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
Scott Reeves ...
Saffron Henderson ...


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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 all the Friday the 13th films released by Paramount in the 1980s, only Adrienne King (who played Part I) and Jensen Daggett who played lead female roles were real teenagers at the time of filming. Both were 19 years old. See more »


When Jim goes to check outside he leaves in jeans. When he comes back he has only a pair of white underwear on him. 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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Referenced in The Many Lives of Jason Voorhees (2002) See more »


Darkest Side Of The Night
Written by Fred Mollin and Stan Meissner
Performed by Peter Fredette
Produced by Stan Meissner
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He Is Back Again!
9 November 2004 | by (C-Town) – See all my reviews

Man, let me tell you, after seeing Friday The 13th Part 7, I was very skeptical about seeing Friday The 13th Part 8. I was thinking that after part 7, the series was going to fall apart. But I was wrong! Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan gave a brand new twist onto the Friday The 13th Series, while at the same time keeping the feel of all the originals.

One year after Friday The 13th Part 7, Jason is still floating around under water, waiting to be brought back to life. Once Jason is killed, the only thing that can bring him back is an electrical shock. (We learned this in part six) But of course as long as he is deep down under water, he isn't going to be getting any electric voltage any time soon, right? WRONG! Jason is back! And now, he is on a boat to the big apple... New York!

This film was very cool. A huge improvement over the 7th film. All the acting skills are great, the gore is pretty good, (not as good as the gore in some of the previous films, but still pretty good) and we finally get something new into the mix! A new location! If you like the Friday The 13th series, you will LOVE Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan.

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