Friday, December 13, 2013

Notable "Friday the 13th Part 2" Not Really That Good or Bad

TRASH IN MY EYE No. 81 (of 2013) by Leroy Douresseaux

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
Running time:  87 minutes (1 hour, 27 minutes)
WRITERS:  Ron Kurz (based on characters created by Victor Miller)
CINEMATOGRAPHER:  Peter Stein (D.o.P.)
EDITOR:  Susan E. Cunningham
COMPOSER:  Harry Manfredini


Starring:  Amy Steel, John Furey, Kirsten Baker, Stu Charno, Marta Kober, Tom McBride, Bill Randolph, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Russell Todd, Jack Marks, Warrington Gillette, Steve Daskawisz, Walt Gorney, and Adrienne King with Betsy Palmer

Friday the 13th Part 2 is a 1981 slasher horror film from producer-director, Steve Miner.  It is a sequel to the 1980 film, Friday the 13th, and the second movie in the Friday the 13th movie franchise.  It is also the first movie in the franchise to feature Jason Voorhees as the villain.  Friday the 13th Part 2 finds a group of camp counselors being stalked by an unknown assailant.

The main story of Friday the 13th Part 2 takes place five years after the events of the first film.  Paul Holt (John Furey) has established a “Counselor Training” center on Crystal Lake, near the infamous Camp Crystal Lake AKA “Camp Blood.”  Paul ignores the fact that locals are not happy about him locating his training center so close to the site of several murders, and instead, he focuses on getting his large group of counselors together.  Only Paul’s assistant and sort of girlfriend, Ginny Field (Amy Steel), takes rumors about Jason Voorhees stalking the grounds of Crystal Lake.  One rainy night, however, a killer makes a move against the unwary camp counselors.

Recently, I watched Friday the 13th Part 2 in its entirety for the first time.  I have previously watched the movie in parts countless times, and I usually liked what I saw.  Strangely, I always found this movie to be a bit scary whenever I watched it in parts, but after watching the entire movie, I don’t find it particularly scary.  I wonder what the 15-year-old me would have thought of this film.

Friday the 13th Part 2 is a strange movie.  It opens with a 12-minute prologue (of sorts) that is set two months after the events of the first film, before returning to Crystal Lake.  Jason does not start killing campers until 50 minutes into the movie.  There is also a dream sequence that muddles the ending of the movie, but that dream sequence contains what may be one of the most famous moments in American horror cinema history.  Also, this film’s heroine does not really stand out as the hero until the last half-hour of the movie.  At this point in the franchise, Jason Voorhees is not the supernatural killer he would become.  Here, he seems like nothing more than a deranged killer.

I have to admit that Friday the 13th Part 2 is yet another of those movies that I like, but cannot really explain why I like it.  I will recommend it to fans of horror movies.  After all, Friday the 13th Part 2 was the first time Jason Voorhees took the spotlight, on his way to becoming a legendary horror movie monster.

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