Friday the 13th Part 2, 1981 – Movie Review – 31 Days of Horror
Posted by LiveFor on October 5, 2009
Director: Steve Miner
Starring: Amy Steel, John Furey, Adrienne King, Kirsten Baker, Warrington Gillette
This smashing review by Woodsy of BRWC
No matter what you thought of the recent remake of the original Friday The 13th movie, it’s also worth taking a look back at the originals, particularly Steve Miner’s 1981 sequel.
Its five years after the bloodbath of the first film, and a new bunch of counsellors have arrived at a nearby summer camp to prepare for the holiday season. They’ve been told everything is well and good now that the original killer is dead (who we all know was Mrs Voorhees because we all saw Scream). Whilst the leader of the group, Paul, professes that the main danger for the counsellors is bears, its actually Jason pre-hockey mask and wearing what appears to be a potato sack on his head that is killing off the teenagers one by one.
Though the original is still regarded as the best of the series, it’s worth mentioning that this sequel is not very far behind. It’s more intense, there are far more characters and the music and atmosphere Miner creates combine to give this film a good amount of scares.
What stands out for me is the killer, Jason, who is far weaker, far more human than in any of the other Friday The 13th films. Without the hockey mask, he dons a more sinister ‘sack’, with a small hole for a deranged eye to peer out at his victims.
All in all I thoroughly recommend this beauty of a horror film. There are plenty of killings for all you horror and gore fans out there, however, unlike the rest of the films in the series, the focus is more on suspense than in the actual act of the killing itself.