Friday the 13th Part 2
|Friday the 13th Part II|
|Directed by||Steve Miner
Sean S. Cunningham (additional scenes)
|Produced by||Steve Miner|
|Written by||Ron Kurz
|Music by||Harry Manfredini|
|Editing by||Susan E. Cunningham|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
|Running time||87 minutes|
Friday the 13th Part II is a 1981 American slasher film directed by Steve Miner, who also directed its sequel, Friday the 13th Part III. A sequel to the 1980 film Friday the 13th, it is the second film in the Friday the 13th film series. It was a moderate box-office hit, opening on May 1, 1981 in first place. The film was the first to feature Jason Voorhees (Warrington Gillette, doubled by Steve Daskawisz) as the main antagonist, a trend which would be repeated for the rest of the series.
Two months following the massacre at Camp Crystal Lake in the original film, Alice L. Hardy is trying to put her life together again. While feeding her cat, she discovers the severed head of Pamela Voorhees in her refrigerator before an adult Jason Voorhees (who's face isn't shown) inserts an ice pick in her skull and kills her.
Five years later, a man named Jeff, his girlfriend Sandra, and Jeff's friend Ted are on their way to a Counselor Training center that is opening up at Crystal Lake, not far from the infamous campground. Despite its infamy and the police frowning on the location, Paul collects a group of would-be counselors to train. Good girls Terry and Vicki, prankster Scott, and wheelchair bound Mark, despite warnings from local Crazy Ralph, also arrive. Paul's girlfriend and assistant Ginny Field arrives late, much to his chagrin. As the day progresses, inspired by the legend of Jason Voorhees whose story was told at a camp fire the night before, Sandra and Jeff sneak over to explore the abandoned camp, only to be caught by the sheriff (not knowing that Crazy Ralph was just strangled with a strip of barbwire by Jason). After leaving them in Paul's care, he witnesses Jason (who appears to be masked) running through the woods and chases him to a dilapidated shack where he makes a particularly gruesome discovery (unseen to the viewer) before Jason sneaks up behind him and rams the claw side of a hammer into his skull, killing him.
That night, Paul and Ginny take the counselors for one last night on the town; Sandra and Jeff, being punished for their excursion earlier are volunteered to stay behind; Terry decides to stay behind and look for her missing dog Muffin while Scott volunteers to put the moves on Terry. Wheelchair-bound Mark decides to stay as well and Vicki, smitten with Mark, decides to stay. While searching for Muffin, Terry goes skinny dipping and Scott plays a prank on her by stealing her clothes before being caught in one of Paul's survival traps. Terry goes to get a knife to cut him down, but Jason slits his throat with a machete and kills Terry (off screen) when she returns and discovers him dead. At the bar, Ginny imagines what Jason would be like if he were alive, deducing he had seen his mother murdered and would be a vengeful creature unaware of the meaning of life and death. Paul dismisses her concerns and tells her that he is only a legend, his insistence hinting that Jason is the one responsible for the killings.
As it begins raining heavily back at the camp, Jason murders Mark with a machete to the face and pushes his chair down a flight of stairs. He then moves upstairs and kills Jeff and Sandra as they are having sex by double impalement with a spear. When Vicki returns for Mark, she is attacked by Jason, who is revealed to be wearing a gunny sack over his head with an eyehole cutout. He corners Vicki and stabs her in the stomach with a kitchen knife, killing her. Paul and Ginny return from town to discover the aftermath. Paul is attacked by Jason, who then chases Ginny through the camp. She finds her way to the shack and enters to find an altar with Mrs. Voorhees' mummified head on it, surrounded by the bodies of the victims. At this point, Ginny realizes that Jason is the true killer, seeking revenge for his mother's death.
Using her child psychology to her advantage, she puts on Pamela's sweater and manages to convince Jason that she is his mother. The ruse fails when he spots his mother's head, but Paul intervenes, distracting Jason long enough for Ginny to take the machete and bring it down several inches into his shoulder. Jason falls over, presumably dead. Ginny and Paul uncover his disfigured face (unseen to the viewer) before taking shelter in a nearby cabin. Muffin then appears at the cabin door, and while Ginny reaches down to pick her up, Jason (now unmasked, with the machete still in his shoulder) bursts through the window behind her and attacks her. Ginny wakes up the next morning, confused and being pulled aboard an ambulance with no recollection of how she escaped. She calls for Paul, who is nowhere to be seen, and she is driven off to the hospital. The final scene then switches over to show Mrs. Voorhees' head, before ultimately fading to black.
- Amy Steel as Ginny Field
- John Furey as Paul Holt
- Adrienne King as Alice Hardy
- Kirsten Baker as Terry
- Stu Charno as Ted
- Warrington Gillette as Jason Voorhees (unmasked)
- Walt Gorney as Crazy Ralph
- Marta Kober as Sandra Dier
- Tom McBride as Mark
- Bill Randolph as Jeff
- Lauren-Marie Taylor as Vicki
- Russell Todd as Scott
- Betsy Palmer as Pamela Voorhees
- Cliff Cudney as Maxwell
- Jack Marks as Deputy Winslow
- Jerry Wallace as The Prowler
- Steve Daskawisz as Jason Voorhees stunt double (masked)
Following the success of Friday the 13th in 1980, Paramount Pictures began plans to make a sequel. First acquiring the worldwide distribution rights, Frank Mancuso, Sr. stated, "We wanted it to be an event, where teenagers would flock to the theaters on that Friday night to see the latest episode." The initial ideas for a sequel involved the Friday the 13th title being used for a series of films, released once a year, that would not have direct continuity with each other, but be a separate "scary movie" of their own right. Phil Scuderi—one of three owners of Esquire Theaters, along with Steve Minasian and Bob Barsamian, who produced the original film—insisted that the sequel have Jason Voorhees, Pamela's son, even though his appearance in the original film was only meant to be a joke. Steve Miner, associate producer on the first film, believed in the idea and would go on to direct the first two sequels, after Cunningham opted not to return to the director's chair. Miner would use many of the same crew members from the first film while working on the sequels.
Adrienne King was pursued by an obsessed fan after the success of the original Friday the 13th and wished her role to be small as possible.
Actor Warrington Gillette only played the unmasked Jason at the end. Stuntman Steve Daskawisz played the masked Jason.
Principal photography took place in August of 1980.
Daskawisz was rushed to the emergency room when Amy Steel hit his middle finger with a machete during filming. Steel explained: "The timing was wrong, and he didn't turn his pick axe properly, and the machete hit his finger." Daskawisz received 13 stitches on his middle finger. It was covered with a piece of rubber, and Daskawisz and Steel insisted on doing the scene all over again.
In one scene where Daskawisz was wearing the burlap flour sack, part of the flour sack was flapping at his eye, so the crew used tape inside the eye area to prevent it from flapping. Daskawisz received rug burns around his eye from the tape from wearing the rough flour sack material for hours.
The film's ending has been a source of confusion for fans. Writer Ron Kurz has stated that Jason's window jump was intended to be set in reality and that Paul was killed offscreen. However, the beginning of Part III, in replaying the end of Part 2, instead showed Jason pulling the machete out of his shoulder and crawling away as Ginny and Paul leave him for dead in the shack. This arguably retcons the scene of Jason's window jump into a dream. In addition, near the beginning of Part III, a news broadcast reports the body count at eight, thus excluding Paul from this count.
Rumors sparked that John Furey left before the film wrapped as his character does not appear in the end. In truth, his character was not intended to have appeared.
In an unused ending, after Ginny questions where Paul is, the scene switches to Mrs. Voorhees' head, which then opens its eyes and smiles, indicating that Jason had killed Paul.
In 1982, Gramavision Records released a LP album of selected pieces of Harry Manfredini's scores from the first three Friday the 13th films. On January 13, 2012, La-La Land Records released a limited edition 6-CD boxset containing Manfredini's scores from the first six films. It sold out in less than 24 hours.
Friday the 13th Part 2 received great commercial success but received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Based on 30 reviews collected by review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an overall "rotten" rating, with an approval rating of 33% and an average score of 4.4/10.
Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave Friday the 13th Part 2 half a star out of four, stating, "This movie is a cross between the Mad Slasher and Dead Teenager genres. About two dozen movies a year feature a mad killer going berserk, and they're all about as bad as this one." AllMovie's review was generally negative, writing, "this so-so horror sequel is notable mostly for the novelty of its money shots".
The final scene where Jason crashes through the window has been dubbed one of the classic moments in horror cinema history. This, as well as the scene where Jason raises his knife before killing Vicki, were featured in the 82nd Academy Awards' tribute to horror montage.
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