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Welcome, Jason Voorhees; ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’ Review

friday_the_13th_part_2_001 Written by: Matt Molgaard Who doesn’t love Jason Voorhees? The man/monster is the most prolific serial killer in the business, and while not every Friday feature is genuinely impressive, there are a good portion of entertaining installments and Friday the 13th Part 2 is most certainly one of them. Technically this film isn’t the true debut of the legendary killer, but it is the first time we glimpse the freak in full grown, murderous form. Sure Jason lacks the trademark hockey mask (not to be donned until the third installment), and yes he is significantly smaller and less imposing than he’s grown to be over the decades, but who really gives a damn? For 1981, the flick was not only engaging, it was frightening.

Friday the 13th Part 2

The story doesn’t make a world of sense, it must be noted. Little Jason died as a boy in Crystal Lake years ago. Mom eventually goes psycho, exacts revenge on camp counselors some years later, only to run into a resilient young lady who manages to turn the tides and take the woman’s head. The next thing we know, Jason is suddenly alive, full grown and out to avenge the death of his mother by replicating her mass murdering of young camp counselors. How did Jason suddenly come back to life? How did he know who killed his mother, or even that his mother had been killed at all? Who thought this one through? In terms of quality continuity and basic logic, the film gets massive F for un-fucking-believable failure.

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But it’s fun as all hell, and finally meeting the Jason who has stolen horror fanatics’ hearts is awfully satisfying. Not to mention the fact that somehow this one totes unfathomable replay value.

Despite some shifts in the makeup crew, there are still a couple really kick ass death scenes (the machete to the face of handicapped Mark remains a franchise favorite of mine, all these years later), and the buildup of the pic is quite gratifying. The scenery is obviously familiar, and that’s welcomed, as is the generally light hearted nature of the majority of Jason’s victims. The movie still looks awesome, as director Steve Miner exercises more of the astonishingly realistic low lighting that Sean Cunningham utilized in the first Friday flick and Susan E. Cunningham’s editing is certainly adequate.

Friday the 13th Part 2 feels an awful lot like Friday the 13th, and that’s a good thing. Jason’s officially onboard hacking kids up with no regard, and despite the subpar acting and onslaught of clichés abused time and again, the story moves along smoothly. Is Friday 2 the greatest sequel the genre has seen produced? No. But it is a shitload of fun to watch, and it’s got a special place in the annals of horror history. I’d recommend it, time and again!

Rating: 4/5

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

1 Comment on Welcome, Jason Voorhees; ‘Friday the 13th Part 2’ Review

  1. I absolutely agree loved the movie also this was a really good film. I can watch it over and over again and not get bored. Great review!

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