Starring: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel and John Furey
Location: The quiet suburbs, Mid-Evening. Alice, the surviving counselor from the last movie, is having a nightmare/flashback of her last encounter with Mrs. Voorhees, the deranged mother from hell who, in murderous rage, blames the new counselours back in Crystal Lake of her son's unfortunate dorwning.
|DUN DUN DUUUUUN!!!|
|Ah, there we go!|
The film continues five years later, with two lost teens on their way to a counselor training camp, phoning their buddies for help. We then have old Man "Crazy Ralph" warning them again of their doom and soon enough, they got their lift from their friends and went on to their trip, again paying no heed to these warnings.
At the camp, course leader Paul instructs the new meat with small talk (including impalements...for some odd reason.), meet up with the two lost teenagers, and catches up with his girlfriend, Ginny. Fast forward to a bonfire at night, he then tells the campers (and the viewers who're unaware of what happened on Part 1) of the tragedy and "curse" of Camp Crystal Lake. His story is pretty much like a briefed version of the entire first film, except of a small detail concerning Jason: surviving his drowning, the boy would later live on his own deep in the woods, scavenging to survive and would later grow up a large hulking man. That one Friday the 13th night when his mother go on a killing spree, legend has it that he saw his mother got beheaded and vow vengeance to any teenagers who enters his forest, killing them all just as they killed his mother.
And cue prankster with a cheap latex mask.
|That's YOUR Jason?|
The next morning went on as usual, more training and more talk, and a random cop chasing our killer on foot only to end with a hammer claw buried into his head. As night falls, most of the counselors in training decided to crash the local bar for some brewskies, leaving a few to watch over the house. Unfortunate for them, someone else in the woods had crashed in and began picking them off one by one, until Paul and his girlfriend Ginny returns and finds the cabin empty and their beds covered in blood. Catching them off guard, the killer attacks and knocks out Paul and pursue Ginny to you usual cat-and-mouse chase, through cabins, through the woods and finally to our killer's's hermit house, where Ginny finds a candle-lit altar made for the late Mrs. Voorhees.
|I could write "three" kills from A Bay of Blood,|
but this hardly makes up with the near beheading from that movie...
|That ain't too bad of a face.|
Friday the 13th Part 2 cues Jason's first appearance before the franchise began exploited his presence and his rage-fueled killing spree. It's a fine addition, as it directly followed up from the first film, all the while standing firm on its own story. It's essentially full of the basic slasher film clichés you'll likely find in any other of its kind, but there's a good structure to the flow, and there's enough shocks and exploitation thrills to make this sequel a reasonable favorite among fans of both the series, and the entire sub-genre itself.
|Me Likey Amy Steel.|
|This ain't Texas, Big Boy, so I want you to go back and oh my glob it's Jason.|
His identity here, however, is still a puzzle. Considering the fact that he's a psychotic hillbilly/red neck loon (well, that lumberjack jumpers made him look like one), that still doesn't explain why, if he had survived his drowning, he didn't went back to his mother and tell her that he's okay? He could have saved his mother from her own demise if he had at least shows himself to her. Why hide for all of these years? Every fan has their own theories (including me), answering this, but the mystery is always the fun part of these films because of its "it's just is" nature and the point that the continuity of these movies isn't their strong point anyway. (Don't get me get started with the fact that Jason just happens to know where Alice lives before killing her. Was I supposed to believe he just looked up her address in a census, rode a bus full of normal looking people, to a suburban neighborhood and paid the bus driver his toll before stepping out?)
|What a nice little present for mumsie~!|
Much like any other film in this series, it's harshly panned by movie critics who prefers their movie viewing one with the masses, but for us fans of the grue, it's always going to be loved. It may not have Jason in his iconic mask, but it's just as good, if not better, than any of the other sequels made for this series, or any other good slasher film in its decade.
1 female gets a screwdriver sticked to her temple
1 male garroted with barbed wire
1 male gets a hammer claw to the head
1 male had his throat slashed with machete
1 female knifed (offscreen)
1 paraplegic male gets a machete buried into his face
1 male and 1 female double impaling with spear
1 female knifed on the gut
1 male disappears, presumably killed.