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Friday the 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (Deluxe Edition)
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After an electrifying return from the bottom of his Crystal Lake grave, indestructible psycho-slasher Jason Voorhees ships out to visit the Big Apple and paints the town red! High school senior Rennie Wickham is in for the ride of her life - and possibly her death - when she and her classmates take a graduation cruise bound for New York City. Little do they know that crazed serial killer Jason is a stowaway who quickly transforms the teen-filled "love boat" celebration into the ultimate voyage of the damned! Only a few survivors reach New York, where the bloody rampage spills into the gritty streets and subways of Manhattan in a deadly game of hide-and-seek - leading to a toxic confrontation with Jason for one last, final time.
Killer Commentary By Actors Scott Reeves, Jensen Daggett And Kane Hodder
New York Has A New Problem - The Making Of Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
- Aspect Ratio : 1.85:1
- MPAA rating : s_medR R (Restricted)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Director : Robert Hedden
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
- Run time : 1 hour and 40 minutes
- Release date : September 15, 2009
- Actors : Barbara Bingham, Mark Richman, Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, V.C. Dupree
- Dubbed: : French, Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
- Studio : Paramount
- ASIN : B002DMJLVC
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #236,397 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Sam- That felt like a super long hour and a half of my life that I'll never get back. Two stars out of seven.
Di- It had a lot of plot threads and character stories that started but didn't go anywhere because Jason murdered them. Overall pretty good. Three and a half stars out of five.
Jacin- I only watched fifteen minutes of this movie. However, missed an opportunity for teenage mutant ninja turtles crossover. Deduct points for that. However, dogs not dying is ten out of ten. So overall, I'd say seven out of ten.
Julia- They didn't even get to Manhattan until the last thirty minutes and then that wasn't even good until the last fifteen minutes. Zero stars.
The deaths in this film are a joke and are substandard to the other Friday the 13th films. Absolutely embarrassing and a waste of film.
Top reviews from other countries
The film is very far from perfect, though. Although the title of the film is Jason Takes Manhattan, he doesn't even arrive there until about halfway through the film and then he doesn't kill anyone who is there. The ending is also very odd and I couldn't understand it at all. This film had, without any doubt, the weirdest ending of the entire series. Anyone who can make sense of it is a lot smarter than I am!
Is this worth buying, if you already have the film on VHS? Well, yes, for a couple of reasons. This version is in widescreen, unlike the old VHS version and is also reportedly completely uncut by the BBFC. This really amounts to nothing more than a very brief 1 second shot of a butterfly knife being unfurled, though and that is all. Apparently, the BBFC had a bit of a "thing" for weapons like that back in the late 1980s, when this film was released. This DVD doesn't contain ANY of the material that may have been cut by the American censors, though. So, don't let that deceive you. The only previously censored material in the UK is the butterfly knife scene and that is all.
So, to sum up, this film is worth buying for Friday The 13th fans and horror completists, but I doubt that anyone else would enjoy it very much. As I said, it is no classic. It IS, however, much better than the Jason Goes To Hell, which followed this in 1993. That was the first Jason film made by New Line Cinema. Pity that it wasn't the last...
Major problems include a boat getting out of a lake and sailing to New York, teleportation, the majority of the film being on a ship instead of in Manhattan, and a daft ending.
On the plus side the ship setting actually makes for a nice change of scenery, and there are some memorable kills along the way.