Paramount Pictures 1981
The first of a seemingly never ending string of sequels Friday the 13th Part 2 introduces us to the man himself; Jason Voorhees, killing machine, fashion god, and master of over fifty implements of death. In this movie we move on from the weirdness that was Mrs. Voorhees and bask in the glory that is Jason, man of action, man of no words, man wearing a pillowcase on his head.
Part 2 starts off with Jason miraculously alive after his bout with drowning. He is now stalking the lone survivor of the first movie and somehow finds out where she lives. After storing a head in her fridge he bumps her off with an ice pick and makes sure her teapot doesn’t start a fire before returning to Crystal Lake. Flash forward five years and a group of people are gathering at a camp dangerously close to the former site of Camp Crystal Lake to learn the mystic arts of the camp counselor. Soon they learn quite a bit about dying as Jason continues the business his momma started. Blood is spilled, boobies are seen, bad acting is rampant, and we learn how politically incorrect Jason truly is!
Friday the 13th Part 2 pretty much sticks to the format of the first movie: introduce characters, kill characters, stalk last character, shock scene at end, roll credits. There is nothing new here except in the way the characters are bumped off. It’s all done in an entertaining sort of way (if you like this demented sort of thing like I do). It looks like the motion picture ratings board demanded a few more cuts than in the first movie. The kills are not quite as bloody but on the plus side there is a nice nude scene. Imagine that, all the prudes must have been in an uproar.
Not a bad entry in the series, not that I really have high expectations for movies like this but surprisingly I have seen some truly awful slasher movies. The fact you can screw up something so formulaic and simple is a true testament to the lack of talent some humans truly possess. Makes me feel much better about myself to tell the truth. Anyhow if you like this sort of thing you could do worse. Have some beer and snacks and have fun with it.
The not so good:
Random thoughts and observations:
Jason takes out the horny guy in the wheelchair proving he’s an equal opportunity destroyer.
The evolution of Jason:
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