Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989)

95m (Germany), 96m 16s (UK – video, 1990), 100m
35mm film, Technicolor
Recorded in Ultra-Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Rob Hedden. It was the eighth of the Friday the 13th series.

Plot Summary

Re-animated by power from an electrical cable, Jason slaughters his way onto a cruise ship bound for New York and stuffed full of partying . Jason makes short work of many of the passengers before being dispatched by toxic waste, reverting to a young boy as he finally dies.


Directed by: Rob Hedden
© MCMLXXXIX [1989] by Horror, Inc.
Paramount Pictures presents a Horror, Inc. production
Produced by: Randolph Cheveldave
Associate Producer: Barbara Sachs
Written by: Rob Hedden
Based on characters created by Victor Miller
Director of Photography: Bryan England
Edited by: Steve Mirkovich
Music Composed and Performed by: Fred Mollin
Sound Mixer: Lars Ekstrom
Costume Designer: Carla Hetland
Make-up Artist: Laurie Finstad
Hairstylist: Malcolm Tanner
Special Make-up Effects Created by: Jamie Brown
Miniature Effects: Light & Motion Corporation
Visual Effects Supervisor: Dale Fay
Production Designer: David Fischer

Jensen Daggett (Rennie)
Scott Reeves (Sean)
Barbara Bingham (Colleen Van Deusen)
Peter Mark Richman (Charles McCulloch)
Martin Cummins (Wayne)
Gordon Currie (Miles Wolfe)
Alex Diakun (deck hand)
V.C. Dupree (Julius)
Saffron Henderson (J.J.)
Kelly Hu (Eva Watanabe)
Sharlene Martin (Tamara)
Warren Munson (Admiral Robertson)
Kane Hodder as Jason
Todd Shaffer (Jim)
Tiffany Paulsen (Suzi)
Timothy Burr Mirkovich (young Jason)
Ace (Toby)
Fred Henderson (chief engineer)
Sam Sarkar (gang banger #1)
Michael Benyaer (gang banger #2)

Alternative Titles

Fredagen den 13:e del 8 – Swedish title
Freitag, der 13. Teil 8 – Todesfalle Manhattan – German title
Friday the 13th Jason Takes Manhattan Part 8 – UK DVD box title
Martes 13: Parte 8 – Argentine title
Paraskevi kai 13 No 8 Tromos sto Manhattan – Greek title
Perjantai 13. päivä osa 8 – Finnish title
Piatek trzynastego VIII: Jason zdobywa Manhattan – Polish title
Sexta-Feira 13 Parte 8: Jason Ataca Nova York – Brazilian title
Sexta-Feira 13 Parte VIII: Terror em Manhattan – Portuguese title
Vendredi 13, chapitre 8: Jason à Manhattan – French Canadian video title
Vendredi 13, l'ultime retour – French title
Venerdì 13: incubo a Manhattan – Italian title
Viernes 13 VIII: Jason toma Manhattan – Spanish title
Viernes 13 parte VIII Jason toma Manhattan – Mexican title

Sequel to
Friday the 13th (1980)
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI (1986)
Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood (1988)

Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday (1993)
Jason X (2001)
Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

Extracts included in
His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th (2009)

See also
The Many Lives of (2002)



  • Radio Times 14-20 November 1992 pp.48, 62 – review, credits
  • Scapegoat no.1 p.11 – censorship note


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.446 – credits, review
  • A Critical Guide to Horror Film Series by Ken Hanke pp.298-299; 301 – credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.144 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.186 – credits
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.225-226 – credits, review
  • The Stop-motion Filmography by Neil Pettigrew pp.259-260 – credits, review