Friday the 13th Part II

11/26/2017 11:29

Film: Friday the 13th Part II

Year: 1981

Director: Steve Miner

Writer: Ron Kurz

Starring: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel and John Furey

 

Review:

This film begins with seeing a kid walking on the street at night. His mother calls in him and then we get a POV shot of someone else walking. This person walks out to the house that belongs to Adrienne King. King is having a nightmare and relieving the experience of what happened to her on the fateful Friday the 13th when she had to deal with Betsy Palmer. She wakes up and speaks with her mother on the phone, telling her that she is trying to deal with it. She is then attacked by someone; the person is played by Warrington Gillette.

We then see a couple in a truck. They are trying to find a camp that they are going to be working at this summer. They stop off to use a payphone to see where they have to go from here. The man is played by Bill Randolph and she is played by Marta Kober. While they are on the phone, their truck is being towed. They chase after it and see that it is a prank being played by Stuart Charno.

They all go to the camp where they will start their training. The man running this place is played by John Furey. Also here this summer is Kirsten Baker. We see here wearing short jean shorts and a tiny crop top. She gets hit in the backside by a stone that is fired by Russell Todd and his slingshot. He is interested in her and she seems to be slightly into him as well. There is also Tom McBride, who is in a wheelchair. There is Lauren-Marie Taylor as well. Showing up late to this camp is Amy Steel. She is actually seeing Furey.

That night Furey tells the story of what happened five years ago at the camp across the lake. That camp is Camp Crystal Lake, but it is known as Camp Blood and it has a death curse on it. He tells the story of Pamela Voorhees and how was she killed after she went on a killing spree. Her son was named Jason and thought to have drowned, but the legend is that he is living in the woods. Charno comes out of the dark to scare them and Furey tells them that the legend isn’t true. That night Crazy Ralph from the original film, played by Walt Gorney, comes to camp and he is murdered from behind by someone.

Kober really wants to go see this other camp and she convinces Randolph to come with her. Before they can, a cop catches them. The cop is played by Jack Marks. He tells Furey as well as the two others that it is forbidden to go over there. When he is driving back toward town, he seems someone go into the woods. He follows them in and he is attacked as well.

That night most of the camp goes into town to drink at the local bar while some stay back. Baker, Kober, McBride, Randolph, Taylor and Todd all decide to not go or aren’t allowed to go. These kids start to be killed off one by one. Who is the killer though? Is it Jason or someone else? Can the person be stopped?

I should lead of stating that his film does have some major plot-holes to the story. First being that the original film is the mother killing counselors, because her son Jason drowned. Well if he didn’t drown, he was someone who has been living off land for all of these years, but he is now murdering because his mother was killed. The other option being that he is vengeful spirit back from the dead when his mother was killed to get revenge, but he isn’t a supernatural monster at this point.

With that out of the way, I will get to what I liked about the story of this film. I liked the fact that it picks up where the last one led off and then jumps 5 years into the future. I like that this one also takes place on Friday the 13th, so good on their part to ensure that it worked out that way even though this film came out one year later. I like the idea of Jason being this killer. He is more plausible than the mother in the first one. This one is very important by introducing this character so I give it credit for that. The ending wasn’t bad and I don’t mind the jump-scare it uses as that is what the first one did as well.

I thought the acting in this film was solid as well. I really like Steel and I think that she is one of the best final girls in not only this series, but in all of the slasher films out there. I liked that she goes on a monologue that if Jason was real, what his mental status would be, as she is a working to be a psychologist for children. It makes a lot of sense for the ending sequence. I didn’t mind Furey in his role as the head counselor. I liked that they brought back King to tie up her story. I thought the women were very 80’s hot. They are all distinct enough characters that when their deaths happen, it carries some impact.

Here next I will talk about the effects, which were really good. They were done practically, which was big back then. The problem though is that the original film got away with so much, this film was severely censored to not get an X rating. I feel that this really hurts the film, but can’t blame it. This is the censorship boards’ fault. The film has about an 84 minute run time and I think that’s perfect. It is edited well to flow and build tension as teens are getting murdered. The score of the film is also fantastic. Harry Manfredini’s choice of music heightens the suspense and it has the iconic theme as well.

Now with that said, I would highly recommend this film. I do feel that the original is better in my opinion, but I think this film is the second best currently. The story has its flaws when it comes to the back-story. This film’s individual story I think is really good though. The acting that accompanies it is great having one of the best final girls in slasher history. The effects are good even though they are not seen a lot of. The editing is well done and the score is amazing. I would highly recommend this film as I think it is very good, even if you’re not a horror fan.

 

My Rating: 8 out of 10