THE LAIR EXPERTS
Matt: 'Jason Takes Manhattan' would have been an incredible concept if Jason actually 'took' Manhattan, and not Vancouver doubled as Manhattan. There isn't much good I can say about Part 8. Kane Hodder was again brilliant behind the mask, but other than that, most of it pretty much sucked. Some of the scenes were too ridiculous to even imagine (Jason teleporting, for example). Paramount blew it big time with this movie, and just think, they wanted to end the series with this one as well! Every time they try to kill it, the fans demand more, and thank goodness in this case. I realize they wanted to do something different, but come on, you have to draw a line somewhere. The acting was horrible, and continued the downward trend. The murders were sometimes cheered for (Tamara), and there was no soul to the characters. I didn't care for most of them anyway, and didn't mind when Jason took care of business. The producers said they had additional New York scenes planned for the Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center, and even the Empire State Building. It would have given the film more credibility, but wouldn't have done much else for it. Kane Hodder said he hated the ending, and I have to agree with him on that one. And what is up with that awful musical score? As they should have learned from Part 7, Fred Mollin can't deliver, and they should have brought back Harry Manfredini once again. At least they used some of his stock score in Part 7. In this one, they didn't even use the 'ki ki ki, ma ma ma'. Instead, we get 'j-j-j-j-jason'. What a travesty to 'Friday' fans. 3 out of 10.
A.J.: The only thing good in this movie was the first five minutes when they were at Crystal Lake. The rest sucked and the acting was terrible. I actually wanted Jason to kill some of the people so they would shut up. 5 out of 10.
Reed: I will never know why everyone hates this movie so much. It's a good movie. Jason looks awesome and I do like the whole concept of being stuck on a cruise ship. Plus, most people didn't know that the people who made the movie couldn't afford to produce it in New York, so most of the New York scenes were shot in Vancouver. The gore is good for a 'Friday The 13th' movie, and it has some awesome creative kills. What I don't like about it is that Jason never uses a machete! Still, I give this movie a 9 out of 10.
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