I view the final 30 minutes of this movie as a suburban kid's extended nightmare of urban life: here, Manhattan becomes a squalid cityscape where drug-slinging rapists lurk in back alleys, skinheads roost in Times Square, and shock jocks spew cynical sermons from boom boxes. It only makes sense that the sewers are flooded with toxic waste every night at midnight - how else to flush away all the decadence?
I love every bit of campiness this film offers. Sending Jason to Manhattan--brilliant!! My only complaint is that he spends most of his time on the ship. I wouldn't have been opposed to a film between part VII and this one: Jason Takes a Cruise.
Listening to "director" Rob Hedden barely attempt to justify the myriad creatively bankrupt decisions that were made on this film in Crystal Lake Memories evaporated whatever paltry good feelings I had towards it. The F13 series has never been a paragon of logic or artistic daring, but the man's lackadaisical "let the audience figure it out" approach is present in every frame and is enough to set the blood boiling.
Jason Takes Manhattan is one of the more disappointing entries in the Friday the 13th saga... Simply because they failed to deliver on the premise that the title promised! It really should be titled "Jason Takes Manhattan in the Last 30 minutes", but I guess that wasn't very catchy... Look when Jason eventually gets to NYC this is a fun flick! Jason decapitates a boxer with one punch? That alone deserves a star!
You realize this franchise reaches its moment of dark faith and crisis when Jason has to leave Crystal Lake to do some killings. I mean, why would he care to sail on a boat to enter another boat that goes to Manhattan?! He only cares for people who stay in Crystal Lake! What's the point?! This is so bad for so many reasons. Enough said.