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


“Facing your fear doesn’t always conquer it.” – Charles McCulloch

Number of Times Seen – 1 (20 Jun 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Jason is accidentally dragged by boat to Manhattan where he wreck havoc once again on teens from Crystal Lake.

My Take on it – Another horrendous sequel in this franchise that tries too hard to bring something new to the ‘adventures’ of Jason on his bloody killing spree.

Most of what happens in this film is pretty comical in the way it plays out and it takes so much away from the horror/terror aspect of things.

The choice to spend most of this film on the boat is also a bit comical due to the way that Jason chases after all of these characters in more cramped spaces than the franchise has accustomed the viewer to.

This also gives Jason numerous opportunities to find innovate ways to kill his ‘prey’.

The fact that this film’s title positions them in New York City is also somewhat of a farce because only the final 20 minutes or so actually takes place there.

This scenario and environment doesn’t work well at all for a slasher film that is used to the open area of a place like Crystal Lake.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Many of the actors pointed out to themselves a plot hole earlier in the filming of the movie: they wondered how the ship got out of Crystal Lake and into the Atlantic Ocean. Since most of them were just happy to be in a film they didn’t bring it up to the producers or director. (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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