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

 -  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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Todd Caldecott ...
Jim Miller (as Todd Shaffer)
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Tim Mirkovich ...
Young Jason (as Timothy Burr Mirkovich)
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Saffron Henderson ...
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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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The biggest city in the world is about to be scared down to size... See more »

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28 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ashes to Ashes  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$14,343,976 (USA)
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Trivia

Lar Park Lincoln originally wanted to sign on to reprise her role as Tina Shephard in Part 8 to continue the story of Tina Shephard attacked by Jason and confronting him. But she wanted a higher salary than what she was paid in Part 7 in order for her to return. Unfortunately, Paramount told her that their budget cannot afford to pay her anymore than what she bargained for. Because of this, Lar Park Lincoln turned the role down for Part 8. So Paramount decided to re-write the entire script for Part 8 to take the movie to a whole new direction, which later completely excluded her character and was replaced by the entire new casts. See more »

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[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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Written by Bob Hayman and John Powell
Performed by The Koo
Courtesy of Delta Records
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Awesome.
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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