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Friday the 13th, Pt 5


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  • Actors: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile, Suzanne Bateman, Dominick Brascia
  • Directors: Danny Steinmann
  • Writers: Danny Steinmann, David Cohen, Martin Kitrosser, Victor Miller
  • Producers: Frank Mancuso Jr., Timothy Silver
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount
  • VHS Release Date: July 17 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300214656
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #4,990 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Skylar TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 21 2013
Format: DVD
I came to defend the fifth Friday film because it's really not as bad as most claim it is. In fact I tend to consider it one of my favourite Friday The 13th films. I think many are aware that in this one Jason Vorhees is not the one committing the murders but rather a copycat killer. This is interesting because it's only the second and final time that Jason isn't the one doing all the work, with the other of course being the original Friday which had Mrs. Vorhees in action. The first film was iconic and became a classic of horror cinema even with a multitude of sequels. Part V continued the series even thought Part IV: The Final Chapter was supposed to bring closure (so much for that huh? I guess when something is profitable) to the franchise. I think the idea that someone picked up the Jason mantle and continued the work was a good one at the time and it kept this fresh and it did indeed bring a new chapter in the series which I thought worked well. The title ''A New Beginning" was supposed to be just that, new beginning for this series.

Although not great actors by any stretch I found the cast likeable for the most part in this one and there is even a real ''Vorhees'' in this one: Debisue Vorhees! The story was constructed in a way that makes you understand how a person can lose it and become a murderer. It has a different setting also, it's not camp Crystal Lake, it's isolated yet all the teenagers are together in a youth development centre for troubled teens that helps rehabilitate them, making this an easy playground for the killer.

It's by no means perfect or the best Friday The 13th movie, but I think it's been getting unfair treatment by fans who obviously seem betrayed by the fact that Jason is not the villain in this one.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley TOP 100 REVIEWER on Nov. 2 2008
Format: DVD
Maybe someone will write a dissertation on why some horror movie franchises eventually have that one movie that basically sticks a middle finger down the throats of its fans, betraying everything the whole series has been and should be about. Friday the 13th Part V - A New Beginning may well be the worst offender of the bunch. When a slasher film has to painstakingly explain itself at the end, you know it has some serious problems. It's bad enough that the very concept of the film reeks with utter stupidity, but these characters? It's like one of those rabid anti-horror fanatics wrote the script with the express purpose of turning horror fans off so much that the Friday the 13th series would quickly wither and die.

Some people defend the film by saying it's still a maniac in a hockey mask killing people in gruesome ways, but I'm here to tell you that the blood and gore in this film is close to pathetic. Not once do we actually see an actual death blow: someone gets stabbed in the stomach and we see a shot of his face looking down and grimacing; a guy gets beheaded and all we see is an incredibly fake head hitting the ground; etc. If the special effects of all the scenes cut to avoid an X rating were this unimpressive, they might as well have left them in there. The least they could have done was make "Jason" look like the real deal - if he doesn't look like Jason, if he doesn't walk like Jason, he's not Jason.

The opening scene of this film is actually pretty good, even though it does feature a cameo appearance by Corey Feldman (whose commitment to The Goonies kept him from truly reprising his role as Tommy Jarvis - that role went to John Shepherd). After that, though, look out below.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 1 2004
Format: DVD
Many people did not like this Friday the 13th film because it did not involve Jason but who gives a F#@k what they think. This movie is suspenseful and has interesting death scenes. The movie starts off with 12-year-old Tommy Jarvis having a nightmare about Jason Voorhees coming back to life and killing two people. We then see 15 to16-year-old Tommy waking up in the car driving to a mental institution. After medical patient Vic kills other patient Joey a series of Jason style murders occur from hedge clippers to the eyes to being crushed with a leather strap and tree. The final scene is "Jason" chasing Pam and Reggie into a barn and Tommy coming through and saving the day by knocking "Jason" onto a bed of spikes. It turns out the killer was a man named Roy who was a paramedic. It turns out Roy was Joey's father and seeing his son's hacked up body pushed him over the edge. At the end Pam enters Tommy's hospital room and Tommy comes up from behind with a knife poised to kill her. Every website though says he didn't kill her because one, he was released to be in part 6 and two, it turned out to be a hallucination after having one about killing her before. This movie was one of the better ones because Roy is hidden in the shadows for the majority of the movie and he also makes Jason proud at one point when Reggie runs him over with a tractor, he's still able to get up and out run Pam and Reggie! Tommy is also very dark and menacing by having visions of Jason and beating up one of the patients after he wore one of his masks. It is also very suspenseful and has some shocking and bloody moments. For those of you looking for a good horror movie, rent Friday the 13th part V: A New Beginning.
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