Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
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The worst in a string of increasingly pointless sequels to Sean S. Cunningham's crude slasher hit, this installment provided clear evidence that the "slasher" subgenre, already creatively dead, was no longer financially viable. This time around, unstoppable supernatural thug Jason Voorhees -- imprisoned at the bottom of a lake by his telekinetic foe Tina in the previous film -- is reanimated yet again after being goosed by an underwater electrical cable, freeing him to stow away aboard a
Jan 1, 1989 Wide
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Among the passengers is a bright girl who's having visions of a drowning boy, her smarmy guardian, her concerned teacher, a boyfriend whose soon-to-be-late father is the ship's captain, and assorted high school stereotypes.
The makers of the Friday films wouldn't even consider stopping the series till they hit that magic number: Part XIII.
Taking the serial killer and putting him on a boat isn't the silliest thing you could do -- you could always send him to space.
It's actually quite amazing that a film titled Jason Takes Manhattan never really takes place in Manhattan. At least the Muppets kept their titular promise to bite the Big Apple.
This is easily the most disappointing of the original...movies - which is quite an achievement when you consider that the overall quality of the franchise was hardly high enough to raise expectations to a level that would allow for disappointment.
Not only are the later Friday the 13th films distasteful, but they've become so repetitive that each sequel is duller than the last.
Worst of the series, Jason doesn't really take anything.
An inscrutable narrative that pukes its way across an unforgivably long 100 minutes.
Not even remotely scary, and on top of that less than 1/3 of the film takes place in New York. False advertising, I say!
Director Rob Hedden may have been onto something: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan, the series itself was always drowning in ****.
We're lured in with promises of Manhattan mayhem, and all we get is more of the same stupid stuff.
As most people had already realized long before, Jason just wasn't scary anymore.
As Jason entries go, there've been worse, but...
Even the finest Friday the 13th flicks barely qualify as actual movies, so it's fairly clear where the lesser entries lie on the scale of quality.
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- Julius Gaw: Go ahead. Take your best show, motherfucker.
- Tamara Mason: Julius is the only senior I would even consider doing it with.
- Julius Gaw: I say we regroup, and find this motherfu*ker before he finds us. Now who's with me?
- Charles McCullough: Watch your mouth, young man! And you'll do no such thing. I'M in charge here!
- Julius Gaw: School is out, McCulloch! Okay?
- J.J.: (about Tamera) - She is a user.
- Wayne Webber: She's sexy.
- J.J.: So what? So is this guitar!
- Julius Gaw: (boxing with Jason on a roof) - Go ahead, take your best shot, motherfu*ker!
- Tamara Mason: (before cutting the drugs) - Night time is the right time.
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