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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

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

May. 13,1988
| Horror Thriller

A young girl who possesses the power of telekinesis accidentally causes her father's death after a family dispute at Crystal Lake. Years later, when a doctor tries to exploit her abilities, her power becomes a hellish curse, and she unwittingly unchains the merciless, bloodthirsty Jason Voorhees from his watery grave.


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I wanted to like it more than I actually did... But much of the humor totally escaped me and I walked out only mildly impressed.

Verity Robins

Great movie. Not sure what people expected but I found it highly entertaining.

Sam Panico

Originally intended as a crossover with Freddy Krueger, the logline for this film was, "What if Carrie fought Jason?" What ended up happening was one of Becca's favorite films in the series.Directed by John Carl Buechler (Troll, The Dungeonmaster), who also contributed to the special effects, this film establishes the definitive Jason. This is also because it's the first appearance of Kane Hodder in the role.Jason is still at the bottom of Crystal Lake, but as Tina Shepard watches her alcoholic father abuse her mother, her mental powers emerge and she drowns her father.Fast forward and she's a teenager (Lar Park Lincoln, House II) whose mother (voiceover artist Susan Blu) and Dr. Crews (Terry Kiser, Bernie from Weekend at Bernie's!) have taken her back to that house to study (exploit) her powers.Dr. Crews bedside manner is, in a word, the shits. He screams at Tina until her powers start working. She gets upset and runs outside, wishing that she could bring her father back from the dead. The only problem? She brings Jason back instead.There is also - can you even be surprised at this point - a house of teens throwing a party for Michael (William Butler, 1990's Night of the Living Dead). They include Russell, Sandra (Heidi Kozak, Slumber Party Massacre 2), Kate, Ben, Eddie (Jeff Bennett, the voice of Johnny Bravo), David, Maddy, Robin (Elizabeth Kaitan, who was in the Vice Academy movies), Nick and Melissa.Tina can foresee that they will all die and Jason lives up to her visions. She's the Final Girl and has to lose everything, even her mother. As she fights back with her powers, she pulls the mask off his face, revealing it to be decayed and near demonic. Finally, her father rises from the dead and drags Jason back underwater. Yet even after all of that, we can still hear the theme song as someone finds the killer's mask.The working title for this film was Birthday Bash, but the original script was even titled Jason's Destroyer. There were 9 different cuts sent to the MPAA to avoid an X rating, which is still amazing to me. Even more upsetting is that Paramount threw away all of the cut footage, so there's little to no chance that an uncut version will ever be seen. I still think that the rumored 1989 Dutch release on VHS, which includes all the gore, is an urban legend.


Carrie VS Jason my all time favorite film in the franchise it is my number five favorite Jason film in Friday the 13th. I just love this movie to death. It is one of my personal favorite horror movies. Lar Park-Lincoln was excellent as Tina Shepard she is my all time final girl in the Friday the 13th movies she is great and excellent I love this film to death. Kane Hodder was the best Jason Voorhees in my opinion he was excellent, he played a menacing character as well. John Carl Buechler designed a great Jason costume and the music score for Jason was excellent. I love Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is the best one in the series in my opinion it is way better movie then all 4 Carrie movies. In Stephen King's Carrie movie we have a character Carrie White when she is pushed to far she kills everyone with her telekinetic powers in her school and goes on a revenge. They were three movies about that character telling the same story with the different versions. I am just tired of Carrie movies so the writers make a character Tina that is a good person in which she accidentally release Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) from his prison in which Tommy chained him in previous installment.This one is unique because there's actually development given to its heroine, Tina, and how she gradually learns the extent of her powers. As a horror movie, there's little to no suspense because we know where Jason is at all times: he just moves from decimating one person to decimating another. The final showdown is pretty bad-ass, though.This movie to me is awesome and excellent because of Lar Park-Lincoln as Tina Shepard and Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees. I love this movie it is my number one favorite film in Friday the 13th movies and it is in my top 5 best one's Friday the 13th films.The director was John Carl Buechler who made an excellent job directing the seventh installment the problem with the film was with MPAA ratings, the MPAA where assholes this movie is the most uncut film in horror film history I ever saw. I want to see the uncut version of this film like any else fans want's to see. All the gory and blood was cut out because of MPAA assholes. I love the music composer for this film by Harry Manfredini and Fred Mollin. I love the theme song for Tina The New Blood by Fred Mollin I have heard that soundtrack so many times. I love the soundtracks that they used for this film: Essence of You by Eye Eye really my favorite song for this film. Dream Girl by FM, Magic (In Your Eyes) by FM they are good songs for this film.I love the new cast in this movie I love this girl Susan Jennifer Sullivan as Melissa to death she was evil but really great hot sexy girl that was killed from Jason. I liked Kevin Blair as Nick I thought he was good. I like Jennifer Banko as Young Tina Shepard she di d a good job. I like that girl Robin (Elizabeth Kaitan) who was so kind that we see liking her a cat. It was really awful that she was killed by Jason. I love Susan Blu as Mrs. Amanda Shepard she was excellent mom I love her in this movie. I really miss this kind a films today I just got whole Blu-ray collection of Friday the 13th movies and I wanted to see this movie Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives so damn much whole summer I wished this movies to have in my Blu-ray collection. I love Jason movies and this one is the one I will still watch.Director John Carl Buechler sees similarities between Tina and Alice Johnson, the protagonist of A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master. "Both films are about heroines who take on special powers which they use to fight the monster. In The New Blood, Tina's able to fully harness her telekinetic powers by the end of the film and she uses the powers to defeat Jason which is what happened, more or less, in The Dream Master.Buechler was disappointed that the film did not explore Tina's powers more, Composer Fred Mollin came up with theme music for Tina "because she was a psychic.This movie is the best but so underrated and cut out which got rating x and the movie was cut. It is in my top 5 favorite Friday the 13th films and this movie get's my favorite Bad-Ass Seal Of Approval 10/10 I love this movie to death not that much as I love Jason Lives.


"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.


Friday The 13th Part VII:The New Blood is a terrific and entertaining sequel that combines great direction,a good cast and a memorable score. All of those elements make The New Blood a solid Horror film and one of the the better films in the FFriday The 13th series.Friay The 13th Part VII:The New Blood tells the story of Tina(Lar Park Lincoln),a trouble young woman who has telekinetic powers who by accident resurrects Jason Voorhees(Kane Hodder)who is back to kill more campers.Two years after the excellent,thrilling and high octane sequel Friday The 13th Part VI:Jason Lives came the 1988 release Friday The 13thLPart VII is a fantastic and entertaining sequel that is notable for being the first of four Friday The 13th movies starring fan favorite Kane Hodder in the role of Jason Voorhees which is called the Kane Hoddeer era which also includes Jason Takes Manhattan,Jaaon Goes To Hell and Jason X but out of of the four movies The New Blood is the best of them all. If you knew the Friday The 13th series like the back of your hand you know what to expect with this film:a high body count of Slasher movie ste,kills and our favorite Hockey Mask wearing Serial killer doing what he does best and that is slaughtering people. The New Blood expands on the supernatural elements that was in Jason Lives and takes it a step further by adding a telekinetic element to the film The Friday The 13th series was at it's creative peak by Part VII but at least at it's peak it tried something new. Where as Jason Lives had Humor and some dun The New Blood's tone is very dark and bleak and has almost no laughs but that's one of the things I like about this one. And what about the known staples of the3 franchise such as the kills blood and gore well while the kills are interesting and at times good they lack the creativity and suspenseful build-up you saw in some of the other films although there is a couple stand outs including one with a sleeping bag that is great. Also,the blood and gore of the film while still there is toned down(the MPAA forces the film makers to do a lot of cuts cuts). The movie's fine the way it is but I wanted to see more blood,gore and carnage. Despite being a slow and rotting corpse Jason Voorhess is still as brutal as and angry as ever coming at his victims like a force of nature using any weapon that he can get his hands on axes,knives and even a buzz saw. What can also be seen as supernatural and an interesting addition to the Jason Voorhees character is that Jason in this one(even in Jason Takes Manhattan) is like a phantom or ghost appearing anywhere at anytime he wants making him more powerful and dangerous and leaving his prey helpless. The New Blood can be best described as Jason meets Carrie White with Jason meeting his match in the character Tina. Unlike the other protagonists in the Friday The 13th series who have to fight with their hands,Tina has an amazing gift of telekinetic power where she can move objects with her mind which includes Jason. The final battle between Jason and Tina is one of the best and most thrilling in the series from a visual and physical standpoint as we have never seen Jason dominated by a person he's chasing and you don't know who's going to win or lose. With the exception of Tina and a few other characters most of main characters are pretty much forgettable and are just there to be victims of Jason and you won't be surprised to see them go. If there is something that will divide Friday The 13th fans or will have them scratching their heads is the ending which I thought SA good but random and very surprising. An interesting ending. The cast is good. Kane Hodder is excellent as Jasonn Vooorhees,with Hodder being menacing and intense. Lar Park Lincoln is wonderful as Tina,the heroine of the film. Kevin Spitas does a fine job as Nick,Tina's lover interest. Susan Jennifer Sulivaan id terrific as Melissa,a mean girl. Terry Liser is great as Dr. Crews,Tina's Doctor Susan Blu does a fine job as Mrs. Shepard,Tina's Mom..The direction by John Carl Buecheler is fantastic with Bucheler bringing a dark atmosphere that goes with the tone of he film. Fine direction,Bucheler.The score by Harry Manfredini and Fred Mollin is fantastic,intense and gripping and adds to the film. Great score,Manfredini and Rollin.In final word,if you love the Friday The 13th series,Horror films or Slasher Movies,I highly suggest you see Friday The 13th Part VII:The New Blood,a terrific sequel that is one of the best in the series. Highly Recommended. 9.5/10.