Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan
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Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan
The worst in a string of increasingly pointless sequels to Sean S. Cunningham's crude slasher hit, this installment provided clear evidence that the "slasher" subgenre, already creatively dead, was no longer financially viable. This time around, unstoppable supernatural thug Jason Voorhees -- imprisoned at the bottom of a lake by his telekinetic foe Tina in the previous film -- is reanimated yet again after being goosed by an underwater electrical cable, freeing him to stow away aboard a shipload of standard-issue obnoxious teenagers en route to Manhattan. The title ultimately… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

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"For what it's worth (very little), probably the best in the series."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"Taking the serial killer and putting him on a boat isn't the silliest thing you could do -- you could always send him to space."
‑ Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton, Dread Central
"Not only are the later Friday the 13th films distasteful, but they've become so repetitive that each sequel is duller than the last."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Not even remotely scary, and on top of that less than 1/3 of the film takes place in New York. False advertising, I say!"
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"Utterly appalling."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Among the passengers is a bright girl who's having visions of a drowning boy, her smarmy guardian, her concerned teacher, a boyfriend whose soon-to-be-late father is the ship's captain, and assorted high school stereotypes."
‑ Richard Harrington, Washington Post
"It's actually quite amazing that a film titled Jason Takes Manhattan never really takes place in Manhattan. At least the Muppets kept their titular promise to bite the Big Apple."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"Worst of the series, Jason doesn't really take anything."
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Director Rob Hedden may have been onto something: From Crystal Lake to Manhattan, the series itself was always drowning in ****."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"As most people had already realized long before, Jason just wasn't scary anymore."
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"The makers of the Friday films wouldn't even consider stopping the series till they hit that magic number: Part XIII."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"This is easily the most disappointing of the original...movies - which is quite an achievement when you consider that the overall quality of the franchise was hardly high enough to raise expectations to a level that would allow for disappointment."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, Cinefantastique
"An inscrutable narrative that pukes its way across an unforgivably long 100 minutes."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"We're lured in with promises of Manhattan mayhem, and all we get is more of the same stupid stuff."
‑ Eric D. Snider,
"As Jason entries go, there've been worse, but..."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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