- Actors: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Peter Mark Richman, Scott Reeves, Barbara Bingham
- Directors: Rob Hedden
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 9 Feb. 2009
- Run Time: 97 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B001M1X5BC
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,551 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Friday The 13th: Part 8 [DVD]
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When Jason boards a cruise ship taking teenagers on a grad night voyage to New York City, there's no place for the passengers to run . Beyond Crystal Lake, Jason will find new slaygrounds in the subways, sewers, and mean streets of Manhattan.
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For budgetary reasons they couldn’t afford to shoot in the Big Apple until the final twenty minutes, leaving pretty much the whole film set on a boat heading to the city in question. Here we have the typical ‘slasher’ film, only on a boat instead of the traditional camp in the woods.
So, fans were more than a little annoyed at the misleading nature of the film. Also – for no reason at all – Jason can now ‘teleport.’ One minute he’s a hundred yards behind you, then next he’s standing in front of you. Yes, he’s a supernatural being, but no explanation is given for this new talent. Plus it does tend to spoil the ‘chase’ between killer and victim when no matter where and how fast you run, he just appears in front of you every time.
So, Part 8 is a bit of a let-down in general. Yes, there are a few nice touches here and there and if you’re a die hard fan of the series you’ll probably appreciate it. However, although it’s definitely watchable (if you’re into this sort of film) it’s not one of the better films in the franchise. Even the writer agrees that not enough time is spent in Manhattan and agrees with fans. Apparently, it was all down to the film’s producers that they weren’t allowed to spend enough time there.
For some reason, Jason's first victim always has a hockey mask handily lying around, and of course the monster soon claims it in order for that iconic look to be reinstated. After despatching the shagging couple; Jason stows away on a ship that is taking more big-haired teens to the Big Apple for a graduation reward; cue further nubile teenage girls getting their kits off; more obnoxious nerds; a teacher who soon loses control of his students; and a girl who is afraid of the water and keeps having visions of a young Jason drowning in Crystal Lake and begging her for help. Naturally, the majority of the above are quickly dispatched; using various imaginative weapons from an electric guitar to a harpoon gun. Why Jason continues to hide between kills is a mystery to me; it's not like there's anyone to come to the kids' rescue!
Along with a creepy deckhand whose constant claims that "You're all gonna die!" hark back to the third instalment in the franchise; this is pretty risible stuff; once the surviving five make it to New York City on a lifeboat, Jason also appears, tracks them down and slaughters them. A spark of life comes when a gang of street punks attempt to confront Jason and he lifts up his mask, causing them to apologize and flee from the nightmarish sight; this is one of two moments of black humour in the film, that save it from being a total waste of 90 minutes.