Friday the 13th Part 2 (DVD/Blu Ray)

Friday the 13th Part 2 (DVD/Blu Ray)

After the somewhat unexpected success of the original ‘Friday the 13th’, the makers quickly realised that they had the potential to make even more money by getting a sequel out as soon as possible, but how to do so? The first films killer, Mrs Voorhees was dead, decapitated by plucky survivor Alice. The answer lay in the final ‘jump scare’ of the original. Jason was in fact alive, and living a semi feral life in the woods…

US Theatrical poster
US Theatrical poster

This kind of made nonsense out of Mrs Voorhees quest to gain ‘revenge’ for his death, but sense and reason are rarely factors in horror films, and frankly most audiences seemed to accept this turn of events, so onwards we go…

Jasons 'shrine'
Jasons ‘shrine’

So, quick synopsis time: A mysterious intruder breaks into the apartment of Alice, lone survivor of the massacre at Camp Crystal Lake, and proceeds to kill her after a brief jump scare with Mrs Voorhees decaying head. We then cut to a new batch of counsellors being trained the the new camp just around the lake from the original site. As ever for an F 13 film, these area ┬ádiverse group, with an obvious ‘final girl’ in ‘Ginny’ (the lovely Amy Steel). As is expected, one by one the young counsellors are killed in ever more inventive ways by a mysterious presence on the camp grounds. Eventually, Ginny is besieged in the main cabin by a masked assailant who turns out to be the legendary ‘Jason’, who saw the murder of his mother at the end of the previous film, and seems to have taken this as his cue to go on a murderous rampage. Ginny escapes, and runs off into the forest, eventually finding Jasons ramshackle hut, and his shrine to his deceased mother. After tricking Jason, and attacking him with a machete, Ginny and her boyfriend escape, leaving Jason for dead. But there is one last shock to come…

Jason in his 'bag head' guise
Jason in his ‘bag head’ guise

And thats it. Much like the original, the characters are pretty thin stereotypes, but you do get drawn in to their group quite well. The films highlight is the campfire scene where the lead counsellor recounts the story of Jason and his mother, a scene so well done that rather than rewrite it for part 4s intro, the whole scene was re used with shots from the 1st 3 films intercut with it. As with Part 1, the effects are wonderfully gory (if a tad primitive by modern standards), and the acting is passable for the most part. And let us not forget, this is the film which gave us Jason, albeit without his hockey mask at this point.

Ginny, looking for an escape route
Ginny, looking for an escape route

Overall, it isn’t as good as the original, but is certainly far superior to many of the imitators which sprang up in its wake.

4/5 Fiends.

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