Friday the 13th Pt.8-Jaso
Start spreadin' the news... Jason Voorhees, the cleaver-hoisting man in the hockey mask, has finally left Crystal Lake behind and taken his vagabond shoes to the Big Apple. Actually, Jason spends most of his time on a cruise ship bound for Manhattan, carving up the unluckiest high school graduation party ever. You'd think the change of scenery might breathe new life, or death, into the series, but chapter 8 is standard stalk 'em and slash 'em fare, albeit with a nautical slant. The title hints at a comic tone, but except for the one-joke idea that Jason fits right into the menacing urban scene, forget it. (The comedy would wait until the surprisingly entertaining Jason X.) This one does have a pretty leading lady, Jensen Daggett, whose visions of the young drowned Jason are occasionally creepy. The grown-up Jason, like "these little-town blues," is melting away. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Warning: beware of plot holes and inconsistencies of gigantic proportions. I won't even bother to tell you how Jason gets resurrected from the bottom of Crystal Lake yet again because it is extremely hokey. Suffice it to say that Jason's back, and this time he makes his way onboard a ship full of graduating seniors headed for a visit to New York City. As luck would have it, Rennie Wickham (Jensen Daggett) defies her uncle's wishes and decides to come along - despite her intense fear of water (which may or may not have something to do with Jason). Her uncle (Charles McCulloch) is one of the school's teachers and the man in charge of the big trip to the Big Apple - and he is an insufferable, stuck-up bore with some serious control issues when it comes to his guardianship of Rennie, whom he took in to his home after her parents were killed in a car wreck some years earlier. Guess what happens?Read more ›
This film was not made by Friday the 13th fans or anyone who respected it for its popular, niche market success over the years.
It's clear that with this film the producers wanted to close the door on Jason and take their money and run. The attempt to weave in a background story and to finally kill off Jason and end the madness is lame and unacceptable.
Also, this film has many elements that just seem out of place in a Friday flick. Some people want like that in terms of having something new, but still. I chalk some of it up to 1989. The metal video segment, the camcorder pov, the insane warping ability of Jason (one of the films worst atrocities), the absolute LACK of GORE. By 1989 the MPAA had done their own slashing to the whole Friday the 13th series. Ever since passing the first one with an R they were harsh to the series. Thus we get to read all about the grisly effects they made for the film and scenes they shot but that got CUT.
Which brings me to another important comment regarding this series. The DVD releases are an insult to fans. NO EXTRAS. The most we ever get on these DVDs is a laughable trailer (in particular for Part IV). Paramount should put some effort into the DVD releases for a series that was so kind to them.
This film has redeeming qualities, however. It's absolutely excellent for unintentional laughs. The stupidity of the victims (we pretty much want them all dead about 20 minutes in) and some of the lines and hamming is great. It's just so poor, as if the series was handed over to some new execs who had faint memories of seeing one or two Fridays. Credit where credit is due: Jason punching a guy's head clean off(!Read more ›
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This movie is the worst in the series and there are too many flaws in this movie and the movie starts off with a boat floating down a river outside Crystal Lake and they drop... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jason Hutton
Jason takes Vancouver ..... I mean manhattan lol not the worst of the series but also not the bestPublished 20 months ago by Melanie LaForme
this is one boring movie.i had to fight from turning it off before the
end.there are a couple of funny moments,particularly the reaction(or
rather non reaction)of the New... Read more
Um, let's see: Jason's reanimated and on the killing rampage again, using just about every edged weapon at his disposal to systematically take out several teens until the prime... Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Zagnorch
Not the best in the series, but Jason in a new setting! An unwelcome stowaway on the graduation trip to New York, he starts in killing the teens one at a time. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Robin M Goffinet
I just ordered this DVD, and I cannot WAIT for it to arrive. I've never seen this movie. I haven't read any reviews, and I've avoided hearing anything about it -- I don't want... Read morePublished on June 8 2004 by cousinpaco