Sunday, March 05, 2006

"Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason takes Manhattan" review

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

Directed by Rob Hedden

Writing credits Rob Hedden

Todd Shaffer.... Jim Miller
Tiffany Paulsen.... Suzi Donaldson
Tim Mirkovich.... Young Jason (as Timothy Burr Mirkovich)
Kane Hodder.... Jason Voorhees

Jason hops aboard a pleasure cruise. A bunch of high school dullards are celebrating their graduation. Jason has got to crash this party. Soon the ship has taken enough damage and must heal its wounds in New York City. Jason wants to go check out the sights and grind up a few more teens along the way.

"Friday the 13th Part VIII" is easily the worst one in the series. What makes a good Jason movie versus a bad one? Three things: BLOOD, BLOOD and BLOOOOOOD! The blood spray was lacking in this one. Jason was a very tired mass murderer. He looked like he'd rather hang by the pool than have to kill these dang teens. Work, work, work. Also, this entry promises you Manhattan but most of the movie is spent running around the ship. NYC only figures into the last twenty minutes or so. The ending in the sewer is also completely ridiculous.

In a nutshell, it stinks.

SCORE: 1 out of 4 cruising Jasons


the sleaze-o-rama said...

hmm, i'd say jason X was even worse than this one, but it's close. when jason got his "upgrades" even i could not endure..... and how about jason goes to hell, where its not even good ol' rotting hockey mask jason most of the movie?

Dr. Gore ( said...

I kind of liked "Jason X". It was goofy but it tried to give us something resembling slasher movie entertainement. "Jason goes to Hell" had a lot of blood and guts so I have to give that one some points but I did miss seeing that lovable hockey masked psychotic. "Jason takes a long cruise to Manhattan" didn't even try. It was a joke from start to finish. They should have tossed Jason overboard.

Trav28 said...

Jason X was entertaining with the robot chick but it still can't beat the cheese of parts 3 and 7.

Dr. Gore ( said...

True. Part 3 was extra cheesy. I didn't really get into the "Carrie meets Jason" of part 7 although the cheese was plentiful. For my money, I'd go with part 4, the final chapter(!). It'll be burned in my memory forever thanks to Corey Feldman's Oscar worthy performance.

Anonymous said...

i love this one and part 5,although most dismiss the fifth entry as a wannabe jason slasher flick,the blonde chick jason gets in the bathroom was hot! dr. gore,if you pause onthe chick's face in the mirror,its clearly another actress,but pause when she hits her head on the mirror you can see her nice asscrack!