystal Lake, but he's still haunted by the gruesome events that happened there. When gory murders start happening at the secluded halfway house for troubled teens where he now lives, it seems like his nightmarish nemesis, Jason Voorhees, is back for more sadistic slaughters. But as things spiral out of control and the body count rises, Tommy begins to wonder if he's become the killer he fears most. Witness the true terror as Jason and Tommy battle once more in this spine-tingling descent into death and madness!
Commentary by director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann with cast and crew
Lost Tales from Camp Blood - Part 5
The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II
New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part V A New Beginning
Original Theatrical Trailer
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4.16 Ounces
- Item model number : PARD143224D
- Director : Danny Steinmann
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 32 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Todd Bryant
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B0026KWT1A
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #194,123 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Another complaint I hear that makes me scratch my balding forehead is, "There is too much gratuitous nudity and swearing." Huh? What? You're willfully watching a movie in which about two dozen people are brutally murdered, some in extremely hideous ways, and what bothers you are curse words and boobs? Really? Does this complaint even need a response? My God. If you'd rather watch throats being slashed than Debbie Sue Vorrhees' bouncy triple-D's, check yourself into a psych ward and be done with it.
Now, to cases:
FRIDAY THE 13th PART V: THE NEW BLOOD was an attempt by Paramount to resurrect the slasher series following its supposed conclusion at the end of THE FINAL CHAPTER. In that film, Crystal Lake's least popular citizen had been hacked to bloody bits by two of his would-be victims, Trish and Tommy Jarvis. The runaway success of IV financially made Paramount change its mind, so they attempted a restart with a different villain. The result was THE NEW BLOOD, which attempted to link the old series to the new via the character of Tommy Jarvis.
As the film opens, an adult Tommy (John Shepherd) has just awakened from a terrible nightmare in which his younger self (portrayed by PART IV's Corey Feldman, who wasn't available for this movie except in a cameo) has just witnessed Jason's resurrection. Turns out grown-up T.J. has never recovered emotionally from the slaughter of his mother at Jason's hands -- go figure that -- and is en route to a halfway house for troubled youth. This youth consists of the usual F13 cut-out characters: the insatiable sexpot, the weird girl, the obnoxious jock, the fat kid, the bad boy, etc., etc., though I confess a few are quite memorable, albeit for different reasons (see Debbie Sue Voorhees boobs).
Tommy's arrival, however, coincides with a grisly murder: one of the residents of the halfway house has just hacked another to bits with an axe. It's not much of a welcome, but the chief counselor, Matt, and his sexy sidekick, Pam, try their best to make the taciturn, quick-fisted Jarvis welcome. Unfortunately for all involved, however, the axe murder that morning is not the end of the bad tidings for the halfway house gang. Or the people in town. Or the people driving through it. Or anybody, really. For, as Dr. Loomis says in HALLOWEEN: "Death has come to your little town, Sheriff!"
See, it so happens that SOMEONE has evidently been triggered by the axe murder into a proper fit of homicidal rage. Though the killer is in custody, bodies begin to pile up everywhere with astonishing speed. Bodies with their throats cut, with road flares jammed into their mouths, with axes stuck in their heads...the list goes on (and on and on: this movie has a HUGE body count). The local sheriff, who is as useless as most horror movie sheriffs (good at hauling away corpses, not at catching criminals) advances a theory that the killer is...Jason Voorhees! But of course we all know that Jason is dead. OR IS HE? That is the crux of THE NEW BLOOD -- wondering who is doing all the butchery and why they are doing it. Meanwhile, and oblivious to most of this, Tommy struggles with flashbacks of Jason attacking his family and seems to be wobbling toward some very big, possibly very bloody, meltdown.
The pros of PART V are as follows:
1. As mentioned, huge body count -- 21 kills, if memory serves. This is advantageous because it keeps the pace very fast right 'til the final frame.
2. John Shepherd is pretty good as a Tommy Jarvis with the worst case of PTSD you can imagine.
3. The fight scene between Tommy and the hapless moron Junior still makes me laugh out loud after 30+ years. What a beatdown!
4. There is a member of the cast whose real name is Voorhees. She's hot. Really hot. And she gets naked. Really naked. In fact, the VHS version of this that I watched in 1985 or so showed a lot more sex than the DVD version does. Pity this version seems to be extinct, because DSV was voted "Best Body on the Beach" in 1984 or something.
5. There are some decent characters here, or at least decent caricatures. Pam (Melanie Kinnaman) is quite good. The characters of Joey, Violet, Junior, Demon and Reggie the Reckless are all pretty funny, too.
6. While being utterly formulaic save for the mystery element -- which is not really handled very well -- the movie tried to do something different rather than serve us gangrenous Jason leftovers.
1. The dialogue is often laughable. Matt's speech after Joey's murder is unintentionally hilarious. Telling people who just witnessed a horrific slaughter to "just eat breakfast" must rank with the St. Crispien's Day speech of Henry V.
2. Some of the characters killed off are literally introduced in the same scene they get offed. This movie is kind of like a factory slaughterhouse, with actors playing the role of cattle.
3. The key element of the plot, i.e. the mystery, is not handled well...or really at all.
4. Unless you're twelve, like I was when I saw this, the movie is not, unlike the previous films, scary in any way, shape or form. I have it on good authority this is a serious flaw in a horror flick.
It's said you have to judge movies on the curve established by the genre. Horror movies are mostly awful, with occasional gems amidst the muck. This is not a gem, it is not even costume jewelry, but it isn't complete crap, either -- well, it is complete crap, but it is also entertaining and funny. At any rate, I'd much rather sit through a showing of THE NEW BLOOD than the forgettable Part VI, the abysmal Part VIII, or the unspeakable JASON GOES TO HELL. And I won't even get started on the dumpster fire in space that was JASON X. So stop complaining and hail the arrival of faux-Jason. He'll be gone before you know it.
Token plot. The first few entries in the series establish a pretty solid continuity, where you understand character motivations even if the events are a little fantastical. By this point, there's only a token plot. The first kill in the film happens out of nowhere and only tangentially explains what comes later... it barely gels for me.
Annoying characters. At some point directors decided you should hate characters and want them to die, to egg on the killer. I don't like this. I want real, human characters. Everyone in this film is awful. I don't want to see 5 minutes of someone doing a stupid accent just for a kill. You can make a good movie, and still have that same kill. You don't have to sacrifice one for the other.
Unrealistic setting. I swear at one point there's a greaser character listening to doo-wop music. This film is what a 60-year-old film producer thinks teenagers are like in the 1980s, but you can tell his memories look more like the 1950s. Most of the characters in this film would be more appropriate in a John Waters film than they would be in even Friday the 13th Part 1. Many character scenes are stupid, annoying, and gross.
This film quickly degenerated into a bloodbath, where Jason finally takes out the ignorant rednecks and greasers and whoever else shows up. I don't care. People try to point to the "plot" of this film being especially deep... it's nonsense. If you're a Jason fan you may eat it up. Anyone who wasn't already invested in this series will be either indifferent or lost.
Standouts from the film? Um. There are a lot of really hot naked actresses. Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ("Juwanna Man") shows up briefly. That's about it.
I barely remember anything that happened in this movie, and I only just watched it last night. I remember more from the first movie, which I just re-watched a few nights ago.
Top reviews from other countries
It's widescreen & the picture fills all the screen
on a modern TV. The picture quality itself is
very good, as you'd expect from a 'Deluxe Edition.'
It's very easy to slag this entry off, but it has
it's own charm (sort of), a girl does the 'robot'
& the redneck hillbilly mom and son are pretty
bloody funny, a 'Mothers Day' rip off, but a
riot nonetheless. Should you watch this?, depends
on how tolerant you are...it's got a great DVD slip cover.
Extras: making of, commentary, lost tales from camp
blood pt 5, crystal lake massacres revisited.
1985...should have stuck with the tried & tested formula.
Run time: 1hr 32min 10secs. 8793