Part of Midnight Movies.
The remnants of Camp Crystal Lake are a fraught and liminal space for teenage America. There’s something about the land itself that leads to big emotions and a lot of acting out of the basic instincts. And into this space, young Tina Shepard (Lar Park-Lincoln) has been brought by unscrupulous psychiatrist ‘Bad News’ Crews (Terry “WEEKEND AT BERNIE’S” Kiser) and her mother (legendary voice actress Susan Blu). Because Tina has a history with this place. And she’s on a collision course with Camp Crystal Lake’s iconic murderforce, Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder, in his first turn in the role).
But this isn’t your typical Spam-in-a-cabin slasher fest, because Tina is telekinetic. And though Jason Voorhees is going to do what he does, he’s got to get through a young woman who can tap into the sheer tectonic force of her own tumultuous confusion at a world that just doesn’t make sense. And the very world itself will tremble and tumble in the wake of this historic battle of machete versus the mind.
Director/FX designer, the late, great John Carl Buechler, was one of the true innovators of ‘80s special effects (FROM BEYOND, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 4, TAMMY AND THE T-REX, TO DIE FOR). His take on the Friday the 13th experience is a unique and bizarre entry in the franchise, notable for absolutely scandalizing the MPAA and also for its decadent behind the scenes antics; alongside A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE and WITCHBOARD, any discussion of the queer aspects of beloved ‘80s horror films has to at least spend a footnote on FRIDAY 7.
With Tony Goldwyn, Heidi Kozak, and Kevin Spirtas
“Okay, so Paramount was really reaching for ideas here, and the cheesy gimmick of “Carrie vs. Jason” as fans dub this, sounds stupid on paper… Well, it is stupid. However, this makes for some nifty practical special effects, the likes of which are never usually seen in the slasher sub-genre of horror (aside from New Line’s bigger budget A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET dreamscape additions)...” —David J. Wilson, Dread Central "FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD is the greatest film in the Jason Voorhees franchise by a mile and I cannot be convinced otherwise.” —comedian/theorist Anthony Jeselnik
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