R | | Adventure, Horror, Thriller
A boatful of graduating high school students headed to Manhattan accidentally pull Jason Voorhees along for the ride.
After the disappointing box-office gross of Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood (1988), director John Carl Buechler began developing a follow-up which reprised the character of Tina Shepard again facing off against Jason Voorhees after her release from an insane asylum. Meanwhile, Lar Park-Lincoln, who had portrayed Tina Shepard, co-wrote with her husband (who was a die-hard horror movie fan) an alternative screenplay which had Tina working as a psychologist for troubled girls. Lincoln's co-star in The New Blood, Kevin Spirtas, also wrote a screenplay which recast the events of The New Blood into a long dream, with his character as the killer. Paramount, however, opted to assign the project of a follow-up to writer-director Rob Hedden, marking his debut feature.
It's like this... We live in claustrophobia; the land of steel and concrete, trapped by dark waters. There is no escape, nor do we want it. We've come to thrive on it and each other. You can't get the adrenaline pumpin' without the terror, good ...
(at around 1h 14 mins) The police officer's hat falls off when Jason grabs him. In the next shot, he is wearing it again.
German video version was cleaned of some of the violent scenes and runs 99 instead of 100 mins (calculated NTSC running-time)
$6,251,310 30 July 1989