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- "Please, don't drink anymore!"
"Don't tell me what to do!"
- ―Amanda Shepard and John Shepard
John Shepard was a character in the film Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.
BiographyEditSeemingly a loving husband and father most of time, John was prone to fits of violence while drinking, becoming aggressive with his wife Amanda during these instances. John, while at Crystal Lake gets drunk and into an argument with Amanda, which ends with him abusing her, the entire event being overheard by their daughter Tina from outside. Hearing Tina run from the house, John chases after her, failing to reach her before she gets into a boat and sails a short distance away from the shore. Standing on a dock telling Tina to come back, John apologizes for his behavior and saying he didn't mean to, only for the angry Tina to yell back that she wishes he was dead. Stunned by his daughter's statement, John feels the dock shaking beneath him, the tremors being caused by Tina's latent telekinetic abilities manifesting. When the dock collapses from Tina's unintentional psychic assault, John falls into the lake and is hit by a piece of debris, knocking him out and causing him to drown.
Seven years after his death, Tina would try to resurrect her father with her powers, accidentally unleashing Jason Voorhees from his imprisonment at the bottom of the lake instead. Hours after bringing Jason back, Tina, on the verge of being killed by him on the docks of Crystal Lake, uses her powers to either summon her father's ghost or create a pure psychic manifestation of him. The undead John bursts through the planks of the dock, knocks Jason over and drags him under the lake with a chain, saving the lives of his daughter and her boyfriend and trapping Jason beneath the waters of Crystal Lake once again.
- It is possible he is named for the actor who portrayed Tommy Jarvis in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning.
- In a deleted scene, it was revealed that John was meant to show as a spirit. That at first he'd appear more undead but revert to normal after pulling Jason back to the water.