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13 Weeks of Friday the 13th: Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

Written by Zechs on Saturday, August 21 2010 and posted in Reviews

Jason takes on the spotlight smashing through a whole new batch of victims in Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981).

Comic Review Cover

Credits & Solicit Info:

Written by: Ron Kurz and Phil Scuderi

Directed by: Steve Miner





Amy Steel as Ginny Field

John Furey as Paul Holt

Adrienne King as Alice Hardy

Tom McBride as Mark

Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph

Warrington Gillette as Jason Voorhees

Betsy Palmer as Mrs. Voorhees

Stu Charno as Ted

Marta Kober as Sandra Dier

Bill Randolph as Jeff

Lauren-Marie Taylor as Vicki

Russell Todd as Scott



Zechs: Oh I can already hear the gittiness of Greg and he hasn't said a word. The movie starts two months after the original Friday the 13th the only survivor, Alice (Adrienne King), has gone missing. Well okay not really, Jason Voorhees saw what she did to his momma and paid her back for the deed. Flash-forward five years later, some more teens habiting near the area of Camp Crystal Lake. People should just really listen to Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney), but then again this time Jason isn't playing by the normal means of horror rules. You get in his path. You're so going to meet a grisly end.
With his entry the Friday the 13th series takes off with Jason takes over where mommy left off for all but one more of the series. So let's get right to the point of Jason Voorhees, he's a beast. Unlike mommy which where the kills made sense given the killer was an elderly crazy woman. Jason is just brutal in his butchery. Plus he just so hates unfinished business he takes out not one, but two people from the original movie.

Which leads me to my first confession, I like this movie but not really like it. It's not my all time favorite Friday, but it's not my least favorite either. Sure this isn't Jason at his most iconic, but the presence he has in this film is damned thrilling to watch. The pacing is really great with some cheap shocks before getting to the real, POP your dead. Some may have a problem with bag head Jason, but really the dude's been supposedly out in the wilderness. What else do you think the dude's going to have another to wear? He wears what he can get, which will come more into play in the third sequel. Back to what I like though.


The kills in this are alright, but not as good compared to the original still. Sure they're not as fully graphic or detailed as the original, but damned if they don't make you utter, “OW!” when that sharp object is plunged in a vital area. Alas to say this was the first of many Friday films the MPAA decided to mangle (though not as horribly as future Friday installments). So that's the reason why it's not fully graphic. Still, I have to admit there's a lot of kills to love here given the originality (more on very soon). The actors act very well when they get hit.
Oh and speaking of the actors or should I say the ladies in this. Damn are they smoking in this. Of all the Friday's this one had the best looking females in the entire series. Some great eye candy to go along with the carnage unlike the original or it's successors.
The thing that saves this film for me  is the added bonus of use of chainsaw (which anyone in a film uses ups the points of how much I love film for me), even if they didn't wield it with mad glee like Dennis Hopper did in the Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). Someone using a garden object to kill is always fun to watch. So yeah that gets a instant point for me.
However there are flaws to this film about more so than the original. The main issue I have for this film, is like Greg did with the original, I really haven't a clue nor really care of the characters in this for the most part. They're just meat to be chopped apart by Jason alas. And truly that's the film's biggest flaw.
Really the only character who's name I could remember was Mark (Tom McBride) which is due to the fact he really didn't deserve his fate dealt to him by Jason. He didn't sin, and he actually cared for the previous victim. Still what a damn death he had (machete to the head with his corpse in the wheelchair just plowing down the long outside staircase). It's probably my second favorite of the series just for the utter brutality and surprise.
Another issue I had with the movie though revolve around is all about Jason. He's just kinda short when you fully see him (and has some hair to him which is mostly forgotten in the remaining sequels). I kind was expected a huge brute given the way he was doing things. Warrington Gillette who plays Jason isn't bad, but he's not good either. He's just like this movie, alright.

Then there's the fact that this film never truly answers one simple question I had (which hilariously was even asked in the mock documentary that appears on the DVD special features to Part 4): where in the heck has Jason been? Other than slumming around Camp Crystal Lake? It seems to suggest that he saw mommy bite it in the original, but really he just happened upon the Camp and recognized his mom only to see her beheaded? I need some more info, people! You gave us it at the last minute with Mrs. Voorhees in the original why not here?

The last problem I had is the ending. I love that this one has an even better jump out of your seat moment cause you just didn't see it coming, but there's no real end to this film. It just ends ambiguously. Did that last survivor's boyfriend survive? Why did they end it with her in the darn ambulance? It would have been so much superior to have it end with Jason just springing from outta the window and pulling that girl to her fate given the tone set throughout this film. Stupid somewhat happy ending. *grumble grumble*
But I digress it's still a damn good end that leaves Jason open to unleash hell upon future hormonal teenagers. Plus after all that hell Jason puts everyone film someone just had to survive all of that. I just think it made it truly a superior sequel if that was the end.
Greg:… So you’re finished? Okay, so I guess it’s my turn now.
Zechs: Well now that you mention it I.. fi..

*hammer smashes into the back of his head and falls to the ground*




Greg: Well, without further ado, I thought this movie was all types of frakkin’ boring. I want to curse right now about how bored as hell I was watching this film but I won’t give Zechs the satisfaction… you know what, screw it. This movie fuckin’ sucked! It started out with promise with a recap of the first film and a focus on the main character of the first film who survived. She’s having nightmares about Mrs. Vorhees and of Jason pulling her down and is very damn paranoid. Hell, we then get a cliché cat scare when she goes slowly to a window and her pet pops out, screeching and scaring the day lights out of her. A cliché in horror movies but I absolutely love it. Then she opens the fridge and sees a head, Mrs. Voorhees I’m assuming, and then she gets killed by Jason by getting stabbed in the head. And cue the awesome theme music. And then cue the long ass hell boredom.
The characters introduced sucked and we got hardly any real development. I’m guessing this is a trend with Jason movies and if so, prepare for me to curse you out, Zechs, for putting me through this with all these upcoming Jason movies. And not only do the characters suck, but the kills suck also. They are NOTHING compared to the first movie.


After about an hour or so of complete and utter boredom, I pretty much stopped caring about the movie. Even when Jason finally became more prominent, I just wanted to turn this off. I didn’t finally get back into the movie when the final female survivor found Jason’s lair with the dead body parts and Mrs. Voorhees' head in the center of the table. Then she got the idea of wearing Mrs. Voorhees' sweater and pretend to Jason that she is his mother. Excellent scene which became the one true only bright spot of the film for me. Well, not really. There were two scenes I loved with Jason’s shadows. The first when the campers go to the cabin and turn off the lights and we see a shadow move and later when Vicky goes to the car and lightning strikes and a shadow abruptly moves upward. And the ending. Yes, I saw that coming a mile away, but it was still a ton of fun.
Besides that, not my type of film. I actually had to take several breaks because I lost so much interest in this. If this is better than the next one in the series, I don’t think I can take it, Zechs.
Zechs: ....

*rises back up*

But the next one is in 3-D!!!!!!!!!! Sort of like Avatar.. only more awesome. Because we get tits in 3-D!

Greg: *face palm*

Zechs: 3 out of 5 (it was a 2 but use of chainsaw gives it an added point)

Kills: 3 out of 5

Greg: 1 out of 5 (It gets a 1 for the shadow parts and the Jason’s lair scene)

Kills: 1 out of 5

Zech’s Favorite Kill: Mark, the wheelchair teen getting a machete smashed into his face and then his lifeless body tumbling down a flight of stairs.

Greg’s Favorite Kill: Barbed wire strangling of the old crazy man from the last movie, although I liked him.


Tune in Next Friday when Greg and Zechs go three dimensional when they look at Friday the 13th Part 3-D (1982)!!


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About the Author - Zechs

Zechs is the lord and master of The Toy Shed, Moment of the Week, and Durnkin Reveewz. He's also the official whuppin boy at the Outhouse. So he'll get stuck seeing stuff that no mere mortal should ever see. If there's any greater quality to Zechs, it's that he's an avid fan of comic book characters and would defend them to the bitter end against the companies that use them wrongly. He's also brutally honest. Zechs walks the lonely path in Chicagoland area.


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