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Friday the 13th, Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan Details

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The worst in a string of increasingly pointless sequels to Sean S. Cunningham's crude slasher hit, this installment provided clear evidence that the "slasher" subgenre, already creatively dead, was no longer financially viable. This time around, unstoppable supernatural thug Jason Voorhees -- imprisoned at the bottom of a lake by his telekinetic foe Tina in the previous film -- is reanimated yet again after being goosed by an underwater electrical cable, freeing him to stow away aboard a shipload of standard-issue obnoxious teenagers en route to Manhattan. The title ultimately proves a bit of a cheat, since the majority of Jason's homicidal hijinks take place aboard the ship until the film's final reel, during which he pursues a handful of survivors through the streets of the Big Apple. Thanks to heavy MPAA cuts, the mayhem is more subdued here than in any other films of the series -- splatter fans primed by the previous chapters' copious bloodletting will be left high and dry. Despite a very amusing "teaser" trailer that suggested that the film might be a semi-parody, writer/director Rob Hedden and company play things tediously straight. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:July 28, 1998

Cast

Jensen Daggett
as Rennie
Scott Reeves
as Sean Robertson
Mark Richman
as Charles McCullough
Barbara Bingham
as Colleen Van Deusen
V.C. Dupree
as Julius Gaw
Kane Hodder
as Jason Voorhees
Sharlene Martin
as Tamara Mason
David Cohn
Fiona Jackson
Alex Diakun
as Deck Hand
Warren Munson
as Admiral Robertson
Fred Henderson
as Cheif Engineer
Gordon Currie
as Miles Wolfe
Saffron Henderson
as J.J.
Kelly Hu
as Eva Watanabe
Vinnie Capone
as Street Urchin
David Longworth
as Sanitation Engineer
Todd Shaffer
as Jim Miller
Tiffany Paulsen
as Suzi Donaldson
Michael Benyaer
as Gang Banger #2
Roger Barnes
as Irish Cop
Amber Pawlick
as Young Rennie
Peggy Hedden
as New York Waitress
Fred Henderson
as Cheif Engineer
Warren Munson
as Admiral Robertson
Michael Benyaer
as Gang Banger #2
David Longworth
as Sanitation Engineer
Saffron Henderson
as J.J.
Alex Diakun
as Deck Hand
Amber Pawlick
as Young Rennie
Vinnie Capone
as Street Urchin
Todd Shaffer
as Jim Miller
Roger Barnes
as Irish Cop
Kelly Hu
as Eva Watanabe
Tiffany Paulsen
as Suzi Donaldson
Gordon Currie
as Miles Wolfe

Crew

Rob Hedden
Director
Randolph F. Cheveldave
Producer
Rob Hedden
Screenwriter
Bryan England
Cinematographer
Fred Mollin
Composer (Music Score)
Steve Mirkovich
Editor
Barbara Sachs
Associate Producer
Frank Mancuso, Jr.
Executive Producer
Carla Hetland
Costume Designer
Linda Vipond
Set Decorator
Gordy Waterman
Consultant/advisor
Ted Hickman
Stunts
Reg Glass
Stunts
Michael Langlois
Stunts
Dawn Stofer
Stunts
Danny Virtue
Stunts
Dorothy Fehr
Stunts
John Wardlow
Stunts
Ernie Jackson
Stunts
Jacob Rupp
Stunts
Ken Kirzinger
Stunts
David Jacox
Stunts
Gary Chessman
Stunts
Fiona Jackson
Casting
David Cohn
Casting
Pete Romano
Underwater Photography
Max Matsuoka
Assistant Properties
Max Matsuoka
Buyer
Fred Mollin
Musical Performer
Tim Alverson
First Assistant Editor
Graham Coutts
Properties Master
Jim Danforth
Visual Effects
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