Friday, April 3, 2015
Entertainment Fact and Fiction - 16 Killer Facts About Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
During filming, the dressing room for Kane Hodder was a quarter of a mile down a dirt road. One night filming ended at at 2 a.m. and he was still in the Jason costume, and he decided to walk through the woods on a path to his dressing room. As he was walking someone approached him and asked if he was with the movie. He didn't reply, because he thought it was a pretty stupid question to ask, as he was standing there in full Jason costume. The man asked again, Kane took a little lunge for the guy and grunted. The guy took off, tripping and running. The next day director John Carl Buechler told Kane that the local sheriff was supposed to stop by, but he never showed.
This film was originally intended to bring Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger together onscreen for the first time. But when Paramount Pictures (at that time was holding the rights to the "Friday the 13th" film series) and New Line Cinema (who holds the rights to the "Nightmare On Elm Street" series) couldn't agree behind the scenes, the script was rewritten to pit Jason up against the telekinetic Tina Shepard instead.
Kane Hodder said he had difficulty with the scene where he kills the camper in the sleeping bag by bashing her into the tree because the dummy inside was heavier than he thought it would be. The scene required a number of retakes because he kept swinging as hard as he could but no matter how hard he swung the sleeping back he couldn't get it to look right. By the final take, he was so fed up with the situation that after he dropped the bag he kicked it angrily. This is the shot that appears in the final film. In retrospect, Hodder said that was one of his favorite "kills" and he later recreates it in Jason X (2001).
Director John Carl Buechler stated that he clashed with associate producer Barbara Sachs continuously over many ideas that he had for the film. This included showing Jason unmasked for a quite a bit of the movie. She vetoed the idea, but he ended up going behind her back and filming it anyway. He also stated that the final sequence of Tina's father coming out of the water was to be more elaborate and feature full prosthetics and a life size dummy. That sequence was completely over ruled and he ended up filming what he considers an inferior version of the sequence.
During filming producers hired Leslie Buzbee,the local 'gator man'.They paid him to be alligator wrangler,he supposed keep gators away from the actors. But alligators are not active in the winter when they were filming(October and November,1987). So basically paid him to do nothing but watch the lake.
John Carl Buechler was so impressed with Kane Hodder when he ate live worms on the set of Prison (1987), that he pushed for Paramount Pictures to let him cast Hodder in the role of Jason. If it had not been for Buechler's persistence, the role of Jason Voorhees would have been reprised by C.J. Graham.
There were a number of filmed scenes that were edited out of the final cut in order for the movie to gain its R rating including: Maddy's face getting stabbed in the wood shed, Dr. Crews' body being cut in two in the woods, a longer death-in-sleeping bag scene, Russell's axe in the face by the lake, Jason holding David's head, and an ending scene of Jason jumping out of the water and grabbing a fisherman.
At the start of the film, just before the camera pans up and we see the younger Tina and hear her yelling father, Jason is seen inert and chained to a rock at the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake, where Tommy Jarvis left him at the end of the previous film. His clothes have discolored to a blue hue, but remain otherwise intact. When we see, during the main action of the movie, Jason just before he is revived, his clothes have turned to rags, and his gloves and tool belt are now gone, presumably having rotted away. Some viewers debate how much time Jason spent inert at the bottom of Crystal Lake before his revival at the start of this film. They prefer to think that the establishing shot did not take place in the past but rather near the present of the main action of the movie. However, in the documentary Friday the 13th Chronicles included with the Crystal Lake to Manhattan box set, the director John Carl Buechler stated that Jason spent 10 years chained and inert before the main action of this movie.
Jason's mask in this film was cast from the same mold as the original mask from Friday the 13th Part III (1982), but was modified slightly; in addition to the damage seen in the mask (the axe cut and propeller damage), the edges of the mask have been trimmed to make it smaller, to allow more of actor Kane Hodder's head to be seen around the mask.
On the Special Features of the DVD, Kane Hodder talks about a near-fatal take that's in the movie. When Jason falls through the stairs, only a certain amount of the steps were meant to give way. Kane's head narrowly misses one of the actual steps as he goes through.
Original writer Daryl Haney was sacked after his agent contacted executive producer Frank Mancuso Jr. and told him that Haney would not do any more work on the project unless he received a large pay increase (even though Haney had never told his agent to do any such thing). The screenplay was completed by a second, unknown writer, who was credited as Manuel Fidello.
The film's working title was "Birthday Bash".
Much of the film's score (credited to Harry Manfredini and Fred Mollin) is recycled music by Manfredini from previous Friday The 13th films. Manfredini was given credit for the use of his music, and Fred Mollin composed the rest of the score.
According to the documentary, Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th (2013), Daryl Haney's original script was titled, Friday the 13th Part VI Jason's Destroyer.
Walt Gorney: the veteran actor who played Crazy Ralph in the original Friday the 13th (1980)and in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) returns as the voice of the narrator during the opening of this film.
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