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





Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Shavar Ross, Corey Feldman, Richard Young, Marco St. John, Tiffany Helm, Juliette Cummins, Carol Locatell, Vernon Washington, Jerry Pavlon, John Robert Dixon, Debi Sue Voorhees, Caskey Swaim, Ron Sloan, Mark Venturini, Richard Lineback, Bob DeSimone, Rebecca Wood, Miguel A. Núñez Jr., Jere Fields, Dick Wieand, Ric Mancini, Corey Parker, Anthony Barrile, Dominick Brascia, Tom Morga, Kimberly Beck


Five years after killing Jason, Tommy Jarvis (John Shepherd) has grown up in various mental hospitals unable to get over the nightmares about Jason's return. When he is sent to a rural halfway house for mentally disturbed teenagers, a series of grisly murders begin anew as another hockey-masked killer begins killing off all people at and around the residence. Has Jason returned from the dead?


*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I'm beginning to like this franchise because each time it manages to surprise me with an even worse film, and makes me feel sorry for being harsh on the previous chapters.

A mixture of stupidity and more stupidity, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning keeps up the reputation of the franchise.

Please someone tell me the point of making this film. If I remember correctly, Jason was finally dead, so why don't end the saga in "grand style"? The world didn't really need another Friday the 13th.

Firstly I'd like to point out that there is no script. Well, there is one, but you can't call that crap script. The story somehow manages to be worst than ever, with plot twists that don't feel like twists at all - the paramedic looks so much alike Joey, that only one of those dumb characters couldn't figure out he was the father, and therefore "Jason", and Tommy the new Jason is something I saw coming at the end of Final Chapter, after he killed the real Jason.

The useless characters count continues to rise. Half of the characters in this film are slightly introduced, they have a few dumb lines, and they die straight away, with the exception of women that find the time to show their breasts in between. The other half of the characters is undeveloped, one dimensional, and unlikable.

Jason doesn't even show up. Maybe it was acceptable in the first chapter, since they hadn't planned on making other 11 film, but at this point? Make no sense.

There something I liked about this film thought: Ethel. She was frighteningly hilarious, and I'm sure I've never laughed so hard while watching a horror film in my whole life. She didn't deserve to die.


  1. Lovely review. I remember this one being really bad. I just saw the original 'Friday the 13th' for the first time a year or so ago. It was so different than the later films. The later films are downright campy. Although I have a soft spot for 'Jason Goes to New York.' I also liked the one where he was in space. That one was hilarious.

  2. Hilarious review. This is one of the weaker entries in the F13 canon, but still stupid fun.

  3. Hilarious review. This is one of the weaker entries in the F13 canon, but still stupid fun.