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

R  |   |  Horror  |  13 May 1988 (USA)
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Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a teenager with psychic powers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Banko ...
Susan Blu ...
Nick (as Kevin Blair)
Susan Jennifer Sullivan ...
Staci Greason ...
Larry Cox ...
Jeff Bennett ...
Diana Barrows ...
Elizabeth Kaitan ...


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 <>

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




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13 May 1988 (USA)  »

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After Freddy Vs. Jason failed to materialize Paramount was still so high on the "Jason Vs. Blank" marketing angle they substituted Stephen King's telekinetic, troubled teenager Carrie in for Freddy Krueger, right? Um, kind of. According to New Blood's screenwriter Daryl Haney, it more came about due to a last-second idea thrown out during a story pitch. See more »


When Melissa comes into the kitchen, asking where Nick is, Robin says "I think he went next door to visit Marilyn Munster." This couldn't possibly be an insulting nickname, as Marilyn Munster was the only normal one in the Munster family. See more »


Sandra: [while skinny-dipping] You need a formal invitation? Russell party for two, right this way place.
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Has some ideas, but the film in a hole doesn't work.
17 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Often considered to be "Carrie vs. Jason", Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood may very well be considered one of the most popular in the series. It is however, looked down upon by hardcore fans of the series, and I can somewhat see why.

A New Blood introduced an extremely cheesy supernatural aspect behind the main heroine character. This can be looked at through several different view points; while one person can see this as an opportunity to develop a character, another person would see this as a cheap way to kill of Jason. I personally think that this supernatural "Carrie" element added onto the main character, which is a good idea considering that sympathetic characters have never been Friday the 13th's positive points.

Another factor of the movie that is commonly looked down on is the fact that this movie is virtually lacking in any gore at all. A New Blood was attacked by the censor boards more than any other film in the entire series, which was the films biggest downfall. Almost all the gore in this movie was taken out. Not only does this take away from the film, but it just makes the viewer feel sad and annoyed that the great gore effects that where there before have been taken away. No uncut copy of A New Blood ever has (or will) be released.

Overall, this movie had some interesting ideas when it comes to character development and storyline, but overall, it is nothing but Part 6 done over again. It is recommended, but I doubt anybody who can be considered die hard fans would think much of it.

A pretty mediocre edition into the series.


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