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With: Lar Park-Lincoln, Terry Kiser, Susan Blu, Kevin Blair, Kane Hodder
Written by: Daryl Haney, Manuel Fidello
Directed by: John Carl Buechler
MPAA Rating: R
Running Time: 88
Date: 05/13/1988

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

2 1/2 Stars (out of 4)

Jason Meets 'Carrie'

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood came after the sillier and more self-referential Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, and it's something of a disappointment, although -- like all the entries -- it still contains some interesting touches. This is the one in which Jason battles a Carrie-like telekinetic girl, Tina (Lar Park-Lincoln), though their meeting is far from simple.

In a flashback, we see that Tina was involved in the death of her father, and now years later, as a teen, she's also responsible for freeing Jason from his watery grave. And since all the other characters in the movie are mean, selfish, stupid, and horrible, it seems that Tina and Jason have more in common with each other than they do with anyone else. Of course, the sub-intelligent screenplay doesn't explore this in any meaningful way, and the direction is pretty basic.

Reportedly, this entry was stripped of most of its gore before release, although we do get one brutal bashing of a teen inside a sleeping bag, and we still get one pair of naked breasts (belonging to the lovely Elizabeth Kaitan). This entry is mostly notable, however, for the first appearance of Kane Hodder as Jason; he's the most popular Jason among fans and would play the character four times in all.{subid}&url=hitlist.asp?searchfield=marvel
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