Friday The 13Th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Not only are the later Friday the 13th films distasteful, but they've become so repetitive that each sequel is duller than the last. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII--JASON TAKES MANHATTAN has the most deceptive title and ad campaign of the entire series in that Jason doesn't even set foot in Manhattan until the last 15 minutes of what is yet another plodding entry...read more

Not only are the later Friday the 13th films distasteful, but they've become so repetitive that each sequel is duller than the last. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII--JASON TAKES MANHATTAN has the most deceptive title and ad campaign of the entire series in that Jason doesn't even set foot in Manhattan until the last 15 minutes of what is yet another plodding entry in the stalk-and-slash genre. The plot, such as it is, sees Jason (Kane Hodder)--previously entombed at the bottom of Crystal Lake--brought back to life when the anchor from a pleasure boat severs an electrical cable and jolts his

inert body with a zillion volts. Naturally, Jason makes quick work of the boat's two teenage passengers then lays into a ship full of high school seniors preparing to depart on a class trip to Manhattan. Three students and two adult chaperons manage to escape in a life boat, winding up in Manhattan. Jason, still in hot pursuit, surfaces in New York and runs around terrorizing folks. During all of this tediously staged action, the virginal female heroine, Rennie Wickham (Jensen Daggett), suffers hallucinations about the young Jason. Not surprisingly, these scenes — which feel as if they belong in another movie — are among the most effective in the film, a welcome distraction from the mundane mechanics of the rest of this predictable effort. Watch for future TV star Kelly Hu (Nash Bridges, Martial Law) in a small role as a doomed passenger.

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