Saturday, May 21, 2016
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
The graduating class at Camp Crystal Lake is taking a cruise ship to New York. Jason's revived again, natch, and stows aboard where he makes mincemeat out of the kids. Everyone left standing ends up in New York City, leading to a final showdown in the sewers.
For a movie with Manhattan in the title, very little action takes place in New York City. Most of the movie occurs on the cruise ship, and most of it's a chore to sit through. The characters aren't very fun or memorable, and the killings are nothing special. The one neat variation is how the characters become aware relatively early that someone is stalking them, so they get weapons and decide to hunt him down. It leads to the usual let's-split-up-and-get-killed-gang routine, but it's a nice touch.
Kane Hodder is back as Jason, and he still rocks. Jason looks as intimidating as ever, and he does more killing with his hands this time around. I like how he's always soaking wet, and after he kicks over the boom box, the punks listening to it threaten him with switchblades. Jason, demonstrating a sense of humor for the first time, calmly removes his mask and scares them off with his ugly mug. Funny, even if I do wonder why he didn't just kill them.
All I can say is: what the hell?