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Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Original Theatrical poster
Directed by Rob Hedden
Produced by Randy Cheveldave
Barbara Sachs
Written by Rob Hedden
Starring Jensen Daggett
Scott Reeves
Barbara Bingham
Peter Mark Richman
Martin Cummins
Gordon Currie
Alex Diakun
V.C. Dupree
Saffron Henderson
Kelly Hu
Sharlene Martin
Warren Munson
Kane Hodder
Music by Fred Mollin
Cinematography Bryan England
Editing by Steve Mirkovich
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) July 28, 1989
Running time 90 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $5,000,000
Gross revenue $14,300,000
Preceded by Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood
Followed by Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is a slasher film released on July 28, 1989. It is the eighth film in the Friday the 13th film series and the last film in the series to have been distributed by Paramount in the United States. The film's tagline is, "New York has a new problem." It took in just $14.3 million at the domestic box office, making it the lowest grossing film in the series.



After a boat's anchor hits an underwater power line, the undead serial killer Jason Voorhees is resurrected. He immediately finds the boat's occupants, a high school couple named Jim and Suzie, having sex. Obtaining a hockey mask from the boat (which Jim had previously used to scare Suzie), he kills Jim with the barrel of a harpoon gun. Suzie attempts to hide in a storage hatch, but Jason easily discovers her and jams the harpoon into her chest.

The next morning, the SS Lazarus, containing the senior class of Lakeview High, is bound for New York City for the school's graduation. The trip is chaperoned by Colleen Van Deusen and Charles McCulloch, who's also brought along his niece, Rennie Wickham. Before the ship sets sail, Jason grabs a hold of the ship's anchor and climbs aboard. As the night continues on, Rennie keeps having visions of Jason as a child when he drowned. Jason then starts murdering the people on board, starting with a wannabe rock star named J.J., whom he kills by axing her with an electric guitar. He then ambushes a young boxer in a sauna and hits him with a sauna rock. J.J.'s friend, Tamara, goes to take a shower when Jason shatters the bathroom mirror and impales her with the broken shards.

Jason then kills the two captains of the Lazarus, leaving the two chaperones, Rennie, and the remaining students to try and track down and kill Jason. They fail, after Jason strangles one of the female students, Eva, on a dance floor, then throws one boy, Miles, over the captain's quarters and onto the deck post. However, Wayne's death, involving being thrown into a control panel, causes a fire, burning the fuel tanks, and blowing a hole in the ship's hull. Because of this, Charles, Rennie, Colleen, two other students named Sean and Julius, and Rennie's dog, Toby, abandon the ship in a row boat.

As the group continues to row to safety, they finally arrive in New York City. Jason has followed them there, however, and kills two gang bangers, a cop, Julius (decapitated by a single punch), Charles (drowned in a barrel of sewage), and Colleen (killed accidentally when immolated in an exploding car), leaving Sean and Rennie running for their lives. Rennie has a flashback to an event from her early childhood where she was learning how to swim in Crystal Lake and was almost killed by a young drowned Jason, looking as he did in the original Friday the 13th.

After a chase that spans from the subway system to Times Square, Rennie and Sean first run into a diner, followed by the sewers of Manhattan, where Jason follows and kills a sanitation worker. Before he can finish off the last two survivors, Jason meets his demise as the sewers are washed out with toxic waste, melting away his flesh. All that is left is a young boy lying at the bottom of the sewer, as Rennie and Sean reunite with Rennie's dog on the streets above.


Box office

The film opened in 1,683 theaters making $6.2 million its opening weekend. Domestically, the film made only $14.3 million, making it the second lowest grossing Friday the 13th movie.


Alternate poster

Perhaps the biggest complaint was in the film's faulty promise of letting Jason take Manhattan.[1] On his commentary track for the film in the box-set, director Rob Hedden acknowledges the faults and even agrees that more of the film should have been set in Manhattan. The film failed to generate a substantial amount of money at the box office, which continued the decline in grosses the series had been suffering, and Paramount sold the franchise to New Line Cinema soon afterward, and they would later distribute the 2009 reboot together. Rotten Tomatoes reported that the 9% of the critics gave the film positive reviews, making it the lowest reviewed film of the series. It holds an average score of 2.9/10. Entertainment Weekly labeled it the eighth worst sequel ever made.[2]


Some cuts were forced on the film by the MPAA including:

  • When Jason stabs Jim with the speargun, a shot of blood and gore flushing from his stomach was deleted.
  • Suzi's death was refilmed to include less blood.
  • JJ's death originally showed her getting hit in the head with the guitar, rather than the simple blood splatter in the final cut.
  • A shot of a dead Tamera with glass shards sticking out of her nude body was cut out.
  • A few seconds were cut when Jason stabs the boxer in the gut with the sauna rock.
  • The captain's throat-slitting was filmed in 3 different ways, and the MPAA forced to filmakers to include the least-bloody shot, which was essentially devoid of blood.
  • Wayne's death originally showed him being electrocuted a bit longer with foam coming from his mouth.
  • The gangbanger's death originally showed the needle and Jason's entire arm going through his body; the current version just shows the needle.


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