FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2

BY CHRISTOPHER HASKELL
JULY 15, 2012

Audiences (mainly teenagers) cannot get enough of slasher films. That was as factual in the eighties as it is now. “Friday The 13th Part 2” proves that, continuing the franchise that would eventually become one of the most prominent in the slasher film genre.

Known as the series headed by a hockey mask-wearing Jason Voorhees, he doesn’t kill anyone in the original film. “Part Two” marks the first film where Jason becomes the main antagonist. The film opens with the only survivor from the original movie, Alice, finding Pamela Voorhees’ severed head in her refrigerator, an omen from Jason. He then proceeds to stab her with an ice pick. I commend this immediate continuation of the series by picking off the last survivor of the previous film. It is also fitting that the film takes place right next to Camp Crystal Lake, where, after five years, a new group of teenagers is opening a new campsite. And, of course, the killing spree continues.

“Part Two” fits the series perfectly, continuing the deadly, sex-driven horror scenes developed in the first film. The body count in “Part Two” reaches ten, including a “presumed” kill at the end. The deaths are comparable to the original, with the highlight kills involving a couple having sex who are eventually speared together through the bed and a camper in a wheelchair who is macheted and thrown down a flight of stairs. With the hockey mask still not appearing in this film, as Jason covers his face for most of the movie with a burlap sack with holes in it, “Part Two” still stands apart from the rest of the series. Though not entirely up to the original’s standards, “Friday The 13th Part Two” still sets a precedent for the films to follow.

Though not quite the anti-hero that some say Freddy Kruger became, Jason Voorhees, falls more into the Michael Myers category of silent-but-deadly. With plenty of backstories to push forward his agenda, Jason will somehow always feel justified in killing due to his camp counselors letting him drown in the lake. And with his mother out of the picture, he has no one to tell him differently. Thus, the series continues, or “the body count continues….”

RELEASE DATE
May 1, 1981

DIRECTOR
Steve Miner

WRITTEN BY
Ron Kurz

BASED ON
Characters
by Victor Miller

STUDIO
Paramount Pictures

R

HORROR
MYSTERY
THRILLER

87 minutes

CINEMATOGRAPHER
Peter Stein

COMPOSER
Harry Manfredini

EDITOR
Susan E. Cunningham

CAST
Adrienne King
Amy Steel
John Furey
Steve Daskewisz
Warrington Gillette
Stu Charno
Lauren-Marie Taylor
Marta Kober
Tom McBride
Bill Randolph
Kirsten Baker
Russell Todd
Walt Gorney
Betsy Palmer
Jack Marks
Cliff Cudney

PRODUCED BY
Steve Miner

BUDGET
$1.25 million

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