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Tagline : "New York has a new problem."

Friday the 13th Part 8 : Jason Takes ManhattenOh dear, oh dear. Awful, awful, awful. Just when I thought the series was looking up, Paramount hit us with this abomination, with an extremely misleading title, as very little of this takes place in New York.

So, Jason is still lying dormant at the bottom of Crystal Lake, when a passing boat conveniently snags its anchor on an underwater power cable and gives him a huge electric jolt.

Predictably, Jason re-awakes and bumps off the young couple on the boat in one of the most cringe-worthy scene's I've ever witnessed. Then takes their boat down river and stows away on a pleasure cruiser full of teenage kids who're setting off on a school cruise to New York City. Why? Who the hell knows!!!!

Pretty much the rest of the film is of Jason bumping off the kids and crew members on the boat, with only the last 15mins or so set in New York (most of which was actually filmed in Canada). Meaning a huge dissapointment for anyone expecting Jason on the prowl in the Big Apple.

Obviously they were trying to make another black comedy, but unlike Part 6, the humour just didn't work. Which along with the shoddy direction, annoying synth score, and the fact that Jason's killing methods are just cringeworthy, I would advise giving this film a miss. Unless of course you are a completist and want to see the entire series.

Overall Marks : 3/10.

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