Taglines: On Friday the 13th, Jason will meet his match.
10 years later, the undead and decomposing Jason Voorhees remains chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake. While he remains chained, a young child named Tina Shepard, who witnesses her alcoholic father physically abusing her mother, unlocks previously latent telekinetic powers in which result in her father’s death at the bottom of Crystal Lake.
Ten years later, a now teenager Tina is still struggling with the guilt surrounding the death of her father. Tina’s mother, Amanda, takes her to the same lakeside residence so that her powers can be studied (and unknowingly exploited) by her psychiatrist, Dr. Crews. Dr. Crews begins a series of experiments (verbal assaults) designed to agitate Tina’s mental state, forcing her powers to become more pronounced.
After a particularly upsetting session with Dr. Crews, Tina runs from the cabin and to the dock thinking about her father’s death. While thinking about him, she wishes he would come back. Instead, Tina’s psychic powers breaks the chain around the neck of Jason Voorhees. Tina’s torment from her powers is increased as Jason emerges from the lake and his reign of terror descends on the area once again.
Next door to the Shepard residence is a group of teens who are throwing a birthday party for their friend Michael; preppy Russell and his girlfriend Sandra, Ben and his girlfriend Kate, science fiction writer Eddie, stoner David, perky Robin, shy Maddy, and snobby socialite Melissa. Michael’s cousin Nick, who has arrived just for the party takes a liking to Tina, much to the jealousy of Melissa, who bullies Tina. Tina tells Nick about Jason and has a vision of Jason murdering Michael. Meanwhile, Jason kills Michael in real life, along with Jane, and later kills another couple camping in the woods.
While Tina goes off to find her mother and Nick goes with her, Jason proceeds to kill the other teens; Russell is killed with an axe to the face, Sandra is pulled underwater while she is skinny-dipping; murders Maddie in the barn with a sickle, crushes Ben’s skull with his bare hands, and shoves a party horn into Kate’s eye. Inside, David is stabbed with a kitchen knife, throws Robin out of the window, and decapitates Eddie with a machete.
When Jason attacks Dr. Crews, he saves himself by selfishly using Mrs. Shepard as a shield while Jason kills her instead with a sling blade. Crews and Tina meet up again and Crews tries to lie and tell Tina her mother is fine before Jason finds and kills him with a trimming saw. Tina finds her mother’s body shortly afterwards and uses her powers to electrocute Jason and to crash the house down on him. She tells Nick and Melissa what happened, but Melissa thinks she is crazy and goes to leave the house, only for Jason to return and kill her with an axe slammed into her face.
Nick tries to fight off Jason but is subdued. Tina unleashes her powers in various ways such as forcing Jason’s mask to tighten until it breaks in two, revealing his decaying and deformed face. As the battle rages on, the Shepard lakeside cabin is destroyed by an explosive fire and trio are thrown back into the dock. Although she is unable to kill Jason, she unknowingly summons the spirit of her father, who emerges from the lake and drags Jason back down into the depths with him, chaining the killer once more.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is a 1988 American supernatural slasher film directed by John Carl Buechler and starring Lar Park Lincoln, Kevin Blair, Susan Blu, Terry Kiser, Susan Jennifer Sullivan, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jon Renfield, Jeff Bennett, Heidi Kozak, Diana Barrows and Diane Almeida.
It is the seventh installment in the Friday the 13th film series, and the first film to feature Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees, who would play the character in the following three films. Incorporating elements of supernatural horror, the film follows a psychic teenager girl who inadvertently unleashes Jason from his grave in Crystal Lake, where she and her friends are staying.
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Directed by: John Carl Buechler
Starring: Lar Park Lincoln, Kevin Blair, Susan Blu, Terry Kiser, Susan Jennifer Sullivan, Elizabeth Kaitan, Jon Renfield, Jeff Bennett, Heidi Kozak, Diana Barrows, Diane Almeida
Screenplay by: Manuel Fidello, Daryl Haney
Production Design by: Richard Lawrence
Cinematography by: Paul Elliott
Film Editing by: Maureen O’Connell, Martin Jay Sadoff, Barry Zetlin
Costume Design by: Jacqueline Johnson
Set Decoration by: Woody Crocker
Music by: Harry Manfredini, Fred Mollin
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: May 13, 1988