JASON TAKES MANHATTAN is an ambitious idea that never lives up to its awesome premise. Due to expected budgetary limitations, director Rob Hedden was unable to shoot the majority of the planned sequences in New York City, and as a disappointing result, most of the picture occurs on the cruise ship that is transporting the teens from Crystal Lake (?) to Manhattan. With the end of the decade also came the end of the Slasher era, and FRIDAY THE 13TH, PART 8 signifies the death of the genre more than any other film. The confusing back story, idiotic characters, and pathetic death scenes are just a few of its many problems. Only two scenes stand out in this otherwise forgettable entry: Jason's jaunt down Times Square, and Julius' rooftop battle with the big guy! Kane Hodder is the only saving grace in the entire film thanks to another explosive performance as Jason. JASON TAKES MANHATTAN's poor performance effectively put an end to the original FRIDAY THE 13TH series until New Line Cinema later acquired the rights to the character for JASON GOES TO HELL.