"Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan"

Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan (1989), for the first time, takes Jason away from Crystal Lake. A group of High School seniors are taking a cruise to New York. Get this. Crystal Lake, which has always been a rather small pond, is now a deep water port, and they are riding a luxury cruise ship of Panamanian registry, skippered by an Admiral. Oh well, who cares. There is nothing very credible about the entire series anyway. Two of the kids are screwing on a small boat before boarding, their anchor grabs a power line and shocks Jason back to life. Jason does them in, then hitches a ride on the cruise ship, where he again harvests horny teenagers. There are, or course, a hero ad heroin clearly meant to be the survivors at the end.

The first exposure is one breast from Tiffany Paulson, who is in the small boat in the opening scene. Much later, Sharlene Martin's character shows breasts and buns in a post shower death scene, but it looks like a double. The last act does take place in New York. IMDb readers have this at 3.5 of 10. It is no worse then several others in the series, other than the performance by Peter Mark Richman, as the stupid and narrow minded authority figure, which was very bad even by genre standards. This is a C-

Series Summary
Title                             Year       Score    Jason                          Director
Friday the 13th           (1980)     3.5       Kane Hodder               Ron Hedden
Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)     4.7       Warrington Gillette       Steve Miner
Friday the 13th Part 3 (1982)     4.2       Richard Brooker          Steve Miner
Friday the 13th Part 4 (1984)     4.4       Ted White                    Joseph Zito
Friday the 13th Part 5 (1985)     3.4       N/A                             Danny Steinmann
Friday the 13th Part 6 (1986)     4.5       C.J. Graham                Tom McLoughlin
Friday the 13th Part 7 (1988)     4.0       Kane Hodder               John Carl Buechler
Friday the 13th Part 8 (1989)     3.5       Kane Hodder               Ron Hedden

These are all property of Paramount. There have been two more sequels, owned by New Line Cinema.

It is interesting to note that 4.7 is the best score of any of the 8, but they all made money.

All 8 are available in a boxed set that includes a disk of special features, including interviews of cast and crew from each of the films, a very few deleted scenes, and trailers. Here are the points I found interesting in the commentaries.

Part 1 The project grew out of desperation. They had been making kids films, and going nowhere. They came up with a title, and took out a full page add in Variety. They suddenly had funding, and no script, or even a treatment. They tried to play on childhood and teen fears. As in many of the sequels, they used no stunt people at all. It was actually shot at night. It opened on Broadway, and made lots of money.

Part 2 had a 30 day shooting schedule, and a budget of $1M. Jason was injured during filming when an actress missed her timing and cut his hand with a machete

Part 3 Was in 3-D using a new process (not red/blue), and was actually scarry in 3-D, as it had a lot of startle scares, which don't work at all on the DVD version. They also were using a new Kodak film which gave them problems, and lighting for 3-D is very difficult, because everything must be lit, including night backgrounds, for the effect to work. This took 12 weeks to film, or three times as long as the others.

Part 4 The director tried to make the kids more "real," and dream up inventive murder ideas. He was told there would never be another Jason film, so go ahead and kill him off.

Part 5 Is memorable as the only one in the series without a real Jason.

Part 6 They were given a lot of artistic license, as long as he didn't belittle Jason.

It was shot in Covington Georgia, and had a working title of Aladin Sane. The franchise was so popular, they didn't want town people to know they were actually shooting a Friday the 13th film.

Part 7 was shot in Alabama in winter. The filming location was chosen because it was warm enough in winter for the underwater shooting, and authorities went along with them blowing things up. Again, the actors did their own stunts.

Part 8 was shot in Vancouver except for three days. The original script was less on the boat and more in New York but budget constraints turned that around. It still had the highest budget of the 8 films. The working title was Ashes to Ashes.

I didn't understand the popularity of the franchise at the time they were being released, and still don't. IMDb voters seem to have the same opinion, yet he box office was consistently there, although Part 10, which I have not seen, seems to have lost money.

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    Career Girls

    • This is Katrin Cartlidge in 1997's Career Girls. This Mike Leigh movie (like most of Mike Leigh's movies) was virtually unseen in the States, but Katrin's performance was a Best Actress nominee from some overseas associations. In her career, she appeared in many highbrow and highly regarded films, like The Cherry Orchard, No Man's Land and Breaking the Waves. She would die suddenly, unexpectedly, and tragically young (41), just four years after this film was made. (.wmv zipped, .avi zipped).

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    FYI when I hypercam vids to make the file size smaller I use DivX MPEG-4 Fast-Motion for the video compressor, then I use virtualdub to compress the audio. The properties for the vids says the video codec:  DivX Decoder Filter & audio codec:  Morgan Stream Switcher which I'm not familiar with. When I compress the audio with virtualdub I use MPEG Layer-3.  A friend of mine told me about compressing the audio about (6) mos. ago. Like I said previously, only been capping for a year & a half & I'm no expert. Hopefully this info will help members with the proper codecs for my vids.
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    'Caps and comments by Brainscan:

    Caps of a couple of Playmates/Pets.

    Mason Marconi (Pet o' the month Oct. '97) in a weird-ass movie entitled "Industrial Sex." The Gimp showed it to me after he got fed up with how ugly it all was, with guys and gals doing the nasty in warehouses and factories. Yuck. Mason just poses.

    • Mason Marconi (1, 2, 3, 4)

    Victoria Zdrok (Hefmate for Oct '94 and Pet for June '02... one of two women to have double duty) in a strange little disk, entitled Satin Smoke. Three women in it, each of whom strips and poses with a cigar somewhere nearby. Thank the Lawd, no one does a Monica with the stogie. Anyway, this is the first half of the caps of Victoria. I'll finish up her caps and those of Shannon Leahy sometime in the near future.

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    Today the Ghost takes a look at "Not Like Us" (1995)...a sci-fi/gore/campy flick with plenty of T and A.

    • Annabelle Gurwitch, the long time actress of B+ and A- movies and TV shows. She is probably best known for her work as the former co-host of the TBS series "Dinner & a Movie". Here she is topless. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)
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    • Rainer Grant, the busty blonde also goes topless in several scenes. (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14)
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    'Caps and comments by Spaz:

    "Jack Higgins' Windsor Protocol" (1996) (TV)
    Fourth in the series made the same time as Thunder Point. There is a bit of confusion between Macha Grenon and Lisa Bronwyn-Moore. Lisa is the sexy computer geek running around in the basement in various states of undress.

    "When Husbands Cheat" (1998) (TV)
    Movie is as dumb as its name.

    'Caps and comments by Dann:

    "Betty Blue"
    Long movies run the risk of being boring, and the uncut version of this 1986 French drama, 3 hours and five minutes long, does indeed drag in parts, but it's a beautiful character study of a tortured relationship between two people, complicated by the woman's mental illness which gets more severe as time passes.

    A young handyman works at maintaing bungalows, and writes in his spare time. A beautiful young woman, Betty, walks into, and takes over, his life. They enjoy each other's company (and sex) and grow together emotionally, except that the girl is unpredictable and prone to fits of rage and violence. After she gets mad at the man's boss for taking advantage of them, she throws every piece of furniture out of the bungalow and burns it down.

    As time progresses, Betty's wildness becomes worse, and as he watches his love grow slowly insane, the young man fights to see if his love can prevail, or will make things even worse.

    Aside from the explicit sex scenes, the unrated director's cut, although long, probably is the only way to really appreciate this movie, and the excellent acting job by Beatrice Dalle. Cut to two hours, I imagine the R version loses most of it's flavor and beauty, and I highly recommend this movie in it's uncut form.

    Monica Bellucci
    (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

    The Italian mega-babe (and co-star of the two Matrix sequels) baring all in scenes from "Irréversible" (2002). 'Caps by Cyberwave.

    Pat Reeder
    Pat's comments in yellow...

    Don't Bother Knockin' If This Trailer's Rockin' - In an open letter to fans on her website, Britney Spears said she's taking a break from her career to concentrate on her new marriage. She wrote, "Let all the other overexposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly be your entertainment...good luck girls!"

  • She's really happy, but not as happy as all the other overexposed blondes.
  • I've seen her record sales: her career's taking a break from her
  • When she resumes singing, she'll be even better, since she'll have that much more experience at faking orgasms.

    And She's A Fox! - Porn star Savanna Samson is dubious of a $60 million lawsuit accusing Fox News' Bill O'Reilly of sexually harassing a producer over the phone. She told the New York Post that hours before the alleged call, he interviewed her about her new book and was "a perfect gentleman." She said he didn't flirt or even ask for her phone number, and "I would have given him phone sex for a lot less than $60 million."

  • She must charge less than most phone sex hotlines.
  • Critics theorized that talking about her book got him turned on sexually, but that only happens when he talks about his own books.

    She's A Furniture Stripper - The Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission has filed a lawsuit against an Omaha real estate company for refusing to rent an apartment to a stripper. The company claims it is a legal, gender-neutral restriction because it applies to anyone who works in the adult entertainment industry. But the state attorney general's office claims it is de facto sexual discrimination because 98 percent of exotic dancers in Nebraska are women.

  • So two percent of strippers in Nebraska are men? Good career choice, guys!
  • The landlords are just afraid they'll install poles.
  • This stripper is so desperate for a place to live, she'd give the shirt off her back.

    Que Sarah, Sarah - Duchess of York and Weight Watchers spokeswoman Sarah Ferguson has agreed to pose nude for an AIDS charity book, wearing nothing but discretely-placed Cartier jewels and a pair of designer shoes. But the Sun tabloid immediately launched a campaign to dissuade her, called "Keep 'Em On, Fergie." The paper is running petition coupons for readers to fill out and mail in. They read, "Dear Fergie: Please, please don't inflict your naked pictures on the world."

  • Yeah, cut it out before you give the Queen any ideas!
  • But she looks good now! Before Weight Watchers, this would have been a triple fold-out.
  • Can't Brits go one week without having to see some royal ass in public?
  • Don't worry: Fergie's jewels are larger than hubcaps.