A more restrained, more overtly supernatural entry in a most ignominious slasher series. The telekinesis angle gives it novelty and the pretty kids play their shallow, cannon fodder parts well. Kane Hodder's physicality and ghoulish makeup turn Jason into the hulking, unstoppable zombie character he always should have been. Buechler's crowd pleasing ambition motors through an ending that defies logic and good taste.
Where the supernatural universe really starts to make appareances in the series is the breaking point of the same. The rules of the franchise lost themselves, the characters aren't explored as their intentions and it all seems flat. Unfortunately, I don't like the flavour of "The New Blood".
The acting here is abysmal, even by F13 standards, but the pulpy nonsense of the whole thing really does it for me. Tina is a real drip but it's still a gas to watch her throw down with Jason. A ridiculous, inventive, underrated entry in the series that would have been even better without its butchering by the studio and MPAA.
Jason is brought back to life by an angsty teenager with telekinetic powers... Huh? Okay, I'll bite. The New Blood is extremely bizarre and extremely fun. When Jason is on screen doing his thing this movie is a blast. However, every time the movie veers away from Jason it comes to a screeching halt. The main character is just so boring! This is by no means the best Friday the 13th film, but it's far from the worst.