“ Genre: Horror / Theatrical Release: 1988 / Director: John Carl Buechler / Actors: Lar Parc-Lincoln, Kevin Blair ... / DVD released 02 December, 2002 at Paramount Home Entertainment / Features of the DVD: Anamorphic, Dubbed, PAL, Widescreen „
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After the promising sixth installment of the Friday the 13th series, I hoped that the seventh - The New Blood - might show that the series has hit a consistent stride. However, it's plagued by the same problems as the other films, and adds a few I didn't expect, even if it's still not as irredeemably bad as the fifth film. Still, by this point, the plot is insanely convoluted and incredibly routine, with another group of poorly acted kids indulging in drug use and promiscuous sex, before Jason springs out and murders them all. However, there's a different tangent here, one which is different but just bad, with a kid apparently having psychic powers, but it's just a dud and doesn't work.
With Jason chained at the bottom of Camp Crystal Lake, everything's back to normal for a few minutes, but of course, Jason somehow gets free, just as a young girl, Tina, and her family, have arrived to stay at the camp. Jason ones again starts dicing people up, but the major change here is that Tina has psychic powers, which makes her perhaps the most vital foe since Tommy Jarvis. However, it's just an odd mix that isn't a lot of fun, and the interplay of Jason's machete-wielding with Tina's powers takes the series into a different, more awkward dimension that just doesn't work very well.
There's a lot of corniness here through the supernatural concept, and while there are some good kills, it's not enough to support a supremely hokey central premise that doesn't even manage a satisfying payoff despite the potential for an epic superbrawl.
This is a bland, uninspired entry that goes for something bravely different, but mucks it up.
It's Kane Hodder's turn to play Jason in this installment! He is perhaps the most famous of all the Jason actors considering he has played Jason the most times (parts VII, VIII, Jason Goes to Hell and Jason X).
This fella plays certain "Michael Myers" esque performance's about his version of Jason with the slow moves and walking.
He isn't my personal or even one of my favourite's to play the role but he has his own fan base!
Anyway, onto the film....
Jason is back again, accidentally ressurrected from his watery grave after part 6, by a teenager who has telekenetic powers.
This is the phase where the series started to "jump the shark" a little. Ever since I first saw the film when I was little, I found the telekenetic power thing a little bit out of the Jason universe, if you know what I mean.
I guess they really were running out of ideas at this point and were starting to get desperate to bring something original to the series.
Apart from the telekenetic subplot, this film is quite dire!
The character's, apart from Tina (telekenetic girl), are cardboard and not interesting at all and they all perform quite badly, even for a Friday 13th movie.
And to think that many fans slate Jensen Daggett from Part VIII for being bad, she actually performs better than almost every actor and actress in this movie, in my view.
The gore is strangely low (although you can see a lot of it that was cut on the Friday 13th: From Crystal Lake to Manhatten boxset extra features), Jason's actually boring and the whole film feels like it's beating a dead horse.
The movie does have a good final climactic battle between Jason and Tina but you got to wait for an hour before anything that exciting happens.
The only good thing, and perhaps pretty refreshing for this series, is that it doesn't leave it's ending open for a sequel.
It seemed pretty final at the end but we all know this series wasn't done! *sigh*
Anyway, I'd advise to skip it and move on to the much slated VIII. It may be the definition of "jumped the shark" but it's a heck of a lot more entertaining than this!
Having camped matters up in the sixth instalment (no pun intended), where could this stalk 'n slash series go? Well, the direction with Friday the 13th series seems to be all about going into excess. This is no carefully plotted saga, my friends. This is movie franchising at its most cynical. Each subsequent episode provided either more violence or more sex or was generally more over the top in tone. Having decided that Jason could be a zombie in Part VI it seemed perfectly reasonable that Part VII could have a telekinetic heroine and her alcoholic father rising from his watery grave!
Friday the 13th Part VII just picked up the ball thrown to it by its very successful predecessor and actually ran with it quite commendably. The production values are certainly higher than everything that had come before, with director and special make effects wizard John Carl Buechler giving us the "definitive" looking undead Jason Voorhees after the obligatory unmasking. Sometimes dubbed "Carrie versus Jason", the original plan was to pit Jason against Freddy Krueger 15 years or so before this actually happened. When this fell through the writers clearly still liked the idea of Jason to face another supernatural adversary. This came in the form of the haunted Amanda Shepherd who accidentally raises Jason from the watery grave Tommy Jarvis put him back in at the end of the previous film. This has now become as much a part of the Jason mythology as stakes are part of the vampire story. Part VII also sees the first appearance of stuntman Kane Hodder playing the role of Jason. Hodder became a fan favourite and would be the only actor to play the role of Jason more than once, portraying him three more times after this instalment.
The New Blood is another genuine attempt to do something half-decent with what is essentially a series of bad movies. It doesn't rise above its status as a supernatural slasher movie and it lacks the humour of Jason Lives, but The New Blood is still better than most of the others that came before and the films will not fly this high until the eventual "Freddy versus Jason". It has a fairly decent sub-plot with the Amanda character and it doesn't stint on the action nor the special effects with the best work in this department since Tom Savini's work on the fourth film.
A review of just the film, Friday the 13th part 7 was originally released in 1988 and is available on region 2 DVD for around £5.
Disturbed by a traumatic childhood incident at Crystal Lake, Tina Shepard has spent most of her life undergoing psychiatric treatment. Apparently possessing some kind of telekinetic capabilities, Tina blames herself for killing her father after an emotionally-charged row at the side of the lake. Returning years later with her mother and her psychiatric doctor for further treatment, Tina befriends a group of teenagers in the house next door. Struggling to contain her emotional turmoil, Tina once again finds herself at the edge of the infamous lake. Convinced that she can somehow bring her father back from the dead, the teenager unwittingly resurrects the mass killer Jason Voorhees and it's not long before he's off another murderous rampage.....
You'll forgive me if there's a certain resigned tone to this review. It's just that after the six previous instalments in the Jason Voorhees franchise, it seemed safe to assume that later instalments would simply be inferior retreads of the earliest chapters. The New Blood, however, soon corrected this assumption and demonstrated just how low filmmakers could stoop.
Almost without a shadow of a doubt, this is by far the worst of the Friday the 13th series. Even accepting the obvious creative limitations of the slasher films of the late 1980s, A New Blood cements its elevated position of crapness through a succession of ridiculous plot devices, dreadful acting and a rapidly dated look and feel that would have been charming in earlier films, but is now simply infuriating.
Bringing a killer back from the dead is not something that horror film writers particularly struggle with and, clearly, if you're going to resurrect another chapter in a franchise then you're going to be pretty shameless about how you do it. But the extent of the shamelessness in A New Blood is completely astounding. The suggestion of telekinetic capability is not, in itself, ridiculous, but when that telekinetic capability transmogrifies from enabling somebody to slightly move objects on a table to completely resurrecting a dead body, you know something's wrong. Bubbling and boiling away like a cabbage-driven fart in a bath tub, Jason's corpse somehow manages to free itself from the shackles that were its undoing in part 6, allowing the killer to simply float to the top and emerge from the water, albeit in a rather more maggoty state that we've previously seen. It's one of those film moments that creates a stunned, awkward feeling as though the audience should be embarrassed to be watching this crap, and, in fairness, it should.
What then follows is, not surprisingly, a random bloodbath of slaughter as Jason once again (yawn) goes on the rampage slicing and dicing a selection of horny/bitchy/silly teenagers as they attempt to celebrate a birthday party. They entirely deserve it, of course, as they consist almost completely of a one-dimensional crew of idiots but there's something hysterically pointless about their entire existence. Once again, in spite of the fact that now hundreds of teenagers have been slaughtered in that very area over the last few years, they still opt to return and isolate themselves in a crappy wooden cabin in the middle of nowhere. Once again, individually or in pairs, they disappear off to follow their own pursuits, providing Jason with countless opportunities to pick them off, admittedly in a reasonably entertaining fashion. The whole 80s feel to it now wears very thin, with some of the most ridiculous outfits the franchise has seen to date and a strange lack of any real party, largely because the guest of honour goes missing early on and everybody just decides to carry on without him.
Where it all goes really tits up, however, is through the introduction of Tina Shepard and her one-woman army of darkness. Whilst this Carrie-like character certainly brings something new and rather different to the whole thing, the writers simply take it far too far. The inevitable face-off with Jason lasts far too long and simply undermines the suggestion that the heroine of these things is in mortal danger until the very last minute when, of course, in this case she isn't. If she can bring people back from the dead, then you'd have thought she could rather easily send them back there again. Any supernatural subtlety goes hurtling out the window with Jason's latest victim, as we are treated to a handful of set pieces showcasing Tina's ability to fend off the rancid killer dripping all over the carpet. It's not even particularly effectively done. The special effects are cheap and shoddy and it all has that tame, choreographed feel to it that you associate with a children's drama, no more so than when the camera focuses on Tina's little face, concentrating intently on wreaking telekinetic havoc and generally looking like she's about to take a dump.
It doesn't help that Lar Park-Lincoln is such a dreadful actress. Earlier entries in the series were occasionally notable for the presence of young actors and actresses who went on to better things. Not so for Lincoln, who followed A New Blood with a series of television roles and little else. She's entirely unconvincing and almost entirely irritating, if for no other reason than her hair needs a good brush. The resident hunklet Nick (Kevin Spirtas) is at least nice to look at in ripped denim jeans but serves little point other than to be a knight in shining armour for the resident looper. The rest of the teenagers are so pointless it's barely worth mentioning them but the film is at least notable for being the Friday 13th debut of Kane Hodder, who went on to become a bit of a cult figure for his hulking portrayal of super killer Jason Voorhees in this film and the two that came after it, as well as in Freddy vs Jason.
There's very little to redeem this film. The nudity is heavily biased towards the female actresses (there's quite a revealing underwater shot of one of the teenaged girls swimming naked). The violence is effective enough but nothing that we haven't already seen before and often less gruesome (some of the killing curiously takes place off screen.) But it's the central premise that is so utterly ridiculous and in a film that desperately tries to take itself seriously, it's actually rather laughable. This is one to be avoided at all costs.
The norm with a series of films is that the first couple are of a good standard, then it all goes downhill. For some reason though, Friday The 13th started off rotten and then became watchable round about number 6. An unusual turn of events. That doesn't mean, however, that any of the later films are really that good. They are still by-the-numbers slasher fare for a hormonal teenage audience thrilled by the slaugher of their peers.
In number 7, Jason lurks beneath the waters of Crystal Lake, having being previously chained to the waterbed by Tommy Jarvis. However, he is soon raised from the dead by a girl with the power of telekenesis. She has her own demon's in her father, and cant quite distinguish the difference between her father and Jason, or the difference between her illusions and what's real. The zombie-like Jason sets about offing teenagers in new and original ways, whilst his latest adversary has to second guess his new move, which wouldn't be hard given that the film is as predictable as a cheese sandwich.
Kane Hodder has become a bit of a cult figure for his part of Jason, despite being half a dozen down the line to take on the role. He makes for a hulking figure, far burlier than any of the previous incarnations. There's not a great deal of acting in this part, as all the actors who have played jason have existed behind a mask where very little can be seen. But Hodder presents a figure that can only be evil and unstoppable, and any close up of his eyes further convince of his evil intentions. This isn't the wimpish mothers boy of previous entry's, but rather a great ferocious and relentless killing machine.
Lar Park Lincoln is a convincing foil for Jason as the troubled teen Tina, who is caught up between her visions and the horror's that unfold before her. Whilst not being any great shakes as an actress in the subsequent years, as a teen she is likeable enough to engage with when Jason stalks her and her new friends.
This film is directed by John Carl Buechler. Buechler has become a dab hand in the special effects department, rather than a director, and is reknowned for his works on such horror as Hatchet, The Fear and the upcoming Black Friday. Its clear to see where he cut his teeth though as blood splatters at will in this seventh entry.
What makes The New Blood better than its predecessors though, is its balance of gore and humour. Paving the way for the rest of the Jason films, it has its tongue firmly in its cheek, and the teenagers in this film are actually a bit of a giggle. Paramount first attempted this with previous film Jason Lives, and managed to produce a fun-filled one-man zombie flick. That trend is carried on here, and whilst this will never win any film making awards, its enjoyable enough for horror fans everywhere.
If you have seen all the Friday The 13th films, like me after Part 6 they seemed to be wearing pretty thin. In part, 4, 5, 6 the story revolved around Tommy, which in a way spoilt the plot. When Friday The 13th Part 7 came out, I was reluctant to buy this, because I felt it would be the same old thing. However, I am glad I did get it. Part 7 offers a totally new angle. In this film, Jason meets his match. Our heroine in this film is the beautiful yet disturbed Tina. In the opening scene, we learn that Tina has psychic powers, and she used these powers to kill her abusive dad. However, she cannot live down what she did. Tina has spent most of her life in mental hospitals. Her evil doctor and mum decide that a visit to her old home may help with her recovery. In part, 6 we know that Tommy kills Jason and his body is still at the bottom of the lake. In a rage, Tina accidentally raises Jason from his watery grave, and you have guessed it, Jason goes on the rampage. A gang of kids just happens to be renting the cabin next door, so plenty of killing scenes are provided for. This is an excellent film, which is due to Tina's psychic powers; there are lots of great Jason V Tina scenes such as when she brings the power line down on him. This film has a great ending, and the body count is very high. There are some excellent makeup effects, such as when Jason walks around with exposed spinal column, ribcage, teeth, and all sorts of other bones jutting from his rotting corpse. The acting is better than average especially by Lar Park Lincoln who plays Tina. If you love slasher films, and plenty of blood, screams and guts then this film is for you. This is definitely one of the better Friday The 13th films.
You can't keep a good slasher movie down. Unfortuntaley you can't keep a bad one down either which is why we have part 7 of the 9 Friday the 13th movies on review here. Jason is back again but this time in a rather weird plot involving psychics which turns the movie into something like Jason vs Carrie... The movie begins back at Chrystal Lake again...why it is called Chrystal lake when the last movie told us that it had changed its name to Forest somethingorother is beyond me, but back there we are. Jason is dead(again) and floating around at the bottom of the lake following his final run-in with Tommy. However, dead too and at the bottom of the lake is the alcoholic father of a psychic young woman who used her telekintic powers to drown him when she was only a child - 10 years previously. She is back to confront her guilt along with a money grabbing psychiatrist. At the lake too are a group of teenagers - obnoxious to a man and of course just dying to be hacked, slashed and impaled once the movie starts. But Jason is dead right? Well yes he is, but the reason out psychic friend is at the ake is to try to resurrect her father's dead body(hmm) in order to confront her guilt over killing him - I guess she wants to chat. well to cut along story short, she resurrects Jason by mistake(not that psychic then) and off he goes on a killing spree again... Where part 6 showed some signs of taking the movies into a new direction and actualy having a rather good script, director and even plot to some extents, it didn't do good business in the box office, only grossing around $20million. Naturally, the movie studio weren't that happy about this and returned to type for the next movie bringing back all the elements which personally i thought made all the other movie quite so naff. Back comes the bad directing, the annoying teenagers, the stalk and slash scenes(Killer walks, victim runs...and still gets caught up with and killed...hmmm) and the
high levels of gore and nudity... Ok, NOT the high levels of gore and nudity!! Most of this apparently ended up on the cutting room floor after the American film censors jumped all over the movie meaning that every death scene is accompanied by zero levels of gore. A slasher movie without gore would be like watching Saving Private Ryan without a war going on - it simply isn't feasible. As a result this version of F13 really doesn't cut it at all when compared not only to others in its genre but even to its sequels. It does however see Jason looking absolutely humongous as once again they changed the actor who plays him - this time to an enormous guy who would scare the hell out of me whether he was wearing a hockey mask and brandishing a knife or not. But that is probably the only good thing to say about this movie. Its plotless, goreless, derivative and the whole 'Carrie' thing is rather silly to say the least...but then its streets ahead of the next in the series...
When this sequel finally came out on video two looong years after part VI, the only expectations I had were that it be NEW BLOOD, and no longer Tommy Jarvis stories. That got old. My expectations were met, and I was even more thrilled when I realized that it was much like part IV The Final Chapter. This one gives you the mother/daughter relationship of Tina and her mother much like that of Trish and her mother in part IV. But this "New Blood" can move objects with her mind. I realize that the concept is quite exaggerated in the movie, but it still works. Tina never gives up on trying to send Jason back to the grave from which she brought him from (with her telekinesis), and it eventually works a whole ninety minutes later. Even better for hardcore fans, there is a very large group of teens partying in the cabin next door to Tina's. Among them are Kevin Blair and Susan Sullivan, who lead the roles that are beginning to become trademark to the Friday the 13th industry. Blair plays Nick, the understanding, there-in-the-Nick-of-time, potential hubby for Tina, while Sullivan plays Melissa, the loose, coniving bad half of Tina who seems somewhat lesbian at times in this movie and at the same time is trying to steal Nick away from Tina. This movie has several suspensful chase scenes from the skinnydipper to the girl hiding in Jason's notorious Weapon Shack. For those reasons, I rate Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood on terms of entertainment only. That is all it is. Harmless fun for the senses. It deserves a seven out of ten. There is New Blood in the movie. Nobody lied..
They just keep making them and people just keep going to see them, they never carry on properly from each other. The effects and storylines get worse and how many times are people going to go to Crystal Lake when lots of people have died again and again, its happen SIX times already for Gods sake. Anyway after siting on the bottom of Crystal Lake, Jason is released from his watery grave by a telekinetic girl called Lisa. A distraught little Tina dreams of the time when she believes she drowned her father with her anger-triggered psychic powers. A trip back to Crystal Lake is supposed to help Tina, but her doctor merely wants to exploit her. In a rage, Tina accidentally frees Jason from the bottom of the lake with her powers, and he begins to slaughter the teens next door. Tina becomes able to control her telekinesis in her fear-state and gives a strong showing against Jason. She eventually calls her dad to drag Jason backcdown to the bottom of the lake. Well at least they tried to make it different bringing in a telekinectic girl is spice things up but it doesnt really work and in the end its just more of the same, teens drinking and having parties, getting killed one by one off Jason before anyone notices they are missing. Then in the last half an hour Jason chases the final few survivors while they try to find a way to kill them. You know watch to expect, so if you want to watch it do so. There are the usual cuts from the MPAA :- Jason's face is constantly in the shadows to avoid the shots of his moldy, decomposing face after years of being in the lake. The complex make-up was made to hide to actor Kane Hodder's face, but was later deleted from nearly the entire movie when the MPAA deemed it "a bit too grisly". Judy's sleeping bag death was cut to absolutely no gore. In the original version, Jason hits her against the tree and her body explodes, spurting blood and guts from all sides of the bag
. Now all we see is Jason hit her off the tree and the bag stops moving and Jason puts it down. With Maddy's death in the original prints a scythe is jammed into her neck and bursts from the other side. Ben's death is much grislier in the uncut version, Jason smashes his head into a mushy pulp and blood pours down his face. Eddie's death was cut. In the original version, we see his head drop to the floor, but in the theatrical version, we only hear it. Russ's head splits open as Jason hits it with an axe. This scene was also cut. Amanda Shepard's death is virtually unseen in the wide release, which only shows her get stabbed from behind for a second and then cuts to Doctor Crew's shocked face. Uncut, she is impaled on the blade, which juts violently from her chest. Jason then lifts her off the ground on it and waits until she finally dies. Dr. Crews was killed with a tree-trimming saw. Originally, Jason tore into his gut, spilling out a fountain of entrails and blood that spurted up into the air. Melissa's death has an axe violently cleaving her face in two, splitting it down the middle in a gruesome close-up that left her eyes still wiggling in their sockets. Jason then tossed her aside, which is all we see in the cut release. Stan's death was also cut. There was a shot of Jason's hand ripping through the front of his body with guts attached. Tina Shepard has a vision of her mother's demise at Jason's hands while driving a car. Buechler originally wanted the vision to be of Jason holding the severed head of Mrs. Voorhees, but Gulf + Western wouldn't allow it. A denouement scene was filmed in which a fisherman in a boat on Crystal Lake hooks a largemouth bass, but as he's reeling it in, Jason rises from the lake and pulls him under. The scene was removed from the final cut, because it was deemed too close to the ending of the
original Friday the 13th and Part 3.
The horrifyingly indestructible killing machine, Jason Voorhees, meets his match in the form of a telekinetic teenage girl. Finally, Jason is faced with someone whose powers rival his own.