Friday the 13th Part II

By Brett Mullins

Released: 1981

Directed by Steve Miner; Written by Ron Kurz

Friday the 13th Part II makes much less sense that the original. The film opens with a recap of Part 1 followed by the protagonist and seeming lone survivor taking an ice pick to the head at the hands of Jason; talk about closure. The film introduces the a second group of counselors who have set up camp in the vicinity of the infamous Camp Blood. As a night of drinking commences, Jason shows up with revenge in mind.

If Part II could be described in one word, it would be ‘frustrating.’ Following the interesting introduction with the ice pick and such, the audience is plagued with questions as to what exactly happened at the end of the first film and why an apparent feral man is concerned with removing a tea kettle from a hot burner. These questions often take backseat to the plot; however, not much is going on in the film other than characters the audience barely know being hacked to bits one by one.
While the film wasn’t terrible, technically speaking, it is difficult to overcome such plot inconsistencies. It is such that the other elements of the film cannot overcome this gross handicap, and the audience’s interest is hindered as a result. It is as if the makers of the film threw everything together at the last moment. The particular scene which illustrates this point the best is where the counselors are gathered around the fire, and the lead counselor tells of a spooky, yet silly ‘ghost story’ (as most of them tend to be) involving the nearby area. It just so happens that this story is the entire basis of the film and its many sequels.

Rating: 3/10

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