Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

Mike Matei / March 11th, 2015


  • John Terry

    March 11, 2015 at 4:00 am

    Awesome! Love these!

    • March 12, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      my roomate’s step-mother makes $62 every hour on the internet . She has been without work for ten months but last month her pay was $18554 just working on the internet for a few hours. why not try this out


  • Zeno

    March 11, 2015 at 4:03 am

    They should have just renamed it to “Jason Takes a Boat Trip”. Very misleading title.

    • Claude Lilford

      March 11, 2015 at 7:57 am

      Somehow ‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes a Boat Trip’ doesn’t have quite the ring to it that ‘Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’ does.
      Besides if they had named it that they would have had to follow it with ‘Friday the 13th Part IX: Jason on a Plane’.

      • The Wicker Man

        March 11, 2015 at 12:50 pm

        I’d have preferred ‘Friday the 13th Part IX: Jason on a Plane’ instead of the abomination that is Jason Goes to Hell!

      • March 12, 2015 at 7:54 pm

        Jason versus Snakes On A Plane!!

  • March 11, 2015 at 4:03 am

    The female protagonist’s uncle, not dad—also the teacher—who she’s w when she has traumatic experience in the lake.

  • Malicious_Hero

    March 11, 2015 at 4:06 am

    Fun fact: those shots of the crappy docks were not filmed in Vancouver. They were filmed in a place about… 45 mins – an hour north of Vancouver. Theres nothing really there except a mining museum, but alot of stuff gets filmed there. Scooby-Doo monsters unleashed was, a few episodes of x-files, the tv show “Hope Island”, and a bunch of other little things.

  • Xen11

    March 11, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Yep, worst next to The New Blood and Jason Goes To Hell. I really like the look and atmosphere of the film though.

    Fun Trivia: The guy that Jason throws into the glass in that diner is Ken Kirzinger who plays Jason in Freddy VS. Jason.

  • George Hernandez

    March 11, 2015 at 4:33 am

    James, keep it up with the movie reviews they are honestly my favorite, right next to avgn. Your commentary is the best.
    Still waiting on a tribute to the recently deceased Leonard Nimoy though…. :c

  • Jokerisdaking

    March 11, 2015 at 5:49 am

    It was her uncle, not her father.

    • Tony G

      March 12, 2015 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you, I was going to point that out as well.

  • dhennick99

    March 11, 2015 at 6:27 am

    The photo of Michael Keaton is from Batman Returns. Not Burton’s ’89 film.

    • Claude Lilford

      March 11, 2015 at 7:52 am

      Does it really matter? He wears the same costume.

  • Don Skiver

    March 11, 2015 at 6:28 am

    This movie is a classic example of having a script that’s just way too ambitious for it’s budget. I’m sure there had to be several rewrites along the way as the producers kept telling them “sorry, I can’t get you that, costs too much.”

    Also, this was during a time when horror movies were getting neutered by the MPAA left and right. Especially the popular ones that were “corrupting our children”. It seems like we have this type of moral panic every decade. (We had it in the 90s and the 00s over violent video games like Mortal Kombat and Grand Theft Auto)

    • Claude Lilford

      March 11, 2015 at 7:53 am

      But don’t you understand? We have to make sure that kids watching a film about a zombie killer going around brutally slaughtering people for no other reson then he has a problem with the world won’t be traumatised by their experience.

      • March 11, 2015 at 5:18 pm

        I’ll just leave this here.

      • Don Skiver

        March 11, 2015 at 6:29 pm

        I agree. We need more Jack Thompsons and Joe Libermans; champions who make sure our children don’t grow up to be zombie killers, cyborg ninjas, 12th century assassins, or ancient greek demigods hellbent on overthrowing the pantheon.

  • Zces

    March 11, 2015 at 6:56 am

    Could have been one of the most entertaining parts.. But maybe the worst..

    • March 11, 2015 at 7:24 am

      Far, far from the worst. The only thing that really hurt the film were the censorship on kills.

  • March 11, 2015 at 6:56 am

    My favorite Friday the 13th films (in order favorite to least fave)

    Friday the 13th Part III
    Friday the 13th Part IV
    Friday the 13th Part II
    Friday the 13th Part XI
    Friday the 13th Part VIII
    Friday the 13th Part VII
    Friday the 13th Part XII
    Friday the 13th Part I
    Friday the 13th Part VI
    Friday the 13th Part V
    Friday the 13th Part X
    Friday the 13th Part IX (THE WORST!)

  • Pablo1989

    March 11, 2015 at 7:32 am

    😀 Why no body call police, because freaky guy with hockey mask walking streets.

    Of course thye cant call because 😛 dont had much budget to rent police cars.

  • Claude Lilford

    March 11, 2015 at 7:54 am

    This movie would have been much cooler if he had run into Maniac Cop in New York.

  • March 11, 2015 at 7:56 am

    This review totally reflects my opinion on this part of the movie. I had such high expectations because of the promised city scenes – but my hopes were deceived. The hour on the boat and the characters ruined it all. Well done, James!

  • videogamehunter820

    March 11, 2015 at 10:24 am

    This is actually my 3rd or 4th favorite. The parts on the boat aren’t that bad (even though it goes on way too long). It’s still Jason doing what we love, killing asshole characters. Why does James think it sucks here, but not really in the earlier movies (like part 4)? It’s always the same thing every time, just Jason killing people. I still say Part 5 is the absolute worst of the whole series. Man that one sucked.

    • Matu

      March 12, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      I like this one as well. I really don’t understand how he can call it the worse one. As you say, the scenes on the boat aren’t that bad. In fact, I think it adds to the suspense that they are trapped in this small space with Jason with nowhere to go. Adds to the suspense IMO.

  • March 11, 2015 at 10:46 am

    By FAR the worst of the entire series. The only decent scene in the entire flick was the rooftop fight.

  • Night-X

    March 11, 2015 at 10:56 am

    That little weird about the ending because the ending where he turn into his kid form but that most likely they swap endings with the VHS and DVD as well the Blu-Ray.

  • Peron

    March 11, 2015 at 2:19 pm

    there is a part that suggests that Jason takes a taxi to reach the couple at the ending… can you find this?

  • March 11, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    The best thing about this movie is not the movie itself, but it’s soundtrack. The Darkest Side of the Night by Metropolis is one hell of a song.

  • March 11, 2015 at 2:54 pm

    Really digging these.

    I’d love to see a Jackie Chan-a-thon now. That could go on for awhile haha.

  • Addisteini

    March 11, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    One interesting fact I hoped James would point out, but didn’t, is that the restaurant worker Jason throws into the mirror is actually Ken Kirzinger who went on to play Jason in “Freddy vs. Jason”.

    • Don Skiver

      March 11, 2015 at 10:20 pm

      Another interesting fact is Tina’s mother from part 7 is played by actress Susan Blu…better known for her voice acting work which includes the character Arcee (the only chick transformer) from the 1980s transformers cartoon and movie.

      • EmSeeSquared

        March 11, 2015 at 11:31 pm

        Also, the rocker chick in this one was played by voice actress Veronica Taylor, who does voices in a lot of anime, like the original voice of Gohan in Dragon Ball Z.

        Also, Kelly Hu’s in this one.

  • jasonjrf

    March 11, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    I love your movie reviews just as much as your avgn videos. All your content and Mikes also on this site are top notch could watch all day which is what I did when I found your site years ago.

  • culwin

    March 11, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    Sounds like this movie could have been awesome if they had the budget to do what they wanted. Instead, we got this, which we knew was lame when it came out.

  • cammcal

    March 11, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    How come you didn’t mention the part where Jason turns back into a child after being melted by the toxic waste? I was curious what your thoughts were on that because it always confused the hell out of me.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    March 11, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    That’s a shame that that one doens’t seem to very good. Kills getting censored sure does suck, but it looks like that one had a lot more problems.

  • CrushingC10996WM

    March 11, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    If only the budget was bigger, this could’ve been more enjoyable

  • March 11, 2015 at 9:50 pm

    Chan-a-thon is a great idea!

  • March 11, 2015 at 10:07 pm

    My birthday is on Friday the 13th in March

  • Sean Koski

    March 11, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Although I hate this one I’ve always remembered it best because I actually met one of the actor’s mother, the filmmaker character (not mentioned in this review). She was a sub teacher for my grade 8 class. Not especially interesting but hey small world right?

  • March 12, 2015 at 5:07 am

    You’re making such a great job. I can’t wait to see how you shit all over Jason X.

  • sev666

    March 12, 2015 at 8:28 am

    Jason Takes Manhattan is the weakest of the Paramount films, but I’d still rate it better than any of the New Line Garbage.

  • March 12, 2015 at 11:22 am

    What I don’t get is why they didn’t just shoot in Toronto like everyone else does when they can’t afford NY.

  • Senna4ever

    March 12, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Surprised James didn’t mention the big stunt guy that gets thrown into the glass in the diner was Ken Kirzinger, who not only worked as a stunt double for Kane Hodder as Jason, but also played Jason in Freddy Vs Jason.

    Making Kane not the only actor to play Jason more than once.

  • aekprr

    March 12, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    This film is one of my favorite bad movies. Kane Hodder is such a beast and is definitely the best part of the film.

  • Matu

    March 12, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Worst? Surely you mean one of the best? I can’t be the only one who loves this film? Or the only one who thinks the later ones are better than the earlier ones?? After your negative comments about this one and part VI, I’m not looking forward to your Jason X video lol. Surely Jason goes to hell is one of the worst?

  • BADam

    March 12, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I marathoned these and I actually remember ENJOYING this one the most! Yeah the characters are cardboard and there’s no goore but it sticks in the mind. Just love Hodder! He took Jason as a character giving him depth (quote: ‘No, Jason would never kill a dog’) which fit the persona. Also, he was genuinely chewed at not being offered the part in Freddie vs Jason. I think the quote was (paraphrasing) I guess the directors wanted Jason to be a skinny nothing in this one!

  • Zach Standig

    March 12, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    I liked the scene when Jason took out those two rapists, he was like some undead Robocop.

  • ejp022791

    March 12, 2015 at 11:50 pm

    They should remake this one only with a bigger budget. That would be awesome! Either way, I like this film. Far more than 9 and 10 at least.

  • Mark Knight

    March 13, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    Wow these seem very rushed. There wasn’t even a mention that the guy that Jason threw against the wall in the diner was Ken Kirzinger” Jason from Freddy vs Jason”.

  • March 14, 2015 at 12:27 am

    I have a perfect title for this movie!
    Jason travels to Manhattan

  • March 14, 2015 at 1:28 am

    I saw this movie in 2005 on my dvd

  • March 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

    YOu know what needs to happen?

    Jason in Wonderland

  • Mike M

    March 16, 2015 at 3:20 am


  • March 17, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    What a shitty shit film. I hated it so much. And I really hated the punch scene.

  • March 22, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Even though they had the biggest Friday the 13th budget , couldn’t they have faked New york surroundings sooner in the movie? Instead of taking us on what felt like a one hour tour of that silly boat?

  • March 22, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    They weren’t limited by budget , they were limited by story i think.

  • March 22, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    From the boat they survivors rowed and rowed for seeming maybe hours or less to get to NY. BUT how did Jason do it? He mighta seemingly “walked” alongside the rowboat but underwater the whole time following them that way? He literally pops up barely minutes after they arrive in NY too.

  • March 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Granted i still like it better then Jason Goes to Hell though. (:

  • March 22, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    The way Jason kept popping up especially while tossing a guy on the boat onto something and on the train by the end , seemed even for the franchise kinda Huh? Funny silly in ways. Jason moves but not too fast enough to have caught up so quick seeming. Just saying.

  • March 22, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Love the creepy type ending though. Great makeups.

  • March 22, 2015 at 8:36 pm

    JUSt found out thanks to imdb that Ken Kerzinger was the uncredited New York cook that Jason throws over the counter into the big mirror in this film. Ken Kerzinger who went on to play Jason in Freddy vs Jason.

  • Raul Armando Gamez Obregon

    April 17, 2015 at 11:24 am

    This movie is an example of why i hate rating: blood and gore? NO FUCKING WAY? 2 stupid teenagers teaching people how to do cocaine? TOTALLY FINE!!!

    this also proves that america sucks: we gonna spend millions fighting drug trafficking but we love to get high!!! no one will take our coke away from us!!!!

  • May 25, 2016 at 8:47 pm

    Wanna know a curious fact? This installment was actually broadcasted in some countries as plain ‘Friday the 13th’. That’s right, since it contains several references to Jason’s origin and he gets a new mask at the beginning and stuff, some people thought of it as a self contained, stand alone film.

  • Anthony33

    November 1, 2017 at 1:17 am

    Actually, I think the old guy is the main character’s uncle in the movie.

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