Friday the 13th Part 2

F21

Five years ago Pamela Voorhees went on a killing spree at Camp Crystal Lake and found herself without a head by night’s end. Now another camp is opening up right next door to the infamous “Camp Blood” and Mrs. Voorhees’ son has come back to avenge the death of his mother.

After the end of part one, there was no way anyone didn’t see this coming. My good buddy Jason was just dying to get his own turn, and you had to know Mrs. Voorhees’ son was going to be making an appearance after trying to drag our previous heroine under the water. There was just one thing that always bothered me about his appearance. One was how the damn kid remained a kid all those years after his supposed drowning, this I could chalk up to the fantasies of a woman who just had a crazy old lady try and kill her. Sure, of course she’s going to have a nightmare about the crazy lady’s kid popping out of the water to finish what mom started. Flash forward a bit and our survivor is living the good life now and trying to forget all about what happened when an ADULT version of Jason pops his mom’s head in our survivor’s fridge (just cause he’s deformed doesn’t mean he’s without a sense of humor) and proceeds to revoke the woman’s survivor status. Wait just a freaking minute here. Wasn’t he just a kid, an immortal kid at that, and now he is suddenly old enough to murder. I know for a fact the legal murdering age is 21 so Jason would have had to age quite a few years in just a short time for this to be plausible. Fine, I’ll call it movie magic, consider it a reverse Benjamin Button, and move on.

The plot for this one is basically the same as the last one, just with Jason taking over the killing duties from mom. Apparently he was watching in the woods (he’s kind of a peeping Tom on top of being a homicidal maniac) when the previous film’s protagonist Alice chopped his mother’s head off. He decides to keep the head as any well-adjusted kid would, murder his mother’s murderer, and retreat to a nice shack in the woods were he can do whatever it is he does (I like to think it’s learning martial arts to 80’s synth music). That is until another group of victims decide to reopen Crystal Lake and bring the old guy back out to play; now wearing a potato sack to conceal his deformities. Murder, madness, and mayhem follow as the killer goes from one camper to the next showing them the error of their ways should sex and drugs be involved, of course they don’t see much after he’s shown them, but that’s just splitting hairs.

F22

{Jason makes the potato sack on the head look good}

I have to say that they did a good job with this sequel. Yeah, it’s the same for the most part but with the new addition of Jason it actually adds a bit more, just enough to make it a little different. Jason’s proper introduction to the series is done wonderfully, and one scene in particular really sets him up as the psychotic killer he’s destined to be. A scene at the end where this film’s heroine stumbles across Jason’s little shack and finds his mom’s head ritualistically propped up on a table just above the sweater she was wearing the night she died. Our heroine actually puts on the sweater to confuse the guy for a bit before he notices the head on a table right behind her, leading to one extremely great chase scene, in fact probably the best chase in the whole series. It was a good way to introduce the guy to us. I only wished they hadn’t stayed with the first person view point, it was cool in the first one but just kind of unnecessary a second time through. I would have liked to have seen Jason himself kill more instead of watching him kill through his viewpoint. I understand why they did it, to give you a little apprehension about who was doing the killing, but it’s not like it’s hard to figure out who it is. I don’t think there’s much shock when you find out it’s little Voorhees all grown up. Showing him do all the killing would have made the end finale, where his shrine is found, have more of an impact on the audience as they would have become more accustomed to a man who killed simply for revenge before delving deep into how far his psychosis went. At least that’s this humble reviewer’s opinion.

F23

{I think this is a perfectly reasonable response to someone messing with your perfectly reasonable shrine of your dead mother’s head}

The effects are actually a little better in the sequel, and though they still seem slightly dated they aren’t bad even in today’s arena of practical effects. There is one death above the others though that I was impressed with more for what they did than how the effect looked, and it’s a scene involving a crippled person. Jason plants a machete right between the guys eyes and sends him rolling down a long set of stairs. I just thought it was pretty brave on their part to kill off someone in a wheelchair. Yeah, America hadn’t become the overly sensitive country it is now, too afraid of the dreaded disease Political Correctness to ever offend someone, but I still applaud them for doing it when the backlash could have been harsh (consider 1984’s Silent Night, Deadly Night and what their use of Santa cost them, the film being pulled and all). Most of the other deaths are great as well; a little basic compared to what the maniac would eventually start using but still pretty good. I can’t say anything bad about the effects.

F26

{I’m guessing machete to the face was not what he had planned for his day}

I really can’t say anything bad about the characters either. In the first film the characters are extremely basic, but it worked for the first installment, doing it in this one would not have worked so thankfully the film’s writers fleshed out the characters a bit more. Each one has a lot more personality this time around and some actually make you feel for them before they go…although some will still have you laughing your ass off. Adrienne King would have reprised her role as Alice and been a part of the cast as well but had to drop out due to her fear of a stalker that began tormenting her after the release of the first film. I don’t know how it would have worked out with her being in the film as well, but it would have been an interesting addition. Too bad some people can’t separate reality from fiction. I can’t blame King for backing out.

F25

{This will be the group that is used in many films for the beginning montage at the start of them}

In the end, this one is just as good if not a little better than the first film. The suspense isn’t as intense but the better characters make up for the loss. Definitely worth the watch.

 

Jason’s Kill Rate:

Screwdriver: 1

Barbwire: 1

Machete: 2

Spear: 2

Knife: 1

Unknown: 2

Total Kills This Film: 9

Jason Total Kills: 9

Series Kills: 17

 

The Undead Review

 

Directed By: Steve Miner (Lake Placid, Warlock)

Starring: Amy Steel (April Fool’s Day, Play Nice), John Furey (Mutant on the Bounty, Island Claws), and Warrington Gillette (Penny Dreadful, Time Walker) as our killer this time around.

Released By: Paramount Pictures and Georgetown Productions Inc.

Release Year: 1981

Release Type: Theatrical Release

MPAA Rating: Rated R

About The Undead Review

When I was alive I was an asshole and after I died remained pretty much the same, if not a little worse. You’d think becoming a member of the walking dead would mellow a person out, no more worrying about awkward small talk with people, no more having to be politically correct, and the entire world is your upright, bipedal buffet. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun as hell to be a zombie, just somewhat irritating at times, especially those times you have to watch a lame movie or read a lame book. Thankfully, when I am forced to watch these films or read those books, I’ve got places like The Undead Review to bitch and moan to my heart’s content. {When he’s not devouring the living or sinking his teeth into a good film The Undead Review (Andy Taylor) spends his time writing his own stories or hunting down the paranormal. Oh, and did we mention his blind dog once saved the world?)
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