This is the film that marks Jason's acting debut on "The Love Boat." Oh this film, a financial flop in every standard, and one of the most hated films by fans and critics alike. Many of you are probably expecting me to hate it too, but you'd be wrong. I absolutely love this film. Yes it is flawed, yes it doesn't take place in Manhattan for more than forty minutes(if we're talking about the real Manhattan then it's even less), and yes it is a lot less gory than other films in the series, but this film still kicks a lot of butt. I think the boat is an awesome venue for Jason's slaughter fest, and I think this movie is a heck of a lot of fun.
The first thing I love about this film is the fact that the film is just good fun. It's a rock and roll filled, and hilarious film. I love the Rock and roll score that is used in a lot of the film, because it gives a much more hop and brutal feeling to some of the scenes. A great example is when Jason kills Eva in the dance room. The difference between this film's light mood and the humor of "Jason Lives" is that this one isn't nearly as cheesy and annoying. This one blends it in well as the way the teens behave, instead of stupid things like a paintball team. I literally laugh out loud at certain parts of the film in a completely genuine manner.
I like really the cast in this film. The characters are all really funny, and the acting is fairly good for the most part. The main girl Rennie(Jensen Daggert) is a very interesting character, because we feel a lot of sympathy for her, being we know she is being treated wrong by her overbearing uncle. We can sense the insecurities she feels on the boat, especially with her aquaphobia. She is really one of my favorite Friday girls, because she is just a very likable person. I think Kane Hodder did an extremely great job in this film. He brought an even darker light to the character than in "The New Blood." The camera really filmed him to make him look exceptionally strong, and he was much more intimidating.
The kills in this film are much less graphic than the other films. There is some gore, and one beheading, but overall, the mpaa literally slashed this film. So much of the violence is quick cuts, and done off screen. This could've really hurt the film if not done correctly, but I think they did a good job with this tamer entry. The sounds that take place, and the aggressive actions of Jason really make the film keep its brutality. One of these examples is the bathroom kill. Even though it's not even shown, it is still insane!
One of the things that is most oftenly trashed with this film is the fact that only a small portion of the film takes in Manhattan. Personally, I don't mind this, because I think the boat idea was genius. The best thing about the movie taking place on a ship is the fact that the people are isolated. In the previous films, it's easy to escape the area Jason is at, but now they're locked to the sea. It is absolutely one of the most intense ideas for the series. The parts in Manhattan are also great, because even though most of it was taped in Canada, it still feels like New York. The best scenes are in the slums, because the people are really rough, and there is the accurate use of gang violence and heroin(a first for the series). One of my favorite scenes is when the characters are being chased by Jason in the sewer. It is such a dark scene, and the terror of Jason's walk as the water comes down from the ceiling was absolutely priceless.
This film was the last Paramount film of the series, and it was supposed to be the end overall, and I don't feel that the ending was as strong as it could've been. It was definitely cool in a sense, but it still leaves the viewer a little dumbfounded. You would think that the filmmakers would want to do something unforgettable, being it was their alleged goodbye to the biggest horror franchise in history. The ending product was just Jason getting "killed" once again, and it wasn't even that special to be honest.
Overall, I really like this film. I can't call it a masterpiece in any sense, but it is definitely worth a watch. I feel it has been unfairly shamed by people since its release, and I just don't get why it is so hated. I feel that it was one of the most fun entries, and I really get a kick out of watching it. If you haven't seen this film, you should definitely give it a chance, because it will surprise you, regardless of what the mass media says.