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Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
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A New Beginning to the first step in terror
Directed By
Danny Steinmann
Produced By
Frank Mancuso, Jr. (executive producer)
Timothy Silver
Written By
Martin Kitrosser
David Cohen
Melanie Kinnaman
John Shepherd
Shavar Ross
Richard Young
Marco St. John
Music By
Harry Manfredini
Stephen L. Posey
Editing By
Bruce Green

Distributed By
Paramount Pictures
Release Date(s)
March 22, 1985
92 minutes
Flag of the United States United States
$2,200,000 (estimated)
$21,930,418 (domestic)
Preceded By
Followed by

Friday the 13th Part 5: A New Beginning (credited in the opening credits as Friday the 13th: A New Beginning) is a 1985 American slasher film (combining elements of the psychological thriller genre) and is the fifth installment in the Friday the 13th franchise. It is the last film to be directed by Danny Steinmann.

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.


Twelve year-old Tommy Jarvis stands in the woods in the driving rain, watching two young punks dig up Jason Voorhees' grave. They open it, and Jason springs to life, ending the lives of the punks. Then Jason's gaze turns to Tommy, and he raises the machete high over Tommy's head.

Tommy, now a teenager, wakes up drenched with sweat in a van from the Unger Institute of Mental Health. Tommy soon arrives at his destination, a halfway home for troubled teens. Tommy is brought into Matt Peters' office, where the doctor explains that the clinic is run on an honor system, with the intention of preparing the patients to re-enter society. Tommy then meets young Reggie, whose grandfather George works at the house.

Sheriff Tucker and his deputy return patients Tina and Eddie to the institute. Following close on their heels are Ethel and "Junior" Hubbard, whose property adjoins the halfway house. The foul-mouthed Ethel raises Hell about the kids again having sex on her property. Ethel's fears about the "loonies" are justified in short order when the anti-social Vic hacks up Joey with an ax. Vic is arrested by the police and ambulance attendants Duke Johnson and Roy Burns come to take away the corpse.

Night comes and the murders begin. Greaser Vinnie and Pete are viciously dispatched with a road flare and a machete. The next morning Tommy hallucinates Jason standing behind him. At breakfast, Tommy beats Eddie senseless when Eddie wears a mask Tommy made. Has Tommy become the killer he fears? Or is it the drifter that shows up at Ethel's house looking for work? That night the murders continue when waitress Lana and her boyfriend Billy are viciously murdered and slaughtered with an ax.

The next day, patients Tina and Eddie sneak off into the woods to have sex. The drifter watches them intently, but he is soon struck down by the killer, as are Eddie and Tina. That night Pam drives Reggie to see his brother Demon, with along Tommy along for the ride. As Reggie and Demon catch up on old times Tommy is accosted by Junior. Tommy again loses control and pummels Junior, running off when interrupted by Pam. When Pam and Reggie return to the house, Demon and his girlfriend Anita are killed. Soon after, Junior and Ethel Hubbard are killed as well.

Pam goes to look for Tommy but the killer is at the house, killing patients Jake, Robin and Violet. Reggie discovers the bodies in Tommy's room just before Pam's return, and they both run into a hockey mask-wearing figure. They flee into the woods and come across the body of ambulance driver Duke Johnson as well as that of Dr. Peters. Separated from Reggie and back at the institute, Pam flees from Jason toward the barn, but she slips in the mud. Just before the killer can reach her, Reggie drives a tractor into him. Reggie and Pam flee into the barn.

Soon Tommy enters the barn and faces the killer, but delays from attacking due to actually seeing Jason alive, and the killer injures Tommy. Eventually, Pam and Reggie knock the killer out the window, at the bottom of which is a tractor harrow. However, he holds onto the edge and tries to pull Reggie down with him. Tommy slices his hand with his own machete, causing him to fall and get impaled on the spikes. His mask falls off and his identity is revealed as Roy Burns.

Sheriff Tucker informs Pam that Roy was Joey's father, and deduces that the murders he committed were revenge for his son's death. Tommy has a dream where he kills Pam, and then wakes up, puts on Roy's hockey mask and attempts to kill Pam.

List of DeathsEdit

Name Cause of Death Killer On Screen Notes
Neil Macheted in stomach Jason Voorhees Yes Dream
Les Ice pick in neck Jason Voorhees Yes Dream
Joey Burns Back hacked 3 times with axe Victor Faden Yes
Vinnie Road flare in mouth Roy Burns Yes
Pete Throat slit with machete in car Roy Burns Yes
Billy Axed in back of head Roy Burns Yes
Lana Axed in chest Roy Burns Yes
Raymond Knifed in stomach Roy Burns Yes
Tina Garden shears in eyes/gouged out Roy Burns Yes
Eddie Head crushed against tree with leather strap around eyes Roy Burns Yes
Anita Throat slit Roy Burns No
Demon Impaled through back with spear Roy Burns Yes
Junior Hubbard Decapitated with cleaver while riding motorcycle Roy Burns Yes
Ethel Hubbard Hit in face with cleaver through window Roy Burns Yes
Jake Hit in face with cleaver Roy Burns Yes
Robin Impaled through back with machete under top bed Roy Burns Yes
Violet Macheted in stomach Roy Burns Yes
Duke Johnson Throat slit in ambulance Roy Burns No
Dr. Matthew Letter Throat slit, pinned to tree with rail road spike through forehead Roy Burns No
George Eyes gouged out Roy Burns No
Roy Burns Impaled through back side of body on tractor harrows Tommy Jarvis, Pam Roberts Yes
Pam Roberts Possessed Tommy Jarvis Yes Dream, then actual death

Cast Edit

  • Melanie Kinnaman as Pam Roberts
  • John Shepherd as Tommy Jarvis
  • Shavar Ross as Reggie
  • Richard Young as Matt
  • Marco St. John as Sheriff Tucker
  • Juliette Cummins as Robin
  • Carol Locatell as Ethel
  • Vernon Washington as George
  • John Robert Dixon as Eddie
  • Tiffany Helm as Violet
  • Jerry Pavlon as Jake
  • Caskey Swaim as Duke
  • Mark Venturini as Vic Faden
  • Anthony Barrile as Vinniek
  • Dominick Brascia as Joey
  • Richard Lineback as Deputy Dodd
  • Bob DeSimone as Billy
  • Jere Fields as Anita
  • Ric Mancini as Mayor Cobb
  • Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. as Demon
  • Corey Parker as Pete
  • Rebecca Wood as Lana
  • Ron Sloan as Junior
  • Debi Sue Voorhees as Tina
  • Dick Wieand as Roy Burns
  • Tom Morga as Jason Voorhees
  • Kimberly Beck as Trish Jarvis (voice only)

Production Edit

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.

Reception Edit

Friday the 13th: A New Beginning opened on March 22, 1985 on 1,759 screens. Like its predecessors, the film received mostly negative reviews, earning a "rotten" 17% rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Nonetheless, the film was financially successful, debuting at number 1 on its opening weekend with a gross of $8,032,883, beating the teen sex comedy sequel Porky's Revenge, the critically acclaimed biopic Mask (starring Cher), Berry Gordy's martial-arts action musical The Last Dragon and the Disney dinosaur fantasy Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend. By the end of its run, the film would earn $21,930,418 at the domestic box office, placing it at number 41 on the list of 1985's top box office earners. The film squared off against strong genre competition throughout the first half of the year from such high-profile horror releases as Cat's Eye and Lifeforce.


  • This is the second film to feature a killer besides Jason Voorhees, and the first to have one that is not a Voorhees.
  • Roy's hockey mask is different from Jason's. It has blue marks on it, as opposed to red.
  • This is the second film out of three to feature Tommy Jarvis as the protagonist, and the second and last to falsely imply that he might appear as the killer in the next film.
  • Jason's only role in this film is in Tommy's dreams and hallucinations.
  • Though it is implied that Tommy kills Pam at the end, the novelization for the next film reveals that she was able to return him to his senses.
  • Though the mayor says Jason was cremated, he was actually buried in the cemetery.


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