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

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Continuity 

(at around 1h 1 min) When Julius jumps out of the ocean into the boat, they lay him down, then turn him over and move him to the bench. In the closeup shot, McCulloch's hand is on Julius, but in the next shot, both hands are on the oars.
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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Jim's mouth is out of sync when he says, "Gotta throw the anchor over".
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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.
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(at around 17 mins) When Sean gives Rennie the bracelet, in the first shot he reaches into his pocket, yet in the next shot she is already holding it.
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(at around 21 mins) When Jason is coming down the stairs after J.J., the first shot ends with Jason's left foot coming down first, but in the next shot, it's his right.
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(at around 48 mins) When Jason is lifting Eva up, her head gets closer and closer to the ceiling, but the shots of her feet stay the same.
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(at around 1h 22 mins) Sean and Rennie round the corner from the left of the subway station and go in, but in the next shot Jason chases them from the right side and busts through the glass.
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(at around 26 mins) When Tamara and Eva are using drugs, their hair changes from shot to shot.
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(at around 37 mins) When Tamara comes out of the shower, she's completely dry, hair and all.
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(at around 1h 14 mins) When the cop gets pulled from his car by Jason, they are in an alley right next to the car. But in the next shot, Jason is standing a good 20 feet away right in front of the car.
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When Jim goes to check outside he leaves in jeans. When he comes back he has only a pair of white underwear on him.
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(at around 29 mins) We are shown Jason's perspective as he is walking down a hallway towards the sauna. When Jason enters the sauna, we can clearly see there is no hallway across from the door which makes the previous scenes impossible.
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(at around 37 mins) When Tamara gets out of the shower, her silk gown changes position on the handrail between shots.
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(at around 1h 14 mins) The police officer's hat falls off when Jason grabs him. In the next shot, he is wearing it again.
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The position of the hot rocks in the box change between shots when Jason is in the sauna.
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Rennie's mental image of young Jason keeps changing (hair and head shape) throughout the movie. Also, young Jason's right eye was the misshapen one in Friday the 13th.
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Crew or equipment visible 

During the rainstorm on the cruise ship the rain-making grid is visible in two shots.
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(at around 27 mins) After Rennie sees Jason's child ghost the first time, she leaves her room and the camera pans down the hall to reveal Jason emerging from behind a door with a dartboard on it. Before Jason is shown, look into the pictures beyond the door and you'll see a crew member signaling for Jason to make his appearance. After Jason leaves the room you will see the crew members arm closing the door in the same pictures glass.
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(at around 45 mins) When Rennie tries to lower the ship's anchor there is a member of the film crew among the machinery on the left.
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(at around 1h 13 mins) When Sean emerges from the door in the wall and finds Rennie in her drugged state, the wooden props holding the set's wall up are visible inside the doorway.
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Factual errors 

(at around 1h 14 mins) In the NYC police car, there is no screen separating the front and back seats.
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(at around 1h 29 mins) Sewer tunnel entrances in Manhattan are barricaded.
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Miscellaneous 

Charles says that Tamara had better have her Biology final done. If they're on a graduation cruise ship, the school year must already be over and thus finals would have already happened long before the cruise would have taken place.
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Plot holes 

In Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Jason's suit was shredded so much that you could see his spine and kneecaps. In this movie, he is wearing a new suit even though he was beneath the water for quite some time. He is also now wearing black gloves which he did not previously have.
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(at around 16 mins) When the ship takes off we see some scenes with lots of people on board having fun playing, dancing, etc. But as soon as the killing starts the extras magically disappear and we are left with the main characters. At least after the fire alert starts the other passengers should be alarmed and rushing for the lifeboats. Surely Jason didn't just kill everybody off.
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(at around 8 mins) The hockey mask Jason takes from Jim looks almost precisely the same as the mask he had previously (which was destroyed in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood). It even has the same axe-gouge in the forehead.
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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.
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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.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 7 mins) Throughout the film, Jason's skin is grey, slimy and decayed, except for the pinky finger on his left hand, which is completely normal, protruding through his torn glove. This is especially noticeable in the extreme close up of Jason grabbing the railing of Jim's boat near the beginning.
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(at around 1h 22 mins) When Shaun and Rennie run through the two glass doors leading down into the New York subway system, you can see Jason's shadow on the wall as he stands off camera and waits for his cue to walk on screen and kick his way through the glass doors.
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(at around 2 mins) During the credits sequence, there is a shot of a diner in New York. At the far right, the Asian man sitting at the table stares at the camera for a few moments.
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(at around 44 mins) When Julius says, "school is out, McCulloch" and several students leave, you can see red and green building lights in the left window.
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(at around 30 mins) When Tamara pushes Rennie overboard, the ship is obviously not moving or it would have left her far behind. Also, the water is calm with no waves from the boat.
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(at around 6 mins) When Jason is resurrected on the bottom of the lake, the water is well quite lit and everything is clearly visible, even though it's night and there aren't any other real light sources out there.
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Obvious stunt double for Rennie when Sean leaps into the water to save her.
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(at around 1h 15 mins) Obvious dummies in the car's back seats just before it slams into the wall. Also, the flaming wire that ignited the car is visible at the back of the car.
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(at around 1h 23 mins) Rennie and Sean sit on the subway to get away from Jason. When Rennie sees Jason in the car ahead of them, they run toward the back. Several shots show the tunnel lights moving in the wrong direction (towards the back, which would indicate that they are running to the FRONT of the train).
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In several shots, it is apparent that Kane Hodder is wearing gauntlets on his forearms to simulate Jason's decayed flesh. The skin visible near his elbow area does not match the rotted skin tone or texture of his lower arms.
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Spoilers

The goof items below may give away important plot points.

Character error 

(at around 40 mins) Jason slits the captain's throat with the blunt side of the machete.
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Continuity 

(at around 30 mins) When Jason kills the boxer in the sauna, he rams the hot coal into the boxer's stomach, just above his navel. But in the overhead shot, the damage appears in the middle of the boxer's chest.
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As Jason strangles Rennie, the shards of glass around the porthole change between shots.
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(at around 1h 35 mins) When Rennie and Sean are on the sewer's ladder, Rennie's position changes between shots.
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(at around 1h 30 mins) When Rennie and Sean are in the sewer at the end of the movie, the sanitation engineer tells them it floods at midnight. In the next scene the sun is rising.
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Factual errors 

(at around 40 mins) The captain gets his throat slashed, yet no blood gushes out immediately.
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Revealing mistakes 

(at around 51 mins) When Wayne is being electrocuted, the sparks and fire illuminate Jason's mask, revealing that the eye holes of the mask are covered with a black cloth or mesh to prevent Jason's eyes from being seen.
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(at around 51 mins) When Jason throws Wayne into the electrical switchboard, Wayne's jeans light on fire before he hits the board. Also, as the spark causes the combustion, you can clearly see flammable liquid on his jeans.
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(at around 30 mins) When Jason is killing the boxer in the sauna, you can see Kane Hodder's eyebrows through the eye holes of the mask.
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(at around 1h 12 mins) When Julius' severed head falls into the dumpster, a black cord can be seen pulling the lid down.
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(at around 38 mins) The body double for Tamara can be clearly seen from the image on the mirror when Jason throws her against it.
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(at around 40 mins) Jason slashes the captain's throat, and you can see that the machete barely even makes contact with it (very easy to see since the throat-slashing is in slow motion).
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(at around 22 mins) When J.J. is killed, she drops the guitar, and the boombox suddenly stops playing too. Additionally, blood flies at a piece of glass in front of the camera before Jason actually makes contact with her.
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(at around 40 mins) A faint red line is visible on the captain's throat before it is slashed.
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After Jason is electrocuted on the subway tracks and Rennie and Sean exit the subway, a couple of men walk by and briefly look at the camera.
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The syringe that Jason kills the punk with would not be long enough to go completely through his back and extend a few inches from his stomach.
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When Jason stabs the street punk with the syringe, it goes all the way through the victim's body. Yet when we see it protruding from the body, there is no blood on it at all.
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