Saturday, 14 April 2018

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) - A 30th Anniversary Retrospective


'Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood' opens with a very cool intro, albeit an unnecessary one. Fading in to a cemetery at night during a storm, we hear the voice of narrator Walt Gorney, who is familiar to fans of the franchise as the lovable Crazy Ralph in 'Friday the 13th' (1980), and 'Friday the 13th Part 2' (1981). Not that we need to be told at this point, but Gorney narrates how Jason Voorhees always comes back. Intercut with the footage of the cemetery is various moments from 'Part 2', Friday the 13th Part III (1982), 'Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter' (1984), and 'Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives' (1986). The sequence returns frequently to the cemetery between these clips. This is until we see the headstone of Jason’s grave explode from a lightning strike, which is actually unused footage from 'Jason Lives', of which we are then shown a recap of its events that lead into the prologue of the story here. The narration finishes with, “People forget, he’s down there… waiting.”

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