13 Things You Didn't Know About
"Victor Faden" can be seen written on the outhouse wall behind Demon. This is the name of the mental patient who hacked Joey to death and was taken away by the police. Many believe this was put there to insinuate the possibility that Victor had escaped and is committing more murders.
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.
Tommy's opening dream was different in the original script, and arguably made him seem more of a suspect later on. It opens as a continuation of the ending of the previous film - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter - as a young Tommy is taken to the same hospital as Jason's corpse. Then, in a sudden fit of psychotic rage, he winds up attacking half the hospital staff trying to get to the morgue to find Jason's bloodied body. Once he has finally found the body, Jason suddenly rises from the autopsy table. Immediately after this, the adult Tommy wakes up in the van, en route to the Pinehurst house.
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, therefore the script was rewritten to have Feldman's appearance limited to a cameo.
Sherilyn Fenn was considered for the role of Violet, but instead appeared in Just One of the Guys.
Deborah Voorhees' original sex scene was much longer and much more graphic. The film's editor, Bruce Green, was told by producer, Frank Mancuso Jr. to trim the scene and make it look "like a Pepsi commercial".
In order to keep the storyline a secret, the film was originally called "Repetition", after the David Bowie song of the same name. Several of the other Friday the 13th films have used Bowie songs as fake titles.
The film which Jake and Robin watch, A Place in the Sun, revolves around the drowning of one of its characters in a lake, the same fate which Jason meets with in Friday the 13th.
The film's title, "A New Beginning", was chosen because it had been decided that Tommy would become the killer in the next installment. Danny Steinmann was instructed to do two things with the film: 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 had Tommy gone crazy after his encounter with the fake Jason. However, this plot twist was abandoned when fans demanded Jason's return, and he was resurrected in Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI. If this film had gone down well with fans, the producers would have brought John Shepherd and Melanie Kinnaman back for a direct sequel.
Although actor Dick Wieand is credited for the role of "Roy/Jason Voorhees", it is actually stuntman, Tom Morga, who appears in the scenes featuring the impostor Jason, as well as those with the hallucination of Jason, which haunts Tommy.
Three different hockey masks are featured in the film. The first is the one which the Jason impostor, Roy, wears, which has two blue stripes on either side of the mouth. The second is the one the real Jason wears when Tommy sees him in the hospital room at the end, which has one red triangle above the eyes. The third is featured on the poster, and is an entirely different hockey mask, with more breathing holes on it. This one is never used in the film.
Technically, the body count is 22. Three from the dream sequences, one killed by Vic, one killed by Tommy, and 17 killed by Roy Burns.
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.
Actress Melanie Kinnaman and director Danny Steinmann did not get along during the making of the film. Kinnaman claims Steinmann was hostile and unapproachable as a director.
This is the first film in the series where Jason is actually referred to by his full name: Jason Voorhees. In Friday the 13th (1980), Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981), and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984), he is only referred to as Jason, while he is not referred to by name at all in Friday the 13th Part III (1982).
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
R | 1h 32min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 22 March 1985 (USA)
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.
Director: Danny Steinmann
Writers: Martin Kitrosser (story), David Cohen (story)
Stars: Melanie Kinnaman, John Shepherd, Anthony Barrile