Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) Review: Jason vs. Carrie

“Jason is back, but this time someone’s waiting!”

Synopsis: Years after Tommy Jarvis chained him underwater at Camp Crystal Lake, the dormant Jason Voorhees returns to the camp grounds when he is accidentally released from his prison by a telekinetic teenager.

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Calamity Brains:

Friday the 13th Part VII is a weird mashup of Carrie and a generic slasher flick, which… sort of works? Fortunately, the movie focuses more on the girl-with-powers storyline than Jason’s tired antics. The inevitable showdown between the two starts off strong, and then falters, but we do get to see some interesting telekinetic displays before the movie is done.

Honestly, the Jason storyline feels more like an afterthought to the rest of the plot. Our masked slasher (Kane Hodder) doesn’t break new ground here; instead, the focus is more on Tina (Lar Park-Lincoln) and her Cassandra-like warnings of impending doom. Jason’s victims are camp counselors, at least, but it’s just a replay of his usual tricks with no particularly interesting additions to note.

Friday the 13th Part VII is watchable, despite the mishmash – but again, it’s more focused on Tina’s psychic powers than anything else. Fans of Jason may be disappointed with how little he features in the movie, but as I’m not a big fan of the series, I found the change refreshing. As always, YMMV.

Calamity Brains’ Rating: C+
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Calamity Brains

The Codex Mortis Horror Hosts (Ludwig von Stroodle and Calamity Brains) are married and live in West Virginia. Pretty much everyone who sees their cabin agrees that it would be an ideal setting for a horror movie. Their pets include a black widow spider, a smart dog, and a stupid dog. When they aren’t watching horror movies, they can be found at whiskey festivals, Renaissance fairs, and board game nights.

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