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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

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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Jason is back, but this time someone's waiting! 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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Trivia

The film takes place on October 13, 1991 and in September 2001. See more »

Goofs

The video monitor and VCR on Dr. Crews' desk disappear as Tina looks at the picture of her father. See more »

Quotes

Russell: If this is my uncle's house, why are *we* sleeping in the van?
Sandra: Who says we're sleeping?
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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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Carrie Vs. Jason
3 August 2006 | by Duzniak38See all my reviews

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is more of the same to be honest. It adds original ideas to it and throws in a bit more plot structure, but underneath all of that new material is basically the same old Friday the 13th material. Not necessarily a bad thing in this case, because the acting is very good in this instalment. However the Jason formula does hit rock bottom. The thrills, chills and scares are the same old same old. Victim hears a noise, hunts about, then Jason jumps out on them, and they meet their demise. Now, this is the whole trait of the Jason Voorhees franchise, but it can get a little tedious and boring when they play this the whole way through the movie. Gore wise there is a decapitation, a party horn shoved into a head, an axe to the face, which happens twice, a drowning, a hand thrust through a chest, a body thrown out a window and the fantastic scene where Jason whacks somebody in a sleeping bag against a tree. The soundtrack is more tense and chilling in this sequel which is a benefit to the weaker points of the movie. The characters are very clichéd; the spoilt bitchy girl, the ugly girl who wants to be beautiful and popular, etc. These personalities make you want the characters to die. However Maddy, the ugly-turned-beauty girl was one of the few characters I enjoyed watching on screen, and truly felt sorry for. It really seems that popularity and good looks do, indeed, kill. Anyway, the introduction of a telekinetic girl to battle Jason was a bit of a twist. It half works and half doesn't, to be fair. It just doesn't seem to be very appealing, the fact that this girl, Tina, has her telekinetic powers yet takes forever to get rid of Jason. It was also her powers which summoned him up from the lake. So Jason hacks his way through a cabinful of partying teens, celebrating a birthday. The usual stalk-and-slash ensues, and the battle between the heroine then follows. Why is it never a male who has the final battling climax? Anyway as you can see, apart from the obvious additions to distract you from the fact that this is more of the same, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood delivers the usual gruesome goods and gratuitous nudity which makes the series so appealing, and is therefore worth checking out.


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