Jason is back, hockey mask and all. And he's up to his old maniacal tricks in Friday The 13th, Part V: A New Beginning. This time he seems to have set his sights on the young patients at a secluded halfway house. And more ... more »than a few of his teen targets end up in half, in quarters...you name it, Jason does it.« less
Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE Reviewed on 8/19/2014...
This one I really didn't care for. It's got a messed up ending. if you want to know why then give it a shot and watch it.
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Jefferson N. from BLAIRSVILLE, GA Reviewed on 7/31/2013...
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is also Part 2 in "The Tommy Jarvis Trilogy". In the fourth film, Jason was on a rampage and what it took to finally put a stop to him was a quick-thinking, 12-year old horror fan with a machete. Years have passed since that fateful night and Tommy Jarvis has grown to near-adulthood and has spent the last six years in mental institutions. He is finally moved to a camp environment where the counselors let the kids manage themselves for the most part. But, almost as soon as he arrives, trouble rears it's ugly head. A loose cannon inmate brutally murders one of the other kids and this sets into motion more and more killings. Has Jason returned from the dead? Has Tommy Jarvis lost his marbles and taken up the mantle of Jason Voorhees? Or is there something else at play?
This movie has widely been lumped in with some of the other later films as being one of the worst. After viewing it over the years, I would have to say this is not true. It does have a slightly different feel than the other films, but that is not a bad thing...And it's not so great that it would turn a fan of the previous ones away. If anything, I would say the series transitioned into the mid-80's...With more of that sarcastic, fast-paced vibe that makes so many people, young and older, love that time period. If anything, 5, 6, and 7 all have that feel of when the movies went from being pure horror to that strange era when the fans rooted for the villain. That is the beginning of what we're seeing here. If you haven't seen this one in while, give it another chance. And if you've never seen it, give it a shot...If nothing else, you'll get a chance to here a song from Pseudo Echo and get to see a hot Goth chick dancing the robot to it? Can you really pass that up?
Steven H. (sehamilton) from BIRMINGHAM, AL Reviewed on 8/17/2009...
I've seen worse films, but not many. Sat through this because I'd just watched the first four entries. Acting is unbelievably bad. Don't know how the franchise survived this release. Skip this one altogether.
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Teddy B. (tigerted) from TUJUNGA, CA Reviewed on 6/10/2009...
What happened? The first 4 films were very well done until this one arrived. Sure, we get the usual naughty topless girls and the graphic murders, but the spirit and fun of the franchise is lost. I blame it on Paramount for rushing to the bank after the 'final' chapter did so well.
Anyway, you'll have to be patient if you're watching them in order. The only sequel after this one worth watching is 'Freddy VS. Jason.'
Of course, they hit the sewer with part 8. Unwatchable ! Save your credits for the recent re-make or The Final Chapter.
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A nice "break" from the usual
Tim Hill ("B.C.") | 04/15/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a big Friday fan, so I pretty much knew I would love this before I saw it. But I don't just love it, I ADORE it. Oooh Jason isn't here!! So what? It's scarier because the deaths are very gruesome, and the fact that the killer is an 'average joe' shows that you don't have to be a 'mutant' to be pure evil. It also marks a new beginning in the series--where each addition isn't a continuation of it's predecessors as much.Tommy Jarvis has never looked better. In the Final Chapter he's a normal kid, in Jason Lives he's just a former crazy who's all better. In this one, he's quiet and you can tell by the look on his face through most of the movie he's one push away from snapping. The scene where he confronts "Jason" in the barn is the best--it gives me goosebumps all over!! Tommy is also a character you can both pity and cheer. In this one he really shows that.The girls are hot and have well-developed bodies, the murder scenes are the most disgusting I've seen in a while, and the LANGUAGE! Good god, I needed to wash my TV speakers out with soap after watching it! Jason is the man, don't get me wrong, but this addition gives you a little break from all that stuff you're more than used to. What's more, the ending--when combined with how Part 6 begins--leaves you with much to think about. Give it a chance. Jason would want you to."
A New Killer. A New Beginning.
Tim Hill ("B.C.") | 04/19/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Although most fans of this series say that this is the worst of the series, I whole-heartedly disagree. There are much worse installments of the franchise. The reason why people dislike this movie is mainly because of the fact that Jason Voorhees is not the killer of the movie. That's the beauty of it. It shows the fact that an average joe (or Roy in this case) can mentally snap and go off on a horrific killing spree. Let us not forget that this how Mrs. Pam Voorhees started.The acting by the cast is horrible and the script wasn't thought out all that well. There are however some hilarious comedic moments now and then in the movie. It's one reedeming quality is the acting portrayed by John Shepherd as Tommy Jarvis. The portrayal of Tommy as a seriously disturbed young man after his encounter w/Jason is very realistic for it shows the constant fear, anger, sadness and paranoia of surviving that horrific night from F13thIV.This movie had a lot of potential but fell short in what could have been the best in the series since the original.Don't take my word for it: see it for yourself...if you dare."
Jason's back again! Ooops, its not him
Jesse Watts | Florida | 01/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In this fifth chapter, Jason Voorhees is taking a rest after his death in Part 4. As we all know he eventually comes back to wreak furthor havoc in Part 6. And he's currently working on Jason X and Freddy Vs. Jason. Well lets go to the review. I'm not a big fan of Roy, the killer in this one. But I give this flick 5 stars because, all of these movies are pure horror classics. The story starts off with Tommy Jarvis (from Part 4) having a day dream about everyone's favorite hockey-masked killer, Jason, returning from the dead. He wakes up, and we sees he's in a van, taking him to a house for mentally-troubled teens. When he gets there he starts hallucinating Jason. Soon after, a killer starts hacking up nearby citizens. It's not Jason though. During the film, we get the standard classic stuff : Nudity, endless harware and plenty of gore! This is just non-stop entertainment! A lot of my fellow-fans of the F13 series, hate this installment for being Jason-less. And I dis-like it for that one element. But everything else is more than a horror fan could want!"
Actually Quite Good
Sean Ares Hirsch | 12/14/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Actually, I give this movie 3 1/2 stars. A lot of people were upset that Jason was not the killer in this movie. But a little openess to new things does not hurt. (Consider this.) Tommy killed Jason in Part 4. Yet, he is still facing the aftermath trauma of Jason. We have seen Jason kill in previous movies, but what about the damage a survivor can be wounded with? Tommy is so tormented by his fears of Jason that he actually starts to have hallucinations of Jason. (Excellent! Up to now, we have seen blood horror, but what about psychological horror?) Another excellent thing in this movie is that we know Jason is dead, but all the evidence points to him. (Excellent suspense!) The scene where the mayor and sheriff argue is short but well done. Where the real killer is concerned, the event is plausible. A medic finds his own son slaughtered, is driven insane, and goes on a killing spree. (Even in his short role he is handled well.) Since he is a medic, we know that he was a good man who wanted to help people. By a trauma he followed the same pattern as Pam (Jason's mother) from Part 1. Unlike Part 3, the blood and effects are not overdone. Even the title a New Beginning fits well. Tommy is feeling the horrible aftermath of Jason and a new killer comes in."