Movies I Watched Recently #12: Friday the 13th Part VII The New Blood (1988)

Friday the 13th 7 and 8 on DVD

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood – it’s the one with the girl that has telekinetic powers. I’ll be honest, back in the day when I first heard that this movie had a girl with telekinetic powers, the first thought that jumped into my head was “What the heck were they thinking?”

Anyway, the actress who plays the girl with telekinetic powers makes that character likable enough, and the character has a pretty cool backstory introduction at the beginning of the film. My favorite character out of all the teens, however, is the science fiction nerd guy. He’s awesome!

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is also the first movie with Kane Hodder as Jason Voorhees. He would go on to play Jason in three more movies and he is the actor who has played Jason the most.

Jason has some really cool kills in this film, especially if you watch the unedited versions of these kills, which I will talk more about later. This movie also has Jason’s infamous camper in sleeping bag kill, which Hodder mentions on several occasions is his favorite kill of all time as Jason.

But the best stuff is the final part of the movie when, of course, the telekinetic girl battles Jason. The ways she used her powers were really cool, especially in her first encounter with Jason on the road. Before watching the movie, I thought that the special effects would look hokey but they look good and hold up well to this day.

Special Features include a commentary from the director John Carl Buechler with Lar Park Lincoln (who played the girl with telekinetic powers) and Kane Hodder.

Jason’s Destroyer: The Making of Friday the 13th Part VII is an interview with director, cast, and crew. And once again the director talks about his battles with the MPAA to get an R rating for the movie.

There’s also a short featurette that has a reunion between two of the actresses in the film (one of them mentions that they had not seen each other in 15 years). This was pretty neat.

Slashed Scenes is a series of deleted/extended scenes, and they aren’t just the kill scenes. This time you get to pick and choose which scenes you want to watch, whereas in previous Friday the 13th DVDs, it was all just one featurette. Again, the video quality is really poor, but the extended kills still look really cool. And this time most of the scenes have audio, although some audio is still missing. The extended kill scenes are definitely worth watching if you’re into this stuff.

Unfortunately the DVD does not have the theatrical trailer for Friday the 13th Part VIII: The New Blood. This was kind of a bummer since I was looking forward to watching the trailer.

But thankfully this DVD also does not have the trailer for the 2009 film The Uninvited, which was included in the last three Friday the 13th DVDs. Don’t get me wrong, I think this film will turn out to be pretty enjoyable movie to watch, but I’ve now seen the trailer multiple times.

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