Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

Gifted with psychic abilities she cannot inhibit and subject to a therapy, a troubled teenager believes a murderer is after her.
United States
1988
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Festivity: 
Friday the 13th
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Trespasser
6
Carrie vs. Jason!
6
5.04
5.04
5.04
4
4
3
Effects
Dialog
Ambiance
We can only presume the franchise needed to try something fresh to avoid the pitfalls of redundancy. We stay at Crystal Lake, the party is still going strong, the teenagers are still sparkly and dumb, but the overall production quality is slightly higher, the script thicker, the pacing sped up, the vibe darker and the characters a bit more serious, mature.
The main character is an unfortunate Stephen King's Carrie rip-off. It's a mean to and end if you can look past it, and past the improbability of two intricate super beings randomly meeting at some random lake for a fight. All the past elements are brought back in a form or another, and then there's that. Many solutions to Jason's reign have been brought up, but none were of paranormal nature.
Superpowers aside, this mostly conforms to the classic Friday the 13th formula. Jason Voorhee's new design is one of the best and most elaborate so far. He somewhat carries the scars, mutilations, and decomposition of his past deaths. His body language inspires fear, more than ever. After the comical Friday the 13th Part 6, the franchise takes a slightly more dramatic but still entertaining turn.
Alternate Titles: 
Friday the 13th 7
Friday the 13th Part 7
Friday the 13th VII
Friday the 13th Part VII