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


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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Release Date:

28 July 1989 (USA)  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$14,343,976 (USA)

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(at around 1h 24 mins) In the subway, when Jason is chasing Rennie and Sean, Sean pulls the emergency brake to knock Jason back. On the poster to right of Sean, sprawled in graffiti are the words Quayton Lives See more »


When Jim is telling Suzi the story of Jason Voorhees, he says that he drowned in Camp Crystal Lake "30 years ago". As mentioned in the previous movies, Jason drowned in 1957. Since several of the films take place years apart, this one must take place much later than the 1980s, making it a lot more than 30 years since Jason drowned. 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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Great Jason adventure!
31 August 1999 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Some fans dis this sequel, but it's awesome. It has no pre-credits sequence like all of the other installments, but it's awesome. Very entertaining. It takes Jason awhile to get to Manhattan, but alot of the movie deals with Jason's trip to Manhattan, and when he gets there, the entertainment does not let up at all. The MPAA has done alot to these movies, but they're still grand entertainment at the very least. Jason is taken down several times in the big apple, by Sean and Renny, but he keeps on tickin'. Near the film's finale we see Jason's face, once again and then he is splashed with toxic waste and turns into a little boy again. There has been so much talk about what happens between Part 8 and 9. Because The Final Friday, does not concern Jason at the beginning, leaving the big apple and returning to Camp Crystal Lake. But Jason does return. Even though the filmmakers don't explain anything.

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