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For what it's worth (very little), probably the best in the series.
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.
...ultimately stands as a very slight improvement over its various predecessors.
The makers of the Friday films wouldn't even consider stopping the series till they hit that magic number: Part XIII.
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.
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!
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.
Regarded by most as the worst of the series, Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan is far from the worst. Storywise and in title maybe, I'll give you that, but this film is much more well-made and more interesting than the entry before it. The supreme letdown of the film taking place in New York City for only the last 30 mins or so of the movie killed this movie's chances as it let all expectations of it down, and most wrote it off as nothing more than a marketing gimmick to get people in to see it. However in retrospect, I find it a bit more polished than most people are willing to give it credit for. It has some great gags and is genuinely creepy at times, even with a teleporting Jason (when did he learn to do that?). With a different subtitle and a different marketing campaign, this movie might have fared a bit better than it did. I can't praise it too highly though, because some of the story elements are a bit tedious. Again, we have a heroine lead with mind powers. They're not as prevalent as the previous film and there isn't really any telekinesis in use, but it does feel like it's drawing from the same well. The notion that she was almost drowned by Jason as a child and she has had a psychosis about it ever since which causes her to have visions of a young Jason crying for help was never really resolved the way it should have been. Besides, we later learn that Jason wasn't the one who caused the problem in the first place, so it feels shoehorned in rather than natural in the storytelling. The film also came under heavy scrutiny by the MPAA, so it's not as gory or violent as you might expect it to be. It takes place mostly on a cruise ship, but they change things up as the whole group is made aware of Jason early on, with the group taking him on (failing one by one, of course). It's nice that they switched it up for a change instead of just more camp murder hijinks. Maybe that's why I like it so much; that they tried to genuinely do something different with it. If you watch all of the films in a row, it shakes things up and keeps you interested. I'm not saying it's a great, but it is a bit underrated. It's also the last of the Paramount series, as well as the last film of the franchise (as of this writing) to show any kind of creativity or fun. From here on in, it's nothing but recycled idea after recycled idea.
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.
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.
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