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Film: Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
All Manhattanites could agree that they were better off with Muppets.
"New York has a new problem."

The eighth Friday the 13th film.

For years the specter of Jason Voorhees has been haunting Camp Crystal Lake, stalking and killing horny teenagers just like his dear old momma taught him. However, for the last year, Jason has been hanging out at the bottom of Crystal Lake itself, what with being tied to a rock there, and is now in the mood for a vacation after being awakened by a bunch of teenagers on a pleasure boat frantically screwing (whom he then kills). So where does an undead serial killer go to unwind where he can just be himself?

New York City, of course.

This film contains examples of:

  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: Where the finale happens. Justified in that it is New York.
  • Alliterative Name: J.J. Jarrett and her buddy Wayne Webber.
  • Apathetic Citizens: Apparently New York City. Rennie and Shawn are chased down busy streets, into diners, and a packed subway car by Jason, and nobody around them gives it a second thought. More poignantly, when they pull the emergency stop on the subway while they're being obviously stalked by Jason, all of the passengers start loudly complaining about the fact they'll be late. Then there's this gem:
    Sean: You don't understand! There's a maniac trying to kill us!
    Waitress: Welcome to New York.
  • Arbitrary Skepticism: Despite all evidence, Charles adamantly refuses to believe Jason Voorhees is behind everything until Jason comes after him.
  • Asshole Victim: Charles is probably the strongest example since his every second on screen seems to be devoted to making you cheer when Jason finally drowns his ass in a barrel of sewage.
    • The two Thugs who try to rape Rennie end up getting brutally murdered by Jason. One of them even get's stabbed with the very same needle he used to drug Rennie.
    • Tamara, who had pushed poor Rennie into the water just because she saw her doing drugs {And didn't even rat her out either}, ends up getting stabbed by Jason with several glass shards.
  • Attempted Rape: Rennie is drugged by a couple of thugs and would have been raped had Jason, who chased her there, not cleaned house himself.
  • The Big Rotten Apple: New York in the 1980s was exactly the sort of wretched hive that Jason could call home.
  • California Doubling: Most of the scenes were actually shot in Vancouver, Canada.
  • Camera Fiend: Wayne.
  • Car Fu: Rennie attempts to kill Jason with a police car.
  • City of Weirdos: Jason is a hulking undead serial killer in a hockey mask, and he still isn't the weirdest thing in New York.
  • Closed Circle: The cruise ship.
  • Continuity Nod: A confusing one, as the mask Jason collects from Jimmy has, for no discernable reason, the same axe gouge the original mask got in Part III.
  • Contrived Coincidence: The events leading up to Jason's revival. Jimmy and Suzie are on a boat in Crystal Lake. Jimmy lowers the anchor, which lands on an underwater powerline. Jason's body is just coincidentally right next to it and the anchor starts rubbing the powerline, electrifying Jason's body and bringing him back alive. Even more coincidentally, Jimmy also just happens to have a hockey mask in his boat for Jason to put on.
  • Cut Phone Lines: Jason cuts the radio communications from the ship Lazarus. Which is rather knowledgeable from one who has never been near the ocean in his life (or unlife, if you prefer).
  • Destination Defenestration: When Charles attempts to run away from Jason, he teleports ahead of him and throws him through a window.
  • Determinator: Jason, oddly so as he shoves off all the easy potential victims just to get the remaining protagonists.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto: After Rennie crashes the police car, it blows up.
  • Evil Overlooker: Jason in the official movie poster.
  • Expy: The unnamed deckhand for Crazy Ralph from the first two films.
    • Most the cast, actually
      Rennie: Chris from 3 meets Tina from 7
      Sean: Nick from 7
      Charles McCulloch: Dr. Crews from 7
      Mrs. Van Deusen : Amanda from 7
      Tamara: Melissa from 7
      Wayne: Eddie from 7
  • Eye Scream: Jason gets stabbed into the eye with an ink pen (that was allegedly used by Stephen King) by Rennie.
  • Fish out of Water: Invoked a bit, if only for the premise that Jason, a killer who primarily operated in the woods, is now suddenly wandering in the big city (though the action aboard the cruise ship takes up most of this). The film does at least give a nod of this, mainly in the scene where a confused Jason stares at a billboard displaying a goalie wearing a hockey mask for a few seconds.
  • Flare Gun: McClloch grabs a flare gun when he goes looking for the deckhand.
  • Fountain of Youth: Toxic waste in the New York sewers does this to Jason... for some reason.
  • Gainax Ending: Jason drowns in toxic waste and as it lowers it reveals that Jason has turned into a little boy in swim trunks—apparently his child-self that drowned in Crystal Lake.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Julius tries to bring Jason down with his fists, but it doesn't end well.
  • Hallucinations: Rennie is haunted by hallucinations of Jason as a child.
  • Gratuitous Rape: Fortunately (sort of) Jason is there to break it up.
  • Harpoon Gun: However, after being at the bottom of a lake for a year, Jason doesn't have the coordination to properly pull back the rubber band on it. No problem—he stabs a girl with the whole harpoon gun.
  • Instrument of Murder: Jason bashes J.J.'s head in with her own guitar.
  • Karmic Death: Believe it or not, Jason actually delivers two of them, albeit unknowingly:
    • One of the thugs that tried to rape Rennie is stabbed by the same needle that he used to drug her.
    • Charles is revealed to have pushed Rennie into Crystal Lake when she was a kid {In a horrible attempt to teach her how to swim}, resulting in her nearly drowning. Just seconds after this is revealed, Jason get's back up, chases Charles, and drowns him in a barrel of sewage.
  • Kick the Dog: Averted. Jason was supposed to kick a barking dog at some point in a film, but Kane Hodder decided it wasn't in his character.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Among Jason's many kills in the film, three of them are two thugs and Charles. Their deaths are brutal, painful, and not particularly quick {except for maybe the 2nd thug}. However, considering that the two thugs tried to rape Rennie, and that Charles was revealed to have nearly drowned Rennie in a half-assed attempt to teach her how to swim, it's hard to feel bad for any of them.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang: While the previous films in the series had averted this trope (usually because characters tended to die before they could alert anyone as to Jason's presence), this one embraces it. After the ship's captain is found dead, Julius organizes a hunt-down for Jason, which leads to the death of two other students. Then, when the boat survivors arrive in NYC and Rennie is kidnapped, Charles suggests doing this again to find her, which leads to the death of Julius.
  • Mirror Scare: Rennie has a hallucination where she sees Jason as a child inside her cabin's mirror just before the real Jason attacks through a window.
  • Mugging the Monster: Two street toughs confront Jason after he kicks their boom box. He just turns around and lifts his mask at them. The run away at top speed.
  • Murder by Mistake: After losing his glasses, Wayne shoots the other unnamed shipmate in a fit of panic, thinking he is Jason.
  • New York Subway: Jason chases Rennie and Sean into it.
  • Offscreen Teleportation: To the point where the only thing that got in the way of some of the people survive is Jason's teleporting escapades.
  • Off with His Head!: Julius's fate, as his boxing match with Jason ends with a him getting decapitated with an uppercut.
  • One Steve Limit: There are two characters with the same first name.
  • The Pen Is Mightier: Jason gets stabbed in the eye with an ink pen.
  • Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Boxing with Jason is just a bad idea.
  • The Quincy Punk: Jason briefly encounters a group of them during his visit to Manhattan.
  • Quizzical Tilt: Jason does it when he sees a hockey billboard which has a mask similar to his.
  • Shadow Discretion Shot: The sanitation worker's death.
  • Sink or Swim Mentor: McCulloch is quite literal one in Rennie's flashback.
  • Slashed Throat: Jason slashes Capt. Robertson's throat when he is checking out Jim's corpse.
  • Staggered Zoom: Used when Rennie decides to ram Jason with police car and we're shown that she's once again seeing a hallucination of younger Jason.
  • Stealth Pun: Jason's first victim on the Lazarus was killed with an "axe".
  • Teleport Spam: Jason spams his teleportation skills to torment Eva before strangling her.
  • This Cannot Be!: McCulloch's reaction when he sees that Jason survived the police car crash.
  • Trailers Always Lie: The trailer promised mayhem in New York, the ship Lazarus isn't mentioned at all.
    • This has more to do with the film's budget: as said budget shrank, filming in New York became prohibitively expensive, which necessitated both the need to film "New York" scenes in Vancouver and spend more time on the Lazarus.
      • As many have pointed out, the film doesn't actually get to New York until the last act.
  • Use Your Head: Jason breaks the window to Rennie's cabin with his head and attacks her.
  • Victory By Endurance: Jason vs. Julius the boxer.
  • Vomit Indiscretion Shot: When Jason sees the toxic waste flood headed his way, he starts vomiting.
  • Walk, Don't Swim: A deleted scene would have showed Jason doing this.
  • "Well Done, Son" Guy: Established between the captain Robertson and his son Sean in their initial scene. He shows regret over it later on and tells Jim to avoid putting too much pressure on his own son.
  • Wrench Whack: Jason kills the sanitation worker with his own wrench.
  • Zombie Gait: Technically Jason has been undead for a long time by now, but he really gets the walk after getting hit in the face with some toxic waste.

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alternative title(s): Friday The13th Part VIII Jason Takes Manhattan; Friday The13th Part VIII
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