Jason is resurrected by an unfortunate accident involving a boat anchor and a power cable.He climbs aboard a ship carrying a graduating class to New York City, and proceeds to do his stuff. While those of us who caught this on its original theatrical run were disappointed that we had to wait a full hour before Jason reached NYC (or, more accurately, Vancouver), a return trip reveals this as one of the better made entries in the franchise. The characters, though thin, make are a bit more coherent than in Part VII, the action is competently staged, and once Jason hits Manhattan, much is made of the fact that he can chase and slaughter in full public view, and no one wants to get involved.
The music is good, as is the left-right separation, and there are some nice environmental effects, especially with the sounds of water on board the ship. There are a few problems with the dialogue, however, which distorts here and there, especially when music is playing. In fact, there are odd little blips in the sound now and then throughout the film.
The contrasts aren’t terrific during the credit sequence, but they improve noticeably thereafter(becoming very nice indeed during the first murder), with good deep blacks and accurate flesh tones. There is some minor grain, but you really have to look for it. The picture is widescreen –ratio not indicated. 1.85:1 would be a (charitable) guess.
The menu is silent and still, and, regrettably, there are no extras whatsoever. Not even a trailer.
Obviously, this is for the converted. But it is a solid entry in the series, and is the last that attempts any real continuity with the previous episodes. Jason Goes to Hell ignored the ending of this film, and Jason X ignored Jason Goes to Hell. It seems that Jason has become the slasher James Bond — always available for more fun, with no reference to previous adventures necessary.