The worst in a string of increasingly pointless sequels to Sean S. Cunningham's crude slasher hit, this installment provided clear evidence that the "slasher" subgenre, already creatively dead, was no longer financially viable. This time around, unstoppable supernatural thug Jason Voorhees -- imprisoned at the bottom of a lake by his telekinetic foe Tina in the previous film -- is reanimated yet again after being goosed by an underwater electrical cable, freeing him to stow away aboard a shipload of standard-issue obnoxious teenagers en route to Manhattan. The title ultimately proves a bit of a cheat, since the majority of Jason's homicidal hijinks take place aboard the ship until the film's final reel, during which he pursues a handful of survivors through the streets of the Big Apple. Thanks to heavy MPAA cuts, the mayhem is more subdued here than in any other films of the series -- splatter fans primed by the previous chapters' copious bloodletting will be left high and dry. Despite a very amusing "teaser" trailer that suggested that the film might be a semi-parody, writer/director Rob Hedden and company play things tediously straight. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
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Well, after Part 7 I had some hope for this sequel. The first problem is that the majority of the movie takes place on a boat, not in NYC! I know that the film makers had a huge issue during the production of this movie where NYC officials didn't want "Jason taking Manhattan", so you almost get the feel that the boat section of the movie was thrown together last minute. The ending is absolutley horrific as well. Boo!
this one was truly bad. the deaths were dumb, Jason seemed to move at the speed of light all over the place, he wasn't as cool-looking as he was in Part 7, and the movie is just a cheap vehicle for all the popular but cheesy movie trends of the late 80s - hair metal rock, New York graffiti and gangs, anti-authority against teachers, and toxic waste. And yeah, the ending made absolutely no sense to me at all. Only interesting elements were the lead actress is quite hot and Kelly Hu, of X-men 2 and Scorpion King fame, has her feature film debut.