Saturday, October 26, 2013

31 Days of Halloween 2013 - Day 26

Friday the 13th part VII: The New Blood
John Carl Buechler

Tina (Lar Park-Lincoln) is a young girl whose budding psychic powers result in the death of her alcoholic father at their house near Crystal Lake. Several years of therapy later, Tina is brought back to the house by her doctor, Crews (Terry Kiser), nominally to help her deal with her issues but in actuality he hopes to profit from her strange abilities. In pushing her harder and harder, he forces Tina to accidentally free Jason from the bottom of the lake where he has been trapped for a long time. Jason immediately starts doing what he does best, at least until he runs up against Tina.

I give The New Blood an ‘A’ for effort. Here was an attempt at do something wholly new in the Friday the 13th universe that didn’t: A) lose Jason Vorhees in the process, or B) undermine the horror of the series with overt comedy. The New Blood gets a resounding ‘D+’ in execution, with a cheap looking production, mostly uninteresting characters, and for holding back on the Tina vs. Jason fight until the last few moments of the movie. Even then the battle is short and wastes all the potential of finally seeing someone who could stand-up to the unstoppable force Jason has become. The New Blood suffers even worse from censorship with virtually every violent scene removed. This film had the potential to be something really interesting and it feels even worse to watch it not realize it at all.

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