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Friday the 13th Pt.8-Jaso

3.4 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen, Tim Mirkovich
  • Directors: Rob Hedden
  • Writers: Rob Hedden, Victor Miller
  • Producers: Barbara Sachs, Randy Cheveldave
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Paramount Home Video
  • VHS Release Date: Sept. 28 1994
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars 178 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6301589025
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #741 in Video (See Top 100 in Video)
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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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By Kody on Sept. 19 2012
Format: DVD
i'm a die-hard fan of the friday the 13th films, have been since i was like 10. i'm now 18, and i still watch these films all the time! however, this specific one has to be the worst one in the series. the title is called "jason takes manhattan" right? well, for like the last 15 minutes of the movie, jason was in manhattan. the rest of the movie, jason was killing people on a ship. i also think that some of the deaths are cheesy. if you are new to the series (like i was 8 years ago), then check out friday the 13th part 4. it's my fave one of the series!
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Jason's my main man, and you know that - but Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan is absolutely horrible in just about every way imaginable. It is far and away the worst film in the entire series. I simply have nothing good to say about this film. The only way I can even stomach its existence is to theorize that Freddy Vs. Jason might never have been made were it not for this cinematic atrocity. In other words, had this film not been such a flop at the box office (earning little more than fourteen million dollars), Paramount might never have sold the franchise to New Line Cinema, and I don't think we would ever have seen a battle royale between Jason and Freddy had the two slasher icons not been brought together under the same network.

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?
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This has got to be the worst film ever made in the history of film. How this guy was given the green light to make this movie, I'll never understand. This is an Alan Smithee case if I ever saw one. But, ironically, I find this one of the most enjoyable in the series because of this. Being that this movie is so rotten, it's one of the most amusing and hilarious films I have ever seen. It is the perfect Mystery Science Theater party movie. Jason is(naturally) brought back to life(by electricity again. Who thought of this juvenile idea anyway? What is he, Frankenstein's monster?), and slaughters everyone on the boat. He may have been on the boat only an hour or two, but he knows the layout better than everyone else. He manages to teleport himself everywhere. He's huge, black, slimy, wears a hockey mask(not exactly a low profile), and manages to stroll about the ship without anyone noticing him. When they get to the Big Apple, does Jason go beserk and murder everyone? Nope, for some unknown reason he only goes after the surviving crew members who can't seem to shake Jason even in a city the size of New York(all you'd need to do is get in a cab and say "take me to the other side of town", and you'd lose Jason forever.). Of course they all roam about the alleys and side streets instead of staying out in the open. Jason also knows the layout of New York City as though he were a native. And what's with this stupid psychic link between the leading lady and Jason? Ever notice when a horror series goes on for awhile, they throw that stupid, unscary psychic angle in? Halloween 5 for example. The most unbelievable thing in this movie is when the two survivors run into the sewer. If you were being chased by Jason, would you run to a friggin' sewer?Read more ›
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Jason Takes Manhattan is by far the worst film in the Friday the 13th institution.
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(!
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