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Friday the 13th, Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan

3.5 out of 5 stars 346 customer reviews

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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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  • 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: Multiple Formats, 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:
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  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: September 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (346 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069I0C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By John Lindsey VINE VOICE on 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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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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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 "reboot" (then again, it was New Line - what do you expect?). But if you want a complete collection of Friday the 13th films, the "deluxe" version of "Jason Takes Manhattan" has a few compensations that the original release didn't. Yes, most of it is not in the featured location (Manhattan), but on a ratty-looking tramp steamer that's supposed to be a cruise ship somewhere off Vancouver, a fact that made a lot of fans angry. This is a Friday the 13th film - they always had NO budget, and you know how expensive it is to film in NYC? Yes, the make-up for Jason, when he finally takes off the mask, is probably the worst in the series - he looks more like the Pillsbury Dough Boy's evil twin than a scary monster. Yes, the cast was made up largely of rookie actors who have seldom been heard from again, although Kelly Hu has gone on to achieve some distinction. All these drawbacks are common factors in Friday the 13th films as a whole.

So what's worth buying this one for? Two things. First, it includes the legendary "gag" clips in which Kane Hodder is shown menacing a young lovely not with a machete or a harpoon, but with a large, um, strap-on, as well as the scene in which V.C. Dupree in the lifeboat grabs an oar, takes a big tug at it -- and propels himself head-first into the bilge. This gag reel has been a rumor among F-13 fans for years, and it was nice to finally see it. Secondly, the movie is actually better if you see it, not in the original cut, but in the version that has voice-over commentary.
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