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.
Budget limitation turned what would probably be the biggest "Friday" cult classic into a slasher variation of "Nosferatu", focused mostly on a sailing. Even with very little that it has to offer, there's no denying of brilliance when Jason enters Times Square. It's also a sequel that feels more 80s than any of the previous ones. If there's a one slasher that needs to be remade, this one will sadly remain overlooked.
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!