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

Directed by: Danny Steinmann

Written by:
Martin Kitrosser, David Cohen, John Shepherd & Danny Steinmann

Story by:
Martin Kitrosser & David Cohen


John Shepherd ... Tommy Jarvis
Melanie Kinnaman ... Pam Roberts
Richard Young ... Dr. Matt Leonard
Vernon Washington ... George
Shavar Ross ... Reggie
Tiffany Helm ... Violet
Juliette Cummins ... Robin
Jerry Pavlon ... Jake
John Robert Dixon ... Eddie
Debi Sue Voorhees ... Tina
Marco St. John ... Sheriff Tucker
Rebecca Wood ... Lana
Carol Locatell ... Ethel Hubbard

Ron Sloan ... Junior Hubbard

Special Appearances:

Migual A. Nunez Jr. ... Demon
Corey Feldman ... Tommy Jarvis at 12

Release Date:
Quick Theatrical: March 22, 1985

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Tommy Jarvis (John Shepherd) killed Jason once and for all and since then he was mentally scarred by him.
He is now all grown up and has been transferred to another mental institution near a farmland.
He has a hard time adjusting to things there as most of the people there are way more disturbed than he is as he encounters one of the clients there hacking up another client with an axe and then sent away to prison.
He also encounters a crazed mother named Ethel Hubbard (Carol Locatell) and her more crazed son Junior (Ron Sloan) as they live near the area and complaining about the clients trespassing and threatening to shoot them.
He keeps seeing images of Jason as well as having nightmares of him returning making him temperamental!
Then people are getting slayed there as well as around the neighborhood area and the killer is wearing a hockey mask and this time it's for real. (Is Jason still alive he wonders).


So the beginning shows young Tommy Jarvis walking through some fields in a rainstorm spying on Jason Voorhees gravestone as even the writing on his tombstone looked bloodily designed. I was thinking to myself that this looked very cheesy. But it was cool spotting two juvenile delinquents digging up Jason's grave and then staring at it for a long time making you wonder as to what will happen next. Of course Jason rises from the grave to kill these two teens and slwoly creeps towards Tommy raising his machette which looked suspenseful. However this seems way too easy for all of this to happen and then Tommy wakes up from a nightmare much older as a teenager in a vehicle going to a mental home. It seemed to work okay but however alot of this seemed very corny to watch.
Then the opening credits occur with flashy credits on the title as well as displaying the hockey mask turning around and then the usual with who starred in it keeping the traditional opening moments.
Afterwards there's corny one liners with the driver Billy instructing Tommy that this is his stop as well as him being totally silent when he is brought in the house by the owner Pam as this seemed to be impressive of someone who is disturbed after what happened to him years ago as a child.
A nice moment with a prankster named Reggie goofing around with a fake spider to scare Tommy while he enters a closet and Reggie suddenly teasing him in which you wonder if he will snap and do something crazy. But yet he offers some teasing himself by putting on a mask and scaring Reggie back as this looked fun to watch and lighthearted too.
Meanwhile we spot someone named Joey who's full grown but it mentally insane still acting like a child and loves chocolate bars offering his service to help out to whoever is doing outside chores and then we go to a disturbed one named Vic chopping wood and his mind full of hate in which Joey seems to scold him in which I find this to be a deadly mistake and then goes haywire by chopping him up in which this is definetely intense even if most of this happened off screen but seeing the results would make you cringe big time. There's corny one liners by the coroners as this was quite slapstick as well as one of them named Roy who can't stand watching or even acting disturbed which seemed like a nice drawing card to the story wondering if he's behind the medness to the Jason massacre's later on.
Then later on we have a sheriff and a dipstick deputy with their comedic one liners as this looked too silly for taking the either one of them seriously and it doesn't fit in at all. Plus we spot a demented mother named Ethel Hubbard and her nutty son Junior griping about the funny farm as they are supposed to be a couple of nutcases but it looks like a total comedic moment than anything else. During this time period alot of dark comedy was coming into horror films so of course the filmmakers were just keeping up to date with the times here. However, it takes away the formula to the Jason series big time since the previous one's had some humor in them but nowehere near as goofballish like this.
There's a good moment with a dorky teenager named Eddy trying to scare Tommy wearing one of his masks which gives you a good feeling that he is in for a bad mistake causing a major fight or something worst as this just happens. It looked intense for sure when we see what happens next.
There's some cool halluicnation sequences with Tommy spotting Jason holding an axe in the reflection of his mirror or outside staring at him as this looked very horror artsy.
There are some dark moments like two greaser type teenagers with their vehicle stalled and one of them trying to fix it and the other has to do their thing as mother nature is calling. Yet the writing is still slapstick like. But the killings were pretty impressive making it an unsolved mystery as to who killed them.
The suspense piles up more as someone is dodging against a sharp spike stabbing through an outhouse in which you have a bad feeling that this killer will succeed at what he's doing.
Then there's Billy driving wildly towards a diner area waiting for his girlfriend to finish her shift and doing some cocaine and this scene totally gives you a wild feeling in general as well as a perfect moment for the killer to do him in since this is a good signal for another death wish.
I loved a moment when Junior tries to scare Tommy and then discovers he's from the psych ward and picks a fight with him and really gets it big time for trying to pursue this.
It's really insane to watch Junior go crazy driving around his motorbike freaking out to his Ma that Tommy hit him as you really think to yourself that this family is cracked and naother good time for this killer to come in for the kill.
Then it comes clear spotting the killer in a hockey mask as it's possibly Jason back from the dead killing the other people from the funny farm and then some good revenge moments with Reggie trying to run him over with a tractor. Plus there's some struggling moments with Reggie and Pam hiding out in their barn in which this seemed to pay a tribute to part 3. There's also a moment with Pam attacking this supposed Jason with a chainsaw that pays a tribute to the first sequel.
Tommy suddenly spots Jason as he approaches him with a machete and Tommy wonders if he's hallucinating or not which makes you cringe wondering if he will get slayed by not doing anything.
In the end there's scene's showing dream sequences with some killing moments teasing your mind at first making you think the terrors aren't over yet in which this shows a traditional happening towards the end in most of the F13th films. But the very ending leaves a door open for another sequel in which they did make one a year after this one.
Bottom line is that this was the worst one of the series. No Crystal Lake or camping, plenty of corny writing and dialogues and nothing special to watch apart from some luntaic locals in the area as I found it fairly amusing at times. Still no Crystal Lake so what's the point of this one?!
Mick Martin & Marsha Porter's
DVD/Video Guide said this about the film. "They did it! They promised that The Final Chapter would be the last of it's kind. They lied!!!!" Which was the total truth of course.
Jason wasn't even in this one (You'll see what I mean when you watch the end).
This was noted to be the worst Friday film to fans. The film was also extremely silly to top it all off.

The acting is in good shape so far which is much better than the plot behind the film.
John Shepherd (Tommy Jarvis) does extremely well playing the disturbed patient showing no emotions and keeping to himself. He was great by acting quiet too making you wonder as if he'll snap or not in which he definetely shows alot of great energy and intensity with his violent behavior and getting into his role perfectly. Does great by losing his temper and beating on someone else for taunting him as this looked believeably brutal and highly intense. Does a great job almost losing control and shaking while trying to grab some pills which looked believeable along with a great shocked reaction on him when there's a reflection in the mirror. A good frozen reaction with him outside staring at a barn trying to figure out if he's spotting a hallucination or not as this looked nicely and suspensefully performed. He was defientely passable as a character actor for a film like this one.
Melanie Kinnaman (Pam Roberts) brings out a nice warmness to her part playing a good motherly type as well as having a nice calmness and understanding behavior too. She brings all of this nicely to her part. I enjoyed her role in it and seemed to show some decent energy to what she did throughout her performance in it.
Richard Young (Dr. Matt Leonard) brings a nice seriousness to his role as well as having a good firm voice to when he speaks his lines which works well for his benefit as he came across quite mysterious to everything that he did in the film. He had the right looks for this type of role too as he brings everything to life with all of what he does.
Vernon Washington (George) really had a nice light hearted type of behavior and acting very open minded in which he made his loveable role very believeable with what he does and came across as one of those types that you hope the killer wouldn't get to him. He shows alot of great enthusiasm into what he did.
Reggie Shavar (Reggie) does well with his part as I liked his character too as an outgoing kid who wants to have fun and make people happy. He shows off a ton of spunk and terrific energy along with his lighthearted behavior. He just seems to come across as a kid next door type of personality making all of this believeable. Plus he shows alot of great intensity with his screaming in terror as well as showing a great terrified reaction and vengeful attitude when the horror surrounds him. I will always remember his semi-regular role in the blockbuster sitcom Diff'rent Strokes.
Tiffany Helm (Violet) does well in her role as someone who is overly obsessed with rock music and acting bent out than being focused with reality in which she draws this in quite well. She also does a good job acting out of it along with behaving stand offish too. Good blocking movements while getting to the beat of the music that she's listening to along with a great shocked reaction while a hand grabs her throat. She worked hard on her character as you can tell and pays off perfectly for all of this.
Juliette Cummins (Robin) seemed to do quite well in her role as a typical type of teen who seems a little too normal to be in the ward but yet you could tell she had some issues of her own and knew on how to draw that across to how she performed in her role. Yet there were some hot scene's in her part but didn't seem to look right for it and looked a bit too unhealthy.
Jerry Pavlon (Jake) certainly made his part realistic with his stuttering like someone with a major form of autism forcing out his words and shows some good emotionless behavior to top it all off. He also shows some still expressions too and trying to behave normally. A good moment with him by trying to act romantic towards a teenage girl and having a good shy behavior. He brings this part to life big time. Plus a great reaction on him reacting offended.
John Robert Dixon (Eddie) certainly came across perfectly as an idiotic goofball never taking anything seriously and really knew on how to be in your face about it. A good quick approach by him and scaring someone and laughing goofily towards him as well as getting in his face which was highly energised. He also does well acting lustful and crazy. He sets out all of this perfectly for what he portrayed and could be well remembered to anyone who saw him in this flick.
Carol Locatell (Ethel Hubbard) also delivered as a nutcase which she did really well at performing making her character come to life. She had a good southern accent and also knew on how to behave very aggressive with all that she did in it showing off a great amount of energy into her part.
But however, Ron Sloan (Junior) who plays her cracked son plays way too comedic as he seems like he's performing a comedy than playing someone who is mentally crazy. It's sometimes tough portraying this type I know and he really tried but yet he'd be good acting in comedy flicks. A nice moment with him though by approaching someone mocking him as well as getting crazy face to face. Also was greatly intense while zooming around his home with his motorbike screaming and whining wildly and going nuts.
Miguel A. Nunez (Demon) was only in this for about 5 minutes and it's one of his first acting gigs before he made it big time. He showed off a nice wild type who likes to have a good time as well as showing a niceness to his role making this all look believeable. Does well by getting angry while being shaken in an outhouse plus, he showed a great intense reactions when he was about to become slayed with a high level of energy into all of this.

Debbie Sue Voorhees exposes her big breasts while making out with John Robert Dixon's character in the woods and her body is almost all revealed too. There is also a butt shot of her while she is lying dead
Juliette Cummins takes off her top wearing nothing but tight underpants while getting undressed to go to bed.

Lots of graphic violence.
The most gruesome scenes were a showing of a corpse of a guy in the asylum who was brutally slayed by an axe showing his body pieces
Theres a bloody slit throat
An axe is whacked in a head
Eyes are plucked out
A sharp object is stabbed through a guys chest
by another client there as well as a guy being decapitated.

The music was composed by who else??? Harry Manfredini as he composes a little different than his usual work in the films using intense horn and violin playing. There's also swinging sounding violin music for the opening and closing credits which seemed a little bit stale and annoying i must admit. There's also some prickly type sounds too as this works well for the suspenseful moments.

Sheriff Cal Tucker: Morning, Ethel. My, don't you look lovely today.
Ethel Hubbard: Horse shit! Now, Sheriff, you better hear me, and hear me good. I want this looney bin closed down. You hearin' me fella? Now these kids ain't nothing but trouble. They don't respect other's property, and they're all crazy!
Junior Hubbard: You tell 'em Ma! Ha hah.
Sheriff Cal Tucker: Ethel, these kids weren't doing...
Ethel Hubbard: Doing? Doing? You think I don't know what those two perverts were doing in my yard?
Junior Hubbard: Say it like you mean it, Ma!
Ethel Hubbard: Would you shut the fuck up?
[the kids laugh for a minute]
Ethel Hubbard: Now, I'm gonna tell all of ya, you mark my words, the next little bastard that comes near my farm, I'm gonn' blow your fuckin' brains out, you hear me?
[Tucker approaches]
Ethel Hubbard: Don't you come near me, Sheriff, I'm warnin' ya! I got a bomb on me. I swear to ya. You make one move toward me I'm gonna blow us all up. Start the engines, Junior!
[gets on motorbike]
Ethel Hubbard: That's it. My final words.
[gives them the finger as they drive off]

Vinnie: I'm telling you Pete, this is bullshit. This really sucks!
Pete: Just do it. Fix it, man. Those cunts aren't gonna wait all night.
Vinnie: [Looks under the hood] Oh fuck, this is a mess.

Vinnie: This is a mess. No way. I refuse to do this! You're the one who keeps fucking around with it so get off your ass and fix it! You understand? Pete!
Vinnie: [Pete honks the horn loudly, startling Vinnie. He then begins to laugh] You are an asshole!
Vinnie: Aww, what's the matter, Vinnie? You scared of the dark? You all creeped out by that murder at the nuthouse?
Vinnie: Oh yeah, sure. Look, as far as I'm concerned, all those loonies should be killed off one by one. Can you try it now?
Pete: [Engine won't start] Geez, man, can't you do anything? Stop screwin' around! Get this thing done by the time I get back. I gotta take a crap.
Vinnie: Crap my ass!
Pete: Just do it, man! I mean it.
Vinnie: [Pete walks away] Fucking asshole!

Demon: You're gonna get it, bitch!
Anita: Lighten up, Demon, you'll feel a lot better after you shit.
Demon: I'll feel a lot better when I'm out of here. This shitbox is gross.
Anita: You better watch out for the snake that's going to crawl up that crapper and bite your ass

George: Go and let everyone else know breakfast is ready.
Reggie: Yo! Breakfast! Come and get it!
George: I could've done that.

Ethel: [to chicken] I'm gonna chop you into itty, bitty little pieces, my friend. Just like they done to that piggo over at that fuckin' crazy farm. Eeeeyah!
[decapitates chicken]
Junior: Eeeeyah!
[imitates Ethel using spoon]
Junior: Ha ha ha ha.
Ethel: You big dildo. Eat your fucking slop! Ain't I make the best goddamned stew in the whole wide world?
Junior: Best goddamned stew in the whole wide world, Mama.

Sheriff Cal Tucker: I know who it is.
Mayor Cobb: What?
Sheriff Cal Tucker: I said I know who it is.
Mayor Cobb: Who?
Sheriff Cal Tucker: It's Jason Voorhees.
Mayor Cobb: Jason Voorhees? You're outta your fucking mind. You've been out in the sun too long. Jason Voorhees is dead! His body was cremated. He's nothing but a handful of ash.
Sheriff Cal Tucker: [Tucker stands up firmly] You know that for sure, Mayor? Were you there? Did you see him cremated?
Mayor Cobb: Jason Voorhees?
[Tucker nods]
Mayor Cobb: I can't believe this! Look.
[pulls out glass dish with Jason's ashes inside]
Mayor Cobb: This is your "Jason Voorhees" here.
[pours ashes out]
Mayor Cobb: This!
[plants dish in Tucker's hand]
Mayor Cobb: Your ass is on the line here, Tucker. Are you getting that? You get me a Goddamn LIVE suspect!
[Cobb exits. Tucker, enraged, breaks the glass dish by throwing it against a wall]

Ethel: Holy shit! Who the fuck are you and what the fuck do you want?

Ethel Hubbard: That is one fucking ugly man that goes there.
Junior Hubbard: That's one fucking ugly man, Mama.
Ethel Hubbard: Would you shut your trap? You ain't so pretty yourself, you know.
Junior Hubbard: I ain't so pretty myself, I know.

Tina: Eddie, we can't. Matt will kill us.
Eddie: Fuck him!
Tina: Fuck you.
Eddie: Exactly. Fuck me.

[Billy is preparing cocaine]
Billy: That's it. That's the whole fuckin' thing right there. There it is, you just stay right there, doll. That's just what the doctor ordered. Nothin' like a little prevented medicine. And, the forecast is; Cloudy in the mountains, sunny in the valleys, and snow flurries, up your nose!
[Takes a whiff]

Billy: [pulls up to diner] LANA! HEY, LANA!
Lana: Sorry, buster. We're closed.
Billy: It's all right, I just want a take out order.
Lana: You do, huh? Well, what would you like?
Billy: I would like Lana to go with nothing on her.
Lana: Oh, and who wants her?
Billy: The pride of the Unger Institute of Mental Health, who has just dumped his last bedpan and would like very much to party. Will you get your ass out here?

Lana: [shows her breasts] It's... Showtime!

Ethel: [after Junior is decapitated and Ethel hears the door open] 'Bout time, you fuck wad. I knew you couldn't pass up on my stew.

Pete: Alright, either you got the car started for you're a dead man.
[while humming a tune, he tries to start the car]
Pete: It ain't starting, man. You fucked up again. It ain't startin'. I'm gonna kick your ass... Kick your ass. Come on now. Come on now, everybody... It ain't starting. Come on, motherfucker... Fix the fucking car! You fucked up again, you asshole... Hey what you doing out there Vinnie?
[the car finally starts]
Pete: Whoo! Alright, and we're off! Let's go!
[Jason grabs him from behind and slashes his throat]