Unlike Jason Takes Manhattan, Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood lives up to its title. Despite the film sharing a similar look and feel (and there are a lot of stupid young people jumping around), it moves the needle just enough to breathe new life into the franchise. While the previous installment, Jason Lives, pushed the franchise into blockbuster territory, The New Blood brought the tone back to its classic roots with a twist Main Alteration: Telekinesis.
There are two premieres in the film. This is the first time Kane Hodder (the actor most associated with the role) is playing Jason. Also, for the first time, supernatural powers are brought into the mix. The main character Tina Shepard (Lar Park Lincoln) is a young woman with a terrible curse. When she is under extreme stress, she can move things with her mind. Not only that, if she’s not careful her powers can kill.
As a child, she accidentally killed her father by using her ability to destroy the dock he was standing on, sending him into the lake to drown. Years later, she’s still grappling with it while a series of murders unfolds nearby. This leads to one of the most visually striking and exciting final confrontations with Jason as it literally comes down to brains versus brawn. Her tragic backstory, inner conflict, and ability to take on Jason make her a fantastically entertaining character.