Jason Voorhees hitches a ride on a boat bound for
Manhattan and stalks new prey in the Big Apple.
Friday the 13th Part VIII:
Jason Takes Manhattan was laughably bad and unbelievably corny, but contains some of the best scenes in the whole franchise. For example, Jason punches a man's head clean off with one punch and drowns another man in a garbage can filled with nasty New York green sludge water. The majority of the film takes place on the freakin' boat! He doesn't even end up in Manhattan for a good hour but once he does, the movie actually gets very good. There's a scene where Jason angrily kicks over a gang's boombox and becomes the arm of everybody who's ever been annoyed by loud hoodlum street music.
My final gripe with this film is the incomprehensible ending that makes zero sense whatsoever and is actually a slap in the face to everything the Friday the 13th series stands for. If you can endure the overlong beginning and the questionable ending, the film is halfway decent.
Think about this title, Jason Takes Manhattan. I'm sure you think you know what this movie is going to be about. I'm also sure you think it's going to be awesome. Well, I can safely tell you it's not what you think it's about and it's definitely not awesome. The title claims this entry will take place in Manhattan, but 90% of the film takes place on a boat full of high school seniors on their way to New York. There is some good that happens along the way, though.
The film is full of some of the more ridiculous, over-the-top kills that the series has ever done. The best example of this is one Jason punches a guy's head off in one, single punch. It's ridiculously awesome. Even though the film takes forever to finally make it to Manhattan, one they do get there, it's actually fairly entertaining. Seeing Jason Voorhees standing in Times Square was a super great moment for fans of the franchise.
I can also never forget when Jason angrily kicks over a boombox and scares the gang off by revealing his face. It's quite hilarious. The film quickly takes away any once of good it was gaining by featuring one of the most incomprehensible endings ever done in the franchise. It doesn't make sense and I'm still trying to figure it out. This was definitely a step down from the previous installment that really only has the over-the-top deaths and Kane Hodder's excellent portrayal of Jason Voorhees keeping it going.