As a kid, Tina (Lar Park Lincoln) had a telekinetic temper tantrum and killed her abusive alcoholic father by drowning him in
The New Blood is one of those Jason movies that I have a soft spot in my heart for. First off, it was the first Jason movie I ever saw in a theater. It gave me nightmares as a kid, which means it gets high marks in the scary department. More importantly, it marked the first time Kane Hodder essayed the role of everybody’s favorite hockey mask wearing psychopath. Hodder would go on to play Jason three more times and he really puts forth an authority and a personality into the character. This is probably my favorite Kane performance of them all.
Unfortunately The New Blood has one of the worst endings to ever come out of
Let’s face it folks, this ending is dumb as all get out. Are we really supposed to believe that Tina’s dad comes back to life and chains up Jason? Let’s talk logistics here for a second. Why would her dad’s body still be in the lake after ten years? Wouldn’t the police have dragged his corpse out of the lake after his death? And even if they didn’t, why is his corpse perfectly preserved? This shit is just hurting my brain it’s so damned dumb.
Before he completely botched the ending, director John Carl (Troll) Buechler delivered the goods more often than not. I particularly liked the atmospheric opening montage of Jason’s greatest hits narrated by Crazy Ralph himself, Walt Gorney. (“People forget he’s down there… waiting!”) The Jason sequences are top notch and feature some good kills. There is: a spike through the neck, a spike through the back, a hand through the back, an axe to the face, a drowning, the requisite head crushing, a party favor to the eye, a knife in the chest, a machete to the neck, a bimbo thrown out of the second story window, a sickle through the chest, a weed whacker to the stomach, and another axe to the face. Then of course, we have the immortal sleeping bag kill; one of Jason’s finest moments.
Jason gets as good as he gives. The extended brawl between the telekinetic Tina and Jason is a doozy and although it has a tendency to get a bit hokey, it’s still loads of fun. She electrocutes him, throws a sofa (as well as a potted plant) at him with her mind, brings down a porch on his head, tosses a ceiling lamp at him, strangles him, send some nails flying in his face, sets him on fire, and resurrects her dead fath… Umm… the less said about that, the better.
Buechler also did the special effects for the movie and his work is second only to Tom Savani’s in the series. Jason’s make-up is simply incredible. Buechler took Jason’s new zombified look and ran with it. You can even see his exposed ribcage and spinal cord poking out from his coveralls. The coolest part is that you can actually see his skeletonized knee joints move when he walks! His face is also pretty dope too as he looks like a cross between The Colossal Beast and an oatmeal cookie. The gore for the most part is so-so. That’s because the MPAA neutered the majority of Buechler’s gore effects in order for the film to get an R rating; so we can’t really be mad at him for cutting away so quickly once Jason starts doing his thing.
Performance-wise, things are fairly generic.
When all is said and done, Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood should’ve been called Carrie vs. Jason. The stupid ending aside, this was not the worst gimmick they could’ve come up with for poor Jason. Future gimmicks included Jason in
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