aka: Friday the 13th VII: New Horror
Director: John Carl Buechler
Starring: Jennifer Banko, John Otrin, Susan Blu, Lar Park-Lincoln, Terry Kiser
On Friday the 13th, Jason will meet his match
Tina Shepherd is a troubled young adult who are going to spend the next few weeks out on their house near Crystal Lake together with her mother and her therapist Dr. Crews. Tina has telekinetic powers and when she was young she accidentally used them and got her dad killed.
Jason Vorhees has been chained to the bottom of the lake nearby their house for a while now and after Tina has had a bad session with Dr. Crews she accidentally frees him and he is again able to walk around Camp Crystal Lake and murder everyone that crosses his path.
Dubbed by the horror community as Jason vs. Carrie, this one removes the humour from Jason Lives and goes back to Camp Crystal Lake to go back to the original atmosphere of the four first films again. According to Wikipedia however, there where plans to try to make Freddy Vs. Jason before this, but it fell apart due to the two studio New Line Cinema and Paramount Pictures not being able to find an agreement.
Instead of focusing on the group of young adults in the next door cabin, Tina gets most of the attention here. She wants to fit in and be normal instead of embracing her special powers. Personally I would love to be able to move things with my mind, housework would be so much easier. Tina does suffer from the same problem that Tommy Jarvis had in Friday 5, just because she has mental problems does not make her likeable. If you where to take away her special powers then there wouldn’t be anything else that would set her apart from the rest of the characters.
She of course finds a love interest at the camp in Nick, a very typical all around good guy. He is simply in the movie to care for Tina and we don’t get to know him in any other way at all. As most therapists are presented in horror films, Dr. Crews is not interested in Tina’s well-being but rather want to examine her and use her for his own research. Tina’s mother Amanda is more annoying than nurturing and I think it would have been better if Tina accidentally killed both her parents as a child. The rest of the youngsters are boring and only there to feed Jason’s need for blood. The only one I remembered the name of after seeing the film was Melissa, who was sort of an early version of Paris Hilton here.
As became common with this series, there are some completely random killings here aswell. Characters who are just in the film for five minutes to get murdered by Jason. The murder scenes are also not that great here and most seem repetitive of what we have already seen in the previous six other films. There is one popular one though where Jason picks up a girl in her sleeping bag and smacks her against a three. Jason was portrayed by Kane Hodder in his first of total four films as the iconic killer. He has been accepted as the “real” Jason by most of the horror community, although I’m not that sure why. He played in some of the worst ones and I don’t think the Jason character relies on the actor, but more of how the director uses him. That being said, thumbs up to Hodder though since this has worked pretty well for him and his career.
The ending suffers from being… well, silly and stupid. They should have been able to come up with something much better than this. Director John Carl Buechler had done Troll and Cellar Dweller before this, not exactly two films that shows anything to get him this job. Well, except that he is a good special effects artist and that’s where his real talent it. He delivers an ok movie, but I’m not surprised to see that the only two films he has directed after this that I have heard about are Ghoulies 3 and Watchers Reborn.
Friday the 13th VII: The New Blood fails to be very “new”. It adds the telekinetic aspect to the film, but other than that fails to keep things fresh and interesting. This entry is mostly remembered for being the first where Kane Hodder played Jason. It’s not a bad slasher and it is not the worst Jason film, it’s just not anything special.