Alice, having survived the previous installment of the Nightmare series, finds the deadly dreams of Freddy Krueger starting once again. This time, the taunting murderer is striking through ... See full summary »
Kelly Jo Minter
Still haunted by his gruesome past, Tommy Jarvis - the boy who killed Jason Voorhees - wonders if somehow he is connected to brutal slayings occurring in and around the secluded halfway house where he now lives.
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
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In the original script, when Jason makes it to the dock, a dog starts barking at him and he kicked it. Kane Hodder, who was playing Jason, felt that kicking the dog was going too far and so the scene was dropped. See more »
In the NYC police car, there is no screen separating the front and back seats. See more »
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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Part VIII begins with Jason Voorhees being accidentally revived from his watery grave by an electrical cable that collides with his chains. Upon awakening, and after killing two teenagers, he steals their boat and proceeds to the open sea, where he climbs on board a cruise ship containing a high school graduating class, whom he proceeds to decimate, until the ship sinks, and he(along with the survivors) square off for a final showdown in the city of Manhattan, New York.
You have to love the honesty to use the subtitle "Part VIII", instead of trying to fool the audience by not referring to the actual number, like it isn't really a sequel. Director Rob Hedden manages to write a fairly imaginative story here with the beautiful Jensen Dagget as heroine Rennie, dealing with her latent psychic powers, as it seems that fate has decreed she will be the one to break the curse of Jason, destroying his body and freeing his soul once and for all, which was the intent of the thoughtful ending.
Of course, this is still a routine killing picture, with the expected violence(though not as graphic as usual) and supporting characters quite similar to Part VII, and this film does not stray that far from formula, but it is IMO the best of the sequels(not the popular view I know!)which at least attempts something different, and brings the series to a fitting end...well, at least as Paramount is concerned, though sadly another studio would get its hands on this franchise, in a series of films I choose to ignore! This is the real final chapter...though of course a "proper" Part IX could happen one day, I suppose!
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