Directed By: Steve Miner
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Amy Steel, John Furey
Tag line: "ust when you thought it was safe to go back to camp"
Trivia: This film has one of the longest pre-credit sequences in cinematic history, nearly 15 minutes in some versions
It's not often that a sequel proves as groundbreaking as the original, but that's exactly the case with Friday the 13th Part 2. Where Friday the 13th introduced us to the legend, Part 2 gives us Jason, arguably the most iconic killer in horror movie history.
It's been five years since the grisly events at Camp Crystal Lake, which is apparently just long enough for people to forget about them. Paul (John Furey) has opened up a training camp for counselors, situated only a stone's throw from the Crystal Lake campsite, or as it's now known almost exclusively, “Camp Blood”. With a large number of teens in residence, the locals have warned Paul that he's inviting trouble by setting up so close to Camp Blood, especially since the body of Jason Voorhees, the boy who drowned there many years earlier, has never been found.
Like the first film, Friday the 13th Part 2 kicks off with a blood-soaked pre-title sequence, this time revisiting the only survivor from Part 1 (seems Jason doesn't like leaving any loose threads hanging around). It's a nice nod to the original, and gets the film off to a flying start. From there, it's back to the woods with a fresh group of teens, thus setting the stage for the continuation of another "tradition" set forth in Part 1: creative kill sequences. With Jason on the prowl, we're treated to swinging machetes, spears, even a nasty-looking pitchfork, and this time around not even the locals are safe; when a Deputy (Jack Marks) stumbles upon Jason's forest hideaway, he's welcomed by the claw end of a hammer...buried in his skull.
There's plenty to tie Part 2 in with the original, from horny teens gathered together in the woods to Crazy Ralph (Walt Gorney), who's once again there to warn everyone that they're in terrible danger. Yet it's not the tribute to the old that makes Part 2 such a memorable film; but the new addition it brings to the table in the form of Jason Voorhees.
And thus, a legend is born.