Friday the 13th: a New Beginning

Friday the 13th: a New Beginning

Danny Steinmann (1985)

18 Certificate


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Has Jason returned from the dead? Or is there a copycat killer doing a good impersonation of the Camp Crystal Lake maniac? The setting for the fifth instalment in the series is a rural rehab centre where Tommy Jarvis (John Shepherd), the boy who killed Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, is still haunted by the memory of the hockey-masked murderer. Director Danny Steinmann tries hard to breathe fresh life into the hackneyed proceedings with a tongue-in-cheek script and more characterisation than the series is usually noted for. Beginning and ending with stylish nightmares, this features less blood than usual because at the time the slasher genre was coming under attack from worried liberals and the press.


Teenagers at a remote mental hospital are dispatched in quick succession by a murderer who bears a remarkable resemblance to deceased hockey mask-wearing killer Jason Voorhees, leading to suspicions that a deranged copycat killer is on the loose. Horror sequel, starring Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd and Shavar Ross.

Cast & Crew

Pam Melanie Kinnaman
Tommy Jarvis John Shepherd
Reggie Shavar Ross
Sheriff Cal Tucker Marco St John
Matt Peters Richard Young
Robin Juliette Cummins
Ethel Hubbard Carol Locatell
George Vernon Washington
Director Danny Steinmann
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Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and nudity. Available on: video and DVD