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

Friday the 13th Part VII -- The New Blood

Release Date: May 13th, 1988

DVD Release Date: September 3rd, 2002

R |1 hr 30 min

Plot Summary

Years after the strange drowning death of her father, Tina Shepard (Lar Park Lincoln) returns to the site of his demise, Crystal Lake. Her developing psychic powers were responsible for ending his life, leaving Tina riddled with guilt as an adult. While deceitful Dr. Crews (Terry Kiser) tries to manipulate her abilities for his own ends, both physician and patient are in for a shock when Tina's powers unwittingly free camper-killer Jason Voorhees from his watery slumber.

Cast: Lar Park-Lincoln, Terry Kiser, Susan Blu, Kevin Spirtas, Susan Jennifer Sullivan, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jennifer Banko, John Otrin

Director: John Carl Buechler

Genres: Horror

Production Co: Paramount Pictures, Friday Four Films Inc.

Distributors: Paramount Pictures

Keywords: Doctor, Mother, 1980s, Pursuit, Escape, Underdog, Tense, Survival

Ratings & Reviews

  • 12
    Chicago Tribune

    It relies heavily upon the cliches of the genre: sorties into garishly lit woods, crackling twigs, indiscriminate lightning bolts, sudden power outages and flickering flashlights. Only a mote of humor graces the film, and that is Jason's cunning ability to come up with ever more dreadful weapons for each successive crime, graduating from stake to machete to circular saw. Dare we hope, in Part VIII, for a neutron bomb to obliterate the series altogether? [16 May 1988, p.C7]

  • 25
    Gene SiskelChicago Tribune

    The result is a weak "Carrie" versus Jason finale after Jason has impaled about eight young people, mostly women. The filmmakers have mastered the blood but not the tedium of all of the predictable killings. Nor have they eliminated the "hate-women" subtext to the entire series of films. [20 May 1988, p.A]

  • 25
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    This would all be a lot more fun if Jason were ever in jeopardy, but since we know he can't be killed -- the best one can hope to do is bottle him up and store him, like toxic waste -- the charm of the film depends on action in the margins. Part VI, for instance, had a sense of humor; II and III had a splendid variety of weaponry. No jokes this time, however, and Jason contents himself for the most part with the ax blow, the tent-pole stab and the simple head-twist. He's old, and he has lost a step. [17 May 1988, p.B4]

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