Film / Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood

On Friday the 13th, Jason is back. But this time, someone's waiting.

The seventh Friday the 13th film.

As a young girl, Tina Shepard accidentally killed her father by using psychic abilities she didn't know she had. The guilt over his death has haunted her for a decade. In the present day, Tina, her mother, and her latest doctor head back to Crystal Lake — where her father drowned — to work out her issues for good. Not too far away, a group of teens plan a surprise birthday party for one of their friends; one of these teens even meets and becomes smitten with Tina, which gives her a chance to experience some sense of normalcy.

But things turn sour when her doctor tries to incite Tina's telekinesis under the guise of psychiatric care. When Tina has an emotional outburst after one such session, her latent abilities resurrect Jason Voorhees, who had sunken to the bottom of Crystal Lake not long before Tina's father drowned. As the Crystal Lake Killer returns to doing what he does best, everyone around Tina calls her delusional when she says she saw him...but sooner or later, everyone finds out that her "delusions" are anything but.

This film marks the debut of Kane Hodder as Jason, who would play the role for the next three sequels (and become a fan favorite in the process).

The New Blood contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alan Smithee: Manuel Fidello (one of the film's two credited writers) is an alias for an unidentified WGA scab who violated the then-ongoing writers' strike to work on the film after the firing of original writer Daryl Haney. Any admission of working on the film — even now — would be grounds for instant expulsion from the WGA, so their identity will likely remain forever unknown.
  • Alpha Bitch: The Rich Bitch Melissa.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Tina's doctor encourages her to explore her psychic powers... but visions of the future? Ridiculous! She's just delusional!
  • Asshole Victim: Dr. Crews and Melissa, who are also ironically the last two characters to die in this film.
    • There's quite a few more, just not to the same level. Specifically: Robin, Eddie, and Russell.
  • Auto Erotica:
    • Due to the amount of guests in his uncle's cabin, Russell has to "sleep" in his van with his girlfriend Sandra.
    • Ben and Kate borrow the van later on to have some fun of their own.
  • An Axe to Grind: Jason kills Melissa with an axe.
  • Bare Your Midriff: Sandra's outfit before she goes skinny-dipping.
  • Barrier-Busting Blow: Provided the page picture.
  • Big "NO!": Russell lets out one, and dies before he gets to finish it.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Subverted. Jason gets a handful of random kills beforehand, but when he starts working his way through the house, the black couple are the first people to go.
  • Blade on a Stick: Jason uses one to kill Tina's mom.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Oddly enough for this franchise, the theatrical cut is almost completely bloodless, with most of the violence occurring offscreen. The uncut version, on the other hand...
  • Brief Accent Imitation: When Dan goes to chop some wood for his and Judy's campfire, he says "I'll be back" in his best Arnold Schwarzenegger accent.
  • Cassandra Truth: Tina tries tell about Jason's presence, but Dr. Crews chalks it up to hallucinations.
  • Cat Scare: Some random cat hiding in a closet gives a scare to Robin..
  • Chainsaw Good: Jason kills Dr. Crews with a tree-trimmer.
  • Country Matters: Eddie refers to Melissa with this.
  • Covered with Scars: Buechler arranged for all of the damage and wounds that Jason had suffered from the previous films to show on Jason in this installment. In addition to the motorboat damage from the previous film, Jason also retains the machete and axe cuts from parts two and three (respectively) as well as the missing left eye from the wound that killed him in part four.
  • Creator Cameo: Director John Carl Buechler appears in the film's end as the fireman who picks up the halves of Jason's burned mask.
  • Peek-A-Boo Corpse: Russell's corpse gives Maddy a scare.
  • Previously On: The film starts off on a quick recap of Jason Lives, as Tina's father's death takes place shortly after Jason is drowned by Tommy Jarvis.
  • Psychoactive Powers: Tina's powers depend on her emotions. Knowing this, Dr. Crews tries to inflict emotional stress on her to study her, instead of helping her to get over her mental trauma.
  • Rasputinian Death: Where to begin? Jason gets electrocuted, hanged, has a roof fall on him, hit by nails, doused in gasoline and set on fire, and finally drowned.
  • Sinister Scythe: Jason kills Maddy with a sickle.
  • Skinny Dipping: Sandra goes skinny dipping, and invites Russell to come along. He dies before he gets his clothes off, and Sandra soon follows.
  • Staggered Zoom: Used when Tina finally comes face to face with Jason.
  • Strictly Formula: This film was the last entry in the original continuity to largely follow the standard Friday the 13th formula. Each entry afterwards either changed the setting and/or Jason's nature. In fact, the storyline for this film is lifted from The Final Chapter, only with Jason as a zombie and Tina replacing Tommy Jarvis and his family.
  • The Stoner: Eddie and David.
  • Super Window Jump: Jason performs one when he is going after Tina.
  • Token Minority Couple: Ben and Kate.
  • Visual Pun:
    • Jason leaves David's severed head on a potted plant, making a headplant.
    • Then when Tina uses her telekinesis to throws the potted plant at Jason, Dan's head comes along for the ride, headbutting Jason.
  • With Friends Like These...: Commented on concerning the amount of assholes in the group. Nick says they're not his friends, he's just at the cabin for his cousin's birthday.
  • You Killed My Father: Jason kills Tina's mother late in the film, which is what prompts her to unleash everything she can on him.
  • Your Head Asplode: More crushed, but Ben's death. Much worse in the workprint version, crushed to the size of a walnut.