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

R  |   |  Horror  |  28 July 1989 (USA)
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A passing boat bound for New York pulls Jason Voorhees along for the ride. Look out New York, here comes hell in a hockey mask.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Todd Caldecott ...
Jim Miller (as Todd Shaffer)
Tim Mirkovich ...
Young Jason (as Timothy Burr Mirkovich)
Ace ...
Chief Engineer
Saffron Henderson ...


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I LOVE NY [heart symbol in the shape of a bloodied ice hockey mask denotes love] See more »




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28 July 1989 (USA)  »

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Ashes to Ashes  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$14,343,976 (USA)

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Of the female leads (all the girls are supposed to be graduated from high school), only Jensen Daggett was one of the few actresses who was actually a teenager and was 19 years old at the time of shooting. See more »


(at around 51 mins) When Wayne is being electrocuted, the sparks and fire illuminate Jason's mask, revealing that the eye holes of the mask are covered with a black cloth or mesh to prevent Jason's eyes from being seen. See more »


[first lines]
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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Followed by A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (1989) See more »


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18 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I think Jason fans boil down into two categories - the ones that watch for actual horror and the ones that watch for unintentional humor and shock value.

For the former group - this movie is worthless. The change of scenery from the dark, foreboding woods of Camp Crystal Lake to a luxury cruise liner completely ruins Jason's mystique. Jason is a killer made for stalking around the ominous woods, not sauntering through hallways and crosswalks. The kills are numerous and bloody... but don't compare to some of the other installments. Overall, this movie is simply not very scary.

For the latter group however, this movie is a gem. Packed full of stereotypes and inexplicably idiotic characters, you can't help but laugh as each one is picked off, Jason-style. With Asian valedictorians, black athletes, and white party girls, the lack of effort that the writers put into the film is clearly evident. It's almost as if the writers got together and tried to figure out how to fit the maximum amount of gratuitous violence and nudity into an hour and a half movie... sheer brilliance.

For me? 8/10, one of the best comedies I've seen in a while.

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