The Drudgeon reviews Friday The 13th – Part VIII – Jason Takes Manhattan

Friday The 13th - Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattanaka Friday The 13th – Part 8 – Jason Takes Manhattan
100 min., 1989
Written by Rob Hedden
Directed by Rob Hedden
Language: English
My rating: ★★

Should be called Jason Goes On A Boat Trip!

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The movie starts with two graduating teens on a boat and retelling the story of Jason.  Jason’s body is still underwater (after the really weak ending of the last movie) and the anchor of the boat snags on an electrical cable that recharges Jason back to life.  He climbs on board and kills the couple.  We then meet another of the graduating class named Rennie Wickham (Jensen Daggett) and her teacher Colleen Van Deusen (Barbara Bingham).  It seems that Rennie is afraid of water and can’t swim but she wants to go with the rest of the class on a boat trip to Manhattan.  Her uncle Charles McCulloch (Peter Mark Richman), also another teacher, is also there and he has a big problem with Rennie going on the boat.  Also on the boat are Rennie’s boyfriend Sean (Scott Reeves), rock star wanna be J.J. (Saffron Henderson), camera carrying Wayne (Martin Cummins), bitch Tamara (Sharlene Martin), the wanna be bitch Eva (Kelly Hu), and the school’s top boxer Julius (V.C. Dupree).  A great line up for Jason to take down but does Jason ever get to Manhattan?

On the acting front we have a few that stand out.  Jensen Daggett plays the role of the meek girl with ease.  She makes the character believable and she even makes her likeable, then again there are parts where her character does get a bit annoying, but even that she is able to pull off.  Another of the better acting in the movie is by Peter Mark Richman.  He makes a character that is creepy to begin with even creepier.  A better way to put is, the character of Charles is already a slimy guy and they don’t even try to hide it, but Peter takes that slimy guy and adds a layer of sleaze, making him seem even more untrustworthy.  Now the biggest surprise is that there really isn’t anyone that stands out in a bad way.  Most of the rest of the cast just seems to meld into the background and you don’t really notice or care until they are killed.  Not really bad acting, but nothing that really calls any attention to them.

The effects of the movie are really on the same level as the last few movies.  Most of the kills are cool and they have no problem showing some more violence than before.  Now the kills are pretty solid and the gore is good, but there is one thing that they do this time around that is just…I guess weird.  They seem to hang on the victim (for what seems like an eternity) before Jason kills them.  It’s not that big of a deal but after a few of these it does get kinda annoying.

This really isn’t that bad of a movie in the end, but what really gets me is that it’s called Jason Takes Manhattan and it just takes forever to actually get there.  When he does finally get to Manhattan there is very little with Jason.  If they actually changed the name it wouldn’t have been such a letdown.  The kills are good, the acting isn’t so bad and the overall story is okay, but the other thing that really kills the movie is the lame ending.  Now that’s two in a row!  SPOILER – Last movie we have a “ghost dad” jump out of the water and drown Jason and this movie we have a giant sewer flood kill him off, but that’s not where it ends.  You see after he drowns Jason is turned back into a child, which pretty much destroys parts two through seven.  In the past movies it is shown that Jason survived the drowning and in part six he is brought back to life.  So by him being killed and turning back into a child it kinda negates the last six movies.  SPOILER END.  That is a big BOO in my book.

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