It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of slasher films, and here I've tried to compile a list of…
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Jason is back, but this time someone's waiting!
Tina possesses the gift of telekinesis, allowing her to move things and see the future, using the power of her mind. But when a devious doctor tries to exploit her ability, the gift becomes a hellish curse. Tina unwittingly unchains the merciless bloodthirsty Jason Voorhees from his watery grave, igniting a bloodbath that ends in the ultimate showdown in strength of mind versus pure evil matter.
First and foremost, it should be known that of all the well-known horror franchises the Friday the 13th series is my favorite. I think of the other long-running, highly successful series like: Halloween, A Nightmare on Elm Street and to a much lesser extent, Hellraiser, and Friday the 13th has the overall best track record. I enjoy each sequel almost on an equal level with a few minor exceptions, whereas I only like one sequel from the Halloween series. With 10 movies strictly involving Jason Voorhees (excluding Freddy vs Jason and that remake), I enjoyed all of them (enjoyed may be a strong term for Jason Takes Manhattan but I didn't hate it).
The slasher boom had basically two prototypes…
Kane Hodder weed wacking the good doctor. Melissa a real bitch but a sweetheart. Nick one of the smartest characters in the entire franchise. Tina the worst final girl. A WTF ending. The saving grace: Robin's boobs.
There's a legend around here. A killer buried, but NOT dead. A curse on Crystal Lake, a death curse. Jason Voorhees' curse.
Back from the Ottawa Comiccon and I have the urgent need to rewatch a few films because of certain interactions I had there. It was my first experience at any type of convention like that and I have to say I had a blast. Being a horror fan the biggest draw for me going there were guests Bruce Campbell, Robert Englund and Kane Hodder. Little did I know Hodder would leave the biggest impression on me.
May 9th, 2014 is the day I first met Kane Hodder and started realizing just how awesome he is. The first…
Though it's hokier touches and some formula tediousness undercut the strengths of "Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood," this chapter of the lengthy horror franchise earns points for adding, uh, new blood to the plot. This new blood comes in the form of a telekinetic teen who, ultimately, battles the hulking Jason Voorhees in an attempt to vanquish the lumbering stalker. It all makes for a watchable genre film.
The film has its share of weaknesses, but its addition of the telekinetic character enlivens the narrative. That narrative misses ample opportunities to set off in new and more interesting directions and eventually loses steam as it settles into its traditional formula of violent slayings, but it has a…
Bad news Crews.
Someone needs to make a film called Crystal Lake Realtors because selling ice to Eskimos would be a walk in the park to these real estate agents. Crystal Lake and it's small community have been witness to over 60 killings at this point taking place during 5 mass murders over the course of 12 to 15 years. Yet it doesn't seem to effect the real estate much as people are still buying and renting cabins around Crystal Lake.
My math on that could be fuzzy as I'm roughing it, and I'm only counting 5 mass murders because I don't think Part V: A New Beginning actually takes place anywhere near Crystal…
Back to the dumpster. The editing is horrendous, the acting is terrible and the humor is mostly gone. Fucking recaps... I thought they were done with that. Worst Schwarzenegger impression of all times. Some potentially good kills ruined by MPAA. The sleeping bag kill was shown uncut in theaters, the victim being hit six times against the tree with the bag covered in blood, instead of just one quick hit in all other versions. Wish I would have been around to see that. Jason's dispatch tools are varied. What did he do, robbed a shed? Tina, the final girl has telekinetic powers. Couple that with a horrible performance and it almost turns into a curiosity. The nice guy who tries…
Friday the 13th part VII: Carrie vs Jason.
A fun, flawed, ridiculous slasher movie with a good enough cast and the coolest Jason has ever been.
I expected a lot worse from the 7th installment of the franchise. Admittedly, the main protagonist Tina accidentally freeing Jason through telekinesis is a bit asinine, and the whole conflict between her, her mom, and the scheming doctor is relatively uninteresting. The minor characters were decent enough to watch partake in the usual Friday teenage shenanigans before being slain. Especially Robin. The whole final battle sequence was very entertaining, however, the surprise ending is a bit too ridiculous to take seriously.
I'll acknowledge that this one has a telepath to give it something that, if not making the movie interesting, at least helps you tell it apart from the others. I guess this one has way more teens boning than any of the others so far, so that's two things that are different. But really, the best I can say for this is that it used the newest film stock and camera equipment of any of the Friday the 13th films at that time. I also can't imagine legitimate fans of the series liking this one, what with how wildly different Jason's face was.
Lastly, my goodness but does this series have a weird timeline. Seriously, going by the internal references to how many years have gone by, most of this movie takes place in 1999 (!), at least according to the bare minimum of research I've done (I picked the first link on Google: www.houseofhorrors.com/fridaytime.htm ).
Easily the worst entry in the series for reasons too numerous to list here. Even more embarrassing for all involved is the fact that it follows one of the strongest parts of the series too.
I do enjoy F13VII quite a bit, but there's just something off about it that I can't put my finger on. The different score? The lighting? The telekinetic girl? The lack of gore? The unengaging partying teenagers? All of these things? Maybe. Jason does look hella badass and Kane Hodder's pissed-off acting during the final fight is really funny (in a good way). Plus, while most of the teens feel half-baked, some are pretty entertaining, especially Eddie and the wonderful Melissa. Terry Kiser plays a marvelous dickhead. The lead protagonists are pretty vanilla though, even though one has superpowers. Some of the deaths are fun too (sleeping bag and that party-whistle-thing) and the finale is crazy. Good times.
Two Friday the 13th's in a row and I celebrated both of them. This time I managed to get Anna over here to watch one with me.. Well kind of anyway.
Part VII has always been one of my favorite of the franchise. The one two punch of John Carl Buechler and Kane Hodder make this almost an instant classic. Harry Manfredini on the score as well. Just a really good team.
I would give this movie a perfect 5 stars but the studio came in and really messed this one up. Several cut aways from the kills, scenes just butchered in the editing department. It's really a shame this movie was so cut up.
Overall one of the best movies in the franchise. The concept is a little out there, but the kills and special FX really make this one of the best.
At least feels like a Jason movie, unlike the last two, but it's not enough.
The Carrie fight is at least a little different than the normal ending to these movies.
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