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Slasher Chronicles: Julius' Decapitation In 'Jason Takes Manhattan'

Our continuing series takes a look at the most memorable deaths in the franchise. In our latest Slasher Chronicles we revisit the infamous boxing death of Julius Gaw in Friday The 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan.

Jason is usually defeated at the end of every film, but rarely has he faced a character who was able to match him physically. Especially in the later films, it became increasingly more difficult to attack Jason without the use of weapons. That changed in 1989′s Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan when the latest graduating class set out on a cruise from Crystal Lake to New York City, Although the majority of the film takes place on the ship and the deaths would be relatively blood-free, one death stood out when the remaining victims arrived in New York and that is Julius Gaw (V.C. Dupree).

The undefeated high school boxing champion who, tired of running, faces off against Jason in an action packed round of boxing on top of a building in New York. With bloody knuckles and gasping for breath, Julius in unable to fight Jason any longer and challenges him to punch him back. In one swing, Jason sends Julius’ head from his shoulders, down the side of the building and into a dumpster in the street below.

The scene elicits many laughs when viewed now, but there is still a sense of awe when Jason decapitates Julius and still stands as one of the most memorable deaths in the Friday The 13th films.


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