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[Remember This?] Paying Tribute To The Sleaziest ‘Friday The 13th’ Entry!

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When director Danny Steinman died last year at the age of 70, we lost the only person who could offer firsthand perspective on what the hell it must have been like trying to govern the set of Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning. Out of all of the films in the franchise, the making of Part V was notorious for its rampant cocaine use and general bad behavior.

While I don’t have any doubt that a considerable about of screen time is devoted to this in the upcoming Crystal Lake Memories documentary (at over 6 hours, they’ve gotta spend at least 40 minutes on this one alone), it’s fun to imagine the ways in which the real life excesses bled over into the making of the film. First of all, you’ve got Demon – a guy who can sing to his girlfriend mid bowel-movement! He’s a true multitasker (with a trunk full of junk food – not a euphemism)! But that’s not all! This is a slasher movie so gloriously out if its mind that they have a non-villain character murder a chubby guy for talking about his candy bar too much. Even the boobs in the film, a normal slasher staple, somehow feel wrong. The characters at the halfway house? Mostly despicable. Our hero? A sweaty mute.

A New Beginning isn’t a movie like Jason Lives that you can put on any old time. Everything about it, from the photography on down to the killer’s reveal, makes me want to take a shower. I applaud this.

What’s your favorite moment from this weirdo installment? Also, if you live in LA remember that we’re screening the first four films on Friday to celebrate the Blu-ray release of “Friday the 13th: The Complete Collection” (you can buy the tickets here)!

  • djblack1313

    i love this entry. it’s the last good F13 movie (the reboot was good too). it has some awesome brutal kills…the guy who gets the strap wrapped around his head and then it’s tightened until his eyes pop, etc), it has good creepy atmosphere AND best of all it has Violet doing the robot to “THERE’S A MAN WITH NO LIFE IN HIS EYES”!!!

    the fact it turned out to be the ambulance driver didn’t even bother me all that much since everything else was pretty good.

    • dr.lamb

      You don’t like PART VI ?

      • djblack1313

        dr.lamb, i always get asked that question! LOL. i hate any zombie Jason entries. i used to kindasorta-ish like part 7 Jason VS. Carrie but even now i can’t watch it anymore. give me human fast, predator Jason or at least give me a pretend Jason! LOL. :)

        • MovieGeek

          Of course you dislike. A perfectly fun horror film and you slam it. SHOCKING.

          • djblack1313

            there you are my lover wannabe, MovieGeek!! what took you so long to stalk me on this article? miss me don’t ya. lol. again, you really aren’t my type so i’m going to have to say NO to going on a date with you.

            but again little one, never give up. someday you’ll find someone willing to settle and be with you! :)

        • dr.lamb

          Interesting, but isn’t Jason undead all the time …? Or does “Zombie” refer to his resurrection in Part VI ? I do like Part VI, this and Part IV are my favourites. They took the ironic route, but it was bound to happen anyway and that time it worked. Stll, I have to agree that Part 7-9 are pretty bad – if entertaining in a braindead way. X is big entertainment though.

          • dr.lamb

            Pardon the typos.

  • diapers

    Yeah, that robot scene seemed to come out of nowhere. I do like part 5 overall. I did not see the twist the first time I saw it back in the day. And a F13 flick with a twists was pretty cool. Anyhow, my favorite scene would be any and all scenes with the white trash hillbillys. Forgive me for forgetting their character names.

  • dr.lamb

    It was the first “Friday” I ever saw, no shit.Even in a censored version. I was a bit confused. Tiffany Amber-Thiessen at 1:16 !

  • DarrelDreadful

    When I was younger, this was my favorite entry lol The grittiness and harshness was just soooo perfect.

  • Nyghtfall

    I went and saw Part 5 for only one reason: To see Jason’s machete come up through Juliette Cummins’ topless chest, ala the robed death of Tracie Savage in Part 3. When that didn’t happen – all we got was her reaction – I was NOT happy.

    I stopped watching slasher flicks for their plots after Friday the 13th Part 2. Just give me a bunch of creative, gory death scenes and stop pretending you’ve got a story to tell.

    I stayed just long enough to see the Juliette’s corpse a few scenes later, and then left.

  • EvilHead1981

    The reboot seemed the most sleaziest of any Ft13 movie.

    • djblack1313

      EvilHead, i know what you mean but the reboot (again, which i do like) seemed like it was fake sleaze (perfect upper-class “teens” trying to be all party/sexing/etc) were F13 part.5 seemed like authentically sleazy (if that makes any sense). lol.

      • EvanDickson

        That makes sense

        • djblack1313

          thanx Evan! :)

          • Doornail12

            Danny Steinmann (the Director) was a hardcore porn Writer/Director before working on Part V. I think this is why the film feels a touch sleazy. It has a bit more of a gritty voyeuristic vibe.
            I like to think of it as the “Brown Bag” Friday film.

      • EvilHead1981

        I think that’s kinda why I disliked the reboot. It just didn’t feel real, as in genuine. It, out of ALL the Ft13 movies, felt the most like some writers had a clipboard witha check list of ideas of how to make the most generic slasher flick, and freely checked ‘em off as they wrote the script.

    • ill_mindedd

      i agree. the reboot was one of the least entertaining F13 films of the series.

    • dr.lamb

      Really ? I thought it was too aseptic, like all Platinum Dunes productions.

  • Canucklehead

    My favorite part is when the teenagers are killed.

  • Joe-Banger

    I used to hate part 5 but over the years I learned to like it, but part 6 is still better though!

  • zerocharisma25

    Ha! What a glorious mess this one is.
    It must be weird twisted fate, but earlier today, to pass the time I watched the deluxe edition with the commentary track.

    Even the commentary track is a shambles. Steinmann seems three sheets to the wind on the track, having a hard time remembering anybody’s name and also claiming he not only wrote and directed the movie but was also responsible for the props, lighting and costumes.

    Best scene still has to be Violet’s “His Eyes” robot dance scene, with Jason (Roy) coming up from behind her with that icky bloody machete!

  • Feydakin

    As someone who grew up as a horror fan in the late 1970s through the 1980s, I really consider 5 to be the last decent F13th movie even if it was totally off the rails. I was kind of OK with parts of 6, but it just didn’t feel like a Friday the 13th movie after Jason became pretty much a zombie. My favorite part was Violet’s death probably because I had a huge crush on her in that movie… followed by the entire scene with Demon in the shitter. Oh, and I hate the remake/reboot/reshit. 8)

  • judeau13

    I have to agree with most of the other posts and say Violet’s death is the highlight. As a kid I remember following the making of this movie through Fangoria and being very skeptical about its release. Especially after reading Fango’s account of all of its MPAA issues and cuts. It really surprises me that after all these years someone hasn’t “found/located” a decent uncut VHS workprint or MPAA screener to leak on the bootleg circuit. Virtually all of the Halloween and TCM’s have various workprints leaked but F13 (especially 2-5) still remain a mystery.

  • c-s-a78

    this one was strange,but I liked it.and who can forget Ethel Hubbard!!!she made me laugh my lungs out during this movie.but I’m like “diaper” comment,when I 1st saw this years ago the ending I didn’t get.i had to watch it a second time to go…ohhhhhhhh,now I get it.LOL.

  • Mr. Melvo

    I never get why people love to hate on this film. I love it! It is insane and it’s the first movie I remember having a copy cat killer. I thought all the kills were creative as hell and love the trashiness of the film. I’m not sure where Roy got his super strength from but he must of had the same genes as his sun (I hear retards has super strength) LOL anyway looking forward to watching all the films on Blu-ray and can’t wait for the documentary to come out as well.

  • GrimDingo

    When I first saw Part V as a tiny child I hated it cause I was stupid and thought if it didn’t have Jason in it then it was complete shit. But now I think its my favorite of the whole series. My favorite part is probably Demon singing in the bathroom. I still sing that song to myself, its so simple and catchy and always ends with a bang. Crazy nutjob fat kid killer was pretty great too. And kung fu nutjob Tommy Jarvis

  • TwistedCritic

    Part V has a special place in my heart because when I was 10 or 11 I talked my dad into letting me rent a Friday the 13th movie (for Jason costume “research” – this was pre-internet for the most part), only he insisted on watching it with me. Little did I know I was renting the sleaziest one, and ironically, the only sequel where it’s not actually Jason. I recapped this story in full a few years ago, if anyone wants to check it out:
    http://twistedcritic.com/2009/11/13/happy-friday-the-13th-fuckers/

  • maggotymat

    Always kinda hated pt5 i knew something was up with the blue markings on the mask. re-watched it a while back, and can agree the corn level was huge but the robot was the savior.

  • brvoorhees

    I think it’s by far the worst one.
    Which means a lot since there are 12 movies.

  • Zebraman1428

    I actually really like part 5. With the fact from the get go that the killer may or may not be Jason(its not) it brought back the mystery aspect that made me love the first two. I first saw these when I was like eight and I had no idea at the time who the killers were. also 5 has the highest body count of any of the Fridays to date.