Movie Review: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)

Synopsis: Years after causing her abusive and alcoholic father's death, a telekinetic teenager returns to Crystal Lake with her mom and her psychiatrist, Dr. Crews, who is secretly trying to exploit her gift. When her powers grow stronger, she accidentally releases Jason Voorhees (still chained to the bottom of the lake) and he immediately starts another killing spree.

Who's in it? The movie stars Lar Park-Lincoln, Terry Kiser, Kane Hodder, Susan Blu and Kevin Spirtas.

Review: Even though I recorded this film when I came across it on one of our movie channels a few days ago, I wasn't really sure if I was going to end up watching it.

However, the 6th installment of this movie franchise wasn't too terrible (and was an improvement over the two that preceded it). So, as a result of that, I gave this installment a try too. Unfortunately, it did not live up to expectations.

I think the biggest problem with this film is the same one I see with a lot of sequels, there is just too much going on at once. An un-killable serial killer (Hodder) going on another murder spree has the potential to be exciting to watch. So does a teenager (Park-Lincoln) with potentially telekinetic powers she can't control. Combining the two might sound good on paper. But, in actual practice, the movie just can't give either of them enough screen time.

This is especially true of her telekinetic power, at least in my opinion, because we never really learn what her psychiatrist (Kiser) was up to, especially in regards to how she was connected to Jason Voorhees (did he intend on having her release the killer or did he start doing his research on him after she did?).

One of the other things I didn't like about this film was the way the movie, once again, made Jason kind of wimpy. Sure, he killed people left and right. But, as is the case in some of the weaker installments from this franchise, he relied way too much on sneaking up on his victims, something that seems like a waste of his supernatural strength and inability to be killed. He just wasn't as scary as a result of that and the movie wasn't as good because of it.

Final Opinion: I'm probably going to give the film franchise one more chance and watch the next installment. However, if it is anything like this movie, I'll probably give up on the franchise after that.

My Grade: D


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