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Friday the 13th Part VIII
Jason Takes Manhattan
Friday the 13th Part VIII - Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)
Title: Friday the 13th Part VIII
Jason Takes Manhattan
Directed by: Rob Hedden
Written by: Rob Hedden
Produced by: Randolph Cheveldave [1]
Barbara Sachs
Music by: Fred Mollin
Cinematography: Bryan England
Edited by: Steve Mirkovich
Ted Pryor
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Released: July 28th, 1989
Rating: R
Running time: 100 min.
Country: USA
Language: English
Budget: $5,000,000 [2]
Gross: $14,343,976 (US) [3]
Previous: Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988)
Next: Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)

Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is an American horror film of the slasher sub-genre. Written and directed by Rob Hedden, it is the eighth film in the Friday the 13th franchise. It is the final film in the series produced by Paramount Pictures, and is also the final film to incorporate the phrase "Friday the 13th" into its title. The film was released theatrically in the United States on July 28th, 1989 and received generally negative reviews. In the movie, supernatural serial slasher Jason Voorhees, having pretty much slaughtered everything there is to kill at Camp Crystal Lake hops a ship that takes him to the wildest hunting ground of all - The Big Apple. Here, he targets the ship's passenger list, which consists of the senior class of Lakeview High School as well as their chaperones. One of Jason's would-be victims is Rennie McCulloch, a virginal young woman whom Jason may have encountered once before and now seeks to finish off once and for all.

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  • The tagline for this film is, "I ♥ New York". Another tagline is, "New York has a new problem".
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan grossed $6,251,310 at the box office over its opening weekend, screened in 1,683 theaters, averaging $3,714 per showing. It ranked #5 in box office receipts for the weekend of July 28th, 1989. [4]
  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is arguably the most disliked film in the entire Friday the 13th film franchise among both critics and average viewers, grossing the lowest revenue of all the films to date. Due to its poor reception, Paramount Pictures eventually sold the franchise to New Line Cinema who continued the film series beginning with Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday in 1993. This would also be the last film to be billed under "Friday the 13th" for 20 years until the 2009 remake.
  • Has a 10% "rotten" rating out of an aggregate of 20 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer. [5]
  • Actor/stunt performer David Jacox is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • There are twenty-five credited cast members in this film. Twenty-three of them are human, one is a dog and the other is Kane Hodder.
  • Actor/stunt performer David Jacox is uncredited for his participation in this film.
  • This is Rob Hedden's first film work as a director. Prior to this, he directed two episodes of Friday the 13th: The Series. Aside from title similarities however, the two franchises have nothing in common.
  • This is Kelly Hu's first film work as an actress. Prior to this, she worked only in television, appearing in episodes of shows such as Growing Pains, Night Court, Tour of Duty and 21 Jump Street. She will go on to play the role of Pearl Zhu in episodes of The Vampire Diaries in 2010 and 2011.
  • Body count: 23
    • Of these 23 deaths, six are not killed by Jason directly. Jason is indirectly responsible for the deaths of 4 students that drown on the SS Lazarus due to Wayne's burning corpse causing an explosion, Wayne accidentally kills the unnamed crew member that Tamara and Eva previously met by shooting him while his vision is blurry without his glasses and Colleen Van Deusen dies in an explosion when Rennie Wickham wrecks a police car while becoming distracted by a vision of child Jason.

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