Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan


Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan

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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 shipload of standard-issue obnoxious teenagers en route to Manhattan. The title ultimately proves a bit of a cheat, since the majority of Jason's homicidal hijinks take place aboard the ship until the film's final reel, during which he pursues a handful of survivors through the streets of the Big Apple. Thanks to heavy MPAA cuts, the mayhem is more subdued here than in any other films of the series -- splatter fans primed by the previous chapters' copious bloodletting will be left high and dry. Despite a very amusing "teaser" trailer that suggested that the film might be a semi-parody, writer/director Rob Hedden and company play things tediously straight. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

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Peter Mark Richman
as Charles McCullough
Tim Mirkovich
as Young Jason
Alex Diakun
as Deck Hand
Todd Shaffer
as Jim Miller
Tiffany Paulsen
as Suzi Donaldson
Warren Munson
as Admiral Robertson
Fred Henderson
as Chief Engineer Jim Carlson
Gordon Currie
as Miles Wolfe
Saffron Henderson
as J.J. Jarrett
Kelly Hu
as Eva Watanabe
Vinnie Capone
as Street Urchin
Sam Sarkar
as Gang Banger No. 1
Michael Benyaer
as Gang Banger No. 2
Roger Barnes
as Irish Cop
Amber Pawlick
as Young Rennie
Vinny Capone
as Street Urchin
Peggy Hedden
as Waitress
Samir Sarkar
as Gang Banger #1
David Longworth
as Garbageman
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Critic Reviews for Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (2)

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

    Jan 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • ...ultimately stands as a very slight improvement over its various predecessors.

    Apr 13, 2015 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The makers of the Friday films wouldn't even consider stopping the series till they hit that magic number: Part XIII.

    Feb 19, 2014 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Overall, as a horror fan, even the weakest of movies can still hold a place in my heart and Jason Takes Manhattan is definitely one of them.

    Aug 10, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 7, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

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

  • Nov 22, 2018
    After over one hour, Jason finally arrives in Manhattan but doesn't take shit, only making this another dull and miserably awful sequel that feels like an eternity, with uninspired deaths, a bizarrely schizophrenic protagonist and a ludicrous plot even worse than the last.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2016
    I'm sorry but this film was terrible, There are so many plot holes it was unreal, The acting was worse than dire and the ending made no sense at all, I've tried to read up about it but everyone has a different opinion and to be honest it should if been explained in the films, The kills were boring and nothing new, One of if not the worst in the series.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Mar 20, 2016
    This movie's 'title' should've been: Jason Takes Manhattan, But It Takes Him Over An Hour To Get There By Ship. Talk about a misleading title. And when Jason does indeed get to Manhattan, he still focuses on the same group of people he's been trying to kill on the ship, it's just that they manage to row a lifeboat there. Admittedly, out of all of the Jason films I've seen recently, this is the least inspired and easily the worst. I reviewed the seventh film in the franchise poorly because of the introduction of telekinetic elements from one of the people Jason is trying to kill. But, and I'll readily admit that the telekinesis was fucking stupid, at the very least they made an effort to introduce some newer elements in order to try to freshen up what was, at the time, an old and tired franchise. This, on the other hand, just goes back to basics with Jason killing random teens for no real purpose whatsoever. It doesn't try to freshen up the formula in any way whatsoever. Again, the telekinesis was stupid, but at least it was a somewhat inspired idea. The fourth film at least introduced a character that would be carried for two sequels, somewhat, making it a trilogy. The seventh film had telekinesis which, while stupid, did bring in a new element. This movie, really, just rests on the laurels established by the previous films in the franchise. And it's really just not a very good movie at all. Like you can just see that they had run out of ideas by this point and this was the best they could do. You gotta understand that, at the time of its release, this would've been the 8th Friday the 13th movie in 9 years. That's a little over a year between each installment. So of course, by the eighth film, you're just sort of grasping for straws and finding ways to keep a successful franchise going on, even if that means putting out an uninspired and lazy cash grab. While I can see some people getting some enjoyment out of this film as a B-movie, it's just not as entertainingly bad of a movie as the last Jason movie I reviewed. It's just bad. Though there is one hilarious death scene. So there's this character who's an amateur boxer. Somehow, I forget how, him and Jason end up on an apartment building's rooftop. The amateur boxer then proceeds to attempt to kill Jason by punching him like 200,000 times in a row. The stupidity of which is astounding in and of itself. This guy doesn't go down with gunshots, you think he'll go down with punches? It doesn't end there. So, of course, the punches don't do jack shit to Jason, all they do is tire the boxer out. So Jason pulled out the patented Ali rope-a-dope, where he just let the guy punch himself out, and, for some reason, I thought that was funny. The boxer eventually gives up and tells Jason to hit him with his best shot, or something like that. Jason proceeds to punch the guy upside the head so hard that he decapitates him. It was fucking hilarious. And that's really the only death that's really all that memorable. None of the others feel like they had much effort or thought put into them. The acting is pretty bad, the logic is awful. I mean, what do you really expect? Not to mention the fact that the movie is longer than it should've been. 100 minutes for a Jason movie? Fuck that. 85 at the most, keep it short and sweet. So, yea, this isn't very good. It's a stupid movie, but, sadly, it's not an enjoyably stupid one. I cannot recommend this.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Aug 29, 2013
    A mass of stupidity that boggles the mind, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan goes completely off the rails. Once again Jason is resurrected by electroshock, and then proceeds to hop aboard a party boat to kill a group of graduating high school seniors on their way to Manhattan. The plot is terrible and makes no damn sense whatsoever. The directing is also extraordinarily bad, and isn't able to bring any suspense or terror to the film. Truly abysmal, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is painful to watch.
    Dann M Super Reviewer

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