Picks and Pans Review: Friday the 13th Part Viii: Jason Takes Manhattan

updated 08/14/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/14/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Jensen Daggett, Scott Reeves

Since he has already been clubbed, stabbed, shot, drowned, electrocuted and disposed of in every possible manner, it's clear the only way to get rid of old Jason is by inflicting on him the dreaded sound of teenage feet pitter-pattering off to do something other than see his next sequel. So let's try something: Kids, there's a subliminal message hidden in this movie. If you see it, you will never like beer or sex again for your whole life.

Anyway, the title is misleading. Most of the film is set on a boat bearing a high school graduation class from Crystal Lake to New York City. A few survivors make it to Manhattan, and when Daggett and Reeves tell a diner waitress that a crazed maniac wants to kill them, she shrugs and says, "Welcome to New York."

So much for wit. This movie is basically another gross-a-thon of sharp, dull and indifferent objects being thrust into people's bodies. That director-writer Rob Hedden has a substantial TV-documentary background just makes the whole debacle more pathetic. How about Friday the 13th Part IX: Jason Retires and Opens Up a Little Cutlery Shop in Miami Beach? (R)

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