Friday, October 13, 2017

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

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988) dir. John Carl Buechler, Friday Four Inc./Sean S. Cunningham Films

Given this is Friday the 13th, why not keep the tradition going? We've seen Jason die, come back, and die again. Jason Lives showed Jason chained up under the murky waters of Crystal Lake. How would he come back?

We open with the Shepard family, who just happen to live right on the shore of Crystal Lake. John (John Otrin) has been drowning his sorrows for a while, and launching them at his wife Amanda (Susan Blu). Daughter Tina (Jennifer Banko) is cringing outside. When John comes looking for her, Tina shows him her special gift, namely mentally crashing the dock with him on it.

She spends the next ten years under the care of Dr. Crews (Terry Kiser). When we next see her, Tina (Lar Park Lincoln) hasn't healed much since that night. Her powers are still uncontrollable, and frankly seem Crews seems more concerned with developing those than helping her. He insists that staying at the old family home would be good for her. 

Of course, while Crews works on Tina, there's a party going on next door. Seriously, a group of teens is having a party right on Crystal Lake. Nick (Kevin Blair) is throwing the b-day bash for his cousin Michael (William Butler). Michael appreciates the effort, but Nick isn't clicking with the guests:

Melissa (Susan Jennifer Sullivan)-the bitch

Russell (Larry Cox)-his uncle owns the house. That's it for his character.

Sandra (Heidi Kozack)-Russell's girlfriend, bit of a gold digger 

Robin (Elizabeth Kaitan)-the hot girl 

Maddy (Diana Barrows)-the bookworm 

David (John Renfield)-stoner 

Kate (Diane Almedia)-she's black

Ken (Craig Thomas)-he's black

Eddie (Jeff Bennett)-nerd 

Tina is pushed to her limits one night, and while sitting on the dock she thinks back to her father's death. Concentrating, she feels someone is waiting at the bottom of the lake...pity she wasn't more specific in who she wanted back...

With Jason back, he starts to whittle the cast down, but this time he has a Final Girl who can give as well as take. Can Tina hone her powers in time?

A bit different than the previous, and that's not a bad thing. They actually spend time with the characters this time out, letting us get to know them. They're all terrible people, but I guess it is the thought that counts. 

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