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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager. Now, only she can stop him.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Banko ... Young Tina Shepard
John Otrin ... Mr. John Shepard
Susan Blu Susan Blu ... Mrs. Amanda Shepard
Lar Park-Lincoln ... Tina Shepard
Terry Kiser ... Dr. Crews
Kevin Spirtas ... Nick (as Kevin Blair)
Susan Jennifer Sullivan Susan Jennifer Sullivan ... Melissa
Heidi Kozak Haddad ... Sandra (as Heidi Kozak)
Kane Hodder ... Jason Voorhees
William Butler ... Michael
Staci Greason ... Jane
Larry Cox Larry Cox ... Russell
Jeff Bennett Jeff Bennett ... Eddie
Diana Barrows Diana Barrows ... Maddy
Elizabeth Kaitan Elizabeth Kaitan ... Robin
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Storyline

After Jason Vorhees was chained to the Bottom of Camp Crystal Lake by Tommy Jarvis. A Young Telekinetic Girl known as Tina Shepherd accidentally killed her Father with her Powers at Crystal Lake. Years Later, Tina and Her Mother return to Camp Crystal Lake, Where Tina's Doctor trys to manipulate her powers for his own evil plans. Tina then trys to ressurect Her Father but Accidentally Awakens Jason Instead. It's now up to Tina to use her Powers to Stop Jason and Her Evil Doctor.

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Jason is back, but this time someone's waiting! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Birthday Bash See more »

Filming Locations:

Alabama, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,245,038, 15 May 1988

Gross USA:

$19,170,001

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$19,170,001
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Mrs. Shepard's car is a, 1986 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. See more »

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(at around 47 mins) When Maddy is outside looking for her missing earring, she kneels down next to a large tree. In the next shot, the tree has disappeared. See more »

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Melissa: Hey Nick, you still mad at me?
Nick: What was that crap you pulled on Tina?
Melissa: That chick's crazy. Besides, all is fair in love and war.
Nick: Melissa, I don't even like you.
Melissa: "Like" has nothing to do with it.
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A shot of Jason carrying a severed head into a room was also cut. Kate's death was trimmed of blood flow. See more »


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Heart of Ice
Written by Fred Mollin and Stan Meissner
Performed by Stan Meissner
Courtesy of A&M Records of Canada Limited
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"Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood" aka "Jason VS Carrie"- Rise of the Gimmicks!
9 September 2016 | by MaximumMadnessSee all my reviews

"Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood" is the moment. That singular moment that many media franchises reach where there is a bit of a rift. A fundamental change. Something that will forever alter the way the subsequent remaining entries are perceived.

Yes. This is the infamous moment in any series that can only be referred to as "jumping the shark."

This is where the franchise wholly committed to the concept of each movie injecting a quirky "gimmick" in order to drum up audience interest. Sure, I'd argue that the previous film (the excellent "Jason Lives") probably started the whole notion of the "gimmick entry" with its focus on self-aware, postmodern meta-humor... but this is the film that really solidified the fact that the remaining films would all have that silly, somewhat kitschy quality of relying on a singular contrivance to set it apart.

In this case of course, it's focus on the supernatural storyline of Jason fighting a psychic/telekinetic.

When psychic Tina Shepard returns to Crystal Lake years after accidentally causing the death of her father with her latent abilities, the opportunity to learn and perhaps heal is interrupted when she accidentally releases Jason from his watery grave. Now, she and a group of teen-aged party-goers next door must struggle to survive against the newly revived (and quite angry) hulking killer... leading to an insane and actually quite entertaining final showdown.

The most notable aspect of this entry is probably the introduction of fan-favorite Kane Hodder as Jason- a role he would continue to play for the next few entries in the series. Hodder arguably defined the role, and actually finally gave him a consistent sense of "character" through both physical presence and movement, and through his own behind-the-scenes exploration of what makes Jason tick. Interesting tidbit: Hodder actually refused to film a scene where Jason kicks a dog away from him, because he feels Jason would never actually hurt animals or young children due to his childhood trauma. Granted, this doesn't quite fit in with Part IV, but I like the idea- it shows that Hodder actually tried to build a sense of character and "rules" for Jason to follow.

The film is also quite a bit of fun at times. The whole psychic angle is stupid beyond belief, there's no doubt about it. But it allows for all sorts of cinematic mayhem to ensue, with explosions, nails flying through the air, furniture being flung around... it's great fun to see Jason finally face an adversary in Lar Park Lincoln's Tina that can truly stand up to him and perhaps give him more than he can handle.

But the strong entertainment factor aside, this is a pretty bland entry on the whole to me. It lacks the pure sense of "fun" that the previous film literally oozed alongside the blood and trades it in for what actually becomes a somewhat depressive feel for much of the screen time. Not only in terms of basic tone, but also in the writing and even in the music. It's just kind of... mournful. Many of the characters (especially Tina) seem to have a deep-seeded chip on their shoulder and it's not as compelling as it could be. And the others are all just... ho-hum and often grating, with characters like the generic nasty vain girl getting on your nerves very quickly. You just kinda feel bad for everyone even before they start getting axed off.

That being said, despite being a middling entry in the overall franchise, the good characterization in Jason and the wickedly wild and entertaining battles between Tina and Jason do make it worth a watch for slasher fans. Just don't expect the best entry in the franchise.

I give it a middle-of-the-road 5 out of 10.


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