Thursday, October 18, 2012

On Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood introduces us to Tina, a psychic hot chick with a ton of baggage. She unwittingly releases Jason Voorhees from Camp Crystal Lake with her mind powers, but he was going to get up one way or another. Jason then begins killing everything in sight, as usual.

The New Blood was different because this time Jason had a foe almost worthy of him. Tina's psychic powers help her stay alive but can't help her save everyone. Tina is portrayed by Lar Park Lincoln, who has gone on to work in several films and TV shows including the short-lived Freddy's Nightmares TV series. She is now a host for QVC and still appears in films on occasion.

The rest of the acting is hit and miss. As a kid seeing this in the theater, it was as much about getting to see an "adult" movie as it was seeing a horror flick or anything else. It does not hold up well, but then none of these slasher flicks were all that well made. It is what it is and for what it is, it isn't bad. The New Blood is certainly better than many of the series' installments, especially those immediately preceding and following it.

There is little new in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, but if you just want a mindless and entertaining ride, you could do worse. The director manages some fairly impressive shots that heighten the tension on more than one occasion but, all things considered, it is just another Friday the 13th flick.

© C Harris Lynn, 2012

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