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Revisiting the Classics: FRIDAY THE 13TH PART VIII: JASON TAKES MANHATTAN

Yes, I have, as you’ve probably noticed if you’re a regular follower of this site, been on a Jason kick ever since my recent visit to the filming location (at Hard Labor Creek State Park in Georgia and the nearby town of Covington) of the sixth installment in the series a couple of weeks back. I hadn’t seen this one in quite a few years. Twenty, at least. Viewing it with fresh eyes, without any kind of preconceived notions or expectations, I was able to just sit back and enjoy the ride, and the eighth FRIDAY flick is an enjoyable ride, for sure. Some fans disliked that Jason was taken out of his element—the woods, a summer camp, etc.—but it was fresh and allowed for some laughs. However, I’d never seen the deleted scenes before, and those scenes really didn’t need to be deleted; they provide more characterization for the supporting characters (granted never a big concern for most Slasher flicks) and one scene in particular was necessary as it explained why Jason bypassed so many potential victims, once he got to the Big Apple, in pursuit of the Survivor Girl and her boyfriend. (It was because the two were the last living members of the last surviving class of the Crystal Lake High School; this fact made Jason have it in for them specifically. See, that does help the plot to make sense, doesn’t it?)

Another misstep? The fact that little boy Jason, seen in numerous flashback scenes (and as a ghostly vision) is a mongoloid in some of them, as he’s supposed to be, and in other scenes he’s a perfectly normal kid. (We know what really happened—the scenes were shot out of sequence, and the director obviously forgot that Jason was supposed to be slightly deformed; when he remembered he didn’t bother to go back and reshoot the scenes he already had in the can.) Maybe I’m expecting too much out of a Jason flick to even concern myself with these two weaknesses, but it’s annoying because they could have so easily been avoided.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.

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