Ranking every Friday the 13th film from worst to best

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Derek Mears arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros.' "Friday the 13th" at the Chinese Theater on February 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actor Derek Mears arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros.' "Friday the 13th" at the Chinese Theater on February 9, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) /
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10. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan  (1989)

Directed by Rob Hedden

The infamous film of lies. That sounds harsh, but out of all of the Friday the 13th installments, Jason Takes Manhattan is the most blatantly disingenuous and misleading of the bunch.

The promotional material promised a killer Jason flick that takes place in the heart of New York. What we got instead was a Jason flick with the majority of its time dedicated to the masked killer hunting down grad students on a boat TO Manhattan. We don’t actually get to see Jason in Manhattan until way past the second act and by that time, it’s too late to forgive the tepidness of the first act. It might as well be called “Jason at Sea.”

Here, we get Jason escaping his bind from the end of the previous film and somehow making it onto a boat populated by high school students taking a grad trip to Manhattan. Of course, Jason is not content with this and begins his usual reign of terror, leaving a girl with water phobia and her friends to fend off the ghoulish beast.

That alone sounds like a great time and Jason does provide some very entertaining moments, but the confined nature of the boat leads to character running in circles and the cruise boat’s large space isn’t explored as much as it could be.

Therefore, when the gang makes it to Manhattan, the film instantly picks up with Jason wreaking havoc in New York alleyways, rooftops, a diner, a subway, and the mean streets of Manhattan as well. Jason contrasting with the glossy sight of New York is indeed a sight to behold and his time in the city gives way for one of the best kills in the franchise: The Rooftop Sparring Kill.

Incredibly entertaining and making use of the spacious rooftop and Kane Hodder’s intimidating presence as Jason, the kill manages to redeem the whole movie and the New York sequence in general makes this Friday the 13th entry a worthy enough watch.

Maybe just skip the first half though.