'Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood' turns 30
On this day in 1988 (coincidentally Friday the 13th) Friday the 13th Part VII was released and went on to bleed out nearly $20 million from horror fans.
After failing to get 'Freddy Vs. Jason' to the screen in the late 80's, exec's still found a storyline to pit ol' Jason Vorhees against a formidable foe. Thus, 'Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood' was born. Filmed under the secretive title of "Birthday Bash" - the film became infamous for its behind the scenes drama between lead Lar Park Lincoln and Kevin Spiritas who portrayed her love interest in the film. The film also has been affectionately referred to as Frigay the 13th, as a large chunk of the cast and crew were LGBT.
The film became a casualty of the MPAA with several gore shots cut and was submitted a whopping seven times to achieve an "R" rating. Most of the cut gore shots are only preserved in grainy vhs sources.
Still, Jason would live to see another day - and New York the following year.