The Written Work of Adam Krause

Friday the 13th part v: A New Beginning

Directed by Danny Steinmann

Paramount Pictures

Style: DVD Review

Review originally written for Static Multimedia 



There is an age-old rule of thumb established among horror fans everywhere that reads as follows:  The higher the number gets after the film’s title, the more terrible that movie is inevitably going to be.  Being a horror fan myself, I was well aware of this rule before diving in to the deluxe edition of Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning.  Regardless, I watched it anyway and lets just say the rule still holds plenty of merit.

The fifth installment of the Jason Voorhees saga is being released on DVD June 16 in a fancy deluxe edition along with parts four (which ironically is titled The Final Chapter) and six (Jason Lives).  These deluxe editions are no doubt being released to coincide with the franchise’s Michael Bay-produced reboot of Friday the 13th, which also comes out on the same day (the deluxe editions of one, two and three were released back in February when the remake opened in theaters).

With a plot mimicking everything we’ve seen before, A New Beginning revolves around Tommy Jarvis, the little boy who killed Jason at the end of part 4 (brilliantly played by Corey Feldman, who makes a cameo in this film).  Six years after killing the machete-wielding murderer, Tommy now has severe psychological problems and resides at a countryside nuthouse that specializes in using fresh air to rehabilitate troubled young teens.   Before we know it, teens are having sex and Jason’s stacking up the corpses like firewood.  Or is it Jason? 

Despite the actual film itself, the DVD offers some pretty entertaining special features that are sure to please including a making of featurette that primarily focuses on reuniting the cast and crew to find out what they think of A New Beginning 24 years later and to share memories from the set.   And if you’ve been keeping up on all of the Friday the 13th deluxe editions, you’ll be anxious to see part five of Lost Tales from Camp Blood, a 60-minute film made solely for these DVD releases with each disc containing a 10-minute segment.  Along those same lines is part two of The Crystal Lake Massacres Revisited, a mockumentary that documents the life and murders of serial killer Jason Voorhees. 

As far as I’m concerned, you will not think about purchasing this DVD unless you’re a huge Friday the 13th fan or a diehard horror fan.  And in that case, I highly recommend it.  And if you’re one of those people that loves getting together with your friends and watching corny horror movies from the 80s for a good time, Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning is a perfect choice for your horrible horror movie marathons.

Review: 2 out of 4 stars