Taglines: New York has a new problem.
The graduating class of the local high school is going on a luxury cruise with Jason Voorhees as a stowaway. The heroine Rennie Wickham believes she was almost drowned by Jason as a child. Jason eventually sinks the boat and kills many of the students on it, but many of them escape to Manhattan. A long battle with Jason ensues until Jason is washed away in the New York sewers by a midnight flooding of toxic waste.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan is a 1989 American slasher film written and directed by Rob Hedden and starring Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves, Peter Mark Richman, and Kane Hodder. It is the eighth installment in the Friday the 13th film series, and follows Jason Voorhees stalking a group of high school graduates on a ship en route to, and later in, New York City. It was the last film in the series to be distributed by Paramount Pictures in the United States until 2009.
According to New York Has a New Problem: The Making of Friday the 13th VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, this was another sequel intended to be the final film in the series. It received substantial attention for its initial marketing campaign, featuring Jason Voorhees slashing through the “I Love New York” logo with a knife, which was later banned after the New York City Tourism committee filed a complaint against Paramount Pictures. Released on July 28, 1989, the film grossed $14.3 million at the U.S. box office, which was the second-lowest U.S. gross in the series. Along with this, it was panned by critics, making it the worst reviewed installment in the franchise.
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan was released July 28, 1989 in the United States. The film entered the box office at number 5 for the weekend with earnings of $6.2 million. The film faced strong competition at the time of its release from such high-profile genre fare as A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child. Ultimately, it would go on to gross a total of $14.3 million at the U.S. box office, ranking at number 70 on the list of the year’s Top 100 earners.
Friday the 13th Part VIII (1989)
Directed by: Rob Hedden
Starring: Jensen Daggett, Kane Hodder, Todd Caldecott, Tiffany Paulsen, Tim Mirkovich, Barbara Bingham, Alex Diakun, Peter Mark Richman, Warren Munson
Screenplay by: Rob Hedden
Production Design by: David Fischer
Cinematography by: Bryan England
Film Editing by: Steve Mirkovich, Ted Pryor
Costume Design by: Carla Hetland
Set Decoration by: Linda Vipond
Music by: Fred Mollin
Distributed by: Paramount Pictures
Release Date: July 28, 1989