Friday the 13th Part 2
Starring:Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Walt Gorney and Warrington Gillette/Steve Dash as Jason
Directed by: Steve Miner
Set 5 years after the first bloodbath, some ‘kids’ return to camp crystal lake for a week of
camp counsellor training. A bad move, as one-by-one the ‘kids’ are hacked to death by a
A formulaic, by the numbers slasher at its heart. It’s nevertheless one of best genre efforts of the early 1980s.
Miner – who would go on to direct part 3 – manages to build tension throughout and there are some
genuinely frightening moments, particularly during the climatic chase sequences of the last half hour.
On the other hand, some of the performances here are particularly poor, although Amy Steel as Ginny,
our female protagonist, is far better than most. It’s also good to see Adrienne King reprise her role as Alice from the original movie; as well as fan favourite ‘Crazy ralph’, played by a returning Walt Gorney. Indeed, the pre-credits sequence featuring Adrienne King is one of the best parts of the movie – being both atmospheric and brutal.
It’s pretty impossible to get away from the fact that this isn’t a great film – at least in terms of movie-making. But, there are some interesting set-pieces and some inventive kills including a double-impaling (which apparently warranted an initial ‘X’ rating), but the film doesn’t rely too heavily on gore and is quite tame sat next to the likes of ‘Hostel’ and the ‘Saw’ series.
Recommended for fans of the genre as well as anyone with an interest in pop-culture – this movie launched the career of one of cinema’s greatest boogeyman. In truth,the Jason of part 2 is rather more creepy, albeit less iconic, than his latter incarnations (there is no hockey mask to be found here….only a pillowcase) and this is why this film just ‘works’.
hotdog rating: 7/10