8. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
The timeline of where this takes place in the mythos of Jason Voorhees is a little sketchy, but he’s back and the senior class of Crystal Lake is headed to New York on a big class trip. The only destination they make it to is Deathville.
There are a lot of questions when it comes to Jason Takes Manhattan. How does an oceanliner go from a lake to the Atlantic Ocean? It always feels like they could have gotten a really big bus and gotten there much, much faster.
This is also when people start to go fast and loose with Jason’s history. Apparently, our main character has been haunted by the visage of Jason since she was pushed into the lake by her uncle.
Part VIII is also one of the tamer entries in the franchise. I don’t know if was because of the MPAA’s knife attack on Part VII but for a Friday the 13th movie, I don’t recall much in the way of blood and guts. A lot of things are implied and they don’t even take into account all the people on the ship that Jason killed when it sinks.
This was the second time Kane Hodder played Jason and that marked the first time someone had played the role more than once. Not that some people weren’t asked but they felt that playing Jason again may not have been the best career move. The movie feels like an okay TV version of a Friday the 13th movie.