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

  • Awesome Music: Fred Mollin's score is hit-or-miss... but the jazzy piece that plays when Rennie and Sean are in Times Square is so bittersweetly beautiful it can bring tears to your eyes.
  • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Julius, partially for being an amusing Bad Ass 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.
  • 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.
  • Nightmare Fuel: 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: While most of the final girls have a few fans, no one likes Rennie. Mostly because of her bland, shallow characterization, terrible actress, and her repetitive, unmemorable backstory. Sean is similarly unpopular for much the same reason.
  • Sequelitis
  • Snark Bait: The subtitle has proven to be this due its similarity to The Muppets Take Manhattan.
  • So Bad, It's Good: It's a cheesy late eighties sequel. A very cheesy late eighties sequel.
  • 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. Almost every fan agrees those two should have at least made it to Manhattan and, in Eva's case, been the Final Girl.