FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

“EVERYONE HATES THIS ONE BUT ME”

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
Starring Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Barbara Bingham, Peter Mark Richman, V. C. Dupree

A boatful of graduating high school students headed to Manhattan accidentally pull Jason Voorhees along for the ride.

Director: Rob Hedden

Writers: Rob HeddenVictor Miller (characters)

Stars: Jensen DaggettKane HodderTodd Caldecott 

1 HOUR 40 MINUTES

REVIEW BY JEREMIAH

Ok, so as a very early Christmas gift (or late birthday gift) I decided to sell off a shitload of electronics and entertainment stuff I either have no room for or simply haven't touched in forever, and buy myself a shiny new TV. It's got bells and whistles and even some Demon's Seed level AI shit that's likely going to strengthen the Chinese empire, but SO WHAT. What's privacy when you got 4K and a bunch of high tech acronyms plastered across the bezel stickers (I don't want to remove them). I also have a respectable collection of movies both physical and digital, many of which support said 4K (and some of the aforementioned acronyms).

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I chose Jason Takes Manhattan. Turns out it supported absolutely none of the things I was excited to see in action. But it also turns out that it didn't need to.

Maybe it was new-tech euphoria, but oh man did I have an absolute blast revisiting this entry. I totally forgot it started on a boat (rife with mind boggling sub plots), and definitely forgot how much camp and cheese and tongue-in-cheek self-parodying moments it featured (Jason turning around to face the camera after seeing the hockey mask billboard literally made me gufaw). It also has one of my favorite kills in the series, maybe cause I'm a boxing fan—who knows, but damn was it satisfying watching homeboy lay the fuck into Voorhees for what felt like ten fruitless minutes, only to exasperatedly invite a head popping wallop his way *salutes*

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And all the ridiculous run-ins with the dreg of NY (even pre Giuliani, the city wasn't this bad), ESPECIALLY the punk gang listening to music telling you just how dangerous life in New York City really is—Jason's face reveal and the subsequent reactions, were pure gold. Oh, and who can forget the incredible sewer sequence where Jason makes baby talk and shape shifts back to a pre-adolescent child—what.

Anyway, thank you LG, for helping to rekindle an old flame.