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


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Release Date:

28 July 1989 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ashes to Ashes  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)


$14,343,976 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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The subway car chase wasn't inside an official NYC subway. Only the exterior shots were real. See more »


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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Referenced in Pet Sematary II (1992) See more »


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Written and Produced by Stan Meissner
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Great Addition To A Great Series
15 April 2002 | by (Memphis) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite of the series, Jason is awesome he walks around Manhattan like he's Donald Trump. Kickin' boom boxes out of his way, and busting through glass doors. Don't believe all the negative comments about this movie, watch it and judge it for yourself. These movies are not to be taken seriously, just sit back and have fun. Life's hard enough. Jason Takes Manhattan tops my list of great horror movies!

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