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Friday the 13th, Pt 2

Betsy Palmer , Amy Steel , Steve Miner    R (Restricted)   VHS Tape
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As bad as Friday the 13th, Part 2 is, it's a work of art in comparison to the rest of the Friday the 13th flicks that came afterward. This installment officially introduced us to Jason Voorhees as the killer (if you remember Drew Barrymore's fatal phone quiz in Scream, you know that the killer in the first Friday the 13th was actually Jason's mother), and made the slicing and dicing even more generic. Survivor Alice is dispatched within the first 10 minutes, and we're left with plucky Ginny (Amy Steel, doing a fairly decent Jamie Lee Curtis impression) to do battle with the monstrous Jason. Ginny's part of a another group of horny teenagers (less intelligent as well as less attractive than their predecessors) who try to resurrect Camp Crystal Lake five years after the initial murders--a pretty mean feat, considering this movie was made only a year after the first one. Being a smarty-pants child-psychology major, Ginny tries to outwit the dim Jason, and at one point dons the bloody and moldy sweater of Jason's late mother (which is more disgusting than any of the killings beforehand) in an attempt to confuse the masked killer. Jason may not be the brightest bulb on the tree, but the only one who's going to pull the wool--or in this case, the burlap--over his eyes is Jason himself, who wears a sack with one eyehole throughout the movie to hide his deformed features (he finally found his way to a sporting-goods store and his trademark hockey mask appears in the third installment of the series). Directed by Steve Miner, who also helmed the next Friday the 13th film (in 3-D no less) as well as the more reputable House, Forever Young, and Halloween: H20. --Mark Englehart

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars slightly better than the original May 30 2009
By falcon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
for me,this sequel to the original was just slightly better,and only
because there is some suspense in this one.i don't think the first one
had any.if it did there was very little.otherwise,it's not that much
different,just a different group of people that end up getting
slaughtered.there are no acting stand outs in this one,but i get the
feeling that Amy Steel was supposed to be the next big thing.this movie
was slightly more graphic than the original,but not much.there's a bit
of nudity,and one instance of the F word being used,but that's it for
coarse language and nudity,as far as far as i can tell.for me,Friday
the 13th Part 2 is a 3/5
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
As far as I'm concerned, Friday the 13th Part II is the best film in the whole series. Moms did some nice work, but now it's time for the real killing machine to take over. Jason doesn't have the hockey mask yet, and he's not yet the seemingly inhuman, unstoppable killing force he will become, but he definitely earned slasher rookie of the year for his efforts in this film. He doesn't have the scary presence of a Michael Myers, but Jason is all about ruthless, efficient killing. The first few minutes of the film, featuring flashbacks to the climactic scenes of the original, are pretty annoying, but the rest of this film is a great, unsettling ride.

Frankly, I never cared for Alice (Adrienne King), the sole survivor of the first film, so I had no problem with Jason clearing up the only loose end left by his dear, beheaded mother(speaking of unsettling, poor Adrienne King soon left the business altogether because of an ardent fan who began stalking her). Once the extended of the way, we head back to Camp Crystal Lake - actually, another campsite on the lake - where a camp counselor training center is drawing a new cast of potential victims right into Jason's backyard. With the exception of Ted (Stu Charno), I actually liked these young people. The guys are less annoying and the girls are prettier than those in the first film. I must admit I was taken aback by the presence of a cute little dog named Muffin being brought into the danger zone, though. (Do what you want to the people, but I have to draw the line at killing cute little animals.) Even good old Ralphie is back to warn the kids that they are certainly doomed. But come on - it's been five years since the last murders, and everyone knows Jason is just a legend, right?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent sequel.. -Better then part 1.. -Though with a new
story that is set right after the original.. -Directed by
Sean S. Cunningham.. -Now; -director; -Steve Miner.. -Doe's
the unthinkeble in this sequel.. -How can a boy rise up
from the dead.. -And; -slaughter innocent stupid staffer's..?
Ho don't think straight threw out this movie. -This is a
good movie.. -And make's a lot of sense as why campper's
are so dumb and don't know how two act..
If you fallowed the movie rule's of; -Scream.. -1996..
That one directed by; -Wes Craven.. -Ho cerntainly nailed
lot of horror movie's, -and; -sequel's.. -At that time..
Wes did a perfect job of it.. -But; -Miner is a greater
example for this slasher series.. -Miner is not like
Sean S. Cunnignham.. -But he doe's a lot better job
then his predessor.. -Did.. -With the original.. -I've
seen; -"Halloween II.." -1981.. -That was a better
I see why these movie's hail by comparison..! -The
movie begin's with Alice dreaming..? -Being killed off
by yet another prowler..! -Which set's up five years..?
As the prowler returns two his original stalking grounds
of another camp in Crsytal Lake.. -We can't assume that
it is Jason stalking and it is.. -Never mind..! -Jason
is the stalker.. -Not his mother this time..! -She was
beheaded at the end of Part 1..! -That's why little
old Jason came out of the lake and avenge her death..?
By killing off the surving staffer..! -Alice; -Played by
Adreinne King.. -I'm glad two see her just die..? -Becuase
she don't seem two just want the role so bad..! -And glad
that it is over with..! -I love; -Amy Steel's; -work in
this one..!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's actually my favourite of the series. June 21 2004
Many people don't really count this as a good Jason movie, but I find it to be the best one.
He may not have the "famous" hockey mask. No, instead he uses a pillow sack (or something like that), he doesn't get the mask until the next chapter (part 3). This film is quite similar to the first, but it isn't as boring and slow. It gets pretty straight to the deaths. The film starts us off with the girl who survived from the first film, and we see Jason getting her own back on her, for killing his mum. I think that can be quite a creepy scene, when we see Jason's mom's head in the fridge. Then the film heads five years later, and a set of new kids are heading to Crystal lake. Once the first teenage dies, it just starts to get freaky and scary.
The film probably does have a bit more nudity in it, but still now much. As we do get on the first film, there is quite a chilling chase sequence within the last 10 minutes of the film, with Jason chasing a teenage girl (of course). The chase stretches out quite a bit and can become quite scary. Until we come to the end, and we get quite a jumpy, freaky twist at the end., like we do in the first film's end.
So, in my opinion, the best Jason film. Other good Jason titles are:
Part 4
Part 6
Part 8
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4.0 out of 5 stars Jason on Blu Ray ... Finally!!
Friday the 13th Part 2 has a lot of things going for it. It is not only the first sequel to the immensely popular original, it has some pretty good kills, and is the only entry in... Read more
Published on June 29 2012 by DeanWinchester79
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray worth the extra $$
Clearer picture and excellent special features make this a worthwhile purchase for the die-hard horror fan! Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2009 by Raylight
2.0 out of 5 stars All the hype for this...?
"Friday the 13th, Part 2" is well known by horror/slasher fans to be considered the second best of the series. And I don't know why. I'd say part 6 is. Read more
Published on July 10 2004 by Disco '81
3.0 out of 5 stars Ooh, scary... NOT!
Like the initial installment of the series, I found 'Friday the 13th Part 2' kinda hokey, with a few gruesome gore FX here and there. But scary? Hardly... Read more
Published on July 5 2004 by Zagnorch
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal favorite!!
I don't get all the people that trash Friday the 13th movies. Well, I'll admit that part 8 was horrible, but every movie prior to 8 was really entertaining to me. Read more
Published on July 1 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars Not THAT good, but still enjoyable...
"Friday the 13th part 2", while not as well thought out as the first, is more enjoyable than its predecessor, despite its fluffiness. Read more
Published on June 19 2004 by Xanadu
3.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13th, Part 2
The movie was overall fairly good ; it depends in your taste of horror movies.The mask was not very creative, but a few of the characters were well developed. Read more
Published on June 3 2004 by Mac
2.0 out of 5 stars A step down from an already mediocre horror film
Without suspense, without real scares, and without any of the tense atmosphere that gave at least something of value to FRIDAY THE 13TH, this sequel---the first in which Jason... Read more
Published on June 1 2004 by Kenji Fujishima
3.0 out of 5 stars Friday the 13th, Part 2 (1981)
Director: Steve Miner
Cast: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Betsy Palmer.
Running Time: 87 minutes.
Rated R for violence, gore, and language. Read more
Published on May 24 2004 by The Tweeder
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