Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

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

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

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  • Release Date:  1989
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Rob Hedden
  • Screenwriter:  Rob Hedden, Victor Miller
  • Cast & Crew: Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen, Kane Hodder, Jensen Daggett, Barbara Bingham, Peter Mark Richman, and Fred Henderson.

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

  • Dylan = 6 / 10;
  • Raoul = 2 / 10;
  • IMDB = 4.6/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 2.7/10.

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

Jason, accidentally freed from the bottom of Crystal Lake by a drifting boat, get onboard a cruise ship and starts to kill the passengers one after the other.

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

As usual, the filmmakers bring Jason Voorhees back to life in a very dubious way – in a sense this part is as illogical as you can possibly make it. And don’t even get me started on how Jason ends up in Manhattan…I mean, he just takes the boat, as simple as that, as the regular clandestine passenger that he is…not!

But if only that was the only problem with that movie. For example, the way Jason moves over a long distance is also very stupid, almost as if he able to teleport. This kind of ruins the all “slow but inevitable” pursuit thing and made me lose all interest in the action. Another major turn off in this sequel is the side story with the ghost kid. I really enjoyed the supernatural aspect of Part VII with the main character having telekinetic power, but here this side story is just…weird.

Ever since Part V, the quality of the special effect has decreased to a point where you barely get to see any of gore at all. The camera either turns away during the hit or the kill is shown from far or showed using just the shadows of the characters. Even worse, the writers didn’t even bother to have Jason using badass weapons as he normally does. Instead, most of the kills are done barehanded in lame ways such as strangling or simply pushing people over so they fall…

I mean, there were already no story and no suspense in the latest sequels, but removing the gore is one step too much and makes me wonder what the point of watching this one anyway is. The two points I give for it account for a couple of decent kills, namely the boxing one and maybe the tenacity of Jason towards the end.

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