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Friday the 13th Part 2
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Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

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Plot Summary:
"Five years after the horrible bloodbath at Camp Crystal Lake, all that remains is the legend of Jason Vorhees and his demented mother, who had murdered seven camp councellors. At a nearby summer camp, the new counsellors are unconcerned about the warnings to stay away from the infamous site. Carefree, the young people roam the area, not sensing the ominous lurking presence. One by one, they are attacked and brutally slaughtered. Suspense and screams abound in this compelling chiller."


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Review Date: 15 February 2004 My Rating: out of 5

 

This one made an even better impact on me on DVD as I could fully appreciate the effort that Director Steve Miner went to to try and propel the (at that time) potential series forward.

The plot again is simple, a bunch of youths set up camp for summer season 5 years later in the same area as Camp Crystal lake, and again despite repeated warnings decide to carry on, and regret it.

Interestingly this film, as far as I can remember anyway, was the first time the heroine from an original film returned in the sequel to do a 'Janet Leigh'.

This time around I did feel more afraid for our heroine as she was up against the real deal, and the sack over his head made him very scary looking indeed!!

Very gory and with a few good scares, this film seems to have aged slightly better than the original.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Retaining the spirit of the original but providing more of the good stuff (i.e. bums, boobs and bloodshed) worked really well, as this film is actually very good.



Reviewer: Ryan McDonald @horrorasylum
Location:Sydney, Australia
Review Date: 22 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5

This Steve Miner film is as generic and ho-hum as they come; Now grown Jason Vorhees hacks horny campers to death to avenge his nutbar mother's demise.

Well, at least it moves more than the first film, which had a great ending surrounded by about minutes of tedium. Here we have one or two OK-looking women, but the girl who plays Vicki (and looks like a younger, hotter Karen Allen) gets two points taken off for a) Cowering in the corner like a baby when 'ol Potato Sack Vorhees comes after her, and b) For searching for a missing disabled character up...stairs...good God! (Being in a wheelchair, I'm a bit sensitive about that).

Anyhow, said guy-in-wheelchair is victim to the film's best scene, one of the most inventive and amusing (quite ironic actually) death scenes ever put to film (hey, I never said I was THAT sensitive). It's the only inventive thing in the whole film, which starts off with a fifteen minute flashback, that truly is pitiful and spends the rest with nondescript characters and atrocious dialogue.

This and said good-looking chicks make the film better than the first film, but a lead chick with a face like Laraine Newman from SNL and a main villain who runs around with a sack on his head, are the final straw.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Fans may disagree, but this bargain basement film is one you really can afford to skip, watch parts and instead, or better yet, try 'Halloween' or 'Black Christmas'.



Reviewer: Josh Winning @horrorasylum
Location:UK
Review Date: 31 October 2001 My Rating: out of 5

This is undoubtedly one of the best sequels in the Friday the 13th franchise. It may not be as scary as the first, or have the same atmosphere of unease that the first movie created, but it has got great moody ambience to it and - you'll be pleased to hear - has much better acting. The opening scene is truly terrifying, and when it is over you just know that this movie is going to be good. It is one of the most unpredictable and genuinely scary scenes I have ever come across in any Horror movie; you really aren't expecting what you will see play out on-screen.

There are some nice touches in the movie. 'Crazy Ralph's brief return is one that is met very differently to his appearance in the first movie. In Friday the 13th, his intonations of impending doom were a source of many laughs, but in this film his warnings seem far more serious after we have seen from the first film that he is indeed right. His departure in Friday the 13th, Part 2 is one that provides one of the movie's many surprises. Other great scenes include a chase through the forest than can't help but chill, a bar scene where Ginny ponders the relevance of Jason Voorhees and a great final showdown that is far better than that in the first movie.

Amy Steel made a brilliant leading actress, and the fact that she (like so many of the heroines of latter-day horrors) can take care of herself (and has mind enough to actually get into the car when running from the killer!) is one that makes the viewer both associate with her and root for her. Other cast members are rather forgettable, but the killer himself is one that sticks in the mind long after the end credits have run their course. The portrayal of an emotion-less, methodical killer is top-notch, and a scene in which the killer wears a pillow-case (not as funny as it sounds, I assure you!) over his head with his one eye staring blankly out is particularly effecting.

Steve Miner's directing matches Sean Cunningham's almost flaw-lessly, and the same eerie atmosphere that was apparent in the first film is visible. The movie has a murky, brooding feel, and the death scenes are particularly effective (although not quite so horrific as in the first).

OVERALL SUMMARY
This was a remarkable sequel with great acting, good scares, and an interesting (but cringe-worthy when that old jumper goes on!) ending. Watch this one!




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