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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



Victor Allan Miller, Rob Hedden

Sep 3, 2002

Paramount Home Video

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For what it's worth (very little), probably the best in the series.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The makers of the Friday films wouldn't even consider stopping the series till they hit that magic number: Part XIII.

February 19, 2014 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

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.

October 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Dread Central

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.

August 26, 2009 Full Review Source:

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.

February 15, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

Not only are the later Friday the 13th films distasteful, but they've become so repetitive that each sequel is duller than the last.

March 12, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Worst of the series, Jason doesn't really take anything.

February 20, 2008

An inscrutable narrative that pukes its way across an unforgivably long 100 minutes.

September 12, 2007 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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!

October 28, 2005

Director Rob Hedden may have been onto something: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan, the series itself was always drowning in ****.

September 25, 2004 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

We're lured in with promises of Manhattan mayhem, and all we get is more of the same stupid stuff.

November 29, 2003 Full Review Source:

Utterly appalling.

November 13, 2003 Full Review Source:

As most people had already realized long before, Jason just wasn't scary anymore.

September 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

As Jason entries go, there've been worse, but...

August 26, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

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.

July 25, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
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As shrink-wrapped slaying goes there is no equal and, until moviegoers demand otherwise, the uninspired trail of blood and body parts will continue.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan

I think I would change that to Manhattan Takes on Jason. The attitudes of the bystanders to Jason and the teenagers was my favorite part of this movie. The main girl was like, "Call the police, a mad man is after us!", New Yorker: "Welcome to New York. Anyway, as you can tell this was a silly movie. The majority of the film doesn't even take place in NY. It takes place on a boat headed there from somewhere near Camp Crystal Lake. Jason's body was at the bottom of the lake, the anchor of a boat 'accidentally' hits an electricity line and then his body, electrocuting his body which somehow brings him back to life without also electrocuting the boat. Then he goes on his usual slasher journey on the boat, conveniently filled with high school grads. This was the least believable of all the situations in the entire series, in my opinion. There were also very little special effects in the scenes where he kills his victims. So it wasn't very fun to watch. To top it all off, it's longer than the previous movies. If you're going to watch this series, you can skip this one.
December 28, 2012

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The one where we find out that Jason's head is made out of Play-doh. one of the first people he ever killed was his dentist.
January 14, 2011

Super Reviewer

A hilarious horror epic, Jason truly takes the city by storm. There's so much anticipation to get to Manhatten, what with the whole boat trip and float to shore. It never gets old to see Jason punch the head off the cocky teenager known as Julius. Its a lot more entertaining than one might expect, you end up having a lot more fun with Jason and the way he takes his victims. Kane Hodder is everything that Jason should be and more. He makes you root for the bad guy, something not easily done. This has awesome deaths, lovable camp and incredibly bizarre storylines.
November 1, 2010

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