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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan -- A passing boat bound for New York pulls Jason along for the ride. Look out New York, here comes hell in a hockey mask.


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Writers (WGA):
Rob Hedden (written by)
Victor Miller (characters)
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28 July 1989 (USA) See more »
I LOVE NY [heart symbol in the shape of a bloodied ice hockey mask denotes love] See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Directed by
Rob Hedden 
Writing credits
Rob Hedden (written by)

Victor Miller (characters)

Produced by
Randy Cheveldave .... producer (as Randolph Cheveldave)
Barbara Sachs .... associate producer
Original Music by
Fred Mollin 
Cinematography by
Bryan England (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Ted Pryor 
Casting by
David Cohn 
Fiona Jackson 
Production Design by
David Fischer 
Set Decoration by
Linda Vipond 
Costume Design by
Carla Hetland 
Makeup Department
Ma Kalaadevi Ananda .... makeup artist: second unit (as Marilyn Carbone)
Susan Boyd .... assistant hair stylist
Jamie Brown .... special makeup effects creator
Tibor Farkas .... assistant special effects makeup
Laurie Finstad .... makeup artist
Anthony Sorrentino .... hair stylist: second unit
Malcolm Tanner .... hair stylist
Bill Terezakis .... assistant special effects makeup (as William Terezakis)
Francesca von Zimmermann .... assistant makeup artist (as Francesca Langden)
Francesca von Zimmermann .... special makeup effects artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Mary Guilfoyle .... unit production manager
Vikki Williams .... production supervisor
Charles Zalben .... assistant unit production manager: second unit
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director (as Jeffrey Authors)
Aaron Barsky .... first assistant director: second unit
Jacquie Gould .... assistant director trainee (as Jackie Gould)
David Hallinan .... dga trainee: second unit (as Dave Hallinan)
Alex Kramarchuk .... second assistant director: second unit
James Goff Martin .... first assistant director: special effects shooting unit
David McLennan .... third assistant director (as Dave Mc Lennan)
Tom Quinn .... second assistant director
Betsy C. Schrott .... second second assistant director: second unit
Art Department
J.C. Brotherhood .... assistant property master: second unit
Fred Chalfy .... property master: second unit
Thomas Costabile .... carpenter: second unit
Graham Coutts .... property master (as J. Graham Coutts)
Jim Green .... greensman (as James H. Green)
John Hamilton .... construction painter
Doug Hardwick .... construction foreman
Brentan Harron .... storyboard artist (as Brent Harron)
Geoff Hilliard .... construction coordinator
Patrick Kearns .... assistant set decorator
Philip Lunt .... lead greensman (as Phillip Lunt)
Max Matsuoka .... props buyer
Ignacio McBurney .... assistant set decorator (as Ignacio Mc Burney)
Andy Nieman .... prop man (as Andreas Nieman)
Glen W. Pearson .... assistant art director (as Glen Pearson)
Lawrence Redfern .... set dresser
Grace Rourke .... paint foreman
Jan S. Utstein .... second unit art director
John Watts .... lead man
Max Matsuoka .... props assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
John H. Arrufat .... dialogue editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
Gary Blufer .... sound effects
Gary Blufer .... sound recordist
Lars Ekstrom .... sound mixer
Christopher Harvengt .... electronic sound effects editor
Hilda Hodges .... foley walker
Val Kuklowsky .... adr editor
George Leong .... boom operator: second unit
Rick MacLane .... sound engineer (as Rick Maclane)
Rick MacLane .... sound recordist (as Rick Maclane)
Harry Manfredini .... creator: original Jason sound effect
Nina McPeek .... cable person (as Nina Mc Peek)
Michael Mirkovich .... foley editor
T.A. Moore Jr. .... adr engineer
T.A. Moore Jr. .... foley engineer
T.A. Moore Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Moore .... electronic sound effects editor
Josephine Nericcio .... adr assistant
Ace O'Hearts .... electronic sound effects editor
Daryl Powell .... boom operator
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... supervising sound designer
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... supervising sound editor
William Sarokin .... sound mixer: second unit
William Sarokin .... sound recordist: second unit
Steve Schwalbe .... first assistant sound editor (as Steven J. Schwalbe)
Bruce Stambler .... dialogue editor (as B.L. Stambler)
Edward M. Steidele .... foley walker (as Edward Steidele)
Garry Ulmer .... supervising sound re-recording mixer
Jeff Vaughn .... adr engineer
Jeff Vaughn .... electronic sound effects editor
Brian Vessa .... electronic sound effects
Donald L. Warner Jr. .... dialogue editor (as D.L. Warner)
Steve 'Woody' Wood .... sound effects (as Steve Woods)
Steve 'Woody' Wood .... sound recordist (as Steve Woods)
Christian Santiago .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Jerry Trent .... foley artist (uncredited)
David Yaffe .... sound mixer: second unit (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Martin Becker .... mechanical effects coordinator
Steve Davis .... assistant special effects
Darya Douglas-Andres .... special effects crew
Jim Gill .... special effects coordinator
Bettie Kauffman .... special effects coordinator
Tony Lazarowich .... assistant special effects
Gary Paller .... special effects coordinator
Roy Schultz .... assistant special effects (as Ray Schulz)
W.A. Andrew Sculthorp .... assistant special effects (as Andrew Scolthorp)
T. Dow Albon .... rotoscope (uncredited)
Barbara Anne Bock .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
Scott Coulter .... special effects makeup (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Gord Bray .... model maker (as Gordon Bray)
Jim Danforth .... special photographic effects: Effects Associates, Inc.
Dale Fay .... visual effects supervisor
John Hunter .... model maker
John Hunter .... model maker
John Jackson .... miniatures supervisor
Robert Montgomery .... optical line-up
Barry Peterson .... effects cameraman
Lem Ristsoo .... camera assistant (as Lem Riftsoo)
Brian Ross .... production manager
Michael F. Hoover .... miniature artist (uncredited)
Shelly Morrow .... animation camera (uncredited)
Shelly Morrow .... opticals (uncredited)
Garry Chessman .... stunt player (as Gary Chessman)
Jim Dunn .... stunt player
Dorothy Fehr .... stunt player (as Dorathy Fehr)
Reg Glass .... stunt player
Ted Hickman .... stunt player
Ernie Jackson .... stunt player
David Jacox .... stunt player
Ken Kirzinger .... stunt coordinator
Michael Langlois .... stunt player
John Nash .... stunt player
Jacob Rupp .... stunt player
Dawn Stofer-Rupp .... stunt player (as Dawn Stofer Rupp)
Melissa R. Stubbs .... stunt player (as Melissa Stubbs)
Danny Virtue .... stunt player
John Wardlow .... stunt player
Dean Choe .... stunts (uncredited)
Vince Cupone .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Kathy Hubble .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Greg Addison .... electrician: second unit
Donald Bialer .... grip: second unit
Paul F. Birkett .... camera operator (as Paul Birkett)
Kevin Black .... grip: special effects shooting unit
Rob Bojeck .... grip
Dillard Brinson .... key grip: special effects shooting unit
Michael Cohen .... second assistant camera: second unit
Daniel Cournoyer .... grip: second unit (as Dan Cournoyer)
Robert Crone .... Steadicam operator
Andy Day .... electrician: second unit (as Andrew Day)
Rick Dean .... electrician
Maurizio Dotto .... first assistant camera: second unit (as Maurizio [Nino] Dotto)
Daniel Ehrenbard .... gaffer: second unit
Julie Gant .... best boy: second unit
Matt Garite .... camera operator: second unit
Ron Grover .... still photographer
Frank Halpenny .... generator operator
James L. Hurford .... key grip (as Jim Hurford)
Mal Kibblewhite .... best boy electric
Brian A. Kuchera .... dolly grip (as Brian Kuchera)
Vince Laxton .... electrician
Jim McConkey .... first assistant camera: Steadicam, second unit (as Jim Mc Conkey)
Chris McMullin .... first assistant camera: special effects shooting unit (as Chris Mc Mullin)
John Merrick .... best boy: second unit
William Moore .... electrician: second unit (as Bill Moore)
Tim Moynihan .... second assistant camera: special effects shooting unit (as Timothy Moynihan)
James M. Muro .... Steadicam operator: second unit (as Jim Muro)
Brian C. Murphy .... first assistant camera (as Brian Murphy)
Patrick Murray .... underwater gaffer: underwater shooting unit (as Pat Murray)
Ed Newins Jr. .... key grip: second unit
Mark Pancza .... electrician: second unit
Pete Romano .... underwater photographer: underwater shooting unit
Don Saari .... gaffer
John Seale .... second assistant camera (as John Seale Jr.)
Brenton Spencer .... director of photography: special effects shooting unit
Gordon Tait .... best boy grip
Jeff Upton .... gaffer: special effects shooting unit
Robert Ward .... dolly grip: second unit
Joel David Warren .... still photographer: second unit (as Joel Warren)
Michael Wrinch .... camera trainee (as Mike Wrinch)
Ken Young .... grip
Tim Heller .... second unit: electrician: vancouver unit (uncredited)
Casting Department
Sylvia Fay .... extras casting: second unit
Barbara Harris .... voice casting
Carmen Ruiz Laza .... casting assistant (as Carmen Ruiz-Laza)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Miana Gottlieb .... key costumer
Pamela Hayden .... costumer
Cori Keating .... costumer (as Corinne Keating)
David Lisle .... costume supervisor
Ellen Lutter .... wardrobe supervisor: second unit
Editorial Department
Timothy Alverson .... first assistant film editor
Ted Pryor .... assistant film editor
Robert Raring .... color timer (as Bob Raring)
Charles Robichaud .... assistant film editor (as Charles E. Robichaud)
Music Department
Christopher Kennedy .... music editor
Christopher Kennedy .... music supervisor
Fred Mollin .... music performer
Brian Nevin .... music recordist
Jeff Wolpert .... music mixer
Transportation Department
Duncan Callander .... driver
Richard Cavazzi .... driver (as Rick Cavazzi)
Kelly Cramb .... driver
Kemy Loree Derlago .... driver (as Kem Derlago)
Gerry Gaudette .... driver
Dan Groseclose .... driver
Wayne Johnson .... driver
Bruce Kaduhr .... driver
James Kish .... driver (as Jim Kish)
Ross Kulak .... driver
James Leavey .... transportation captain: second unit (as Jim Leavey)
Allan Morgan .... driver (as Al Morgan)
Fred Moroz .... transportation captain
Terry Noble .... transportation co-captain
Derek Rama .... driver
Chuck Scorgie .... driver
Judy Smith .... driver
Alois Stranan .... transportation coordinator
Geoff Williams .... transportation co-captain
Lawrence Albright .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Gary Andreu .... production assistant: second unit
Greg Arciniega .... production assistant: second unit (as Greg Archiniega)
Jo-anne Barry .... assistant production coordinator (as Joanne Barry)
Gabrielle Berkovics .... craft service
Gabrielle Berkovics .... first aid
Chantal Bernheim .... script supervisor: second unit (as Chantel Bernheim)
Michelle Blair .... production assistant: second unit
Darrell Brock .... production assistant: second unit
Carson .... assistant location manager
Marissa Linn Carus .... office production assistant: second unit (as Marissa L. Carus)
Debbie Coe .... dog trainer (as Debra Coe)
Dermot Conley .... production assistant: second unit (as Dermont Conley)
Matthew Cook .... assistant to associate producer
Ron Cosentino .... production assistant: second unit
Joe Daly .... production assistant: second unit
Susan De Palma .... production assistant: second unit
Jason Elfe .... production assistant: second unit
Vicki Ellis .... auditor: Los Angeles
Susanne Elstein .... production assistant: second unit
Lesley Fransvaag .... coordinator trainee
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... production accountant: second unit (as Jennifer Zolten)
Judy French .... assistant production accountant
John Gallagher .... production assistant: second unit
Gordon Hardwick .... location manager
Pedro Hernández .... production assistant: second unit (as Pedro Hernandez)
James A. Howard .... production assistant: special effects shooting unit (as James Howard)
Elizabeth M. Huggins .... assistant to the producer (as Liz Huggins)
Joseph E. Iberti .... assistant location manager: second unit (as Joe Iberti)
Debra D. Jeffreys .... assistant to producer: second unit (as Debra Jeffreys)
Mimi Jennings .... production assistant: second unit
Linda Kelly .... production accountant
Terry Ladin .... production coordinator: second unit
Tony Lopez .... production assistant: second unit
Rob Lowenthal .... production assistant: second unit
Maggie McCabe .... production assistant: second unit (as Maggie Mc Cabe)
Joe McDougall .... production assistant: second unit (as Joe Mc Dougall)
Betty McNeeley .... assistant to the director (as Betty Mcneeley)
Wendy Mentiply .... production assistant
Terry J. Murray .... script supervisor (as Terry Murray)
Pam O'Har .... visual consultant
Christopher Oldcorn .... production assistant: second unit (as Chris Oldcorn)
Augustus Park .... production assistant: second unit
Mark Porter .... craft service: special effects shooting unit
Allison Procacci .... production assistant: second unit
John Riggio .... location manager: second unit
Gabrielle Rosenberg .... production assistant: second unit
Kenneth Schapiro .... production assistant: second unit (as Ken Schapiro)
Monty Simons .... production assistant: second unit
Roberta Slade .... production coordinator
Neal Thompson .... title designer
Gordy Waterman .... underwater consultant: second unit
Les Godwin .... associate location manager (uncredited)
Don Wyse .... fire safety (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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100 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Canada:R | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2002) | Finland:K-18 (cut) (1990) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1990) | Germany:18 (re-release) (JK/SPIO) (uncut) | Ireland:15 | Italy:VM14 | Mexico:C | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:18 (DVD rating) | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 (cut) | UK:18 (uncut) (2002) | USA:TV-MA | USA:R (certificate #29903) | West Germany:18 (cut) | West Germany:18 (video premiere) (cut)
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Both the debut theatrical feature film directed by Rob Hedden as well as being Hedden's first produced cinema movie screenplay.See more »
Continuity: (at around 1h 28 mins) When Jason grabs the New York cook he is several paces to the right of the mirror, but when he throws the cook into the mirror Jason can clearly be seen in the reflection standing right across from it.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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Movie Connections:
References Superman (1941)See more »
Theme from New York, New YorkSee more »


Is this the only time Jason speaks?
Rennie says she was attacked by Jason as a child when she was learning to swim in Crystal Lake. How is this possible, if the first movie supposedly takes place long before Rennie would be old enough to go swimming, and Jason came out of the lake anyways after Part 1, so he wouldn't have been there when Rennie went swimming. Right?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
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36 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
Better than Titanic!, 25 October 2004
Author: Michael DeZubiria ( from Luoyang, China

What's up with all these high schools in the movies having these insane senior trips? The kids in Final Destination flew to Europe, and these kids go on a freaking cruise? I went to Magic Mountain for my senior trip! Oh, well, I guess the payback is that in the movies they all get killed. Magic Mountain sounds a lot better in that sense. By this point in the lengthy Friday the 13th saga, it's clear that even the writers of these movies (generally the last people to catch on when they come up with idiotic ideas) have noticed that a lot of teenagers going up to Camp Crystal Lake to be rebellious and get slashed all up is getting a little bit old, so in this installment they decided it would be a good idea to have the movie take place on a whole ship full of high school students.

Moving someone like Jason Voorhees from his home on Camp Crystal Lake to an unfamiliar setting is actually a really good idea for generating more interest in the series, because although it's a given in a series like this, I think audiences always like to see familiar characters come back from other stories. So while you already know Jason is going to be in the movie because it's a Friday the 13th, you at least see him in an unfamiliar atmosphere, which removes a lot of the automatic cynicism that is now being generated toward the teenagers who are still stupid enough to go out to the lake. Now we see Jason killing all kinds of kids unsuspectingly on their school trip and then more people on the streets of New York. Amazing the things we find entertaining these days, isn't it?

There are a lot of fairly innovative deaths aboard the ship in the first half of the film, such as a guy relaxing in the sauna getting one of the hot rocks shoved through his stomach, a guy getting impaled on the communication antenna on the boat, and throat slit by a machete, an amazingly botched scene. You would think that since it was so obvious the knife didn't even touch that poor guy, they would at least not have done it in such a close-up.

Ironically enough, the part that I was anticipating to be the most interesting was the least creatively done. After realizing what is going on on the boat (meaning, after just about all of them had been killed), the surviving students on board get the life raft and escape, rowing out into the dark ocean in hopes of hitting land. Eventually, they see the New York City skyline and jump for joy. I was anticipating a creative and fun romp through the streets of New York, maybe with Jason confused at his surroundings and therefore going even more nuts, which would create havoc among the population. I mean, LOOK at the guy. He spent the time between the last movie and this one rotting on the bottom of the lake, and he certainly looks like it through this entire movie.

Unfortunately, the filmmakers not only revealed the modesty of their budget through the lack of anything really interesting happening, they also displayed a massive lack of understanding of the geography of the city of New York. I've never even been there myself, but it seems like pretty much basic logic that they would not design the city so that the dirtiest slums had the finest waterfront property. Meaning, I doubt you could row up to New York from the ocean, right alongside the Statue of Liberty, and climb up onto land, finding yourself surrounded by endless alleyways full of things like gun-toting rapists and standing barrels of toxic waste. New York is a big city, and all cities throughout the world pretty much have to have things like this somewhere, but generally not right on the water and right next to major monuments. I happen to know, for example, that if you go to San Francisco, you won't find the crime-ridden slums right under the Golden Gate Bridge, and I doubt that you would find open barrels of toxic waste ANYWHERE.

But anyway, they certainly find some room for effective comic relief (although notably less than other films in the series), my favorite example of which is the scene where Jason looks curiously at a picture of a hockey player on a billboard wearing exactly the same mask that he has on, a sort of self-realization that has since been overshadowed by the T-1000 pausing to look at a metallic mannequin in Terminator 2. I love that stuff, it gives even the most two-dimensional bad guys a sort of self-consciousness, so that they're not just mindless killing machines but have some semblance of actual thought in their heads, seeing and analyzing their surroundings and pausing when they see something that they don't understand. Makes the inhuman killers more human, you know?

Speaking of which, there was also a scene that was really funny for much the same reason, and feel free to make fun of me for seeing it this way. There's a scene pretty near the end of the film where Jason is pursuing the few remaining kids through the streets of Manhattan, and he passes by some street punks hanging out and smoking on the sidewalk and listening to some ridiculous 80s music ('Livin' inna city ain't no big deal, livin' inna city ain't no big deal. If the drugs don't getcha then the hooka's will….' And so forth…), and as Jason walks by, he kicks their boom-box across the sidewalk. Being tough gutterpunks, of course, they stand up and pull out their switchblades, informing Jason that he just dug his own grave. Jason's response is to turn and face them and lift up his mask so they can see his face. I liked that scene, because like the one above, it shows a self-consciousness. Jason KNOWS that he looks terrifying. He always has, and rotting on the bottom of the lake made it even worse. It also shows that he can deal with people in a way other than cutting them all up and still have it be pretty satisfying to the audience.

The climax of the film is bogged down pretty badly by some heavily botched logic and another massive lack of understanding of the underbelly operations of a major city. First of all, none of the passersby up on the streets take a second look at this gigantic, wet, rotting man walking down the street with a hockey mask. I know New Yorkers can be cold and indifferent, but even THEY would not take something like THAT as normal. But even worse, as the kids escape into the underground sewage system (which does not run through wide walkways beneath the sidewalks in ANY city that doesn't want to smell like it's own waste), they run into a sewage worker who informs them that the sewers (in which they are currently standing) fill with toxic waste every night at midnight ('Exactly ten minutes from now!'), and is then killed by Jason before being able to show them how to get out.

I won't get into the fact that there is no imaginable reason for any underground pipe system to fill with toxic waste every night at a certain time other than to create false suspense for a movie like this, although that is most of the reason that this climax falls so completely flat. We do get something for the kids to run away from and a time-limit for them to get out of the sewer, and we do get a glimpse of Jason's hideous face as he melts into the waste, but it is a completely contrived setting that has no basis in reality, which is the one thing that always makes horror films (or films of almost any genre, for that matter) more effective. Friday the 13th VIII, obviously, is not very concerned with that, which makes it one of the less interesting installments in the saga, although at least it takes place in a different setting so we have a reason to slap our foreheads other than because there is yet ANOTHER group of morons going up to Camp Crystal Lake to taunt the legend of Jason Voorhees.

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