Friday the 13th: A New Beginning

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Friday the 13th Part V:
A New Beginning
Friday the 13th part V a new beginning.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Danny Steinmann
Produced by Frank Mancuso, Jr. (executive producer)
Timothy Silver
Screenplay by Martin Kitrosser
David Cohen
Danny Steinmann
Story by Martin Kitrosser
David Cohen
Based on Characters 
by Victor Miller
Starring Melanie Kinnaman
John Shepherd
Shavar Ross
Music by Harry Manfredini
Cinematography Stephen L. Posey
Edited by Bruce Green
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • March 22, 1985 (1985-03-22)
Running time 92 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $2.2 million
Box office $21,930,418

Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning (credited in the opening credits as Friday the 13th: A New Beginning) is a 1985 American slasher film and the fifth installment in the Friday the 13th franchise. It is the last film to be directed by Danny Steinmann and distributed by Paramount Pictures. The film stars John Shepherd as Tommy Jarvis, the heroic boy from Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984) who killed Jason Voorhees, and a series of similar murders surrounding the halfway house he currently resides at. Shepherd replaces Corey Feldman, who played Tommy in The Final Chapter, although Feldman makes a cameo appearance in the film's prologue.[1]

A New Beginning departs from the Camp Crystal Lake setting and Voorhees-themed mystery of the previous four installments, instead acting as a psychological horror film set at a fictional halfway house in Pennsylvania, and was going to set up a new trilogy of films with a different villain for the series. However, after A New Beginning '​s disappointing reception from fans and steep decline in box-office receipts from The Final Chapter, Jason Voorhees was brought back for Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI and has since been the main antagonist in every entry in the series since.

The frequency of graphic violence and gore is expedited in A New Beginning, with a then-series high body count. Aside from its gore, the film has also become known for its explicit nudity and sex scenes, as well as frequent drug use. Peter Bracke's book Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th details that behind the scenes, the production was plagued with hardcore drug use. Produced on a budget of $2.2 million, A New Beginning grossed $21.9 million at the box office in the United States, making it the poorest performing film in the Friday the 13th series at the time with a steep decline from the previous two entries, both of which had made well over $34 million domestically. In addition to weak box office returns, most critics gave the film negative reviews. In later years, the film has obtained a cult following.[2]


A young Tommy Jarvis stumbles upon a graveyard while walking through the woods on a rainy night, where he witnesses two grave robbers digging up the corpse of Jason Voorhees. Jason rises from the grave and murders the two graverobbers before advancing towards Tommy.

Awakening from a nightmare in the van of an institutional hospital, fifteen-year old Tommy awakens and is delivered to Pinehurst Halfway House in an attempt to acclimate to a normal life. When there, he meets the director Pam and the head doctor Matt, who direct him to his room. He meets Reggie, a young boy visiting his grandfather George who works in the kitchen. The halfway house is resided by the perky Robyn, the goth Violet, stuttering, shy Jake, compulsive eater Joey, and the short-tempered Vic. Later, two more residents; Tina and Eddie are returned to the house by the sheriff, who caught them having sex on the neighbor Ethel Hubbard's lawn. Ethel and her son Junior arrive shortly thereafter and threaten to have the "house of crazies" shut down.

Following a minor altercation between Joey and Vic, Joey is slaughtered by Vic with an axe he was using to chop wood and Vic is subsequently arrested. Upon arriving at the scene, Duke and his partner Roy Burns encounter the body, but Roy seems angry when Duke starts joking over the murder. That night, two teenagers, Vinnie and Pete are killed when Vinnie has a road flare shoved in his mouth and Pete has his throat slashed by an unseen assailant. The next night, a hospital orderly named Billy and his girlfriend Lana are killed by an axe as he waits for her to close the diner she works in. The sheriff begins to suspect that Jason Voorhees is responsible, but the mayor vehemently denies it, telling him to deliver a live suspect. At the house, Tommy is suffering halucinations of Jason due to his medication and Tina and Eddie run off to have sex on the Hubbard property again. Ethel's farmhand Raymond spies on them, but he is stabbed by an unseen assailant. After Eddie leaves to wash up, Tina is killed with a pair of hedge clippers shoved into her eyes, Eddie returns to find her dead and his head is strapped to a tree and crushed by a belt.

Reggie and Pam go to visit his brother and Matt convinces her to take Tommy with them. They meet Reggie's brother Demon and his girlfriend Nita. After Junior arrives and instigates a fight with Tommy, Tommy runs after beating Junior to a pulp and Pam and Reggie have to leave to find him. After they leave, Nita's throat is slashed, pinning Demon in a port-a-potty and he is impaled through it. After learning that Matt and George left to find Tina and Eddie, Pam leaves Reggie at the house with Vi, Jake and Robyn in order to find them. Meanwhile, Junior has a tantrum about his fight with Tommy and is beheaded from his bike as he rides it through his lawn, while Ethel is hit with a cleaver to the face and drowns in her pot of stew. At the house, Jake tells Robyn that he is attracted to her, but she laughs at him, when he goes upstairs he is killed with a knife to the face. Robyn goes to bed shortly thereafter and discovers Jake before she is stabbed from underneath her mattress. The killer moves into Violet's room and stabs her through the stomach. Afterward, Reggie wakes up with the power off and goes upstairs, finding the bodies in Tommy's room before running into Pam. As they try to escape, Jason breaks into the house and they run. After finding Duke dead, Jason scares the two into separating and Pam discovers Matt, pinned by the skull to a tree with a spike and she doubles back to the house. George's eyeless corpse is hurled through the window and Pam tries to flee Jason. Reggie hits him with a front-end loader, injuring him as they escaped into a barn and up into the loft. Tommy appears, thinking Jason to be a halucination until he is slashed by him. Tommy flees up into the loft, and the three of them trick Jason and knock him from the barn window. He grabs onto Reggie and Tommy severs Jason's hand, who falls onto a farm instrument, impaling himself, the hockey mask and the rubber mask he wore under it, revealing him to be Roy all along.

At the hospital, the sheriff explains that Joey was Roy's biological son and seeing him dead must have sent the reserved Roy over the edge, who began to copycat Jason's M.O. Pam goes to visit Tommy in his room, but Tommy pulls out a machete and stabs her, laughing maniacally. Tommy then wakes up from another nightmare and sees Jason standing over him. Finally facing his fears, Tommy makes the illusion of Jason disappear. He pulls a knife and a hockey mask out of his bedside table before hearing Pam's footsteps approaching. Hurling his bead into the window to make it look like an escape, Tommy hides behind the door as Pam rushes in. Closing the door, Tommy steps out, wearing the mask and raising his knife as though he has finally gone over the edge as the screen fades to white.



According to the Friday the 13th: Return to Crystal Lake DVD Box set, Feldman was only able to make a cameo in this film as a result of him filming The Goonies. Feldman filmed his Friday the 13th Part V cameo on a Sunday as that was his off day of shooting his other film.


Like its predecessors, the film received mostly negative reviews, earning a "rotten" 17% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Nonetheless, the film was financially successful, making $8 million its opening weekend on a budget of just $2.2 million and coming in number one at the box office, beating Porky's Revenge, The Last Dragon, and Mask, the latter of which starred Cher.[3] By the end of its run, the film had earned $21.9 million at the domestic box office.[4] In recent years, horror fans have reappraised the film, and it has obtained a cult following.


On January 13, 2012, La-La Land Records released a limited edition 6-CD boxset containing Harry Manfredini's scores from the first six Friday the 13th films. It sold out in less than 24 hours.[5]


  1. ^ Bracke, Peter (October 1, 2006). Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (1st ed.). United States: Titan Books. p. 120. ISBN 1845763432. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Bracke, Peter (October 1, 2006). Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (1st ed.). United States: Titan Books. p. 122. ISBN 1845763432. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "Friday the 13th - Part V". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Friday the 13th - Part V". Box Office Mojo. IMDb. Retrieved 18 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "La-La Land Records: Friday the 13th". La-La Land Records. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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