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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
Format:DVD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Jason on Blu Ray ... Finally!! June 29 2012
By DeanWinchester79 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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 the series until the 2009 remake that has Jason wearing a potato sack on his head and cringing at a chainsaw. I have the entire series on DVD, and when I discovered that it was coming on Blu Ray, I made plans to rebuy it. The only question is, after 3 years, why haven't they released part 4? It is a known fact that Paramount was always embarassed at the popularity of it. But the part 2 Blu Ray is well worth the money, spotting an impressive 1080p high resolution video and a dolby trueHDsoundtrack, as well as the original mono. There is a bit of grain here and there, but overall a very satisfying purchase.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray worth the extra $$ Aug. 26 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Clearer picture and excellent special features make this a worthwhile purchase for the die-hard horror fan! I had already purchased the DVD and still bought the blu-ray; I was not disappointed.
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By Daniel Jolley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
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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2.0 out of 5 stars All the hype for this...? July 10 2004
Format:VHS Tape
"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. But im not here to talk about part 6, so I guess I'll have to review this. Part 2 begins by killing off probably the nicest "last girl" of the series, Alice. On my first viewing, I was dissapointed already. However, Alice is replaced by yet another satisfying "last gir", the sassy and smart Ginny; but she still didn't save the rest of the film from being a dissapointment. The whole movie just seems to be missing something; I have no idea WHAT tho. The rather murky atmosphere also made it a tad depressing. And a poor little dog is killed!About the only thing I liked about the whole thing was Ginny. She, and the first appearence of Jason may have helped some in making this installment so popular...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ooh, scary... NOT! July 5 2004
Format:DVD
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... though I must admit I got a pretty good start by a couple BOO!-type scenes. And the only real surprise I experienced was when the cripple got the machete to the head. Which just goes to show that Jason (who's takin' over for mom here) doesn't discriminate-- he's killin' everybody! Well, everybody except for that one chick who somehow manages to survive the carnage, gets carted away by the ambulance in the aftermath, and isn't seen again 'til the recap at start of the next flick...
But even though I didn't find this flick particularly shocking or grody, it is kinda fun to watch for its predictability and use of the usual slasher-horror-flick gimmicks and cliches. I got more of a laugh than a fright outta most of the kills here, 'cuz they were so silly lookin'.
Bottom line: if you're planning to watch this for fright, I think you'll be sorely disappointed. But if you're looking for something to laugh at for its by-the-numbers predictability and hackneyed moments (Huh-huh..."hack"...), then this just might right up yer alley.
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel..!! -Lazy story..!! -Unthinkeble..?
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.. Read more
Published on June 25 2004 by Robert the Psychoman
5.0 out of 5 stars It's actually my favourite of the series.
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. Read more
Published on June 21 2004 by P. Woods
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 4 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 2 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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