Friday, May 13, 2016
Friday the 13th Part 2
Once we get past that little continuity snafu, the plot of Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981) more or less rehashes the plot of the original, only now with Jason doing the killings instead of his mother. Teens smoke dope, engage in premarital sex, and get slaughtered one by one. Even Harry Manfredini's iconic score is reused (not that I blame them. It's one worth reusing.).
This isn't quite the Jason we know and love yet. He doesn't have his hockey mask, and we don't see him for much of the movie. Director Steve Miner limits him to glances of his feet and hands before revealing his full form near the end, and Jason is wearing sack as a mask. We also see his deformed face, and it's suitably ugly, and he's big and imposing enough.
Part 2 packs in more counselors, and most don't make much of an impression. It rehashes the let's-reopen-the-camp stuff, punctuated by an occasional bit of Jason mayhem. It's kind of tedious, although Jason's killings are more varied and brutal than his mother's. He uses a machete, a hammer, a spear, and memorably goes after Ginny with a pitchfork. One victim, a guy in a wheelchair, takes a machete to the head and careens down a long flight of stairs in the rain. Jason even kills Crazy Ralph, ripping out his throat with some metal wire.
Overall, Part 2 has its moments and memorable death scenes. It's not as good as the original, but it's better than a lot of what follows.