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Awesome: 8.96%
Worth A Look29.85%
Average: 23.88%
Pretty Bad: 16.42%
Total Crap: 20.9%

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Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
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by EricDSnider

"A girl has psychic/telekinetic powers. Also, Jason kills some people."
2 stars

In “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood,” we get to hear a narrator tell us the backstory. I don’t know who the narrator is; the credits don’t mention him. It sounds like Donald Sutherland, but I bet it’s not.

Mr. Narrator reminds us of what has happened to this point in the saga, ending with the fact that at the end of Part 6, Jason was weighted down and drowned in Crystal Lake. Mr. Narrator informs us that “people forget he’s down there.”

This is just stupid. A man responsible for nearly 100 murders in the space of 10 years does not just disappear from public memory. Furthermore, when Tommy Jarvis drowned the bastard in Part 6, surely the cops and scientists would have then retrieved him, picked him apart, and studied him. His hockey mask would be on eBay. There would be an A&E “Biography” episode about him. People don’t just “forget he’s down there.”

But the forgetting is necessary for the story to move forward. It will be helpful if you, the viewer, have forgotten a few things, too. For example, remember how in Part 6, Crystal Lake changed its name to Forest Green in order to escape its bloody past? Yeah, go ahead and forget that, because it’s Crystal Lake again now.

After Mr. Narrator spins his yarn, there’s a prologue (which takes place on Friday the 13th -- CREEEE-PY!) in which a little girl who looks like the “Poltergeist” little girl accidentally uses her psychic powers to kill her dad. Surely we have all made errors like this at some point in our lives. It occurs outside the family’s house on Crystal Lake, mere feet from where Jason is chained to the lake bottom, “forgotten” by the locals.

Next thing you know, it’s several years later. The little girl is grown up and named Tina, and she and her Markie Post lookalike mother have returned to the cabin after apparently having been gone awhile. They’ve returned because Tina’s weird psychic/telekinetic abilities have made her a bit freakish, and a psychiatrist named Dr. Crews wants to “help” her, which really means he wants to use her power for his own gain. (Dr. Crews, by the way, is played by Terry Kiser, who also played the corpse in “Weekend at Bernie’s.” This is an actor whose career consists only of low points.)

So while he’s trying to get Tina to harness her powers, Tina goes out on the dock and tries to use them to summon back her dead father. Instead, she accidentally summons Jason; whoops! He gets right to work and starts killing teen-agers, who are conveniently located in an adjacent cabin, having a surprise party for someone who doesn’t show up because Jason has killed him. It makes you wonder what Jason would do if he were revived on a weekend when no one was anywhere near Crystal Lake. Would he bother hiking into town to kill some folks in a diner? Catch a Greyhound to the next major city? Or just hang out in the woods, waiting for someone to show up?

The interesting thing about this movie is that it was directed by John Carl Buechler, whose credits also include “Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go to College.”

The second interesting thing about this movie is that it features the return of the unsettling Daisy Duke shorts that men in the 1980s apparently wore ALL THE TIME, if the “Friday the 13th” movies are to be believed.

The third interesting thing about this movie is that at last, there is something different to do about Jason. In the past, victims have battled him by running, stumbling, and screaming a lot. Usually they give up pretty easily and just let themselves be killed, often because they want out of the movie. But now we have Tina, whose telekinetic powers are far more effective than mere knives or screaming. Good to see someone putting a little effort into things.

Goodness knows the writer, director and actors didn’t expend much effort. We won’t bother mentioning that the acting and dialogue are atrocious, like they always are. If we don’t mention it, maybe you’ll forget.

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User Comments

10/17/13 David Fowler Excellent series entry...and fuck you, Snider, I like guys in short shorts. 4 stars
10/05/08 blarginbadigalnohif not bad 3 stars
4/16/08 art WHY BOTHER? 1 stars
2/17/07 David Pollastrini this one had a bit of a story 5 stars
11/25/06 MP Bartley Interesting premise is wasted. Too slick to be scary by now. 2 stars
1/17/06 Anthony Feor Probably the best one 3 stars
11/24/05 cr carrie vs jason how cool i this and kills are nice, the fights scenes are entertaining 3 stars
10/24/05 Agent Sands I love the introduction about Jason. It's all downhill from there, pretty much. 3 stars
10/14/05 Darren O The body count formula has run it's course, but the CARRIE angle adds some life. 3 stars
8/23/05 Sugarfoot So bad that I can't even think about the climax without giggling. 1 stars
7/14/05 Brandy Harrington another suck-ass low budget movie. 1 stars
6/28/05 R J, we share not only a one-letter user name, but an opinion on this movie. 1 stars
6/11/05 Manu Ginobli Shit, rotted shit. 1 stars
5/27/05 tony Probably the only good one since number 1. But good acting 4 stars
7/03/04 J More like "Carrie vs. Jason!" I can do better than this!!! 4 stars
6/09/04 phoenix The same ol, same ol. But still pretty entertaining and short. 4 stars
6/07/04 Ryan Clark As dull and lifeless as the rest of them... 2 stars
3/30/04 American Slasher Goddess One of the better sequels of the latter part of the series 4 stars
3/17/04 PAYNE_KillerZ A VERY DECENT SEQUEAL... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
2/17/04 Ramey My Favourite! Has nudity- Plenty Of Deaths. Although it was too edited and cut for ratings! 4 stars
1/26/04 Eric The 1on1 battle of these two was fresh and made it interesting.Jasons toughest battle next 4 stars
12/13/03 Samuel Great horror film!! 4 stars
12/13/03 BEast_master pretty good! 3 stars
12/12/03 billy bob probably one of my favorites in the series... 3 stars
12/12/03 The Killer pretty good! 3 stars
12/12/03 Captain Spaulding good!! 3 stars
12/10/03 Tommy Great ! 3 stars
11/11/03 Jor.Armstrong Jason should win an Oscar, for "best Zombie, lunitic, demented,hillarious,perverted actor," 5 stars
11/02/03 American Slasher Goddess The sequel that gave us Kane Hodder as Jason.Great stuff. 4 stars
10/16/03 Erik Van Sant Carrie VS. Jason. OK sequel with the best-looking "zombie" Jason. The ending is uber-lame. 4 stars
9/17/03 Samuel Justus Worthless Shit!! 1 stars
7/22/03 Double G I have nothing else to say but its stupid. Micheal Myers taking a dump would be more scary. 2 stars
4/06/03 Dave The girl with the glasses looked like Urma from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. 1 stars
11/07/02 james healy jason gets his mask 4 stars
10/14/02 Charles Tatum What's next? Jason vs. the Power Rangers? 1 stars
8/16/02 Shaun Jason VS Carrie: Welcom Kane Hodder! 4 stars
6/19/02 Brandon Not one of the best in the series, but Kane Hodder makes his debut as Jason. 5 stars
4/27/02 maximal01 chi-chi-chi-chi-ha-ha-ha-ha... what the hell IS THAT NOISE!? Is he BREATHING??? 2 stars
4/25/02 balodi sarcastic and yelling 5 stars
3/02/02 Alan Smithee The worst of the series and one of the biggest pieces of cinematic shit ever! 1 stars
9/25/01 Shane Robert Myers!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thrills, spills and kills, any F-13th fans out there... this is for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars
9/16/01 Mr. Hat The good thing about this one is that it's original. The rest is the same. 3 stars
8/09/01 Ingenue Worst one yet. 1 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk Creepiest looking Jason...the axe in the face scene is worth the time. 4 stars
4/14/01 LiL What a shit name, what a shit story 1 stars
8/13/00 Bender Somewhat entertaining, but not even close to having any scares. 3 stars
8/12/00 Justin swatch u reviewed part 8 u moran, part 7 is ok, typical stuff the telekinetic stuff is cool 3 stars
4/29/00 Negative Norm This is just one big "fuck you" to Friday-13 fans! 1 stars
4/13/00 SwatchDog Awesome!!! Kelly Hu's (Martial Law) debut! The cruise setting lasted too long 3 stars
3/02/00 Kyle Broflovski Oh wait...this one was almost tolerable, too... 3 stars
3/07/99 KK Dusenbury This was ok. I like the part where Jason punk tossed that Alanis wanabe out the window.. 4 stars
10/30/98 Negative Creep *yawn* JasoN meets his match.. *yawn* 2 stars
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  02-Feb-1988 (R)
  DVD: 05-Oct-2004


  02-Feb-1998 (R)

Directed by
  John Carl Buechler

Written by
  Daryl Haney

  Kane Hodder
  John Otrin
  Susan Blu
  Lar Park Lincoln
  Terry Kiser
  Kevin Spirtas

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