Tuesday, June 23, 2009


Well, THE FINAL CHAPTER made so much money that the studio wasted no time, immediately knocking out A NEW BEGINNING (1985), also known as: "The One without Jason."

Tommy Jarvis, the boy who killed Jason in Part 4, is now eighteen and a different actor (a somnambulant John Shepherd). Having spent six years in a mental institution after the traumatic events of Part 4, Tommy is transferred to a halfway house in the country. Soon, however, someone in a hockey mask is making like Jason and knocking off the other residents – and neighboring rednecks. Is it Tommy or someone else?

Probably my least favorite in the series so far, A NEW BEGINNING suffers from slapdash direction by Danny Steinman (SAVAGE STREETS), a poorly structured screenplay, and an anticlimactic climax. In fact, if not for the extended nude scene by sexy Debi Sue Vorhees (her real name!) and a couple of creatively executed "kills," I’m not sure there’d be much reason to watch this.

Paramount’s Deluxe Edition features a new high def anamorphic widescreen transfer and 5.1 Surround sound, along with plenty of extras. There’s a commentary by director Danny Steinman and other cast and crewmembers, a retrospective featurette, the second chapter of THE CRYSTAL LAKE MASSACRES mockumentary, the original trailer, and another LOST TALES OF CAMP BLOOD installment.

As with the other Deluxe Editions, this is a marked improvement over the previous DVD releases, and well worth checking out.

BUY: Friday the 13th, Part V: A New Beginning (Deluxe Edition)