Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Um..aka, Jason vs. Carrie??

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Directed By: John Carl Buechler (Troll)

The Prologue
Now you all should know that as legend has it, this was to be the Friday the 13th that would match up Jason against A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Freddy! But, that didn’t happen (and it would be years before that did happen). What we ended up with was Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, a film that once again took a more serious tone but added in a little twist, making sure that Jason didn’t just have a normal final girl to deal with this time around.

The Movie

So Jason is still at the bottom of the lake from our last film and wouldn’t you know it, a girl with pretty much the same type of powers Carrie had by the name of Tina shows up to go through therapy over her accidentally using her powers to cause her father’s death years ago. Now for whatever reason, poor Tina tries to use these same powers to bring her Dad back, but what she ends up doing is waking up Jason..Doh!

I don’t know how many of you are wrestling fans out there, but there’s a term in wrestling called “Squash”. What that means is one guy goes in the ring, cleans the mat with the other guy easily and that’s it. Rest a sure, Tina and her powers do nothing short of squash poor Jason here and I think it hurts the movie a great deal. Jason is back and he’s looking even worse for wear, and he’s killing generic kids left and right, but he just never really seems to have Tina in trouble at all..And it kinda takes away from it.

However on the bright side of things, if you can look past the actress playing Tina looking like she’s constipated when she’s using her powers, you have Kane Hodder playing Jason! Kane, of course being everyone’s favorite Jason. I’ve already told you on the last film’s review how I feel about that, but I’ll admit I’d rank him as #2 on my list of people who have played Jason. While he for sure has Jason seeming less Zombie-like and more pissed off, it’s kinda interesting in seeing how frustrated he makes Jason seem when trying to kill off someone and having trouble getting it done.

So Jason is looking more frustrated as usual. Tina is more good than bad when you compare the pros and cons of her to one another. And we do have a great asshole in Doctor Crews. Everything else, ah..a little lame and tame. I can only guess my version is cut (I have the box-set) but when the killing goes down the camera seems to mostly just cut away and I hate that. Also the characters are about as simple and cookie cutter as you could get so it’s majorly lacking in solid foundation, a common problem with Friday the 13th.

So in all it’s a cool idea I guess, just not one done to the best it could have been done. Tina seems to deal with Jason way WAY too easily and Jason’s kills get the balls cut off of them and we’re left with a sleeping bag kill that is very cool (and iconic) but that’s just about it. Still, it’s not horrible by any means and looks like Gone with the Wind compared to the next one that would follow.

The Conclusion
Pretty middle of the road so I’ll give a rating that shows just that. I do however want to know if any of you were able to hold back the laugh once Tina started moving things around with her magic powers and busted out that weird look on her face! So they couldn’t get Freddy for the film, I guess they went with Carrie huh?

The Rating (5.5/10)
The Rating (6.5/10) *Updated on 08/01/11