Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
is a 1985 slasher film
. It was released on March 22
. It is the fifth film in the Friday the 13th film series
. Despite the previous film claiming to be the "final chapter," this installment set out to live up to its title by being a "new beginning" for the franchise. However, these plans fell through when the film was greeted with backlash from fans who felt deceived and betrayed by the film's twist ending.
In 1987, after three years of being shuffled around various mental institutions, Tommy Jarvis has now been placed in the Pinehurst halfway house, one that is unique because it runs off an honor system. It is not made clear what happened to Tommy's sister, Trish, following the events of the previous film, but he apparently has no contact with her.
Shortly after arriving, one of the patients murders another and is arrested. Soon after the death, Eddie and Tina run off into the woods and are killed. Pam then takes Reggie to see his brother Demon, shortly after the visit Anita is killed (throat slit), and Demon is speared. Soon Pam and Reggie return and sends Reggie off to bed then leaves to look for Matt. After Reggie falls asleep Pete and Robin are watching a movie, Pete tries to tell Robin that he likes her then when laughs he heads upstairs and is killed with a meat cleaver to the face. Shortly after Robin heads upstairs to go to bed and is stabbed out from under. Violet, who couldn't hear all of it because of her blaring music, while she is dancing someone starts to choke her, she is then stabbed in the stomach. Reggie all of a sudden wakes up and looks for the patients and finds them all dead piled up. Pam comes back and hears Reggie screaming and comes up and he shows her the dead body.
Later they try to kill the fake Jason in the barn, suddenly Tommy comes and its swiped at the stomach by the fake Jason. Then he comes back and gets the fake Jason off from the edge of the barn who turns out to be one of the ambulance guys. When the killer makes himself visible to the last few left in the halfway house, Tommy confronts what appears to be Jason, returned from the grave. However, when the killer lies dead
and unmasked, it is revealed to be Roy Burns
, whom the Sheriff
describes as a Loner
. He was a paramedic
who arrived on the scene to see his son Joey all hacked to pieces. He had been using Jason's M.O.
and identity to avenge the death of his son who was killed earlier at the halfway house. It is also revealed that Roy ran off after his wife died giving birth to their son. The final scene of this movie takes place in the hospital with Pam, the halfway house director, visiting Tommy as he recuperates. Tommy appears to be having delusions of Jason, and attacks Pam. Tommy then suddenly wakes up in his hospital bed, the previous attack having been a dream. He then walks to a dresser in the room, and pulls out a hockey mask. Pam then walks into Tommy's room to find Tommy gone, with the window smashed open, making it appear as though Tommy has run away. However, as the door closes behind Pam, Tommy is revealed, wearing the hockey mask, preparing to attack Pam, leaving the conclusion open-ended.
The film opened in 1,759 theaters taking in $8 million its opening weekend. Domestically, the film has grossed $21.9 million.
- Originally, the opening of the film actually picks up not too long after the events of Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter with Tommy Jarvis taken to the same hospital with Jason's body. In an effort to get to Jason, Tommy murders several of the hospital's staff trying to get to the morgue. When he finally gets there, he finds Jason's body rising from the autopsy table. It's at this point that an adult Tommy wakes up in a van on the way to Pinehurst as in the film.
- The producers had originally wanted Corey Feldman to reprise his role as Tommy. But because he was filming The Goonies, Feldman was only available to do a cameo in the movie's opening scene.
- Eddie's death was cut to avoid an X rating; originally blood and his cranial innards spurted out of the straps as Roy twisted them.
- When Lana the waitress is murdered with the ax, the shot of her body quivering was cut to avoid an X rating.
- Originally, Junior's death had his head bounce six times after being decapitated.
- Strangely, the VHS release for the film did not feature the hockey mask worn by Jason or Roy, but rather the mask worn by Lord Hungamungus in Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior.
- The barn during the final sequence was the barn from Friday the 13th Part III.
- Violet's death was originally her getting violently hacked in half, crotch first. The director feared an "X" rating for sure, so it was changed to the much more simplistic death seen in the film.