Jason returns from his watery grave to break up another party out at Crystal Lake, but this time, the telekinetic Tina is sure to put a stop to his murderous rampage once and for all! John Carl Buechler's FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART VII is arguably the darkest, cruelest, and most terrifying film in the series. There is no comedic safety net to balance the horror, and the death scenes are not left to silly gags like they had been in earlier entries. PART VII aims for a hardcore Slasher, even if it falls short of its ultimate goal. A disastrous run-in with the MPAA left Buechler defenseless against harsh censorship, and without the support of Paramount to back him up, the film was mercilessly butchered in order to earn an R-rating. Most of the gore has been removed entirely, but even still, THE NEW BLOOD contains some of FRIDAY's most memorable murders. The sleeping bag death, in particular, would live on in infamy for years to come, and was so popular that it was later revisited in JASON X. Buechler makes up for the flaccid action sequences with his atmospheric use of light and shadow as well as high- and low-angles to emphasize the sinister mood. The vision of Jason that he presents on-screen is a zombified brute that shows all of the wear and tear he has taken in his years of slicing and dicing. PART VII is most notable for introducing audiences to Kane Hodder as Jason, who would become the only actor to wear the hockey mask more than once (for a total of four films). Kane Hodder is the stuff that nightmares are made of. His specific mannerisms, huge stature, and heavy breathing would define the role for most fans. Jason completely raids the tool shed in this one, killing his victims with the most absurd weapons imaginable. Even though THE NEW BLOOD is riddled with poor special effects, lame acting, and corny dialog, the combination of Buechler behind the camera and Hodder imposing himself on-screen make this a very scary entry.