Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Year: 1988

Director: John Carl Buechler

Written by: Daryl Haney

Threat: Undead

Weapon of Choice: Telekinesis

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Other movies in this series:
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Jason X
Freddy vs. Jason

Rish Outfield's reviews
"Carrie versus Jason" was the premise . . . not an entirely bad one, at that. Unfortunately, a bad film came out of it. This one wasn't even entertaining. I wanted to turn it off, not even fast-forward it. Usually the "Friday" films are fun to watch (as much as we bashed "Part 3," it kept us laughing), but this one missed the boat completely. It took itself seriously...and even dared to be talky. The girl with telekinesis was just plain annoying, not sympathetic at all, and I hoped she'd use her powers to just blow the whole place up (herself included). I like Terry Kiser. I really do. In fact, he was the only thing I liked about this movie. Oh, and that you could sometimes see Jason's ribs through his chest. That was cool.
Other than that, there was nary a likable character, nor a scare, nor a good laugh, nor an unexpected twist to be found. I recall that the television ads for it gave away the ending, and that my friends and I all wanted to see it, but other than that, this is a forgettable movie indeed.
It's interesting that the people of Crystal Lake can forget about Jason so soon. Or not. Maybe that's the thing about people, they try to put tragedy behind them so hard that it's often to their detriment. Wait, what am I saying? Forgetting that you had a cousin that exposed himself to you and forgetting that a maniacal, unkillable murderer chopped up twenty-seven teenagers two years back are not exactly the same thing. I suppose there would be no story if people refused to keep coming back to the camp, year after year. Boy, that water must be pretty darn clear, huh?
If you can believe it, this is my least favourite installment in the nearly-never-ending series.
I'd Recommend It To: Very few. This should get its kudos for the most Killer Doesn't Stay Dead's I think I have ever seen (he just kept getting back up and the music would blare, then he would die, then get back up--accompanied by the blare, then he would die...), but is that a reason to see it?

The tyranist's thoughts
For some reason, Rish and I stopped watching this series a while ago. We finally decided to finish it off so we rented this one. Unfortunately, it will probably be a while before we rent number 8 since we disliked this one so much. I suppose that answers the why.
Whenever you get to the seventh entry in a series (unless you are doing James Bond movies) you have to either change the formula to keep you audience interested or die. I believe that they died here. True, the introduction of a foe that is almost as powerful as Jason was a little bit novel, but come on, didn't a little kid wax him clear back in entry four? If a little kid whose only power is in creating monster masks can kill Jason, why can't a telekinetic teenager whose full of rage because she killed her father and she's never had sex? I will say that the Jason costume in this is very well done and worth seeing. Of course, sitting through the rest of it might bore you to death.

Total Skulls: 36

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Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
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Bad execution skull
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
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Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
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Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skullskull
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Victim locks self in with killer
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Dream sequence
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Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
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What the hell? skull
x years ago . . . skull
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Killer is in closet
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Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
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Blood fountain
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Excessive gore
No one dies at all
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Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
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"It was all a dream" ending
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