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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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John Carl Buechler
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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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Her Mind Awoke Jason From The Dead! (Deluxe Edition DVD) See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In all four films that Kane Hodder plays Jason (parts 7, 8, 9, and 10), Hodder does not blink whenever his one good eye is visible on screen. 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 »

Quotes

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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Alternate Versions

The following scenes were removed from the film in order to get an "R" rating rather than an "X":
  • Jason's face is constantly masked in shadows to avoid shots of his moldy, decomposing face. The complex make-up was made to conform to actor Kane Hodder's face, but was later deleted from nearly the entire movie when the MPAA deemed it "a bit too grisly".
  • Judy's sleeping bag death was cut to absolutely no gore. In the uncut version Jason slams the sleeping bag against the tree repeatedly until the sleeping bag is soaked in blood.
  • Maddy's death, which is offscreen in the wide-release version, but in original prints a scythe is jammed into her neck and bursts from the other side.
  • Ben's death is much grislier. In uncut versions, Jason smashes his head into a mushy pulp and blood pours down his face.
  • Eddie's death was cut. In the original version, we see his head drop to the floor, but in the theatrical version, we only hear it.
  • Russ's head splits open as Jason hits it with an axe. This scene was also cut.
  • Amanda Shepard's death is virtually unseen in the wide release, which only shows her get stabbed from behind for a second and then cuts to Doctor Crew's shocked face. Uncut, she is impaled on the blade, which juts violently from her chest. Jason then lifts her off the ground on it and waits until she finally dies.
  • Dr. Crews was killed with a tree-trimming saw. Originally, Jason tore into his gut, spilling out a fountain of entrails and blood that spurted up into the air.
  • Melissa's death has an ax violently cleaving her face in two, splitting it down the middle in a gruesome close-up that left her eyes still wiggling in their sockets. Jason then tossed her aside, which is all we see in the cut release.
  • Dan's death was also cut. There was a shot of Jason's hand ripping through the front of his body with guts attached.
  • Tina Shepard has a vision of her mother's demise at Jason's hands while driving a car. Buechler originally wanted the vision to be of Jason holding the severed head of Mrs. Voorhees, but Gulf + Western wouldn't allow it.
  • A denouement scene was filmed in which a fisherman in a boat on Crystal Lake hooks a largemouth bass, but as he's reeling it in, Jason rises from the lake and pulls him under. The scene was removed from the final cut, because it was deemed too close to the ending of the original Friday the 13th and Part 3.
  • Michael's death was cut. Originally, Jason rammed the spike all the way through his body, causing blood to spurt out.
  • Tina's vision of Michael getting killed was also more graphic.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Magic (In Your Eyes)
Written by Cameron Hawkins, Nash the Slash and Michael Waite
Performed by FM
Courtesy of Duke Street Records
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User Reviews

 
Series is winding down.
12 August 2014 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

I really don't remember much from this film, so it is evident that this movie didn't stand out much in the series, which is winding down by this time. Jason Voorhees is like a case of the bad plague, always returning and menacing people over and over again. This time around, he was inadvertently released from his watery prison in Camp Crystal Lake by a guilt-ridden teenage psychic and begins another rampage on a group of unsuspecting teens at the camp.

It's more of the screams, stalking, mangling with some campy and amateurish acting. There is nothing you really haven't seen before in the previous Friday the 13th entries, save for the psychic girl who uses her powers to fight against Jason, which I thought was a pretty clever plot device.

The script is pretty basic but for a movie at 88 minutes, there is really no room for boring fillers and you might find yourself at least mildly entertained if you don't mind watching the usual Jason chases teens stuff.

Grade C


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