Sunday, August 10, 2014

Why And Why Not?

One of the things about "Friday The Thirteenth Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan" that I dislike is how the menace of Jason is undermined by the city. He is best in the woods around Crystal Lake for any number of reasons. One of them is that the area around that lake is dark and remote. New York is by comparison well lit. That's not true everywhere, but it seems much harder to get into the same kinds of vulnerable positions there.

Also there is the fact that there are millions of people in New York. Jason can't kill them all, which makes it less interesting that he's among so many people who presumably would trigger his code. The fact that the code would mandate that he kill them all is less interesting when he obviously can't. He passes up many opportunities to kill in favor of killing the people from the cruise ship, but why is he any more invested in killing them than the New Yorkers?

It's really very baffling. He leaves alone the people in the diner, the punks on the street, the people in the subway, all to get those cruise ship people. Why then does he kill gangsters who are just going to inflict violence upon the very people he's after? I'm sure you'll say he wants the privilege himself, but I don't think he thinks that much about these things. I still can think of no good reason for him to act as he has any more than I can think of reasons why he got on the cruise ship in the first place.

It's interesting to think of Jason still being in New York at the story's end. How does he get back to Crystal lake for "Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday"? May we assume that he killed some people while still in New York, and found some novel way of returning? I'd like to think something happened similar to Michael Myers being nursed back to health, but I'm sure I'd be disappointed. This movie is just chock full of disappointment.

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