Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood finally gave Jason a worthy opponent to fight. Even if that opponent is a girl with telekinetic powers. After Jason was chained to the bottom of the lake at the end of Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, it seemed like that’s where he’d stay forever. In Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Jason is accidentally pulled to the surface by Tina. She’s the one with unexplained telekinetic powers who stays at Camp Crystal Lake with her friends (SPOILER ALERT! Tina is also the final girl).
Not that Tina’s powers need explanation since Jason is now basically a rotting corpse. I’d say his face is the best looking of the franchise. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood was actually meant to be a different movie entirely. A certain crossover with another horror icon that wouldn’t be released for 15 more years. That idea didn’t pan out right away, but they still wanted to give Jason a more powerful opponent to fight. So they instead went with a “Jason vs. Carrie” idea. It’s an interesting idea, but there’s no direct contact between the two.
Although the biggest highlight of this installment is that it’s the first movie to feature Kane Hodder as Jason. The most iconic actor to play the slasher. His imposing stature and stunt experience made him perfect for the role. He’s able to perform more deadly kills like the sleeping bag body slam. While also embracing other creative methods like using a buzzsaw. Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood is the last passable sequel for a while.