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Friday the 13th, Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

Jensen Daggett , Kane Hodder , Rob Hedden  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen, Tim Mirkovich
  • Directors: Rob Hedden
  • Writers: Rob Hedden, Victor Miller
  • Producers: Barbara Sachs, Randy Cheveldave
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (285 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,512 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Friday the 13th, Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

Start spreadin' the news... Jason Voorhees, the cleaver-hoisting man in the hockey mask, has finally left Crystal Lake behind and taken his vagabond shoes to the Big Apple. Actually, Jason spends most of his time on a cruise ship bound for Manhattan, carving up the unluckiest high school graduation party ever. You'd think the change of scenery might breathe new life, or death, into the series, but chapter 8 is standard stalk 'em and slash 'em fare, albeit with a nautical slant. The title hints at a comic tone, but except for the one-joke idea that Jason fits right into the menacing urban scene, forget it. (The comedy would wait until the surprisingly entertaining Jason X.) This one does have a pretty leading lady, Jensen Daggett, whose visions of the young drowned Jason are occasionally creepy. The grown-up Jason, like "these little-town blues," is melting away. --Robert Horton

Product Description

It's the scariest thing to hit the Big Apple since Steinbrenner bought the Yankees! What will happen to the streets of New York when the unstoppable killer lands in search of fresh victims? Find out in the eighth installment in the interminable horror series. Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Peter Mark Richman, Kane Hodder star. 96 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby stereo, French Dolby stereo; Subtitles: English. NOTE: This Title Is Out Of Print; Limit One Per Customer.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BRIEFLY THAT IS... October 12, 2007
First of all, the title is misleading. Due to budget restrictions, Paramount wouldn't let them film a lot in the Big Apple, so Jason's only in Manhattan for about twenty minutes of the movie.
The rest of the time he takes to slaughtering students on a graduation trip on one of the student's father's ship. It's all more of the same formula which was definitely getting tired by this 8th installment. There's little suspense and veteran character actor Peter Mark Richman looks embarrassed to be involved. The least entertaining of the eleven films to be sure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly fun installment made better on DVD! October 12, 2009
A year after Tina Sheperd sent Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) to his watery grave in Camp Crystal Lake, he's been resurrected for more murdering. A beautiful senior student named Reenie (Jensen Daggett) with her teacher uncle Charles (Peter Mark Richman)and a fellow teacher Colleen (Barbara Bingham) are boarding a cruise boat to New York City with a class of students (Saffron Henderson, David Jacox, Kelly Hu, Scott Reeves, Sharelene Martin, VC Dupree, Martin Cummins, and Tiffany Paulson) to their graduation over there as Jason becomes a stowaway as he brings bloodshed to a ship of nightmares but later on Reenie with Charles, Colleen and two survivors escape to New York as they think they are safe for the mean undead goalie is gonna take over the big apple with any weapon or kill in a game of killer hide and go seek.

Very entertaining installment is one of the weaker entries of the neverending Friday The 13th saga. This movie does have some creative kills like a Sauna Rock through the chest, Syringe stabbing and some other sick killings that will make you feel almost dirty. The film does take first part on a boat then second half in New York like the title promised as i like the alright performances and atmosphere of this film. It did bad at the box-office as it was the final movie for Paramount to do a Friday The 13th movie before New Line Cinema took over the series in 1991 when they bought the rights.

This DVD has terrific remastered sound and picture with nice extras like audio commentary, a featurette, slashed scenes featuring gory violence that was cut to avoid X rating and gag reel.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Its so bad its laughable! October 24, 1999
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Format:VHS Tape
By far the worst Friday ever. What is this piece of trash. This movie looks like it was made for TV and the acting is down right embarrassing. Who picked these people. Why is Jason away from Crystal Lake. And whats up wiyh him turning as a boy again. Simply atrocious. I have this one in forsake that I am a huge Friday Fan,but this was completely unneccasary. Part 8 makes Parts 6 and 7 look like masterpieces. Don't reccommend it stick with the first 5. Jason goes to Hell was an improvement but not much. This is a comedy. 1/2 a star.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Worst in the "Friday the 13th" Series of the series September 6, 2007
If not for the travesty that is Jason X, this would be the worst movie in the series. I tend to not give movies 1 star ratings because there's usually something redeemable in every movie. No, not this time. Everything in this movie is bad, the acting, the plot, the script, the "fauz" location, even though I know why more of the movie didn't take place in New York. Even the ending was terrible.

I can't say that I recommend this movie to anyone. The Friday the 13th buffs may even want to pass on this one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Jason Takes Your Money October 21, 2006
As a general rule, any film with a large number of Roman numerals behind it is going to suck, and the eighth outing of the F-13 franchise, JASON TAKES MANHATTAN, obeys this rule to a fanatical degree. This movie is terrible, an utter embarrassment, and is noteworthy only as a study in corporate greed and marketing deception.

By the fourth installment of the series, the ironically titled FINAL CHAPTER, this formulaic slasher franchise was as exhausted as an old, blood-soaked boot. Jason Voorhees had outlived his usefulness and it was time for his rotted a*s to hang up the gaolie mask and retire. But the movie industry is an industry first, and when THE FINAL CHAPTER turned unexpectedly into a cash cow the studio execs at Paramount continued to flog their exhausted serial killer into progidies of meaningless violence. THE FINAL CHAPTER was followed by three more absolutely asinine sequels, which saw Jason improve the Crystal Lake gene pool by slaughtering legions of pot-smoking teenage dimwits. By this time P-mount was beginning to get embarrassed by their deformed, kill-crazy stepchild, yet the lure of an easy payday drew them on.

I still remember seeing the preview for this flick in a movie theater back in 1989. The audience ate it up. We actually believed that the producers had decided to tweak the exhausted series by loosing Jason in a place where he would probably feel right at home: the Big Apple. One could only imagine the bloody shennanigans Crystal Lake's least popular citizen could embark upon in New Yawk City! People were laughing out loud as they imagined him loose in the City of Lights. He could slay obnoxious Volcanoites! Teach rude cab drivers the errors of their ways! Annihilate the snotty salespeople at Tiffanys! Cut down on panhandlers!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not great. December 13, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
I would like to say it was a nice change to see Jason get out of the woods and go somewhere, however there are some serious problems with this movie. For one, is Camp Crystal Lake an island or something? It would have never crossed my mind that Camp Crystal Lake is on an island in the Atlantic Ocean somewhere. Oh well, so what, no big deal, a tiny dumb flaw. The next problem arises with the title. Anyone seeing this movie would assume Jason spends most of his time in the streets of New York and half the movie takes place on the boat. Ok, so a little deception on the makers' part. The biggest problem I had with this movie was the ending. How in the world did Jason transform into a child as the sewage washes over him? I know the main character had visions of the little boy that tried to drown her as a child, was that all it was, was her vision? On the up side, I really enjoyed the idea of adding more evil to the movie besides Jason himself. Not only do our survivors from the boat ride have to deal with Jason in the city, they have to deal with New York's evils too, such as the rapists and druggies. A surely different flavor for the series and a good movie, however could have been made much better if the makers didn't leave such big obvious errors and holes in the movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is epic
I really love this movie. This has been my favorite movie growing up and I still like it. I think it would of been awesome to see this on the big screen, but its totally worth it... Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Jeffrey Edson
2.0 out of 5 stars The Only Good Thing About This Movie Is The Theme Song
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Published 8 days ago by Kane's Review
4.0 out of 5 stars Hard to believe, but there ARE compensations
As numerous reviewers have indicated, this is one of the worse episodes in the series - not as bad as Part V and Part IX, not to mention the execrable mess that was the 2009... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy horror at it's best!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yes Good
For the horror buff in you this is a good Jason Movie. Longtime horror buffs will enjoy this sequel in the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Jason DOES NOT Take Manhattan
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4.0 out of 5 stars Completing the set
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Great Movie to any horror collection. Going to make a perfect gift for our horror movie buff in the family.
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