Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Genre: Slasher Horror Serial
Starring: Lar Park-Lincoln, Kevin Spirtas (The Hills Have Eyes Part II)
Directed By: John Carl Buechler (Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go to College)
Overview: When a psychic girl reawakens Jason Voorhees, his rampage seems unstoppable, unless she who summoned him can send him back whence he came.
Acting: The girl, her mom, the guy from Weekend at Bernie's, they all do fine, a little hammy, but that's to be expected. The director also did that show "Land of the Lost"! Remember that? Wow! Anyways, the roles were certainly better played; not good, but better.
Cinematography: The gore is just not there! What's the problem? Couldn't find a machete that squirts blood? Couldn't afford a guy with a hose and a hand pump? Was the union on strike that year? Who knows? Yeah, the camerawork is professional, but I'm disappointed with the blood and latex budget.
Script: The characters are so much more detestable when they're selfish, you know? I'd say that the hate-the-characters factor is higher in this one than in any other, some people are just cruel! Motivations, explanations, leaps of logic... all well within normal, logical parameters. Finally!
Plot: The stretching of the believability factor keeps beating the last movie every time. They're at a stage now where they just have to top the last film SOMEHOW, and not only by trying to kill him more often, but by having Jason's world as a tougher place too. Rememeber the rule though: if you're a supernaut, there's always going to be an even bigger supernaut who can crush you. Try a girl with powers to kill from a distance! Does she live? That's up to you to find out.
Mood: Jason though, hoo boy, the scariest ever! I mean, he's been underwater, eaten by fishes, clothes all in tatters with this huge chain around his neck... This is more like it. And what a couple of great kills (not nearly enough though). If I ever kill someone, it'll be with a birthday kazoo-horn in the eye too! Yet, the ending sucked, a little cheap, a touch predictable.
Overall Rating: 60% (The New Blood Is Far More Invigorating)
Aftertaste: Almost done the first eight Jason's and you know I think I'm more of a classic guy. The late 80s just gets way out there! Still I think the time that took to make this one was healthy. Jason himself is the coolest killer he's ever been, and the kids are complete morons. And the way they try to kill him, it's pretty original (until that last one).
The characters of this movie made 6 attempts at finally pacifying or killing the assailant. Jason is invincible!!! You go girl!