Friday the 13th Part 2

 

Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

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  • Release Date:  1981
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Director:  Steve Miner
  • Screenwriter:  Ron Kurz, Victor Miller
  • Cast & Crew: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Warrington Gillette, Walt Gorney, Tom McBride, Bill Randolph, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Russell Todd, and Betsy Palmer.

Friday the 13th Part 2 Rating:

  • Dylan = 7.5 / 10;
  • Eloise = 5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 4.5 / 10;
  • IMDB = 6.1/10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 4.8/10.

Friday the 13th Part 2 Synopsis:

A group of young counselors prepares to spend the summer at a camp near the Camp Crystal Lake, famous for the terrible murders that happened there.

Friday the 13th Part 2 Review:

The first thing that should surprise most people about Friday the 13th Part II is how similar this film is to the original Friday the 13th, released almost exactly one year before. I mean, this sequel is almost the exact same movie. It features a similar group of counselors going into a neighboring camp and similarly getting killed one after the other (which will be the case for pretty much every Friday sequel).

The film clearly played on these similarities and pushed the vice to the point where it included lots of references to the original movie, such as the slow motions, the wake-up at the hospital end, etc. The only difference lies in the killer itself, which won’t surprise many since Jason’s mother was beheaded in the first film. Like in the original, the final pursuit lasts for a solid half hour, but I think I prefer this one to the one with the mother.

In all of that, it is very difficult to decide which of the original or this sequel is better. The lack of originality in this one is compensated by more kills, more blood, and more nudity. Whereas the original included some crime elements, this sequel brings the Friday the 13th franchise into the teenage/slasher genre, where it will stay for the rest of the saga. I guess saying that those who liked the first one will like this one, and vice-versa is a logical conclusion. I personally prefer the first one slightly.


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