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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 (289 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 (289 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,085 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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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

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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"

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BRIEFLY THAT IS... October 12, 2007
Format:DVD
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly fun installment made better on DVD! October 12, 2009
Format:DVD
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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Death to the director! October 23, 2002
Format:DVD
This has got to be the worst film ever made in the history of film. How this guy was given the green light to make this movie, I'll never understand. This is an Alan Smithee case if I ever saw one. But, ironically, I find this one of the most enjoyable in the series because of this. Being that this movie is so rotten, it's one of the most amusing and hilarious films I have ever seen. It is the perfect Mystery Science Theater party movie. Jason is(naturally) brought back to life(by electricity again. Who thought of this juvenile idea anyway? What is he, Frankenstein's monster?), and slaughters everyone on the boat. He may have been on the boat only an hour or two, but he knows the layout better than everyone else. He manages to teleport himself everywhere. He's huge, black, slimy, wears a hockey mask(not exactly a low profile), and manages to stroll about the ship without anyone noticing him. When they get to the Big Apple, does Jason go beserk and murder everyone? Nope, for some unknown reason he only goes after the surviving crew members who can't seem to shake Jason even in a city the size of New York(all you'd need to do is get in a cab and say "take me to the other side of town", and you'd lose Jason forever.). Of course they all roam about the alleys and side streets instead of staying out in the open. Jason also knows the layout of New York City as though he were a native. And what's with this stupid psychic link between the leading lady and Jason? Ever notice when a horror series goes on for awhile, they throw that stupid, unscary psychic angle in? Halloween 5 for example. The most unbelievable thing in this movie is when the two survivors run into the sewer. If you were being chased by Jason, would you run to a friggin' sewer? Read more ›
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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
Format:DVD
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason takes a cruise to the big city!
I'm not a gorehound at all and only occasionally watch slasher flicks, but I'm a huge fan of the "Friday the 13th" franchise, which started in 1980 with the mega-success of the... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Wuchak
5.0 out of 5 stars first is needs to be noted that if you watched the seven movies before...
Lol ok, first is needs to be noted that if you watched the seven movies before this one and you're still here then you only have yourself to blame if you hated it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Reuben Roa
4.0 out of 5 stars F13 Part 8: Jason Takes A Boat
Is what the title should've been. I found out now that the budget only allowed them so little time in NY. Read more
Published 2 months ago by pattk77
5.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13 part 8 Jason takes Manhattan deluxe edition is well...
Friday the 13 part 8 was filmed in Canada in 1989 even though it says takes Manhattan but they had to make it look like the streets with all the stuff you can here in in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by thomas henry
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 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars The Only Good Thing About This Movie Is The Theme Song
In the 8th installment of the Friday the 13th series, we leave Camp Crystal Lake and take a little boat ride to New York City! Read more
Published 4 months 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
Published 4 months ago by P. G. Wickberg
5.0 out of 5 stars I KNOW THIS MOVIE GETS A BAD RAP
I KNOW ALOT OF PEOPLE SEEM TO HATE THIS FILM AND SAY IT IS ONE OF THE WORST IN THE SERIES BUT I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED IT, SURE THERE IS ONLY 2 SCENES OR SO IN NEW YORK AND THE... Read more
Published 5 months ago by NICK
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy horror at it's best!
I had a hard time finding Jason takes Manhattan in local stores but to my delight it was right here on Amazon. The product was as advertised and at an affordable price. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Darren Fitzpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars thank you
when it comes too getinging what ya order its not really a long wate i know yall got a lot of shipmants and its fast thanks for yalls hard work ya really need more than 5 stars ya... Read more
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