Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) reviews and overview

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‘The body count continues…’

Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 American slasher horror feature film directed by Steve Miner, who also directed its sequel, Friday the 13th Part III and House.

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The film was a box-office hit, opening on May 1, 1981, in the first place. It was the first to feature Jason Voorhees as the main antagonist, a trend which would be repeated for the rest of the series (with the exception of the fifth film).

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Plot:

Alice L. Hardy (Adrienne King), the only survivor of a murder rampage at Crystal Lake, is brutally murdered when Jason Voorhees stabs her in the temple with an ice pick after she discovers the severed head of Pamela Voorhees in her refrigerator.

Five years later, a group of teenagers come to Crystal Lake to reopen the site and set up a new camp. As Paul Holt (John Furey), the head counsellor, tells the story of Jason, one of his friends leaps out of the woods in an attempt to scare the counsellors. After regaining their composure, Paul tells the counsellors that Jason is dead.

However, Jason, whose face is shielded by a burlap sack, is stalking them. While standing by a tree, Crazy Ralph is killed when Jason garrotes him with a chunk of barbed wire. Officer Winslow is next to be victim and is killed with a set of claws from a hammer into his head. Jason then begins to attack and kill the campers…

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Reviews [click links to read more]:

‘Slicker and better paced than the original, Friday the 13th Part 2 is perhaps what the quintessential early 1980s slasher movie is all about. Despite employing almost every cliche known to man, the films succeeds perhaps because of – not despite – its familiarity.’ J.S. Kerswell, Teenage Wasteland: The Slasher Movie Uncut

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‘Stylistically, Friday the 13th Part 2 is an improvement on the first film. The dark and grainy texture is gone, and the camerawork is far more fluid and natural. This is probably a combination of Steve Miner’s talent and the (slightly) increased budget … The special effects are less impressive but more plentiful and the well-lit settings ensure that every drop of blood is clearly visible.” Jim Harper, Legacy of Blood: A Comprehensive Guide to Slasher Movies

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“Weakened by the MPAA-snipped murders, this suspenseful sequel has a terrific second half, in which the talented Steel proves herself to be the cutest, most convincing final girl of the series. Jason, wearing a burlap sack that offers a visual echo of The Town That Dreaded Sundown, is a genuinely creepy presence during the well directed climax at his late mother’s shrine.” Steven West, Horror Screams Video Vault

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