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

A boat of graduating high school students bound for Manhattan pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. Look out, New York - here comes Hell in a hockey mask.

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Cast

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Todd Caldecott ...
Jim Miller (as Todd Shaffer)
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Tim Mirkovich ...
Young Jason Voorhees (as Timothy Burr Mirkovich)
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Storyline

The graduating class of the local high school is going on a luxury cruise with Jason Voorhees as a stowaway. The heroine Rennie Wickham believes she was almost drowned by Jason as a child. Jason eventually sinks the boat and kills many of the students on it, but many of them escape to Manhattan. A long battle with Jason ensues until Jason is washed away in the New York sewers by a midnight flooding of toxic waste. Written by Jason Ihle <jrihl@conncoll.edu>

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28 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Ashes to Ashes  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

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$14,343,976 (USA)
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Trivia

The original child actor cast as Jason struggled with the underwater scenes. Luckily, the editor's (Steve Mirkovich) similarly aged son (Timothy Burr) was visiting him on set that day. A star was born. Timothy's choice was either go back home to school with the rest of his family, or stay in Canada with his dad for five weeks and get to play make believe. They probably had him at the "get to miss school" part See more »

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Rennie's flashbacks suggest she was attacked by a young Jason under the lake. Jason drowned in 1957, and was a grown man by the time he began killing in the events of Friday the 13th Part 2 in 1984. Several of the films take place years apart, so this film may possibly be set in the 1990s or even later. So Rennie could either not have seen a young Jason, or she would be much older than a high school student now. See more »

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DJ: [narration] It's like this... We live in claustrophobia, the land of steel & concrete. Trapped by dark waters. There is no escape. Nor do we want it. We've come to thrive on it and each other. You can't get the adrenaline pumpin' without the terror, good people... I love this town.
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Written by Bob Hayman and John Powell
Performed by The Koo
Courtesy of Delta Records
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19 February 2008 | by See all my reviews

Every movie series has its ups and downs. This was definitely Friday the 13th's "down" For some reason, this movie just wasn't that great. Don't get me wrong, I liked it and all...just didn't have that thrill that the others had. It shouldn't be called "Jason Takes Manhattan". Should be something like "Jason takes a cruise" or something. Although Kane Hodder played a great Jason, the character of Jason in this movie was disproportional. His abilities and whatnot. Some of the characters were the worst in this movie, the acting was pretty bad. I do like some scenes however. But they didn't fully redeem this movie from the horrific outcome. I give this a 5/10, this is probably my least favorite of the series.


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