Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988):
After Jason is resurrected by lightning, is it a stretch to think he could be pulled out out of Crystal Lake and reanimated by the powers of a psychic? Well, Cory and Nathan are here to discuss and probe the ever expanding universe of “Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood.”
The undead and decomposing Jason Voorhees remains chained to the bottom of Crystal Lake. While he remains chained, young Tina Shepard, who witnesses her alcoholic father physically abusing her mother, unlocks previously latent telekinetic powers, resulting in her father’s death when she collapses the dock her father was standing on, where he drowns at the bottom of Crystal Lake.
Several years later, Tina, now a teenager, is still struggling with the guilt surrounding the death of her father. Tina’s mother, Amanda, takes her to the same lakeside residence, so that her powers can be studied by her psychiatrist. Dr. Crews begins a series of experiments (verbal assaults) designed to agitate Tina’s mental state, forcing her powers to become more pronounced. However, it is revealed that Dr. Crews is really trying to exploit Tina’s psychic powers.
After a particularly upsetting session with Dr. Crews, Tina runs from the cabin and to the dock thinking about her father’s death. While thinking about him, she wishes he would come back. Instead, Tina’s psychic powers break the chain around the neck of Jason Voorhees. Tina’s torment from her powers is increased as Jason emerges from the lake and his reign of terror descends on the area once again.
Next door to the Shepard residence is a group of teens who are throwing a birthday party for their friend Michael – preppy Russell and his girlfriend Sandra, Ben and his girlfriend Kate, science fiction writer Eddie, stoner David, perky Robin, shy Maddy, and snobby socialite Melissa. Michael’s cousin Nick, who has arrived just for the party, takes a liking to Tina, much to Melissa’s chagrin. Tina tells Nick about Jason, and has a vision of Jason murdering Michael. Meanwhile, Jason kills Michael in real life, along with Michael’s girlfriend Jane, and later kills another couple camping in the woods.
While Tina goes off to find her mother and Nick goes with her, Jason proceeds to kill the other teens. Russell and Sandra go to the lake. While Sandra goes skinny-dipping, Russell is killed with an axe to his face. Sandra discovers his body before she is pulled under the water. Maddy looks for David but finds Russell’s body. She runs for help, but her throat is slit with a sickle. Jason then kills Ben by crushing his skull and then Kate by driving a party horn into her eye. Eddie is downstairs, and Jason slices his neck. He then stabs David in the stomach. Robin then finds David’s severed head and is thrown out a window to her death. When Jason attacks Dr. Crews, he saves himself by selfishly using Amanda as a shield, but Jason kills them both with a tree saw. Tina finds her mother’s body shortly afterward and uses her powers to electrocute Jason and to crash the house down on him. She tells Nick and Melissa what happened, but Melissa thinks she is crazy and goes to leave the house, only for Jason to return and kill her with an axe slammed into her face.
Nick tries to fight off Jason but is subdued. Tina unleashes her powers in various ways such as forcing Jason’s mask to tighten until it breaks in two, revealing his decaying and deformed face. As the battle rages on, the Shepard lakeside cabin is destroyed by an explosive fire and trio are thrown back into the dock. Although she is unable to kill Jason, she unknowingly summons the spirit of her father, who emerges from the lake and drags Jason back down into the depths with him, chaining the killer once more.
The next morning, while someone finds Jason’s broken mask in the wreckage, Tina and Nick are taken away in the ambulance, and the screen fades to black while Jason’s theme can be heard from far away.
This is an okay film; definitely not the worst of the bunch. There is some genuinely good performances but we think the story is a real stretch, and that’s saying something after some of the plot lines we’ve discussed so far. There is a distinct drop in quality from the previous instalment and we’re starting to think that this franchise is getting into deep trouble.
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