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Friday the 13th Part 2

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The body count continues...

Starring

Amy Steel, Warrington Gillette, John Furey, Stu Charno, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Stuart Charno, Walt Gorney, Marta Kober, Tom McBride, Bill Randolph, Lauren-Marie Taylor, Russell Todd, Betsy Palmer, Cliff Cudney, Jack Marks, Jerry Wallace, David Brand, China Chen, Carolyn Louden, Jaime Perry Update Cast


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This film has one of the longest pre-credit sequences in cinematic history, nearly 15 minutes in some versions.

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Crew

Director: Steve Miner
Writer: Ron Kurz
Producers: Lisa Barsamian, Tom Gruenberg, Frank Mancuso Jr., Steve Miner, Dennis Murphy
Locations Manager: Mark A. Baker

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Release Date: 01 May 1981
MPAA Rating: R
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Genre: Horror / Occult

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Order up the quarts of fake blood, because box-office dollars equal more dead bodies.

It's five years later (one in real life) and another batch of fools wants to open a camp near the infamous murder site, Camp Crystal Lake. Before the kids can arrive, someone shows up and starts disecting the counselors in the dead of night. While a bunch go into town, the ones who stay behind to hit on each other---or score---end up smeared. Two are speared while in post-coital bliss; a girl who finds their bodies is knifed; and in a nod to being non-discriminatory, a guy in a wheelchair has a machete plunged into his face. One of the more lasting images from the series is the victim careening down a stairway in the rain still seated in his wheelchair.

The cute heroine and her friend return to camp to find a darkened cabin and bloody sheets. Attempting to leave, he's knocked out and she's chased for the next twenty minutes. It's pretty tense, with pitchforks through VW Bug rooves, chases into the woods, it all ending up back at the original camp from part 1.

The girl finding herself in a shack full of her dead friends, not to mention the killer's mother's disembodied head. The psycho is revealed as Jason, the son of the killer from the first film. He's apparently the one who avenged his mother's death in the opening of the film, dispatching the survivor of part 1.

...He then heads off to the new camp and starts his aforementioned fun.

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Verdict

Friday the 13th Part II is just about as good as the original. The setting, the killings and especially the music still hold a great, creepy quality like in part 1.

The opening is a bit long, with about ten mintues of footage from part 1, but once it gets rolling, it's not bad.

It drags a bit here and there, with not as many killings as in future installments. The ending really makes up for it, plus a really great campfire explanation of Jason and his quest to slaughter anyone who "enters his wilderness". So either camp counselors ---who let him drown some twenty years earlier--- or people who trek on his place of death deserve to die, I guess.

In later sequels he became less disriminatory, opening up his "skills" to just about anyone.

Inventive death scenes, great score, good setting.
Amateurish acting at times, long lulls between murders, and the nerd doesn't get killed!

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7/10

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