Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manattan

Year: 1989

Director: Rob Hedden

Written by: Rob Hedden

Threat: Undead

Weapon of Choice: Axe

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      Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Other movies in this series:
Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th Part 2
Friday the 13th Part 3: 3D
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
Friday the 13th Part V: A New Beginning
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives
Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
Jason X
Freddy vs. Jason

Rish Outfield's reviews
The trailer was brilliant...the film was not.
In fact, this had a pretty cool idea behind it: take Jason, who we've seen in every possible Crystal Lake scenario, and put him in a new one--the big city. Unfortunately, it waits until the end before anything happens, and the rest of the time is dull, uninspired, unscary, bland, and derivative (of bland, derivative films). So, this one, which seemed promising, was just as bad as the others--and worse than some. In fact, I'm already having trouble remembering details.

The tyranist's thoughts
Terrible. I rented this one specifically to finish out the Friday the 13th series and I kind of wish I hadn't bothered. Let me run through the plot really quick so that you don't have to see it. Jason gets resurrected (again) when an anchor hits an underwater electrical line at Crystal Lake (Ok, the fact that no one lives there should make you wonder why there is an electrical line in the lake). Apparently he's up to his old mayhem inducing ways since he starts killing anything that comes in range. Coincidentally, the morning after, a group of students who just graduated from high school are starting their "cruise" down the river to New York City. Jason gets on board, kills everyone but five people and then chases them through New York, until they come up with an improbable way to defeat him.
Really, folks, save yourselves the effort, watch Teletubbies, it's more intelligent. My biggest gripe with the film is perhaps the most subjective as well. The character that I hated the most and wanted dead the most was the last person to die. Did they do this to annoy us? I mean, nobody really liked this guy, right? So they decide to alienate me by keeping the jerk around. Bad filmmaking at its height. What else did we expect, though?

Total Skulls: 29

Sequel skull
Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title skull
Bad premise skull
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution skullskull
MTV Editing
OTS skull
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex skull
Death associated with sex skull
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut skull
Someone investigates a strange noise
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door skullskull
Victim locks self in with killer
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls
Toilet stall scene
Shower scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare skull
Stupid discovery of corpse skull
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness skull
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth skull
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
What the hell? skull
x years ago . . .
Dark and stormy night skull
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask skull
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Beheading skull
Blood fountain
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect skull
Excessive gore
No one dies at all
Virgin survives skull
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives skull
Unresolved subplots skull
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending skull
Unbelievably crappy ending