Thursday, August 29, 2013

Film Review: Friday The 13th Part 7 - The New Blood (1988)

Friday The 13th: Part 7 - The New Blood (Review)
United States/1988
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes 

"...it really feels like a fantasy-horror-action film, instead of the usual."

Years after the events of the previous film, a 10 year old Tina accidentally kills her father with her telekinesis powers unlocked during a fit of rage. 7 years later, Tina returns to Crystal Lake with a doctor and her mother to help her recover, and accidentally uses her special powers to free Jason Voorhees from his watery grave.

The story continues as Tina receives treatment, while her neighbors -- a group of teenagers -- party next door. Her neighbors suffer the same fate as the lake occupants before them. Tina, on the other hand, adds some creativity by having special powers and grizzly visions of death. These power become more evident towards the ending as Tina faces off against Jason. The third act is more action/horror than horror, but it's thrilling and effective. The ending of the film was a bit cheesy and a bit unfulfilling, yet oddly satisfying.

I like the story in this installment as it adds more variety to the hit-or-miss series. However, due to the creative telekinesis approach, this may be a hate-or-love film; it really feels like a fantasy-horror-action film, instead of the usual. Jason Voorhees is much more intimidating this time around because of his size and design, I like this. Some of the kills are plain, been-there-done-that, while others are creative and brutal. I was never scared, but I can't say I wasn't entertained -- it was generally a fun experience.

This film doesn't suffer from story like the previous installments. Instead, the ridiculously over-the-top acting from the lead and most of the supporting cast brings the film down. The acting really ranges from terrible to barely decent, but never excels. It doesn't help that most of the characters are generic and hollow, as is there dialogue and delivery. The special effects were solid, the kills were great and Jason's design was better than most of the previous installments. The story has some creativity and innovations, kinda feels like the later installments of A Nightmare on Elm Street; but, it lacks consistency and balance.

Overall, Friday the 13th Part 7 is a good 80s slasher. The fantasy elements may turn some viewers off, but I took it as a breath of fresh air. The acting was unfortunately at its worst, and the characters could've been deeper, or at least likeable.

Score: 6/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, sex and nudity.

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