Disqus for Friday The 13th: The Film Franchise




Disputing The Ending Of 'Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood'

It is well documented that Director John Carl Buechler holds a sour taste in his mouth when it comes to talk of how his movie, Friday The 13th Part 7: The New Blood, was altered at many different levels. From his battles with not only the MPAA, but with Associate Producers, it is a miracle that he left his name on this movie as at all. Probably the most infamous of the changes made during the shooting of The New Blood was the ending. Whereas Mr. Buechler had designed a very grotesque and rotting depiction of  Tina’s father Mr. Shepard, who would burst out of his watery grave to save his daughter from Jason at the end of the film, Producers would intervene and force the Director to change the father’s look to a more eye pleasing rendition. The change created a confusing ending.

Questions arose as a result, such as, was that a ghost of the father that came back and grabbed Jason and dragged him to the bottom of Crystal Lake? If it was a indeed a corpse, then why did he look like he just had some mud thrown on him? Initially, fans cried foul at the creators of the film, namely the director and writer for creating such a cheap ending. However, we now know that Mr. Buechler had intended a more impactful ending, but we were left with a mere family friendly look at Jason's demise.

I for one believe that if John Buechler's vision of a more decayed Mr. Shepard was left in the film for the ending (pictured below), that the audience would have connected more with the end result of the film and would have dissolved any doubt of what fans witnessed. Plus, the rotted Mr. Shepard looked pretty awesome to boot!

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