Friday the 13th Part 2
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This movie is better than original because we have the introduction of Jason. The first film was more about mystery and suspense with an unseen killer killing the counsellors. Part 2 is a disappointing sequel and like the first Friday the 13th movie, the studio is attempting to cash-in on the popularity of Halloween. Friday the 13th Part 2 is a disappointing follow-up to the first film. This movie series attempted to imitate the success of Halloween and failed miserably.
The score sounds similar to the music in Psycho.
If you want gore, skip this movie.
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
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?Read more ›
One fact of interest would be that Jason wears a flannel shirt, jeans, and boots in this film. Of course, Jason also wears a flower sack over his head, so it's not like he would be inconspicuously blending in with the crowd.
The film also has Walt Gorney reprise his role as Crazy Ralph, and he does in this film exactly what he did in the last one. He even says his world famous line, "You're all doomed! (TM)".
There's not much that CAN be said about the movie as a whole. The plot, though, is basically set a few years after the first film. Jason Voorhees is the subject of conversation among the camp counselors as they prepare for the children to arrive. After taking vengeance against his mother's killer, Jason comes back to defend his territory.
There's not much else to describe as far as this movie goes. It simply only exists because the first one was so popular. Friday the 13th part 2 is something only die-hard fans would enjoy. If you're merely a casual fan, try the next installment instead. It's far better.
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Clearer picture and excellent special features make this a worthwhile purchase for the die-hard horror fan! Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2009 by Raylight
"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 morePublished on July 10 2004 by Disco '81
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 morePublished on July 5 2004 by Zagnorch
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 morePublished on July 1 2004
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
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
"Friday the 13th part 2", while not as well thought out as the first, is more enjoyable than its predecessor, despite its fluffiness. Read morePublished on June 19 2004 by Xanadu