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Synopsis: Still haunted by his past, Tommy Jarvis - who, as a child, killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if the serial killer is connected to a series of brutal murders occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.

Reaction: The ending twist is a bit of a betrayal to fans of the series, but overall the movie is on par with most of what came before. A bit gratuitous on the nudity, and the characterization is cliched and over the top, but you don't watch these movies for nuance.

Personal Rating: 5/10

Danny Steinmann => Director / Writer
David Cohen => Writer
Martin Kitrosser => Writer
Harry Manfredini => Composer
Anthony Barrile => Vinnie
Bob DeSimone => Billy / Male Nurse (as Bob De Simone)
Corey Feldman => Tommy at 12
Curtis Conaway => Les
Deborah Voorhees => Tina (as Debisue Voorhees)
Dick Wieand => Roy
Dominick Brascia => Joey
Jere Fields => Anita (as Jeré Fields)
John Robert Dixon => Eddie
John Shepherd => Tommy
Johnny Hock => Jason Voorhees (Opening Scene) (uncredited)
Juliette Cummins => Robin
Kimberly Beck => Trish Jarvis (voice) (uncredited) (archive footage)
Melanie Kinnaman => Pam
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. => Demon (as Miguel A. Nunez Jr.)
Rebecca Wood => Lana (as Rebecca Wood-Sharkey)
Richard Lineback => Deputy Dodd
Richard Young => Matt
Suzanne Bateman => Receptionist / Nurse Yates
Tiffany Helm => Violet
Todd Bryant => Neil
Tom Morga => Jason Voorhees (uncredited)
Vernon Washington => George

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Corey Feldman's scenes were shot in the backyard of his neighbor's house.
  • Melanie Kinnaman claims her favorite scenes in the film are the ones where she is wearing the wet see through t-shirt. She felt she didn't look good in the film until they turned the sprinklers on.
  • One month prior to the film's release in the United States, the MPAA demanded that sixteen scenes featuring sex or graphic violence be edited in order to merit an "R" rating instead of an "X". The film ultimately required nine trips to the MPAA before finally being granted an "R" rating.
  • During a 2013 interview, Deborah Voorhees revealed that her nudity in this film got her fired as a teacher at two schools years later. At one high school, some boys got hold of her topless images from the film and text messaged them around the school. That was three weeks before the end of the school year and she wasn't allowed to stay until graduation or sit with her students and fellow teachers at graduation. It devastated her. She went to the principal and said "Look, I understand people are worried about this nudity thing but it's not as if I'm going to go tell a young girl to go pose nude, not that there's anything wrong with it."
  • The movie's title, "A New Beginning", was chosen because it had been decided that Tommy would become the killer after his encounter with Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), which was alluded to at the end of that film. Danny Steinmann was instructed to do two things with this movie: to deliver a shock, scare, or kill every seven or eight minutes, and, more importantly, to turn Tommy into Jason. The ending with Tommy about to kill Pam was not originally meant to be interpreted as a dream, and was instead intended to show that Tommy had gone crazy after his encounters with Jason. However, this plot twist was abandoned when fans demanded Jason's return, and thus he was resurrected in Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986). Had this film gone down well with fans, the producers would have brought John Shepherd and Melanie Kinnaman back for a direct sequel.
  • This is only the second film of the series in which Jason Voorhees is not the killer, the first being the original Friday the 13th (1980). However, not including the dream sequences, this is actually the first and only film in the series where he isn't present, as we do see the flashback of Jason drowning in the original film.
  • The hockey mask in this film has blue markings on it instead of red ones, foreshadowing that the real killer isn't Jason at all.
  • In the rest of the series and during most of part V, the chant "ki ki ki, ma ma ma" can be heard when the murderer is nearby. This is symbolic of Jason telling Mrs. Vorhees to "Kill, mom, kill." However, in the final scene, you can hear the chant "ki ki ki, taw taw taw", which is symbolic of Tommy's psyche telling him to "Kill, Tommy, kill".
  • Ted White, who played Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), stated in interviews that he was offered the opportunity to reprise the role in this sequel and the follow up, but turned it down. White also stated that he regretted that decision.
  • Deborah Voorhees said in a recent interview that when she went in for an audition, one of the things that caught the director's eye on her photo was she had the same name as Jason. Nowadays, she doesn't really get recognized, but some people freak out when they see her last name. She tells them Jason Voorhees is her husband and that it's a real b!&*# getting blood stains out of his laundry.
  • The film was originally written to have Corey Feldman as the star, reprising the role of Tommy Jarvis. However, he was already working on The Goonies (1985), therefore the script was rewritten to have Feldman's appearance limited to a cameo.