Makes sense. It just felt oddly paced for me- the movie has three beginnings: Pamela's beheading, then the pothead group camping and finally the main group so it feels like it takes forever to get rolling. I'm not a big fan of the tunnels either. Was Jason providing feminine hygiene products for the girl he kept chained up? I really didn't enjoy anything that had to do with the pervy pothead in the barn- he made me cringe in a bad way. Throw in the random Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake actors as well.
On the positive, Derek Mears was a beast.
With all that said, Part 8 is my favourite and the list for issues with Part 8 is even more massive than the remake.
Jason is kind of like Batman in that everyone has their own favourite version.
Damnit, this slipped past the radar.
Maybe it's because of comics where everything gets rebooted and all that, or maybe it's because I liked the feel of a sequence where plot didn't work against our antihero. Pam dying was just to show motivation. The baghead sequence was "a day in the life." No final girl shenanigans. This is what happens when people cross paths with Jason, then the usual paint by number where the heroes have to win (depending on your view of the final scene) I didn't feel like the movie took long to get going, but maybe that is because I'm so used to the first third of a standard slasher film being small talk and false starts.
I liked the tunnels, though I didn't need them. It helped logically explain how Jason stays hidden and also helps ease the "teleportation shenanigans." As far as his captives and their needs, I bet most die in a relatively short time. Jason then tosses the body and goes back to defending his home/looking for surrogate mom.
As far as perv pothead guy, I wish they had done the alternate scene with him. iirc he lost his head. Jason didn't take this big swing to only cut his throat a bit. Yeah, he had it coming. I didn't have any issues with the actors, per' se, and that dickhead who owned the cabin may as well be Chad from the game in flesh.
Agreed, Mears was a good Jason. Much better then Kirzinger in FVJ.
I liked part 8 for what it was. It was the first one I saw in theater. (drive in if we're being technical.) But lots of stuff drop it for me. Crystal lake attaching to the ocean, Jason's history with Rennie, etc. Good film but the ending and some of it's logic really hurt it for me.
Agreed on Jason and Bats. For the record, I seem to prefer human Jason to zombie and street level, fights with clowns and crime boss Batman compared to fights with Superman and the Flash, yet still can't defeat a clown Batman..