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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 returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager.

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Lying dormant at the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees is released from his watery grave by a telekinetic girl. And so the killing begins again. Can she use her powers to stop Jason, or is he back for good? Written by Michael Silva <silvamd@cleo.bc.edu>

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On Friday the 13th, Jason will meet his match. See more »

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13 May 1988 (USA)  »

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$2,800,000 (estimated)

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$19,170,001 (USA)
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Friday the 13th Part VI came out in August of 1986. Paramount then spent the early part of 1987 negotiating with New Line. Once that failed, Haney was hired to write the screenplay in June, but his initial draft was trashed sometime in the fall. John Carl Buechler was hired as director in November meaning they didn't begin pre-production until December. So, they had to prep, cast, shoot, edit, and score the film in the span of just under 6 months to make their May 13, 1988 release date. Even by Friday the 13th standards, that was pushing it pretty close. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 1 min) Cameraman's shadow on the wall just before Robin knocks on a door and says "Maddy"? See more »

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Melissa: Hi, I'm Melissa.
Tina: I'm Tina from next door.
Melissa: [snottily] I know!
Russell: Maddy, who's friend is that scuzball dope head?
Melissa: Only the birthday boy's best friend!
Maddy: [grabbing Melissa's necklace] Melissa, those are so pretty. They are absolutely gorgeous. Are they real?
David: [enters kitchen] What a stupid place to put a lamp.
Melissa: There real! On my birthday, my daddy says to me, "Melissa, you are the perfect daughter," and he gives me these and says, "To the best little girl in the whole world!"
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Take The Time To Dream
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Best In The Series!!
11 May 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

I've always been fascinated by the Friday THE 13TH films. Sequel after sequel, unknown cast after unknown cast, limited budget after limited budget, they still manage to be pretty good horror movies. And incredibly, this sixth sequel tops the series . In fact, it's one of the best horror movies of the 1980s.

Again resurrected from his watery grave (didn't he open his eyes at the very end of the last one? Nah, I guess not), the zombified Jason is ready to hack and slash his way through another group of innocent (though quite naughty) teens. But this time ol' maggot head may have met his match in the form of Tina Shepard, a teen gifted with the ability to move objects with her mind. She is, it turns out, our only hope to stop the monster.

The fun concept of Friday THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD paves the way for legitimate chills and thrills. This fierce, spine-bearing Jason is a much more frightening being than before as he paces through the woods, chases skinny dippers and employs weapons of terror I have never seen before (what was that thing with the spinning blade?). This is a serious frightfest that in no way tries to carry on the humorous overtone of its immediate predecessor. Director John Carl Buechler deserves a lot of credit for respecting continuity and sticking to the formula while squeezing out another great film from the well-worn slasher-in-the-woods concept.

The film would work well enough without the heroine of Tina. The pretty blonde (played by Lar Park-Lincoln) is just icing on the cake, helping to create (dare I say it?) one of the most memorable horror movie finales of all-time. The showdown, complete with telepathically-propelled lamps and electrical wires, also showcases some very impressive special effects (how many Friday films can you say that about?). Of course we all know who will prevail in this clash of good and evil, but we also know it's just a matter of time before Jason pulls another Lazarus.

Even if you're not a fan of the series or think it's too campy, you'll be pleasantly surprised. Give Friday THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD a whirl. Jason would have wanted it that way.


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