The Drudgeon reviews Friday The 13th – Part VII – The New Blood

Friday The 13th - Part VII - The New Bloodaka Friday The 13th – Part 7 – The New Blood
88 min., 1988
Written by Daryl Haney/Manuel Fidello
Directed by John Carl Buechler
Language: English
My rating: ★★★

Jason takes on someone with telekinesis.  I don’t know about this.

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The movie begins with an overview of what happened in the last movie up until where Tommy wrapped a chain around Jason’s neck and forced him to the bottom of Crystal Lake.  After that we get a flashback of a little girl named Tina Shepard (Jennifer Banko) listening to her parents fighting and her rowing out into a lake.  Her dad comes out and apologizes but Tina yells that she wishes he was dead.  Suddenly the dock he is on crumbles and he falls into the water and is killed.  We then jump forward and Tina (Lar Park Lincoln) is older and her mother, Amanda (Susan Blu) is taking her back to their family cabin where that incident happened and a man, Dr. Crews (Terry Tiser) is there to try and help her work through her issues.  Meanwhile, next door there are a bunch of twenty-somethings who have gotten together for a surprise party.  Among them is the “normal” bunch of people ripe for killing.  The bitch Melissa (Susan Jennifer Sullivan), the stoner David (Jon Renfield), the geek (Jeff Bennett), the smart girl Maddy (Diana Barrows), the overly happy girl Robin (Elizabeth Kaitan) and the love interest of Tina, Nick (Kevin Spirtas).  After some trouble Tina goes to the dock and with her “powers” she frees Jason from his watery grave and the killings begin.  Can Tina control her telekinesis to stop Jason or will he finally kill the entire cast of a movie?

The acting in this movie is just fine for the most part with good actors and terrible ones.  Among the great is Susan Jennifer Sullivan who plays the bitch.  Some people think that it’s pretty easy to play a bitchy character but I’ve seen a bunch of bitches in movies that come off as just silly, but Susan pours out the bitch into this movie with it spilling over the sides.  There was never a question in my head whether she is a bitch or not.  The character of Melissa doesn’t have a nice skin flake on her and boy does Susan bring that to the table.  The rest are pretty good and no one really does a completely terrible job, so good grades to the cast.

The effects in the movie are on the same level as the last, with one minor change.  They don’t hang on most of the kills as long as the last movie.  It’s okay for the most part but there are a lot of times where it just felt like it was sloppy editing and you were missing something.  The famous sleeping bag kill is a good example of this.  Jason hits her against the tree only once but you know that there was more there and it just feels incomplete.  I understand that scenes have to be cut down/shortened in order for a movie to make it into theaters and I’m not expecting them to release an “uncut” version, but they should have tried a lot harder on making the edits and cuts fit more seamlessly.

In the end this is a fun movie, but at the same time it’s pretty much standard stuff.  They tried to add something new to the formula and it works, well only about half the time and the same goes with the kills.  The characters have now become the stereotypes that everyone expects from a slasher film and that does suck a little bit.  Now the worst thing about the movie to me is the ending.  It is an extremely weak ending and it tosses in another supernatural element that is just lame.  I think when it came down to it they didn’t know what the hell to do and pulled this ending out of a hat.  It felt way too forced and out of place to have actually been seriously planned out.  I’m really glad that they didn’t continue the adding of more supernatural aspects in the later films; then again maybe the next one would actually have been fun if they had.

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2 Responses to The Drudgeon reviews Friday The 13th – Part VII – The New Blood

  1. Mike says:

    I always thought they did a really good job in this move of showing the wear and tear of all of Jason’s many deaths, and multiple years lying at the bottom of Crystal Lake. We knew he was a walking corpse in 6, but the way they showed his bones, and his unmasked face said that they respected continuity in this movie, which was rare for the genre, but yet still they found a new way to reinvent Jason to “scare” you on a different level.

  2. Mike says:

    As for your complaints about the editing, I agree that it was sloppy, but I seem to remember an article in Fangoria that said they had to do a lot of last minute editing to keep the movie an R rating as opposed to NC-17 or X or whatever they had back then. Some of the things that got cut was a killing where there was an axe to the face, and the one with the gas powered saw blade. Both were originally far gorier.

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