Bummer news out of Crystal Lake today Fright-fans, Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning director Danny Steinmann has unfortunately passed away at the age of 70. Before his truly underrated Jason Voorhess outing, Steinmann cut his teeth on directing 1972’s hardcore porno High Rise. It would be seven years before his second feature (which he would have his named removed from), the Barbara Bach starring, drive-in horror The Unseen.
1984 and 1985 would be the biggest years for Steinmann, as they saw the release of his sleaze-revenge masterpiece Savage Streets and backwoods epic Friday The 13th Part V: A New Beginning. Steinmann only directed four films, but he absolutely had one hell of a unique and rarely boring career. We are forever in debt of Steinmann for giving us a crossbow wielding Linda Blair, Debi Sue Voorhees’ assets screen-time, and boldly accepting to make a Friday The 13th film without Jason Voorhees.
You can read and watch interviews with Steinmann thanks to docs and books like Peter Bracke’s Crystal Lake Memories, His Name Was Jason, and 2013’s definitive documentary Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th.