Proof Review: Friday The 13th Part Two (1981)

Release Date
April 30, 1981
Director
Steve Miner
Screenplay
Ron Kurz
Phil Scuderi
Distributed By
Paramount Pictures
Budget
$1.25 million
Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Rated R
87 minutes

Friday The 13th Part II

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

Though the series is headed by hockey mask wearing Jason Voorhees, he actually doesn’t kill anyone in the original film. “Part Two” marks the first film where Jason becomes the main antagonist. So it’s fitting that the film opens with the only survivor from the original film, Alice, finding Pamela Voorhees’ severed head in her refrigerator, an omen from Jason, who 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 are opening a new camp site. 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 wheel chair-bound camper 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 film with a burlap sack with holes in it, “Part Two” still stand apart from the rest of the series. Though not quite up to the standards of the original, “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 backstory 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 rather “the body count continues…”

 

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