Friday the 13th part VII “The New Blood” (1988)

friday the 13th part 7In the hay day of slasher films, Freddy and Jason were the kings of murder and mayhem. Fans were either on team Jason or Freddy. I, was a Friday the 13th guy through and through. Don’t get me wrong, I like Freddy. It’s just in my eyes he will never be as menacing as Jason Voorhees.

Growing up I watched countless Friday the 13th movies on HBO and cable. I felt like I could never get enough of Jason and his stomping grounds of Camp Crystal Lake. One late night they were having a Friday the 13th marathon on TV. I jumped in on Friday the 13th Part VII “The New Blood”. This movie was often referred to by series fans as “Jason vs. Carrie,” an appropriate reference to Tina’s strong similarity to the main character in the horror classic Carrie (1976).

jason 4Tina Shepard is a teenager with uncontrolled telekinetic powers. Who vacationing at Camp Crystal Lake, killed her abusive father with the use of her mental abilities. Years later, seeking intensive counseling from the manipulative, greedy psychologist Dr. Crews, Tina agrees to participate in a radical therapy that takes her back to Camp Crystal Lake. Unfortunately, Tina’s psychic skills rouse the slumbering Jason Voorhees (The amazing Kane Hodder) from his watery grave and in typically bloody fashion, the vengeful Jason begins dispatching the teenagers partying in a nearby house. As Tina attempts to stops Jason’s slaughter with the use of her psychic powers, the mass murdering ghoul encounters his toughest opponent yet.jason part 7

This movie is hands down my favorite of the series. Kane Hodder really shines as Jason. In my opinion and the opinion of allot of other die hard fans that Kane Hodder should have played Jason in Freddy vs Jason. Its like asking someone else to play Freddy. It just wont happen cause Robert Englund IS Freddy Krueger. The same applies for Kane, he is Jason.

The use of effects in this movie is top notch. Between the final fight of Jason and Tina or the design of Jason including his mask and costume are all superb. The ending was good, but I read in Crystal Lake Memories the ending of the film was different. When Tina’s dad comes out of the water to pull down Jason he was all zombified, instead of the clean looking version the used for the theatrical release. Oh yeah, part 7 also had the best kill in the series, the sleeping bag kill where he takes someone who is in a sleeping bag, picks them up and slams them against a f’n tree!Jason sleeping bag

Oh one more thing, Jason killed Freddy at the end of Freddy vs Jason. So Jason is better than Freddy. These are facts.


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