YMMV / Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

  • Awesome Music:
  • Critical Research Failure:
    • Jason sails a boat to the local harbor... from a lake. He sails a boat... to the ocean... from a closed body of water in the middle of a forest.
    • Apparently the sewer system in New York city get flooded with toxic waste every night.
      • Maybe it's a post-C.H.U.D. New York.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Julius, partially for being an amusing badass who fights back against Jason and partially for his awesome death.
    • Eva is pretty popular too for not being a shallow Smart Asian stereotype and especially for being played by Kelly Hu.
    • Tamara has quite a following too. Primarily for her hilariously over the top schemes, including trying to murder the Final Girl because she saw Tamara doing drugs. Being Ms. Fanservice helps.
    • In a twisted sort of way, Charles. Sure, he's a complete asshole and deserves the death he gets, but he's also one of the few people who manages to bring any life to the film's middle section.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Jason (played by Kane Hodder) chases the protagonists to a diner, where a huge chef tries stop him and gets thrown across the room for his trouble. Actor playing that huge chef? Ken Kirzinger, the stuntman who would later replace Kane Hodder as Jason in Freddy vs. Jason.
    • This wouldn't be the last time Kelly Hu would appear in something with Jason, as Mortal Kombat X had her voicing D'Vorah, while Jason himself would show up as a DLC character, therefore allowing her to have a rematch in a way with Jason.
  • Narm:
    • Jason screaming in some odd animal noise after his mask is removed.
    • Jason pushing the fire alarm after a fire started.....that he caused.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Jason's breezily trashing a boombox in his path belonging to some thugs once he actually hits Manhattan is perhaps the film's signature moment, and the subject of many a gif.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Tamara's death. She can only helplessly watch as Jason picks up a piece of a broken mirror and get closer to her.
    • Eva's death, because Jason forgoes using any weapons and strangles her with his bare hands. It's not the most bloody death in the movie, and while Jason has used his bare hands before, it just seems to take so much longer than the other deaths, and Eva is forced to look into her killer's eyes as she died.
  • The Scrappy: Rennie, who is often considered by fans of the franchise as one of the worse final girls in all the movies.
  • Sequelitis: This film tends to be the one most often pointed to as the worst film of the series. Whereas the other unpopular entries in the series tend to be disliked for one particular reason — A New Beginning for having Roy as the killer instead of Jason, Jason Goes to Hell for screwing around with the series' continuity, and Jason X for its absurd "Jason in space" premise — this one tends to be considered much more of an all-around failure, in addition to missing the potential of its premise.
  • Snark Bait:
    • The subtitle has proven to be this due its similarity to The Muppets Take Manhattan.
    • Also, because so little of the movie actually takes place in Manhattan, it's often mocked with alternate titles like Jason on a Boat or Jason Takes Vancouver.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Jason Takes Manhattan is a cheesy late eighties sequel, featuring Jason coming back with rather convoluted means, which also has him being some sort of teleporter who can appear before his victims after they have outrun him.
  • Special Effect Failure:
    • The unmasked Jason's head just looks like a lump of clay, which is all the more disappointing considering how well he was realized in the previous film.
    • When Jason boards the boat in the opening, you can see Hodder's pinkie finger poking through the costume. Actually, you can spot a lot of holes in the Jason costume thanks to Hodder's skin.
    • When everyone is getting off the Lazarus and Jason is shown looking down at the rest, there's a painfully obvious sprinkler visible at the top left of the screen.
    • The lightning strikes that hit the boat just before it sinks, and then the Statue of Liberty in the film's climax, appear to have been crudely drawn onto the film with a ballpoint pen.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Tamara and Eva. Some agree those two should have at least made it to Manhattan and, in Eva's case, been the Final Girl. There's also rocker girl J.J., who only had about five minutes of screen time before Jason bashed her head in.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Despite the title, only third of the film happens in Manhattan.
  • The Woobie: Renny, like her or not, it's hard not to feel bad, do to her fear of drowning, which the Alpha Bitch uses to get back at her for no reason, and The Reveal that Charles is indirectly responsible for her phobia, do to almost drowning her in an attempt to teach her how to swim. Later, she is drugged by two thugs, who would have raped and presumably killed, if not for Jason showing up.
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