Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
⭐Rating: 1 out of 4.
A rather (unintentionally?) amusing attempt to remove invincible, hockey-masked serial killer Jason Voorhees from the rural confines of Camp Crystal Lake and place him in a grimy, pre-gentrified New York City. That gimmick alone – the sight of seeing the linebacker-looking horror icon skulking around in Times Square, smashing a new wave punk rocker’s boombox to bits – makes this slightly more interesting than some of the other series installments. Unfortunately, due to budgetary limitations, most of the film takes place on a boat trip and Jason doesn’t actually “take Manhattan” until the final act, a fact that I had completely forgotten. It’s no better or worse (or different, really) than the other films in the F13 franchise; there’s even a seafarer who continually warns the kids that they’re “D-O-O-M-E-D.” The brief sequence in Manhattan is the only thing that makes it stand out.