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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

by

Jeff Nelson

While the showdown was entertaining, the buildup of the powers became insanely repetitive. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is enjoyable, but filled with flaws and is quite a mess.

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
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After a franchise has been around for a while, change must happen. If Jason Voorhees were to stalk Camp Crystal Lake each film just slashing teenagers without any twist on it, audiences would get bored and stop watching. Sometimes, filmmakers veer to ridiculous ideas that turn out to be a tad absurd. The switch to audibly identifying Jason Voorhees as supernatural mainly began in a previous sequel, but this concept was taken a step further. Those who enjoy the more silly style of the franchise are sure to be pleased with the outcome, although others who want a more serious Jason Voorhees outing may not be as joyful.

Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees returns to life when he's accidentally revived by a teenager with psychic powers. When thinking about the plot, it's absolutely ludicrous. It's difficult for me to take Jason Voorhees vs. a teenager with psychic powers seriously. The screenplay still seems to take the story quite seriously. Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives never took itself solemnly. With a plot such as this, it's a difficult task to pull this off and not receive unintentional laughter from the audience. There is yet another group of cliché characters that I couldn't help but just want each one to get killed off. In only an 88 minute running time, I managed to get bored with the constant use of psychic powers. The entire film felt as if the filmmakers completely ran out of ideas so they brought out a strange plot and overuse elements such as the supernatural abilities of the teenager.

ach time a film was released in this franchise, an unknown cast gets the job. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is no exception. The acting is no more and no less than what you would expect. It's not terrible and isn't great, but the cast gets the job done. This is the first film of the franchise that Kane Hodder took the role of Jason Voorhees. He has done very well with stunts and makes for a great horror slasher. The rest of the performances come across as so plain that a mix of that and the plot cause for unintentionally humorous moments.

These movies have managed to make a profit due to the very low budget needed for each entry. The filmmakers continue to make good use of the money they have. Each time that Jason Voorhees returns, his appearance is slightly different due to what happened to him in the previous film. Jason's appearance is very cool here. There are only a couple kills here worth mentioning and the best is very brief and barely shown on screen. The other is a memorable kill that certainly stands out. I won't ruin it, but it includes a sleeping bag and a tree. For those searching out the most violent in the franchise won't find it here, but the FX are good.

When looking at the franchise as a time line, this is the point in the series where it begins going downhill. The entire film felt like the creators ran out of ideas and could only think of the tacky concept of putting a psychic teenager into the mix. While the showdown was entertaining, the buildup of the powers became insanely repetitive. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is enjoyable, but filled with flaws and is quite a mess.

My Rating = Two Stars

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