Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan script
Synopsis: Mass murderer Jason Voorhees (Kane Hodder) is resurrected from the bottom of Crystal Lake. After he kills a passing boat's occupants, he stows away on a cruise ship filled with a high-school graduating class bound for New York City. Biology teacher Charles McCulloch (Peter Mark Richman) is on board with his niece, Rennie (Jensen Daggett), who has visions of Jason drowning as a child. They escape his bloody shipboard rampage, but, when Rennie and Charles reach Manhattan, Jason is close by.

FADE IN:

EXT. CRYSTAL LAKE - NIGHT

A dark, rumbling sky. Haze clings to the lake as we float

across it, clearing to bring the opposite shoreline into

view. A few scattered streetlights. Dilapidated cabins.

An abandoned campsite. CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE.

We continue to drift towards it, hearing the faint sound

of seductive music and an occasional giggle. A small

HOUSEBOAT floats into our foreground, its interior light

flickering as TWO BODIES move around inside.

INT. HOUSEBOAT - NIGHT

A teenage boy and girl, JIM and SUZY, are slow-dancing.

Jim's lips softly touch her lissome shoulders.

JIM:

Well...how do you feel?

SUZY:

Ask me in about five minutes.

She bites his ear, giggles, then kisses him fully..

JIM:

I'm talking about graduation. Being

totally free to do whatever we want

now.

Her hands slip inside his Pendleton shirt. He sighs.

SUZY:

It feels excellent.

Her mouth finds his again. After a long kiss, he gently

pulls away from her with a teasing smile.

JIM:

Gotta throw the anchor over.

He leaves the cabin. She slips under the bed sheets.

EXT. HOUSEBOAT DECK - NIGHT

as Jim tosses a small anchor overboard.

TIGHT ON WATER SURFACE

as the weighty object splashes, sinking into black

oblivion, pulling its cable down with it.

JIM:

glances at the lake, at their eerie surroundings. He

feels a chill, heading back inside.

EXT. UNDERWATER - NIGHT (TANK)

as the anchor drifts to the lake bottom, dropping a few

feet from a THICK POWER CABLE which rests in the lake

silt.

INT. HOUSEBOAT - NIGHT

as Jim returns with an uneasy expression. He crawls on

top of the bed, kissing her again, but not with the same

enthusiasm as before.

SUZY:

What's wrong?

JIM:

Nothing.

He starts to pull off his shirt and join her. She senses

his anxiety.

SUZY:

C'mon, Jimmy. Something's bothering

you.

Jim pauses, turning off the mood music.

JIM:

It's just that we're right around that

old summer camp where all those

murders took place.

The boat creaks. She's instantly nervous.

SUZY:

What murders?

JIM:

Never mind, you don't want to know

about it.

SUZY:

Tell me.

JIM:

There's nothing to worry about, Suzy.

The guy's dead now, somewhere at the

bottom of this lake...if you believe

the stories.

(beat)

Let's drop it, okay?

He starts to kiss her again. She stops him.

SUZY:

What stories?

He doesn't want to go into it but Suzy's face insists.

JIM:

There was this boy named Jason

Voorhees who drowned in Crystal

Lake...

FLASHBACK:

Eight year old JASON is desperately trying to tread

water, flailing his arms like a marionette to get

attention as he gulps down gallons of mossy lake water.

YOUNG JASON:

Hhhhelp....me....I'm drowning...

JIM (V.O.)

None of the counselors heard him.

YOUNG JASON:

Mmmmmmommy....

...And Jason finally slips under the surface for good.

INT. HOUSEBOAT - CONTINUOUS

JIM:

A bunch of years went by and everybody

forgot about it.

(beat)

That's when the murders started.

FLASHBACK MONTAGE (STOCK)

as our senses are bombarded with QUICK CUTS of assorted

teenagers just about to die, their screams echoing over

each other. We do not see the attacker. As the

cacophony reaches a screeching crescendo, CUT BACK TO:

INT. HOUSEBOAT - NIGHT

as the silence hits us hard again.

SUZY:

Jason did it...?

JIM'

That's what some people thought. But

they were wrong.

FLASHBACK (STOCK)

as MRS. VOORHEES comes directly at camera wielding a huge

knife and a primal scream.

INT. HOUSEBOAT - NIGHT

JIM:

His mother blamed the counselors for

his death and tried to kill them all.

(dramatic pause)

She got her head chopped off by one of

them.

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Rob Hedden

Rob Hedden wrote and directed the 2012 romantic action comedy "You May Not Kiss The Bride" starring Dave Annable, Katharine McPhee, Kathy Bates, Rob Schneider and Mena Suvari. His original feature script "The Condemned" was released theatrically by Lionsgate in 2007. The action film starring Stone Cold Steve Austin and Vinnie Jones was a national ... more…

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