friday the 13th 7Paramount Pictures
1988
R

“Okay, you big HUNK of a man, come and get me!”

Ever since homicidal maniac Jason Voorhees got trapped in chains at the bottom of Crystal Lake, the nearby summer camp has operated without a hitch…without a murder. But one of this season’s happy campers has brought along a deadly secret.  Tina Shepherd can see the future and levitate objects.  Her doctor knows just how dangerous telekinesis can be, but he’s out to exploit her, not help her.  And now it’s too late.  Tina has accidentally unchained Jason from his watery grave, and the bloodbath is underway.  Tina’s special powers are her only hope for survival.  But what chance does a teenage girl have against an axe-wielding maniac?

The seventh film in the Friday The 13th franchise, and the second one to feature what I like to refer to as “Zombie Jason”, by the time this entry was released to theaters it was evident that they were stretching for story ideas.  Besides the whole “Zombie Jason” thing, The New Blood could have easily been titled Jason Vs. Carrie.

Obviously, it’s not the actual Carrie White character, but you might as well have used an alternate spelling here.  Like Kari, or even use a slightly different name like Terry.  No, instead her name is Tina.  Yeah.  Regardless, we have a teenage girl with latent telekinesis powers, and that’s what revives Jason for more of that victim-choppin’ fun this go ’round.

Outside of the telekinesis angle, and the psychiatrist character with less than altruistic motives, this is your typical Friday The 13th movie, full of kill fodder, bloody deaths, and everything else you’ve come to expect in this kind of movie series.  In other words, mindless slasher-riffic fun that seems a bit thin on the tread.  Like your seventh time on your favorite roller coaster.  Part VII is notable for being the first one to feature longtime fan favorite Kane Hodder in the role of Jason.  Other than that, mildly entertaining footnote in the series, one I had to rewatch to recall for the review.  Worth it for the classic sleeping bag death; otherwise you could probably skip this one without missing much.

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