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FRIDAY THE 13TH: PART V A NEW...
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Danny Steinmann

Starring:
John Shepherd
Shavar Ross
and Corey Feldman

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
You just canít keep a good killer down. That wild and crazy masked killer Jason returns from the grave to battle a grown Corey Feldman character from Part IV and to kill a lot of folks along the way.
Is it good movie?
Well, guess what folks. In case Parts One through Four didnít satisfy your taste for blood and silent guys in hockey masks, hereís another round of good old-fashioned murder. Everyoneís favorite machete enthusiast returns for more fun and mayhem in this 1985 installment. Now for those whoíve never seen the film and donít want SPOILERSÖskip the down to the third paragraph, because I need to discuss a few things.

Consider Friday the 13th: A New Beginning to be the Halloween III: Season of the Witch of the series. It suffers from no real Jason. Instead, thereís a pretender, some ambulance driver who snaps and takes out an entire halfway house in Pinehurst, Alabama. Of course, none of this is known until the final minutes of the film, but once revealed it taints everything that just occurred. You canít really fault the producers from trying to do something new. After four films, why not mix it up and see if itís just the mask that the fans love or if itís the combination of character and mask. Hints appears to clue in fans (blue marks on the mask instead of red marks), but without Jason, this isnít a true Friday movie. Jason is unstoppable. He canít be wounded. But here, several times you can hear him whimper in pain. Heís just some pissed off guy, not something other worldly.

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning just takes too damn long to get up and running and it doesnít have enough of the goods. Plenty of blood flows, but Jason doesnít make an appearance until an hour and ten minutes into the movie! Come on, now. Why attempt to keep us in suspense wondering who the killer is? If itís not Jason behind the hockey mask, fine, but why hide the only aspect (the mask) that the fans want to see. Also, Jason is a bit of a pussy. He gets beat up a lot easier this time and thereís no mention, no build up for why he returned a decade or so or where heís been. He just appears. For those whoíve seen the film, thereís a twist ending, but itís not exactly shocking. Potential existed, but the director had no idea what the hell to do.

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning starts with a good premise: A grown Tommy Jarvis in a cabin-like halfway house, dealing the effects of not only killing Jason but having nearly everyone around him slaughtered. It begins with hints of a possible psychological layer and a character study of sorts, butÖit is Friday the 13th, and the producers always play to the lowest dominator. Not that I really mind because it delivers nearly everything fans expect, but God, itís all so damn stupidly cheesy.

Parts appear here and there that make the film worthwhile. My favorite sequence (besides a great one with a naked woman in the woods) has a guy sporting a Prince/Michael Jackson leather outfit. He lives in a van, eats too many enchiladas, and must run to an outhouse with diarrhea only to be killed before he could wipe. You canít make this stuff up. Also, I really liked the Tommy Jarvis character. Heís such a douche, but he canít help it. And some how he learned kung fu while being completely screwed up from the murders. He shows off his moves several times in ass-kicking fashion, though he never demonstrates these skills against Jason. Iím stopping there with my favorite parts, because I might be talking myself into liking the film more that I originally did. And who knows, after a few more viewings, maybe this is a hidden gem. But on the surface, eh. Not quite.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen presentation. The film looks crisp and clear after being mastered in high def.

Audio: Presented with the power of 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround (which is new for the series and sounds damn good.)
The Extras
Commentary: Director/co-screenwriter Danny Steinmann, along with various cast and crew members, provide an entertaining, goofy track. These guys seem to have a blast doing this commentary, and it feels like a family reunion. They had me laughing several times. Very reminiscent of Mystery Science Theater 3000.

Lost Tales from Camp Blood- Part 5: A six-minute installment of the exclusive mini film. It appears to be just an exercise in gory filmmaking.

New Beginnings: The Making of Friday the 13th: Part V A New Beginning: Not nearly as extensive or entertaining as Part IVís installment, but still a decent collection of interviews with the cast and the critics. Canít say I agreed with the one who declared it one of the best of the series.

The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited Part II: The second fake documentary runs about ten minutes. It views Jason and his murders as real. Sorta Blair Witch-ish with interviews from the ďtown folkĒ and ďhistorians.Ē Amusing for a while.
Last Call
Overall, itís mostly entertaining, but God, itís so bad, too. Not enough Jason. Not enough story.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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