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Thursday, November 3, 2016


Jason (Kane Hodder) on the attack!
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VII: THE NEW BLOOD (1988). Director: John Carl Buechler.

Several years ago Tina Shepard (Lar Park-Lincoln), was indirectly responsible for her father's death due to her telekinetic powers a la Carrie. These powers prove handy when she inadvertently raises Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) from Crystal Lake where his body was, unaccountably, never found at the end of Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI. Tina is being exploited by a hateful psychiatrist, Dr. Crews (Terry Kiser), who is more interested in experimenting with her telekinetic powers than he is in helping her deal with her emotional disturbances. Tina is befriended by a handsome fellow named Nick (Kevin Spirtas) who invites her to a party where she comes afoul of the jealous and bitchy Melissa (Susan Jennifer Sullivan). Most of the cast members are indistinguishable from the victims in all the other Friday movies, but Sullivan makes the most of her turn as Melissa, and Terry Kiser [From a Whisper to a Scream] is excellent as the slimy Crews, who meets a particularly grisly end at the hands of Jason. Park-Lincoln, who later appeared to good advantage on Knots Landing, is okay as Tina. Although it can hardly be called acting, Kane Hodder has a very effective and menacing presence as Jason. John Carl Buechler's direction could politely be described as uninspired and by the numbers, but, as usual, the climax is quite exciting in its way. A new Friday the 13th movie will be released in 2017.

Verdict: Not exactly "new blood" but certainly recycled. **1/2.

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