Friday the 13th Part VII - The New Blood Reviews
A New Blood is set years after Jason being chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake, he is awoken by a girl with telekinetic powers and begins another killing spree.
How did this series get here? I mean, what started as the usual slasher movie with the first movie, then suddenly turns into one of the most ridiculous and silly horror movies I have ever seen. A girl with Telekinesis powers that beats up Jason...WHAT?! And yes, I know it's going for a different approach as this is the seventh movie in the series, but it's only done for the sake of it and it's dreadful.
This is by far the worst entries to the Friday the 13th series. It's boring, the acting is atrocious and so is the writing, but the whole series has been like that.
The New Blood is remarkable in how it neutralizes predictability by being awesome. You already know what's going to happen before you press play right? Well, the director made this film with such foresight in mind. The screenplay is built around a new story involving a troubled girl with a violent past at Crystal Lake. This is then merged with the Jason timeline, focusing more on Tina's psychological exploitation than the reemergence of Jason from the lake. Although the usual amount of disbelief must be suspended this merging of narratives works very well. This is probably the only time when the plot for one of these movies isn't either painfully contrived or completely lacking in effort.
Director John Carl Buechler also gives us veteran stuntman Kane Hodder as Jason, easily the most valuable franchise contribution since the introduction of the hockey mask. Hodder is masterful with his movement and able to communicate a great deal without speaking. His huge frame, exaggerated breathing, and vocabulary of turns and head gestures gave Jason a degree of personality and visible fury that had never been seen in these films. In addition to that the Jason makeup is outstanding. After spending years underwater he is decayed and falling apart in the true zombie tradition. There's no doubt that this is the best portrayal of Jason ever seen on film.
The major downside of The New Blood is that it was heavily cut by the MPAA. Buechler set up some devastating death scenes and, since a director's cut was never released, many of these no longer exist anywhere in their full form. It's a shame because, had these scenes been included in their entirety, this might be unequivocally declared the best film in the series. As it stands I think The New Blood is tied with Part 2 for the title of franchise crown jewel. They're very different films but each represents the best aspects of different eras within the series.
There should be no surprise that The New Blood is, not only among the very best of these films, but the last one that can even be considered "not garbage". After many years of watching these films I still can't believe how pitiful it gets after this. Have mercy on me.