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Summer Blockbuster!?! | Episode 111: Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

March 14, 2020

#111: Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

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Episode Description: This week, as the world goes to hell in a handbasket, we return to a simpler time to tackle a guy who doesn’t seem all that bad nowadays: 1989’s Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, directed by Rob Hedden. Jason is back, and this time, he’s headed to the Big Apple – although it takes him 65 slogging minutes to get there, and he spends all of 45 seconds in Times Square. Mostly he’s on a cruise ship/oil rig carving up bland teenagers, one of whom has visions of him as a child, and honestly, none of it makes sense. This is simultaneously the most ambitious and pretentious entry in the series, which are two words we never thought we would associate with Jason Voorhees, although a dude does get his head punched off at one point, which is pretty cool.

Summer Blockbuster!?! is a podcast featuring InRO Editor-in-Chief Luke Gorham and Bradley University film professor Steve Warner. The duo look to tackle films each episode which received wide releases during the competitive summer movie season, but which had no sensible reason for such a rollout. And sometimes they cheat and don’t abide by this framework at all. A new episode will be posted each Friday from the beginning of May until the end of October, moving to a bi-weekly posting schedule after. Catch up on past episodes right here, and subscribe through Spotify, the iTunes Store, or for Android.

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