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A class of local high school students go on a cruise as Jason hides on the boat headed to New York. The screenwriters clearly had no interesting ideas. When a slasher is headed to another city/planet, that's when the franchise is genuinely being milked for cash. The title may lead viewers to believe that most of the film takes place in Manhattan, but that's false. Almost the entire movie takes place on the boat full of unintelligent teenagers. Only an unbelievably small portion of the film takes place in New York. All of the characters on the boat are very irritating, leading me to just want each one to be killed off quicker. The dialogue is exactly what would be expected and mixes quite a bit of humor into the mayhem. However, the comedy doesn't mesh correctly and comes off as tacky. Jason Voorhees is clearly the only character that the audience will be rooting for here.
Along with the small budget, Paramount Pictures spends a small amount of its budget on the cast itself. They aren't actors that people will recognize from anything big in the industry. Just like their characters, the actors are only good for getting killed off by Jason Voorhees. Just to put in perspective how weak the actors are, this is bad acting even for a Friday the 13th film. I would never expect tremendous performances from any movie in the franchise, but this is beyond shoddy. With such amateurish acting skills, it would be wise for this cast to keep this off of their resume for future projects.
While watching Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, viewers will most likely exclusively be paying attention to the death sequences. After all, this is the selling point of the franchise. Those who felt that some of the previous entries were watered down will notice that this is about the same The MPAA still forced the filmmakers to cut down the movie in order to receive the R rating. The gore FX that are seen are good, but a lot of these scenes were edited and cut. This is where the series truly goes downhill and continues on this disappointing trend. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is a silly, yet somewhat entertaining slasher flick that is an example of screenwriters who simply ran out of ideas